25 Apr 2016

IPA Job Vacancy : CEA Implementation Associate

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Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA works with development partners and academic researchers to design and rigorously evaluate, sometimes implement approaches to solving development problems, and to refine these solutions and their applications together with decision-makers to ensure that the evidence created is used to improve opportunities for the world’s poor. IPA works in a variety of fields, including education, agriculture, microfinance, and health. Since our founding in 2002, IPA has conducted over 450 evaluations in 51 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. IPA has been formally established in Ghana since 2009 and has experienced a fast growth since then. It has a young and dynamic team overseeing 19 ongoing projects, and composed of 84 permanent staff.

Job Description

  • Reports to: Research Associate
  • Location:  Tamale
  • Length of Commitment: 1 year (Renewal)
  • Desired start date: Immediately
  • Deadline to apply: 2nd May, 2016
  • Job Code:   IA-DIRTS-23416

IPA Ghana seeks an Implementation Associate who will manage one of the three interventions of the Disseminating Innovative Resources and Technologies to Smallholders (DIRTS) project. Lead Principal Investigators on the DIRTS study are Dean Karlan and Christopher Udry of Yale University. The study’s interventions are implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the Ghana Insurers Association and several other partners. The Community Extension Agent (CEA) part of the DIRTS project comprises of a network of 81 community residents trained and coached by IPA and the MoFA Agricultural Extension Agents (AEAs) to deliver timely extension messages to farmers in their communities, using Android technology, to endow farmers with relevant knowledge of agricultural best practices for maize and legume cultivation. IPA Ghana seeks an Implementation Associate to ensure the smooth implementation of this part of the project. This position will be based in Tamale, Northern Region.

The Implementation Associate will report to the Research Manager in the Tamale Office. The Implementation Associate will:

  • Manage the team responsible for the implementation of the Community Extension Agents (CEA) intervention in 81 communities of the Northern Region, in close cooperation with the District Offices of the Department of Food and Agriculture;
  • Supervise data analysts in charge of retrieving and analyzing data regarding CEAs’ operations and performance;
  • Conduct field visits and report on findings in a systematic, comprehensive and reliable manner;
  • Ensure Management and Principal Investigators are updated on CEA activities at least on weekly basis;
  • Manage grants and overall finances of DIRTS Implementation by tracking grant spending, preparing grant deliverables, and liaising with Grants team at IPA Headquarters;
  • Strengthen links between CEA and other DIRTS project arms (ie. Rainfall Insurance Marketing team and Evaluation team);
  • Take lead in promoting dissemination events and external communications related to the project;
  • Engage directly with partners in the agriculture sector in the northern regions to present the CEA intervention, its links with concurring interventions in the Northern regions, and present on preliminary findings;
  • Prepare donor reports, policy briefs and other written communication materials;
  • Together with Management and the Principal Investigators plan for potential replication or scale up studies, that build on the evidence gathered during the DIRTS project;
  • Keep project files organized and updated and ensure smooth knowledge sharing within the project; and
  • Perform any other work related duties that may be assigned.

Required Skills or Experience

  • Fluency in English (mandatory) and Dagbani (highly preferred);
  • Prior experience working with smallholder farmers;
  • Prior exposure and an existing network in the agriculture sector in Northern Ghana preferred;
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in agronomy, agricultural extension, agribusiness, agricultural economics, or related field; Master’s degree preferred
  • Experience in grant management;
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint;
  • Excellent management and organizational skills;
  • Experience conducting research or working in a research environment is highly preferred;
  • Great team player with excellent communication skills (quantitative skills desirable but not required); and
  • Ability to pay great attention to detail, prioritize and multitask.

How to Apply

To apply, please fill out the online application form by clicking the link below: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2734622/IPAG-DIRTS-Impl-Associate-Application-Form Please take note of the following instructions:
  • Though the deadline to apply is May 2 2016, applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until suitable candidates are found
  • Your Cover Letter and CV will be required to complete the application form.
  • Incomplete applications or applications not completed through the web-form will not be considered.
  • Due to high volume of applications received, IPA will only contact shortlisted candidates.
DISCLAIMERPlease note that IPA will never require monetary compensation as part of its application process. Any requests for monetary compensation by persons claiming to be IPA employees or persons claiming to represent IPA should be disregarded and reported. Please direct questions to [email protected].

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