Senior Research Manager
Innovations for Poverty Action
Abuja, Nigeria
1d ago

IPA is a research and policy nonprofit organization 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.

Since our 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. IPA’s Nigeria office is the newest country program and will be a key location in an area of strategic importance, with the potential to heavily impact evidence-

based policy nationally and in the region. The office will open in early 2019.

The Senior Research Manager, Nigeria position will oversee the initial portfolio of projects in the Nigeria country office, which will open in 2019.

The role will involve oversight of three to five RCTs in the initial startup phase, including assisting with hiring project management staff, interaction with PIs, and face-

to-face coordination with partner organizations and Nigerian local, state and national government stakeholders.

This position is unique in that the successful candidate will play an integral role in working with IPA’s country, regional, and US headquarters teams to put into place the administrative and research management structures for the new IPA Nigeria country office.

He / she will be a core member of the IPA Nigeria team and contribute to the establishment of the office, development of new projects, stakeholder outreach, and capacity building.

The position will be based in Abuja, Nigeria with extensive travel to project sites around the country. IPA is looking for ambitious candidates that want to take part in establishing and shaping a new country program and portfolio of research studies in Nigeria.

The Research Manager (RM) will be responsible for the overall management of a portfolio of 3 to 5 research projects and will include wide scale surveys across a diverse set of Nigerian states, and dealing with a variety of sectors.

Each of these projects is expected to be staffed with a permanent team of 1 or 2 staff each and up to 30-50 short term staff during survey periods.


  • Work with key in-country and global staff to ensure a strong administrative startup of the Nigeria office, including assisting with hiring of key project staff ;
  • Work with HQ staff, local legal counsel, and field office staff to ensure creation and implementation of sound human resource, financial, and operational management structures for projects, as well as compliance with organizational and Nigerian laws, standards, and research ethics requirements;
  • Keep the Country Director / Regional Director apprised of all developments on the projects within their portfolio, and serve as a key link between the field office, project staff, and Principal Investigators;
  • Ensure project adherence to general research design, sample selection, data management and general research protocols, and overall project management timelines;
  • Directly supervise project research associates, and lead transitions, onboarding of new research staff and maintaining institutional memory of project activities;
  • Lead training on data management and general project management for new / incoming project research staff;
  • Promote inter-project best practices and take a lead in sharing best practices with projects through formal and informal trainings;
  • Oversee project financial management, including creation and monitoring of project budgets, and ensuring smooth integration of projects into IPA financial systems;
  • Attend regular meetings with government officials, donors, and other partners to ensure success of programmatic activities;
  • Respond to existing calls for proposals in coordination with PIs and IPA’s Business Development team, and seek out new funding opportunities relevant for the Nigeria office.
  • Qualifications

  • Masters in development economics, public policy, global health, international education or a related field;
  • At least three years of project management experience with increasing responsibility;
  • Experience supervising data collection, teams of field workers, survey design and implementation and data management; background in randomized control trials;
  • Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse constituencies;
  • Experience interacting with partners, government officials and other key stakeholders in a developing country context;
  • Advanced knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data collection, measurement, and instrument development;
  • Strong attention to detail, with a quality-focused mindset;
  • Ability to work independently and problem-solve, as well as enlist the support of other teams within the organization;
  • Experience with data management, econometrics, and electronic data collection platforms;
  • Strong quantitative, budgeting and financial management skills;
  • Demonstrated experience in grant writing, preferably for international field research;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and complete fluency in English is required.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, adept interpersonal skills, and a good sense of humor during adversity are essential.
  • Additional Desired Qualifications :

  • Experience working in Nigeria or the West African context strongly preferred;
  • Knowledge of another of the official languages of Nigeria beyond English is desired;
  • Advanced knowledge of Stata or any statistical packages preferably R and / or CSPro
  • Knowledge of qualitative data collection methods is desired;
  • Experience with presenting research findings at public forums, including to non-research focused audiences, is preferred
  • Experience in an IPA Country Office strongly preferred
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