Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
Innovations for Poverty Action seeks a qualified Research Associate to manage a study that examines cash transfers to alleviate hunger and poverty among rural farming households in Malawi. The study will evaluate the impact of cash transfers, delivered by Give Directly, on rural poor households in Malawi. In Malawi, small-scale agriculture employs the vast majority of the rural population, in spite of low levels of productivity and farming income. The team will examine the impact of transfers with a focus on these farming households, and will also develop an agricultural support intervention to amplify the cash transfer for farming households.
The study will be implemented in close coordination with Give Directly and USAID. The Principal Investigators are Jon Robinson (University of California, Santa Cruz), Jenny Aker (Tufts University), Alan Spearot (University of California, Santa Cruz) and Shilpa Agarwal (India School of Business).
The Research Associate will work closely with the Research Manager, Principal Investigators, and other IPA country office staff to oversee all aspects of the research study. This position provides an excellent opportunity to gain extensive hands‐on experience in a field setting and to have significant management responsibility in a vibrant organization undertaking cutting‐edge development research, as well as the opportunity to work in close collaboration with a private sector developing country partner. Key areas of involvement will include: coordinating and collaborating with the partner and donor, designing survey questionnaires, recruiting, training and managing survey teams, designing and supervising logistics for the field activities, cleaning and analyzing survey data, assisting in the writing of project reports and policy memos, and liaising with key government and nongovernmental stakeholders. The work will develop your analytical and management skills and require your full commitment in a challenging environment.