Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
– Trade Credit Project
Deadline to Apply:
1st April, 2019
Position open to local Kenyan
About Innovations for Poverty Action:
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is an international
non-profit research organization dedicated to discovering and promoting
effective solutions to global poverty problems.
IPA works in partnership with
development partners and academic researchers to create and evaluate approaches
potential solutions to poverty problems using randomized evaluations in the
fields of health, education, microfinance, governance and agriculture. We also
mobilize and support these decision makers to use these solutions to build
better programs and policies at scale.
About the Project:
This study will measure the
impact of offering trade credit to a group of retailers who currently have very
limited access to financial services. We will address the commercial viability
of this intervention from both the lender’s and borrower’s perspective,
tracking repayment behaviour on the one hand, and assessing the impact on
business development at the retail level on the other.
The project will shed light on the
potential of trade credit to foster the development of small businesses in a
developing country context.
About the position:
Research Associate under the general supervision of the Research Manager and
within the limits of Innovations for Poverty Action-Kenya (IPAK) policies and
coordinates the facilitation of field activities, data support for the project,
and functions within IPAK.
Below is a list of some of the
general duties and responsibilities of the Research Associate to be carried out
as needed according to the determination of the Research Manager.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Assist with overall project
management, monitoring and implementation.
Track progress of project activities
and regularly inform Research Coordinator/Manager of progress.
Coordinate field logistics, including
the implementation of phone and in-person surveys with large samples of
Manage, support and train a team of
Implement systems to manage, clean,
and analyze data related to project activities.
Ensure smooth and timely data flow
between various project activities.
Assist with survey programming (e.g.
Monitor indicators of staff performance
(especially productivity and back-check verifications).
Implement research protocols to
ensure quality of all data collection activities.
Prepare summary statistics and other
analyses related to project outcomes.
Keep track of project expenses and
prepare financial reports.
Work closely with IPA Kenya country
office team and Principal Investigators/project implementers.
Qualifications and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in management,
international development, public policy, or related fields.
Excellent project management and
organizational skills; meticulous attention to detail.
Prior work experience (2-4 years)
conducting field research collecting quantitative data.
Ability to manage and clean complex
datasets using STATA.
Excellent financial management
Demonstrated ability to manage field
teams and data collection at various levels (planning, piloting, collecting,
transcribing, back-checking, financial budgeting and reporting).
Flexible, self-motivating, able to
manage multiple tasks efficiently, and team player.
Demonstrated ability to manage
high-level relationships with partner organizations and policy makers.
Strong communication skills with
fluency in English and Kiswahili.
Familiarity with randomized
Knowledge of statistics.
How to Apply
The above statements are
intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed
by the Research Associate-Trade Credit Project. The statements are not intended
to be an exhaustive list of all possible duties, tasks, and responsibilities.
Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet
organizational needs as necessary. Please note that IPA will never request any
form of payment from an applicant
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