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Research Associate

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

This is a Full-time position in Uganda posted January 14, 2022.

Research Associate Jobs in Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) Uganda vacancies in Uganda at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

# Job Description

Innovations for Poverty Action IPA is developing a transaction cost index
TCI for digital financial services DFS, a resource to systematically
capture and report the cost of DFS transactions across multiple countries. The
TCI will capture the full cost of completing mobile money transactions,
including official listed prices, additional “off-the-books” agent fees, and
non-pecuniary costs such as wait times, incidence of failed transactions, and
agents asking to view customers’ sensitive account information. The index will
capture three different transaction types: depositing cash into digital
wallets, withdrawing cash from wallets, and transferring funds between

The goal of this project is to develop an index that can be scaled in a cost-
effective manner. To that end, we 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
Uganda aspects of the project, while coordinately closely with the teams in
Bangladesh and Tanzania to ensure harmonization of research.

The Research Associate will work closely with academic researchers and other
field staff to 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, monitoring
field work 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 Manager and works closely with the Principal Investigators on the
project. The Research Associate may from time to time perform other duties not
listed in the job description.


–>Liaise with Principal Investigators and Research Manager in the design of survey questionnaires
–>Work with the data manager to program survey tools using SurveyCTO, high-frequency checks and data flows
–>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
–>Lead training of team leaders, auditors and enumerators
–>Conduct daily data quality checks
–>Ensure implementation of survey spot checks and back-checks
–>Compile clean databases
–>Assist the PI team in data analysis as requested
–>Assisting in managing 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


–>Bachelor’s degree in economics, business management, social sciences, public policy, political science or related fields, Master’s degree preferred
–>Demonstrated proficiency in Stata and experience with data management, cleaning, and analysis
–>Experience with quantitative research, particularly with randomized controlled trials
–>Excellent management and organizational skills along with strong quantitative skills;
–>Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude
–>Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and a team player
–>Demonstrated ability to manage high-level relationships with partner organizations
–>Experience running a large-scale survey and managing the survey implementation and data entry process
–>Experience with Computer-Assisted Interviewing is preferred, but not required
–>Fluency and excellent communication skills in English language.
–>Ability and willingness to be based in Uganda for project duration

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**Closing Date** : 25th Jan. 2022

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