Associate Research Manager

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Last update: Mar 27, 2023 Last update: Mar 27, 2023


Deadline: Apr 25, 2023 Deadline for applications has passed
Location: Mexico Mexico
Job type: Contract, 12 months +
English, Spanish English, Spanish
Work experience: Min 5 years
Date posted: Mar 26, 2023
Expected starting date: May 1, 2023


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Innovations for Poverty Action Mexico is seeking an Associate Research Manager/Research Manager to manage a portfolio of projects in sectors such as policing, crime prevention, migration, and climate change, among others. The role includes both research and project implementation components. The successful candidate will work closely with the country office to ensure effective support is provided to projects and that they are working within relevant policies and procedures. The Associate Research Manager/Research Manager will also play a role in country program development, project development, policy conversations, and capacity building.


  • Manage a portfolio of projects, including quantitative and qualitative research and project implementation components.
  • Ensure project adherence to general research design, sample selection, data management and analysis, and overall project management.
  • Oversee project financial management, including creation and monitoring of project budgets, and ensure smooth integration of projects into IPA financial systems.
  • Work with field office staff to ensure sound human resource and operational management of projects.
  • Directly supervise project research staff, help with transitions, onboarding of new research staff, and maintain "institutional memory" of project activities.
  • Ensure that project deliverables, such as reports and financial statements, are submitted to donors and partners on time.
  • Lead training on data management and general project management for new/incoming project research staff.
  • Promote inter-project best practices and take a lead in sharing best practices with projects through formal and informal training opportunities.
  • Be the point of contact for data management and analysis support for project staff by serving as the link between projects and IPA headquarters.
  • Attend meetings with local government officials and partners to ensure success of both project specific and key IPA programmatic activities.
  • When requested, support the dissemination of results via presentations and reports to academic and non-academic audiences.
  • Support the Country Director in the development of new research studies in cooperation with principal investigators and partner organizations.


  • Master’s degree in economics, development, international relations, public administration, public policy, or a closely related field strongly preferred.
  • Five or more years of related work experience with demonstrated ability to produce high quality written documents under tight deadlines (English and Spanish).
  • Ability to supervise staff and manage projects independently.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, donors working in international development
  • Excellent verbal communication, including ability to effectively communicate with internal and external individuals and organizations (English and Spanish)
  • Familiarity with randomized control trials
  • Experience developing and managing large budgets for field work in developing countries
  • Must be able to provide exemplary service to internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to work independently and complete high-quality assignments
  • Must be extremely organized, detail oriented, and able to manage multiple competing deadlines
  • Ability and willingness to travel

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About IPA 

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA brings together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor. In recent decades, trillions of dollars have been spent on programs designed to reduce global poverty, but clear evidence on which programs succeed is rare, and when evidence does exist, decision-makers often do not know about it. IPA exists to bring together leading researchers and these decision-makers to ensure that the evidence we create leads to tangible impact on the world. Since its founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 600 leading academics to conduct over 900 evaluations in 52 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 

IPA's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) 

As an organization, IPA is dedicated to improving the lives of the world's most vulnerable populations through evidence and policy. We also recognize how important it is for our staff to reflect the diversity of the places where we work and the communities we work with. As such, IPA is committed to hiring from a diverse pool of candidates, from a range of backgrounds, beliefs, experiences, and perspectives. We know that this makes our work stronger and more responsive to the challenges faced by those we work with and for and we encourage people from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Click here to learn more about IPA’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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