Job Opening: Research Project Manager

Tugende and Stockholm University seek a Research Project Manager to be based in Kampala, Uganda. The Research Project Manager will be in charge of implementing and evaluating the project “Collateralised Lending for Microenterprise: Impact, Misallocation and Moral Hazard”, in close collaboration with colleagues at the research partner, Tugende LLC, and the principal investigators, Konrad Burchardi (IIES), Jonathan de Quidt (IIES) and Benedetta Lerva (IIES). The position provides ample learning opportunities for candidates who seek to be involved in cutting-edge development economic research.

 

The project

A puzzle in development economics is how to reconcile the high returns to capital found in numerous randomized controlled trials with microentrepreneurs, with the low impact of microcredit, which was expected to make such returns available to credit constrained entrepreneurs. This project studies the impact of an innovative collateralized credit program for a specific productive asset – motorcycle taxis (“bodas”) – which may help to bridge this gap. The study includes additional components to evaluate the severity of credit constraints and moral hazard in our sample. To this end, we will run a large scale randomized control trial involving 3,000 individuals to be followed for three years.

Responsibilities

The project manager will be (1) responsible for implementing and coordinating all surveys and experimental interventions. In particular, this includes:

  • Designing, piloting and programming of survey instruments;
  • Organizing and leading the training of enumerators for data collection;
  • Managing the field implementation of the surveys including field supervisor coordination;
  • Implementing mechanisms to monitor and ensure high data quality;
  • Organizing the data inflow and data management and lead data cleaning activities.

She/he will also be (2) involved in the analysis of the data and report writing. She/he will contribute to disseminating the results by presenting at policy meetings, seminars, and conferences.

Qualifications

We seek applicants who have an analytical mind, a background in economics, and a very good understanding of economic research methodologies and the challenges involved. The role requires the applicant to be well-organised, able to manage and coordinate staff, and submit deliverables in adherence to the timelines. A typical applicant will have a Masters in Economics, Econometrics, Statistics or related quantitative discipline, experience in quantitative research, advanced knowledge of STATA and the Office package, excellent knowledge of Development Economics and Econometrics, and strong oral and written communication skills in English. Prior experience working in developing countries and especially in Sub-Saharan Africa is a plus.

Application Instructions

To apply, please send a CV and a short cover letter (one-page max) to bodaproject@gmail.com. The email subject should specify the position you are applying for, project name and your last name. The final deadline for applications is February 15th, 2016, but we will review applications immediately. The desired start date is early in 2016.The contract duration is 12 months, renewable (with an initial 3 month probation period). However, we may need to end the contract after 6 months depending on the success of a pilot experiment. If you have any questions on the project or position, please feel free to contact any of the principal investigators.

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