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Research Associate Job in Kenya

Aspirations Project 
Position: Research Associate 
Location: Homabay, Kenya 
Deadline to Apply: 7th June 2015 
Start Date: 19th June 2015
Eligibility: Position open to local and International hires

About Innovations for Poverty Action: is a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering and promoting effective solutions to global poverty problems. 

In close partnership with decision makers -- the policymakers, practitioners, investors, and donors working with the poor around the world -- IPA designs and evaluates potential solutions to poverty problems using randomized evaluations, the most rigorous evaluation method available. 

We also mobilize and support these decision makers to use these solutions to build better programs and policies at scale

About the Job: IPA Kenya seeks qualified applicants for the position of Research Associate for an evaluation of a behavioral intervention geared towards increasing self-efficacy among the poor
The project will begin in mid-June 2015 and its activities will take place in Western Kenya.
About the Project: Development assistance tends to focus on the ‘external’ constraints that poor people face, while largely ignoring ‘internal’ ones. 

However, social psychology suggests that poor people’s sense of self-efficacy and control may be beaten down by the nature of living in poverty, limiting the options they consider.
The project aims to do a randomized controlled trial to examine the combined effect of lifting external and internal constraints simultaneously, providing a cash transfer and an intervention to boost poor people’s sense of self-efficacy and alter their understanding of their opportunities, encouraging poor people to set and pursue their own goals without directing their choices.
The research will test if a brief, standardized psychological intervention can alter psychological outcomes and future-oriented behaviors in a developing country and examine if such interventions can enhance the already-known benefits of cash transfers 

  • Manage multiple project data collection activities, including baseline, midline, and endline surveys of households
  • Manage implementation of a large scale behavioral intervention.
  • Develop and pilot survey instruments
  • Design forms for electronic data collection (using SurveyCTO) and manage survey data
  • Train and manage teams to conduct surveys
  • Ensure all aspects of data quality and assist with data cleaning and preliminary analysis
  • Manage logistics for new pilot activities
  • Manage project budget, including tracking project expenses and adherence to the project budget
  • Work closely with principal investigators and the local partners to ensure study protocols are followed
  • Assist with donor reporting and proposal writing
  • Other duties as assigned
Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate with internal and external customers
  • Excellent computer proficiency (MS Office – Word, Excel and Outlook)
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude and providing exemplary customer service
  • Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments to completion within parameters of instructions given, prescribed routines, and standard accepted practices
  • Basic Stata skills preferred.
  • Luo speakers preferred
Desired Qualifications:
  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards, including meeting qualitative and/or quantitative productivity standards.
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards
  • Must be able to talk, listen and speak clearly on telephone
To Apply:
Please send a cover letter, CV, 3 references, daytime phone number(s), and email address. 

Your CV should include your scores or grades and other measures of academic achievement, and details about any relevant work experience.

Applications can be submitted to any of our branch offices, or by email to, if you submit by email, please ensure that the subject line reads: “RESEARCH ASSOCIATE.” REF NO: ASPIRATIONS-2015-05-01.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted by email for an interview.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be reviewed on a ROLLING BASIS.

 The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the Research Associate. 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. Applicants are encouraged to confirm the information listed above with IPA prior to releasing any extensive personal information to the organization. Please direct questions to

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