Research Manager at IPA 22 views0 applications

IPA seeks a Research Manager to oversee a portfolio of three to five research projects in Ghana.

The Research Manager position is a unique opportunity to combine significant management experience with an involvement in cutting-edge development research. The Research Manager will join the very dynamic and passionate team of the Tamale office and will manage a portfolio of three to five research projects, each of which is staffed with a team of one or more permanent staff. At least two or three of these research projects will focus on agricultural and rural development issues, but the portfolio will also likely include projects from other sectors.

Job Description

As part of their supervisory role, the Research Manager will work closely with the various country office teams to ensure that effective support is given to projects and that projects are aligned with IPA Ghana practices. The Research Manager will also participate in IPA Ghana Management discussions and contribute to the development of new projects, policy outreach, and capacity building. This position will be based in Tamale, Ghana.


The Research Manager will;

  • Directly supervise project research staff, and help with transitions, on-boarding of new research staff and maintaining institutional memory of project activities;
  • Work with Principle Investigators and ensure project adherence to general research design, sample selection, data management and general research protocols,  and overall project management timelines;
  • Keep the Country Director, and Deputy Country Director apprised of all developments on the projects within their portfolio, and serve as a key link between the field office, project staff, and Principle Investigators;
  • Lead training on data management and general project management for new/incoming project research staff;
  • Participate in the development of new projects, in coordination with the Country Director and the Deputy Country Director, as well as potential researchers, implementing partners, and donors;
  • Promote inter-project best practices and take a lead in sharing best practices with projects through formal and informal trainings;
  • Work with field office staff to ensure sound human resource and operational management of projects;
  • Oversee project financial management, including creation and monitoring of project budgets, and ensuring smooth integration of projects into IPA financial systems;
  • Take part in regular meetings with local government officials and other partners to ensure success of programmatic activities; and
  • Support the dissemination of results via presentations and reports to academic and non-academic audiences.


  • Masters in development economics, or a field related to international economic development or agriculture;
  • At least three years’ experience in project management, management, or comparable leadership role;
  • Extensive experience conducting social science or economic field research; experience in conducting field research in developing countries required. Background in randomized control trials is preferred;
  • Extensive experience supervising data collection and teams of field workers, designing surveys and implementing programs;
  • Extensive experience with data management and econometrics. Advanced knowledge of Stata is required;
  • Experience in/knowledge of the agricultural sector is a plus;
  • Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse constituencies required;
  • Strong quantitative, budgeting and financial management skills required;
  • Experience with presenting research findings at public forums, including to non-research focused audiences.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and complete fluency in English is required.

Physical Requirements:

  • 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

We are looking for a commitment period of three years for this position

Application Instructions

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Research Manager, Ghana”.  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.

About IPA

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA designs, rigorously evaluates, and refines these solutions and their applications together with decision-makers to ensure that the evidence created is used to improve opportunities for the world’s poor. Since our founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 350 leading academics to conduct over 450 evaluations in 51 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide.

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Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is an American non-profit research and policy organization founded in 2002 by Yale economist Dean Karlan.

Since its foundation, IPA has worked with over 400 leading academics to conducted over 600 evaluations in 51 countries.[2] The organization also manages the Progress out of Poverty Index.

IPA conducts randomized controlled trials (RCTs), along with other types of quantitative research, to measure the impacts of development programs in sectors including microfinance, education, health, peace & recovery, governance, agriculture, social protection, and small and medium enterprises. Its partner organizations include over 400 governments, nonprofits, academic institutions, foundations, and companies.

IPA was founded in 2002 by Dean Karlan, an economist at Yale University, as a non-profit organization dedicated to bridging the gap between academia and development policy. IPA is a 501 (c)(3) organization headquartered in New Haven, CT with over 1000 colleagues working on projects in 51 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and North America.

IPA is a research and policy non-profit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA brings together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor.

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