Innovations for Poverty Action: Southern Regional Manager - Jobs in Ghana

Innovations for Poverty Action: Southern Regional Manager

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7 Apr, 2011

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Innovations for Poverty Action was born in 2002 when Dean Karlan founded Development Innovations, a non-profit organization dedicated to bridging the gap between academia and development policy in practice.  Dean’s graduate school advisors, Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Sendhil Mullainathan agreed to join him on the board of the new organization, along with Ray Fisman, a professor from Columbia. In 2003, Banerjee, Duflo and Mullainathan started MIT’s Poverty Action Lab (now the Abdul Lateef Jameel Poverty Action Lab, or J-PAL), a center at MIT and network of like-minded researchers from around the world. From the beginning the two organizations were set to work closely, and continue to promote a shared vision to this day.  Development Innovations officially changed to Innovations for Poverty Action around the same time in order to show the closely-linked vision of the two organizations.

Each year since then IPA has managed to at least double in size to approximately $25 million in income in 2010. We now have projects in over 40 countries and approximately 500 staff.

While in some countries we do run anti-poverty programs directly, the vast majority of our work around the world is collaborative. We partner with other implementing organizations—mostly local and international nonprofits, but also governments and private firms—and design and run program evaluations to find out what works and what doesn’t, and then we let the world know.

Today over 100 researchers — many professors at some of the leading institutions of higher education in the world — turn to us to implement and manage their projects. For our researchers and our donors, the greatest satisfaction comes from knowing that the value of our work will continue to increase many times over through more effective anti-poverty programs.


JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN GHANA: Innovations for Poverty Action

IPA Ghana is recruiting a Southern Regional Manager at either the Deputy Country Director or Project Coordinator level. The successful candidate will assist in providing overall management support across projects in southern Ghana. The position will include a variety of activities and responsibilities, ranging from technical support on existing research projects to organizational, management and human resource support.  He or she will play a senior role in IPA’s Ghana Country Office and report directly to the Country Director (CD).  The Southern Regional Manager will interact with key players in various development organizations, and will also support outreach activities and the dissemination of results in Ghana.  The role provides a unique opportunity to gain management experience, with responsibility for developing overarching organizational structures and systems, while also being involved in cutting-edge research projects.

Research projects in Ghana cover a number of sectors including micro-savings, education, public health, agriculture, financial literacy. The South Regional Manager will be based in Accra, Ghana and will work at a variety of field to support ongoing projects based out of Accra and the Eastern Region. He or She will be responsible for the following tasks:

General Management (45%):

  • Assist with administrative tasks in Accra Office, including managing office administrative staff.
  • Develop and implement country-wide accounting procedures including allocation of expenses, financial recordkeeping completion of monthly budgets and financial reports, proper use of QuickBooks, coordinating annual audit, and inventory tracking.
  • Ensure overall the organizational legal compliance of the Ghana office.
  • Work with Country Director and Northern Regional Manager to circulate office wide updates.

Project Backstopping (45%)

  • Manage in-house and external Data Entry so as to coordinate entry across projects as well as to ensure quality, efficiency, and affordability.
  • Provide day-to-day technical support to Program Associates on ongoing research projects in the South to ensure work plans and timelines are met and that data quality is high
  • Liaise with the Northern Regional Manager and CD to ensure consistency of programming.
  • Support southern PA/PCs with project finances and human resource procedures.
  • Oversee production of technical reports, outputs and analysis, project briefs and communication materials for all southern PAs/PCs.
  • Work with CD to ensure consistent and regular PI updates, partner liaising and updates for all southern projects.
  • Support southern PA/PCs to ensure that all IRB rules and regulations are met.

New Project/Partner Outreach (5%)

  • Conduct field and background research for new projects based in the southern half of Ghana.
  • Support CD in partner outreach including meetings with interested organization and review new project ideas.
  • Assist with grant applications for new and ongoing projects

Outreach/Dissemination (5%)

  • Work with CD and Cluster Director to disseminate research findings to national stake holders

Qualifications and Experience:

  • A Bachelor’s or Masters’ Degree (preferred) in economics, public policy, social sciences or related fields
  • Significant experience in social science field research, previous survey and field experience strongly preferred
  • Management experience and excellent organizational skills
  • International work experience (6 month minimum)
  • Sound data analysis skills, knowledge of STATA strongly preferred
  • Flexibility, self-motivation, team spirit and an ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse constituencies and to work independently
  • Fluency in English, excellent writing and communication skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Willingness to travel
  • Ability and willingness to work effectively in cross-cultural environments
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials preferred

The commitment sought for this position is a minimum of two years. The position will start on June 1, 2011.

If you are interested, please do two things:

1.      Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application indicating that you are interested in applying for a “Type 1” position.

2.      Send an email to [email protected], following these instructions exactly:

In the subject line: Put your full name, first (given) name followed by last (family) name.

Attachments: Please attach ONLY your CV.

In the email body: Copy exactly the following position line:

100382IPAGhana, Micro-savings, Education, Public Health, Agriculture, Financial Literacy

Please do not include any text besides the position line(s) in the body of the e-mail. Adding extra text will interfere with the processing of your application.

If you are applying to multiple positions, you can put multiple positions lines in the same email.  And you may send multiple such emails.  However, please do not do this for more than 10 positions per every 6 month period.  So, if you put 10 position lines in one email, then that counts as ten.  Or if you put 4 in one email, and 6 in another, that also counts as ten.

J-PAL and IPA work closely together to conduct rigorous impact evaluations to test and improve the effectiveness of poverty reduction programs.  Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.


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