Research Manager, Uganda

Innovations for Poverty Action
Kampala, Uganda
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Innovations for Poverty Action

IPA seeks a Research Manager to oversee a portfolio of three to six research projects in Uganda. 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 dynamic and passionate team of IPA Uganda and will manage a portfolio of three to six research projects, each of which is staffed with a team of one or more permanent staff.

These projects will span the breadth of sectors that IPA Uganda works in, from governance to health, agriculture, business, and education. 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 Uganda practices. The Research Manager will also participate in IPA Uganda Management discussions and contribute to the development of new projects, policy outreach, and capacity building. This position will be based in Kampala, Uganda.


  • Directly supervise project research staff, and help with transitions, on-boarding of new research staff and maintaining institutional memory of project activities;
  • Work with Principal 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 Principal 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;
  • Support the dissemination of results via presentations and reports to academic and non-academic audiences.


  • Master’s degree in relevant fields such as development economics, public policy, public health, or education policy.
  • 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. Strong knowledge of Stata is required;
  • 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.

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