Research Manager 

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) seeks a highly motivated and qualified individual with strong project management, data analysis, and staff coaching skills as a Research Manager to oversee a portfolio research projects in Tanzania. This portfolio will cover various sectors and provides an opportunity to act as a critical bridge between leading academic researchers, policymakers, and staff implementing research on the ground. He/she will join the dynamic and committed IPA-Tanzania team and contribute to the successful implementation of research projects, development of new projects and capacity building of team members.

This position will be based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with occasional travel to field sites.


The Research Manager will perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to:

Plan and supervise survey implementation, quality assurance, data cleaning, data analysis and other activities related to rigorous impact evaluation implementation

Ensure project adherence to the research design, sampling strategy, data management, research protocols, and timelines

Directly supervise project research staff and lead with transitions, on-boarding of new research staff, and maintaining institutional memory of project activities

Build systems and structures to build staff capacity

Keep the Country Director apprised of all developments on the projects within their portfolio and serve as a key link between the field team, research staff, project stakeholders, and Principal Investigators

Oversee project financial management, including creation and monitoring of project budgets, and ensuring smooth integration of projects into IPA financial systems

Be the point of contact for data management and analysis support for project staff by serving as the link between projects and IPA headquarters

Manage relevant aspects of project staff payroll, project procurement, and project timelines

Produce regular reports for donors, researchers, and other stakeholders and ensure timely submission of project deliverables

Attend regular meetings with and manage relationships with key stakeholders

Support in the development of new projects

Perform related duties as assigned by supervisor


Master’s degree in economics, international development, public policy, or a related field

At least three years of experience in managing multiple projects with increasing responsibility

Excellent project management, budgeting, and organizational skills; meticulous attention to detail

Experience supervising data collection, teams of field workers, survey design and implementation and data management; background in randomized control trials preferred

Advanced knowledge of quantitative data collection relevant to measurement and instrument development

Advanced skills in Stata or any statistical packages and MSOffice

Strong quantitative, budgeting, and financial management skills

Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English

Creativity and intellectual curiosity in experimental methods

Ability to find quick and effective solutions to unforeseen circumstances

Flexible, independent, self-motivating, ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently and work under pressure

Ability to work in a diverse, multi-cultural environment

Tanzania experience is preferred

We are looking for a commitment period of at least three years for this position

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Research Manager, Tanzania”.