IPA MAICE Project Research Associate Job in Meru Town, Kenya

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
Mitigating Aflatoxin Consumption for Improving Child Growth (MAICE) Project
Position: Research Associate
Deadline to Apply: Reviewed on rolling basis
Start Date: June 2nd 2016 (non-negotiable)
Duration: 7-10 months
Location: Meru Town, Kenya

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering and promoting effective solutions to global poverty problems. 
In close partnership with decision makers – the policymakers, practitioners, investors, and donors working with the poor around the world – we design and evaluate potential solutions to poverty problems using randomized evaluations, the most rigorous evaluation method available. 
We also mobilize and support these decision makers to use these solutions to build better programs and policies at scale.
About the project: 
 IPA seeks qualified applicants for the position of Research Associate – Implementation for the MAICE Project.
Chronic exposure to aflatoxin, a fungal byproduct commonly found in maize, has been linked to liver cancer and suppressed immune system function. Non-experimental evidence suggests exposure to the toxin could also negatively impact children’s development.
 In Kenya, where maize is a staple in the diet, estimates of aflatoxin contamination vary by site and year, with various studies showing between 16% and 65% of maize exceeds the allowable limit.

MAICE is a randomized controlled trial being undertaken by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) to better understand the effect of aflatoxin consumption on stunting in children. The project began in January 2013 and will close in March 2017. 
Activities in 2016 and 2017 will involve continued implementation and monitoring of an intervention to reduce aflatoxin exposure among households assigned to the treatment group, endline data collection (July and October 2016) and result dissemination in the study villages (February 2017). 
The project is based in Meru and Tharaka-Nithi Counties, Kenya.

This position will be mainly dedicated to the implementation and monitoring of the intervention, which consists of offering people the opportunity to have their stored maize tested, and have their contaminated maize swapped, as well as providing aflatoxin-safe maize through shops in the study villages. 

The RA will oversee the implementation and logistics of the intervention, working closely with the project implementing partner. 
Data on the intervention are collected regularly for monitoring and research purposes, and the RA will be responsible for the quality and regular analysis of these data. 
Moreover, the Research Associate may participate in endline data collection and dissemination activities, working closely with the Meru-based Field manager, responsible for these activities.
The RA’s participation in endline data collection activities would be focused primarily on monitoring of data quality.
The position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand field management experience in an organization undertaking cutting-edge development research.
The Research Associate will work closely with the Field Manager in Meru, with the IPA-Kenya Country Office and the PIs (professional researchers and program manager) to perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to: 
  • sophisticated logistic planning, 
  • significant in-person oversight of implementing partner,
  •  managing the implementation field team, 
  • managing the back check of the intervention, 
  • monitoring implementation quality (coordination with the field manager in charge of data collection and dissemination to ensure quality and consistency of the different components of the project), 
  • checking and analyzing implementation data on a regular basis, 
  • financial accounting, HR, and various administrative tasks. 
The RA will also Support the field manager in terms of data quality checks and survey monitoring during data collection, and will take part in result dissemination activities in study villages.
Qualifications and Experience:
Required Qualifications:
  • A Bachelor’s degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or related fields 
  • Excellent management and organizational skills along with strong quantitative skills
  • Fluency and excellent communication skills in English
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, a team player 
  • Assertive personality and demonstrated ability to manage high-level relationships with partner organizations
Desired Qualifications: 
  • Experience living in a developing country is a strong plus 
  • Previous knowledge of or desire to learn Swahili or Kimeru a plus 
  • Knowledge of Stata (strongly preferred) or other data analysis software is preferred
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials preferred.
To Apply: https://poverty-action.formstack.com/forms/research_associate_maice

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the Research Associate -MAICE. The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary. Please note that IPA will never request any form of payment from an applicant. Applicants are encouraged to confirm the information listed above with IPA.

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