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RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (RA)
DEADLINE TO APPLY
March 1, 2022
DESIRED START DATE
March 15, 2022
CITY Dar es Salaam
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) seeks a Research Associate (RA) to support IPA-Tanzania, on the project “Monitoring the Real Cost of Domestic Payments – Tanzania.” The goal of this project is to develop an index that can be scaled in a cost-effective manner. The project will test four methods to capture transaction costs: mystery shopping, customer intercept surveys, “remote mystery shopping,” and crowdsourced data. We will compare results from these approaches –both their cost and their pricing accuracy –to determine which delivers the highest value for money. This project will be implemented in Uganda, Bangladesh, and Tanzania.
This recruitment is for an RA to manage the Tanzania aspects of the project. The RA will perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to: designing survey questionnaires, programming survey tools into SurveyCTO, conducting refining study design and survey plans, submitting and managing IRB and other research approvals, training and managing survey teams, supervise and monitor data collection across multiple regions in Tanzania, monitoring data quality using high frequency data checks, cleaning and analyzing data, assisting in the writing of project reports and policy memos, and coordinating with key partners.
The Research Associate reports to and falls under the direct supervision of the Research Managers on the project. The Research Associate may from time to time perform other duties not listed in the job description.
The position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand field management experience with an organization undertaking cutting-edge development research and design work. The work will develop your analytical and management skills and require your full commitment in a challenging environment. This position will be based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and may require travel to other regions in Tanzania.
The Research Associate will perform a variety of tasks in leading the implementation of this study including, but not limited to:
Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application . After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Research Associate, Tanzania”. Most applications for research positions require you to include at minimum two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose (cover letter), CV, and transcripts.
Note that you are able to submit your application before your references complete their recommendation letters; however, you must include their contact information before submitting your application. Given the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.