IPA seeks a Country Representative to oversee its Zambia office. The Country Representative will be based in Lusaka with travels across the country as required.
The CR will work with IPA Global and key stakeholders to set the strategic direction for IPA in Zambia and oversee multiple simultaneous impact evaluations in a variety of sectors, rural development, financial inclusion, governance, education and public health.
The position provides the opportunity to guide the research program in Zambia, spend time in the field, direct in-country operations and to interact closely with academic researchers, local government agencies, donors, and other NGOs.
The Country Representative, assisted by his / her management team and more broadly a team of permanent staff and short term field staff at any given time, will provide overarching oversight to all project and office operations, lead strategic planning for the country program, oversee finance and operations teams, build and strengthen systems for high quality data collection, provide capacity building of local staff and partners, and lead the dissemination of results to local practitioners and policy makers.
The Country Representative will also contribute to IPA’s continued expansion by initiating new partnerships and projects in the countries.
The Country Representative will be assisted by a Management Team comprising Human Resources, Finance, Policy and Operations staff.
The larger team is comprised of local and international permanent staff, and up to hundreds of short-term field staff enumerators at any given time.
Oversee high-quality research
Oversee and manage a team composed of Research Coordinator, Research Associates, and Field Managers, whose responsibilities include project design, management of data collection, data management and analysis, and writing of research reports, all in close collaboration with principal investigators;
Build systems and structures to ensure that the implementation of research activities follows IPA’s quality standards and principal investigator’s directions;
Spearhead technical skills training for staff leverage IPAs Global Research and Data Support team; and
Work to incorporate best practices and lessons learned in research and operations by other IPA offices and research affiliates.
New Project development
In dialogue with potential partners, principal investigators, identify and develop potential projects with meaningful research and policy implications;
Participate in project design and lead budgeting during the proposal stage to ensure evaluations meet IPA standards; and
Coordinate fundraising for research proposals.
Ensure sound operations, finances and grants management
Provide supervision and support to administrative staff, overseeing human resources, IT, operations, and finances.
With support from the Finance Manager and other managers, ensure compliance with financial procedures, approve expenditures, make accurate projections and ensure overall compliance.
Oversee the management of project budgets and donor reporting ensuring that grant kick-off and review meetings are regularly held for active projects, with support from the Research Manager and administrative staff, and in coordination with IPA’s global grants team.
Ensure that country office structures are supported by incoming revenue.
Policy impact and external relations
Represent IPA in national and local government agencies and partner organizations.
Manage relationships with current and potential IPA partner organizations;
Develop and maintain high-level relationships with stakeholders in Zambia
Engage government partners and other stakeholders to identify research questions of interest and cultivate potential research projects in those areas; and
Oversee targeted dissemination, encourage scale up of successful interventions.
Mitigate and manage risks
Set security standards and parameters for work to ensure staff safety and security; Monitor security concerns for IPA operations and act as primary contact in crisis management;
Take steps to mitigate risk and to safeguard the organization’s reputation; and
Oversee procurement, safety, billing and security and ensure organizational legal compliance.
Master’s degree in international affairs, international public policy, development economics, or field related to international economic development;
A minimum of 4 years of relevant work experience, including 3 years in a management position;
Strong quantitative skills and familiarity with randomized controlled trials;
Experience in developing research projects, experience with budgeting and project planning;
Passion for connecting rigorous research to policy makers and practitioners and communicating what works in development;
Commitment to leading a diverse team in a multicultural environment and building staff capacity;
Ability to communicate effectively across cultures with multiple stakeholders including international and local academic researchers, government officials, NGO partners, enumeration teams, and study participants;
Significant exposure to human resources and financial management;
Experience in grants and contracts management, preferably in a research setting;
Excellent management and organizational skills and ability to work independently;
Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and a team player;
Experience living and working in Africa;
Fluency in English is required; strong oral and written communication skills.