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Vacancy: Research Associate - Data Management, WASH Benefits Project

Deadline to Apply:
 8th January 2016
Start Date: 15th January 2016
Location: Kakamega, Kenya
Eligibility: This position is open to all applicants
About Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA): Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) 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 - we design and evaluate 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.
The Data Management Research Associate under the general supervision of Data Management Research Coordinator and within the limits of Innovations for Poverty Action-Kenya policies and procedures, coordinates the facilitation of Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) Benefits activities and functions within IPAK. 

Below is a list of some of the general duties and responsibilities of the Data Management Research Associate, to be carried out as needed according to the determination of the Data Management Research Coordinator.

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) seeks a qualified applicant for the position of Data Management Research Associate for the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Benefits Project. 

Currently in the midst of a five-year study, WASH Benefits is collecting rigorous evidence on the health impacts of improved water, sanitation and hygiene practices, alongside improved nutrition in rural Kenya. 

Low-cost technologies and behavior change communications strategies are being implemented to promote drinking water treatment, good sanitation practices, handwashing with soap and improved nutrition. 

The position offers an opportunity to gain on-the-ground data management experience as part of a high-profile water, sanitation, hygiene, and child health impact evaluation project. 

This position is located in Western Kenya, and the principal investigators (PIs) are Clair Null and Michael Kremer.
The Data Management RA will work closely with the Data Management RC and senior project management to support and supervise a variety of tasks across two offices (Kakamega and Bungoma) including, but not limited to:
  • Manage implementation of systems to manage data related to monitoring, evaluation, laboratory, and implementation aspects of the project (both hardware and software).
  • Support the development of data entry forms using CSPro and Excel as well as the design of tracking templates.
  • Support the development and modification of standard operating procedures (SOPs), process documentation and tracking systems
  • Compile periodic reports on the progress of data collection activities study wide
  • Support hiring and training of data-entry clerks in both offices, manage the prioritization and allocation of data-entry tasks and supervise data entry clerks
  • Ensure compliance with variable-naming and data-formatting standards
  • Implement procedures for data management and quality assurance including: daily data downloads, data encryption and back-up, weekly processing/compiling/cleaning of raw data, transfer of data between project activities, storage and protection of hard-copy data, staff productivity, and survey back-checks
  • Support the RC and Research Manager in coordinating data tracking systems for human subjects and data safety monitoring compliance
  • Provide mentorship to all staff involved in data collection activities (across all aspects of the study), including contributing to trainings; closely coordinate with other project associates and staff across offices
  • Be familiar with study protocols and reporting of events to KEMRI and other institutions.
  • Analyze data upon request from the RC, RM and RD
  • Support the RC in any other assignment.
Education and/or Work Experience Requirements:
Required Qualifications and Experience:
  • Excellent Stata programming skills
  • Advanced proficiency with Excel
  • Experience with CSPro
  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in a quantitative social science, engineering or related field
  • Minimum of two years of experience in quantitative/qualitative research methods and data management, preferably with large (many observations and many variables) and/or complex datasets (many inter-related variables)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and complete fluency in English
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented, enjoys working with data
  • Excellent management, critical thinking and interpersonal skills
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and team player
Desired Qualifications and Experience:
  • Proficiency in other computer programming languages (SQL, Blaise, Java, etc.)
  • Experience working on WASH and/or nutrition issues in developing countries (particularly sub-Saharan Africa)
  • Swahili language skills
  • Knowledge of statistics
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials
How to Apply:
Please send a cover letter and detailed CV including daytime phone number, email address, and 3 professional references. 

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

Applications must be submitted by email to, please ensure that the subject line reads: “RESEARCH ASSOCIATE-DATA MANAGEMENT REF NO: REF NO: WASH B-2015-12-01. 

Shortlisted 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 _ Data management. 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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