Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Innovations for Poverty Action seeks a qualified Temporary Research Associate to manage a study that will evaluate a new financial development program designed to improve financial access and financial education in under-served villages in Luapula Province, Zambia. The program, Financial Inclusion through Traditional Leaders (FIT), has been developed by FSD Zambia (FSDZ). Financial inclusion activities under FIT include, primarily, the creation of new savings groups in unserved and underserved areas. Financial education activities include the delivery of trainings with community members. The study will involve a randomized experiment that will use several interventions to examine the impact of the program’s three-pronged approach. The Principal Investigators are Dean Karlan (Professor, Northwestern University), Jessica Goldberg (Associate Professor, University of Maryland), Alfredo Burlando (Associate Professor, University of Oregon), Bilal Zia (Senior Economist, World Bank) and Peter Hangoma (Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, University of Zambia). The PIs lead on research design, questionnaire design and data analysis, and they provide the intellectual leadership for the project.
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. Key areas of involvement will include: piloting, designing survey questionnaires, recruiting, training and managing survey teams, designing and supervising logistics for the field activities, cleaning and analyzing survey data and assisting in the writing of project reports and policy memos.
Recent economics research suggests that strong traditional leadership improves state capacity and action. However, the mechanism through which formal institutions affect government policies are not well understood or explored in the economics literature. In addition, these studies are unable to explain why traditional institutions may or may not lead to positive outcomes, which makes it difficult to design policy to leverage these traditional institutions.
The proposed research hopes to cover these gaps through a randomized control trial (RCT) that will be implemented through a phase-in expansion of the FIT program over 120 villages in Luapula province. Unlike other financial inclusion programs, FIT places traditional leaders at the centre of its implementation. Under the FIT program, Luapula Chiefs will work together with local headmen to facilitate the delivery of financial inclusion and financial education interventions. Specifically, FIT aim to: (i) build the capacity of traditional leaders to initiate and reinforce financial inclusion, (ii) implement sustainable financial education and (iii) facilitate SG expansion through chiefs and local leaders. The evaluation will provide insights on the way in which traditional leaders may complement development programs and, more generally, the way in which traditional leaders affect the implementation of policies. We will measure impacts using household surveys and surveys with village headpersons. The position will be based in Luapula province, Zambia.
We are looking for a commitment period of 4-6 months, beginning from September 2019.
Applications will be interviewed on a rolling basis, and you are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.
The Temporary Research Associate will perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to: