Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
Vacant Position: Qualitative Research Associate – AHME Project
Reporting To: Research Manager
Start Date: 2nd April, 2018
Duration: 6 Months
Deadline to Apply: 28th February, 2018
Eligibility: Position open to local Kenyan hires only
About Innovations for Poverty Action: Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is an international non-profit research organization dedicated to discovering and promoting effective solutions to global poverty problems.
IPA works in partnership with development partners and academic researchers to create and evaluate approaches potential solutions to poverty problems using randomized evaluations in the fields of health, education, microfinance, governance and agriculture.
We also mobilize and support these decision makers to use these solutions to build better programs and policies at scale.
About the Project: The AHME Impact Evaluation is an external evaluation of the African Health Markets for Equity (AHME) initiative.
The goal of the impact evaluation is to rigorously evaluate the extent to which transforming the business model of franchised providers and expanding access to demand side financing generates effective coverage of priority health technologies and interventions amongst the poor.
The AHME Qualitative Evaluation aims to understand how AHME impacts provider and client attitudes towards quality of care, options for care, and health seeking, as well as to document provider and client experiences with the AHME interventions.
About the Position: The Research Associate under the general supervision of the Research Manager and within the limits of Innovations for Poverty Action-Kenya policies and procedures coordinates the facilitation of field activities and functions within IPAK.
Below is a list of some of the general duties and responsibilities of the Research Associate, to be carried out as needed according to the determination of the Research Manager.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Co-lead the in-depth training for the field staff on all aspects of qualitative data collectioncincluding:
- preparing for and scheduling interviews
- field logistics (incentives, transport, tracking of respondents, airtime tracking)
- distribution and tracking of work
- qualitative techniques and role plays
- documentation and storage of files
- reporting structure
- Plan pre-testing of the interview guide instrument
- Manage qualitative field team, including development of effective reporting channels
- Supervise timely implementation of developed field plan and that it is conducted within budget
- Closely monitor team day-to-day in the field and oversee problem-solving efforts
- Develop data quality measures (e.g. sit-ins with the field staff) and manage any arising issues in the quality of data, field manager and interviewer performance
- Ensure adherence to data quality protocols, including overseeing field teams, monitoring data collection, conducting data quality audits, and ensuring data security
- Supervise equipment registry (i.e. audio recorders)
- Oversee communication with transcription firm to ensure adherence to timeline
- Oversee backchecking of transcripts to ensure highest data integrity
- Ensure documentation and proper storage of files
Design and Outreach
- Develop and maintain close relationships with partners
- Help develop and revise study materials for local context
- Help design and edit the interview guide in collaboration with PI feedback
HR and Logistical Preparation work
- Manage day-to-day expenditures and maintain timely communication with appropriate IPA staff on budget management and in-country finances
- Obtain introduction and permission letters needed for fieldwork well in advance to avoid disruptions when data collection begins
- Recruitment and hiring for project fieldwork lead position
o Short-list of candidates to be interviewed
o Interview candidates and suggest top candidates for hire
- Oversee the drafting of contracts and payroll for the field staff over their period of hire
- Supervise and finalize all DSA payments being requested for any field staff that are working away from their work station
- Supervise field staff activities, report field staff hours and any other necessary information to IPA HR for payment
- Promptly report any performance or other HR issues to the IPA and UCSF teams
- Supervise the procurement process of all project-related purchases and ensure procurement is in compliance with the budgetary requirements.
- Request for Imprest and promptly make returns to the financial department
Reports and Meetings
- Ensure timely exchange of data and information between IPA and partners including participating in key stakeholders and presenting research findings
- Help write and prepare reports for presentation to partners
- Write IPA field reports
- Attend all conference calls during fieldwork preparation, conducting and analysis/reporting
- Make arrangements for and help lead meetings with country partners for dissemination of results
- Write and disseminate financial reports to PIs and partners
- Contribute to manuscript write-ups of findings
- Create financial tracking systems to be reviewed internally
Qualifications and Experience:
- Preferred to have a Master’s degree in public health, social sciences, public policy, or related fields. Bachelor Degree required.
- Two to four years of qualitative research experience; experience in the fields of health care/heath systems strengthening strongly preferred
- Prior work experience conducting field research in developing contexts
- Excellent management and organizational skills along with strong qualitative skills
- Demonstrated ability to manage field teams and data collection at various levels (planning, piloting, collecting, transcription, backchecking, financial budgeting and reporting, human resources and team building)
- Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and team player
- Demonstrated ability to manage high-level relationships with partner organizations and policy makers
- Strong communication skills with fluency in English
How to Apply
CLICK HERE to apply online
Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the Qualitative Research Associate- AHME Project. 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.
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