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(Senior) Research Manager for Impact Evaluations in Developing Countries (f/m)

The Chair of Econometrics at the University of Mannheim, Germany, is looking for a Senior Research Manager to join its team of Impact Evaluators working in developing countries.

With a strong focus on quantitative impact evaluations in developing countries, we are one of the leading research centers in the areas of poverty reduction, microfinance, health insurance, education, humanitarian assistance and nutrition in Germany. Our vision is to improve the lives of the poor and vulnerable by making development interventions more effective. C4ED is currently conducting projects all over the world with organizations such as 3IE, IPA, J-PAL, UNICEF, ILO, IFAD, ACTED or the World Bank.

Your task as a Senior Research Manager would mainly consist of designing, supervising and coordinating the surveys for the experimental or quasi-experimental impact evaluations we are conducting in developing countries. In collaboration with the researchers, you will take a leading role in structuring the data collection process. Specifically, your task will include:

·       Designing data collection in developing countries to fit the needs of the researchers;

·       Administrating data collection from Germany or in the field: budgeting, recruiting, data quality checks, data management;

·       Setting up data collection structures with local partners in the respective countries;

·       Training and capacity building in Germany and in the field;

·       While the focus is on quantitative methods, conducting or designing qualitative data collection will also be part of the tasks;

·       Frequent travelling of short duration to set-up surveys;

·       In cooperation with researchers, running data analysis;

·       Reporting and proposal writing: you may be required to give inputs on reports and proposals, specifically on the quantitative and qualitative sections.

·       Programming questionnaires in data collection software and developing data infrastructure

You have a Master’s degree in economics or social science with a significant coursework in quantitative analysis. Within your 3-5 years of work experience you gained managerial experience in international development or related fields – in particular on field surveys and large scale data collection in development countries. Skills in qualitative data collection and analysis would be a plus.

You have proven quantitative skills, knowledge of common statistics software packages (STATA) and experience programming data collection software (e.g. ODK, Survey Solutions). You are willing to work yourself into setting up data infrastructure.

While you will be embedded in a team, you are able to manage multiple tasks and propose solutions in a timely manner with minimal supervision. You enjoy interacting with a wide range of individuals ranging from researchers to donors and local partners, and you are able to entertain good collaborations. Willingness to travel to research project sites is necessary.

You have the capacity to maintain an organized and structured work style in a fast-paced environment and still care for details.

As we are working in an international setting, excellent oral and written communication skills in English are a must while excellent oral and written communication skills in French are desirable.

The position offers a good opportunity to deepen your expertise in applied econometrics, impact evaluations and survey methodology as well as general management skills. Depending on your level of expertise you will be offered a senior- or junior-level position.

The position can be full-time or part-time. Your salary will reflect your level of experience, starting from 3300 EUR gross. The position is based at the Department of Economics of the University of Mannheim, Germany and at the C4ED. We are interested to offer you a long-term job perspective.

Applicants may wish to include a CV and a brief outline of their motivation (in German, English; supplementary motivation letters in French or Spanish are also considered), and a copy of a report or analyses.

The position is currently vacant and is in urgent need to be filled. Candidates who have the capacity to start quickly will be given priority. For questions regarding the content of the position please contact Prof. Markus Frölich Please send your application to Eva Lübke