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Research Manager – J-PAL Southeast Asia

Position Summary

Job Title: Research Manager
Start Date: September 1, 2013
Length of Commitment: More than 2 years
Education: Masters
Organization: J-PAL Southeast Asia at UI

J-PAL Southeast Asia, based at the Institute for Economic and Social Research at the University of Indonesia (LPEM)* seeks a qualified applicant for the position of *Research Manager (RM)* for a variety of projects on small business finance in Indonesia. The position offers an opportunity to gain extensive project and research management experience in an organization undertaking cutting-edge development research.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
Strong Scientific Participation and Oversight:

  •  Coordinate and lead a portfolio of research projects, with significant first-hand field supervision, including to rural locations.
  • Facilitate, strengthen and maintain effective and efficient   communication as the primary contact point with Principal Investigators  (PIs) triaging which elements require feedback from PIs and subject experts.
  • Formulate plans for operationalizing field activities conceptualized by PIs, including piloting processes, and working closely with survey and   other research partner institutions
  • As appropriate, work with Research Analysts (RAs) to draft protocols, perform power calculations, prepare research instruments, craft reports and/or supervise their work;
  • Propose to and, if possible, implement innovations in the different   stages of a project in coordination with PIs.
  • Build capacities within projects’ teams, by transferring knowledge to RAs and project partners.
  • Adapt advances in knowledge (both programmatic and research) from other projects to projects under your responsibility.
  • Ensure that project activities are on schedule and prepare project update reports according to agreements with funders and partners.
  • Conduct background research on new projects and initiatives.

Team Management:

  • Participate in the recruitment of new staff.
  • Guide and train new staff, including the provision of logistical support as appropriate.
  • Facilitate appropriate and efficient division of tasks across staff, and accurately delegate tasks to RAs and provide strong deadlines for execution.
  • Supervise staff. This includes: documenting performance, organizing semi-annual reviews, and making recommendations for promotions or terminations.

Budget Management:

  • Plan expenditures to fulfill project obligations within timelines set by funders; update as project design and/or local conditions evolve.
  • Work with J-PAL’s administration officer to keep detailed accounts of all activities on these projects, including monitoring expenses in the  field and summarizing current expenditures and forecasting expected  expenditures on a quarterly basis.

Management of Human Subjects Approvals and Ethics Applications:

  •  Coordinate application process for all research and other permissions required to conduct project activities.
  •  Maintain a calendar of deadlines and alert PIs and team leadership of  upcoming deadlines in a timely way.

Reporting and communication:

  • Facilitate and participate in regular communication among field team and between PIs and field teams as appropriate.
  • Provide periodic updates on project activities to PIs and subject  experts.
  • Participate in the planning and design of any outreach activities.
  • Assist with preparation of dissemination materials, including flyers and slides for presentations.

*Mandatory Qualifications:*

  • A Master’s degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or  related fields.
  • Prior work experience of minimum of 2 years in developing countries (not necessarily confined to development work).
  • Proven management and organizational skills along with strong  quantitative skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage high-level relationships with partner  organizations.
  • Fluency and excellent communication skills in English.
  • Flexibility, self-motivation, the ability to manage multiple tasks   efficiently as a team player.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials (strongly desired).
  • Interest and experience in microfinance, entrepreneurship, SME  development, and innovative business approaches for growth, income  generation, and poverty alleviation (strongly desired).
  • Knowledge of Stata (strongly preferred), SAS, or any other data  analysis software.
  • Significant training in and a strong technical understanding of economics and econometrics.
  • Experience living and conducting field research in a developing  country, ideally in South East Asia.
  • Attention to detail and advanced writing and presentation skills  (clear, precise, creative) for communicating policy lessons from academic  papers in ways that policymakers understand.
  • Experience with making presentations and liaising with senior  officials, including sensitive relationships in government and other large  institutions.
  • Strong interest in international development policy and research as  demonstrated by coursework and/or study or work abroad.
  • Knowledge of Indonesian, or least a strong willingness to learn. *

We are looking for a commitment period of two and a half years for this position.

How to Apply

  1. Send an email to Héctor Salazar Salame at hsalazar@povertyactionlab.org, copying jobs@poverty-action.org20jobs@poverty-action.org> and jpalseajobs@povertyactionlab.org following these instructions exactly:  In the subject line, put your full name, first (given) name followed by last (family) name. Please attach ONLY your CV. In the email body, copy exactly the following position line: 100968 JPALSoutheast Asia, Research  Manager – Small Business Loan Programs and SME Finance. 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.
  2. Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application<https://apply.povertyactionlab.org/login>indicating that you are interested in applying for a “”Type 3″” position. “

The full job description and application instructions can be found at



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