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Senior Research Analyst, Right-Fit Evidence Unit (Expiration 26/05/2019)

Innovations for Poverty Action’s Right-Fit Evidence Unit is seeking a Senior Research Analyst to take a lead research analyst role to a portfolio of partner organizations on how to develop and implement adaptive Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems. In the first year, the Senior Research Analyst will support the Ghana Right-Fit Evidence work with the Ministry of Education to help build government capacity to better collect, analyze, and use data. The Senior Research Analyst will also support data collection and analysis for a joint program involving implementing organizations working on issues surrounding youth employment, SME finance and technical and vocational training. The position may expand to other engagements as the Right-Fit Evidence Unit grows in Ghana.

The position is based in Accra, Ghana. The Senior Research Analyst will report directly to the Right-Fit Evidence Manager, and will receive additional oversight and support from the IPA Ghana policy and management teams, and the Global Right-Fit Evidence unit.

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a global research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. As its core business, 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. IPA has conducted hundreds of randomized evaluations across sectors, learning both whether programs work, and how they can work better.

Complementing this core business, the Right-Fit Evidence (RFE) Unit at IPA is a newer effort aimed at helping organizations build strong and tailored Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) systems, which balance the need for information on impact with operational data to support management decisions. In close collaboration with IPA’s sector programs and country office teams worldwide, the unit will provide consulting and direct services to implementers, donors, and governments, with the goal of helping them figure out what reliable data and evidence to gather, how to do it in a cost-effective way, and how to make the promise of data-informed programmatic decisions a reality.

The RFE Senior Research Analyst will provide research and analysis support to the Ghana RFE team. S/he will support the Ghana RFE’s work with implementers from the private, public, and nonprofit sector, to support data collection, verify data quality, analyze large datasets, and support the use of data in decision making.

  • Provide technical support to partners on the development and maintenance of M&E plans, the design of indicators, data collection methods, and data management, working both with administrative and survey data
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses in existing data collection and management systems and propose solutions
  • Synthesize and analyze qualitative and quantitative data in a structured way to find patterns, with an emerging ability to draw implications
  • Train client team members in how to collect, analyze and summarize M&E data
  • Translate data and insights into a meaningful story to drive strategy, action, and decision-making at an executive level
  • Assist in the preparation of research reports, briefs and other documents for management, implementing partners, donors and other external parties;

Required qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, economics, public policy, social science, or a related field.
  • 2-5 years of relevant work experience, including experience in data analysis or MEL (public/NGO sector)
  • Superior analytical, quantitative and conceptual thinking skills with a strong attention to detail
  • Experience in applying a variety of statistical modeling approaches to large datasets in real-world settings
  • Ability to present information in a structured and insightful way, both in writing and orally
  • Self-starter, entrepreneurial mindset, versatility and willingness to learn
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a diverse team and high-level stakeholders
  • Strong proficiency in Excel for data management and analysis
  • Strong proficiency to use Stata, R or similar statistical software
  • Passion for making data-driven decision making a reality in the development sector

Preferred additional qualifications


  • Master's degree in mathermatics, economics, public policy, social science, or a related field
  • Demonstrated ability to coach and train others in statistics, data analysis or MEL methodologies
  • Strong client facing and presentation skills, and ability to build relationships of trust with stakeholders at various levels
  • Familiarity with the concepts surrounding the Theory of Change and the core tools of MEL (both quantitative and qualitative research methods)
  • Sector expertise in education, MSMEs, youth employment, TVET/skills, and/or digital economy
  • Familiarity with SurveyCTO, Open Data Kit or similar survey software, SMS or Interactive Voice Response (IVR) technology
Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Senior Research Analyst, Right-Fit Evidence Unit 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) is a research and policy nonprofit 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. In recent decades, trillions of dollars have been spent on programs designed to reduce global poverty, but clear evidence on which programs succeed is rare, and when evidence does exist, decision-makers often do not know about it. IPA exists to bring together leading researchers and these decision-makers to ensure that the evidence we create leads to tangible impact on the world. Since its founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 575 leading academics to conduct over 650 evaluations in 51 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 


Innovations for Poverty Action is an EO Employer-MF/Veteran/Disability. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected class. IPA will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you believe you require such assistance to complete this form or to participate in an interview, please contact us at jobs@poverty-action.org or via phone at 1-203-772-2216. Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed by the specified position. 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 jobs@poverty-action.org.

** Please note that only qualified applicants will be contacted by the hiring manager.



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