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Associate Research Manager

Published on 23.10.2020


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Position : Associate Research Manager

Primary Purpose: You will play a key role in ensuring that as Young 1ove grows and evolves existing programs and develops new programs towards the goal of reaching 1 million youth in Eastern and Southern Africa with proven life-saving information. This includes analysis of large-scale randomized evaluation data in Southern Africa in the quest to bridge the ‘last mile of evidence’ – achieving both internal and external validity on ‘what works’ at scale. This also includes designing small-scale decision-focused randomized controlled trials to answer curriculum enhancement and delivery model questions. Moreover, you will be responsible for designing non-randomized M&E systems and tools to assess whether we are achieving impact at scale.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Lead project design and implementation and provide technical oversight on key quantitative research activities of the organization. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring activities are implemented with fidelity to the research design, planning and coordinating project activities as well as analyzing project data using Stata and reporting on results.
  • Conduct background research and literature reviews on current and new high-potential programs for Young 1ove and codify theories of change to facilitate evidence-based program design.
  • Develop and maintain paper and digital data collection tools and databases for all field information; possible types of information including survey monitoring data, pilot data and more. Lead survey design and data analysis for Rapid Impact Assessments – a fusion of prediction & causal techniques drawn from the technology sector (such as Google and Amazon) and economics, public policy and public health – to rigorously assess the impact of day-to-day changes made in our curricula. This process enables us to get leading indications of impact before running largescale RCTs.
  • Clean, manage and analyze large datasets and translate them into actionable insights and better decision-making on a day-to-day basis.
  • Produce reports containing relevant insights and conclusions for internal, academic and stakeholder audiences.
  • Supervise Research Assistant(s) and Surveyors in activities such as surveying, monitoring, data entry, data cleaning and data analysis.
  • Collaborate across multiple departments and support building out a small research team into a cutting-edge, rigorous M&E unit that fuses research and practice for the organization.
Required profile for job ad : Associate Research Manager
  • Bachelor or Masters degree in economics, statistics, public policy, public health, or a related discipline from an internationally recognized university
  • At least 2-3 years of relevant experience in program design and/or evaluation, including the design and execution of surveys, focus groups & interviews, preferably within the context of randomized controlled trials or scaled M&E systems and in low income or developing country settings
  • Excellent working knowledge of STATA (or similar statistical software)
  • Proficiency in SurveyCTO and Tableau preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to manage various tasks effectively & coordinate amongst project members and departments
  • Fluency in written and spoken English


  • Communication Skills – Strong written and verbal communications skills are essential, in particular, the ability to communicate complex thoughts and ideas simply and effectively and tailor communications to the audience.
  • Ability to create “structure out of nothing” – Strong ability to turn a visual reality or imagined outcome into a codified set of steps, actions and goals on paper.
  • Detail oriented – Can process, record and react to details relating to effective implementation and produce written work which captures “the devil in the details.”
  • Self-Starter – The individual must be a highly motivated self-starter who can creatively ensure that the engagement between different delegations (mainly Innovation, Curriculum and Research) is cohesive, while ensuring that the main decisions are evidence-based.
  • Energy, motivation and stamina – The role can be demanding and, at times, subject to external pressures for timely completion. The candidate must be adaptive, creative, organized, and highly motivated.
Job criteria for job ad : Associate Research Manager
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R&D, project management
Secretarial work, assistantship
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Research and development
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Permanent contract
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Central - Chobe - Francistown - Gaborone - Ghanzi - Jwaneng - Kgalagadi - Kgatleng - Kweneng - Lobatse - Ngamiland - North-East - Orapa - Selebi-Phikwe - South-East - Southern - Sowa
Experience level :
2 to 5 years
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Number of Position(s) : 10

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