(Senior) Research Associate, Uganda - IPA

Country:
  • Uganda
Education:
  • Bachelor's
Start Date (Earliest):
Language Requirement:
  • English
Length of Commitment:
Two years

IPA is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individuals with outstanding research project management, data analysis, people management and communication skills as Research Associate/Senior Research Associate, to support one of IPA Uganda’s ongoing studies evaluating the impact of an Entrepreneurial Model of Community Health Delivery in Uganda currently being implemented by two of our partners in communities across Uganda.

The Research Associate/Senior Research Associate (RA/SRA) will take a lead role in designing survey instruments, conducting quantitative and pilot exercises to inform study and/or questionnaire design, training and managing survey teams, ensuring data collection protocols are adhered to, ensuring data collected is of highest quality, delivering clean databases, assisting in preliminary analysis, assisting in the writing of project reports and policy memos, and managing communication and relationships with stakeholders (researchers, implementing partners, donors, etc...). The position requires excellent interpersonal and organization skills. It also requires proficiency with Stata.

Background on the Study

Our partners created a community health worker program with the aim of improving access to and adoption of simple, proven health interventions among low-income households in Uganda. Through the program, the organizations recruit, train, equip, and manage Community Health Promoters (CHPs) who go door-to-door educating families on key health behaviors and distributing impactful and affordable products. In addition to providing health education and access to basic health products for low-income households, this model aims to create sustainable livelihoods for the CHPs, who can earn an income through profits from product sales and small, performance-based incentives for visiting households with pregnant women and newborn children.

Responsibilities 

The Research Associate/Senior Research Associate (RA/SRA) will perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to:

  • Liaise with Principal Investigators and Survey Coordinator in the design of survey questionnaires
  • In collaboration with the Survey Coordinator, ensure local and international Institutional Review Board (IRB) approvals are obtained
  • Work with the data manager to program survey tools using SurveyCTO, high-frequency checks and data flows
  • Work with the Survey Coordinator to ensure translation of survey tools in local languages
  • Develop data collection protocols and data quality assurance protocol
  • Develop a data collection  plan  (procurement,  logistics and  route  plan)  that ensures adherence  to  data collection budget
  • Manage the project budget
  • Supervise training and hiring of team leaders, auditors and surveyors
  • Conduct daily data quality checks
  • Ensure implementation of survey spot checks and back-checks
  • Compile clean databases
  • Assist the PI team in data analysis
  • Manage critical high-level relationships with donors, partner organizations and researchers
  • Produce technical reports for donor and/or other stakeholders (e.g. fieldwork reports)
  • Keep the Research Manager and the PI team appraised of all project activities

The research team expects the RA/SRA to produce high quality deliverables, but also to maintain a high standard of professional and ethical conduct. This includes cultural sensitivity and respect when dealing with local populations, as well as full transparency and disclosure on the part of the RA/SRA when dealing with the research team and partners.

Qualifications 
  • Bachelor's Degree in Statistics, Social Sciences, Public health or related field;
  • Min one year of research project experience at a field research management or analyst position;
  • Experience with SurveyCTO programming language;
  • Proficiency with Stata and Microsoft Office tools is necessary, particularly Word and Excel;
  • Experience managing large datasets;
  • Strong written communication skills;
  • Excellent command of English, both spoken and written;
  • Excellent management and organizational skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate work effectively over email and phone
  • Flexible, self-motivating and team player;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage relationships with stakeholders (PI and partner organizations);
  • Demonstrated commitment to IPA’s high standards of data quality;