Research Associate

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Position Summary

About the Project:

What works to prevent violence againts women and girls locally names “Pamodzi Kuthetsa Nkhanza” is a randomized controlled trial aiming to assess the effectiveness of a community-mobilisation intervention (SASA! Together) to prevent violence against women in Malawi. The study will evaluate the effectiveness of the PKN programme, assessing the effectiveness of the SASA! Together programme at shifting individual behaviours and reducing violence in intimate relationships while also tackling community norms that drive these forms of violence against women. The cRCT will also assess the added value of combining SASA! Together with a women’s social and economic empowerment programme, Moyo Olemekezeka (MO) for most at-risk households.

The programme takes a whole community approach and uses gender transformative approaches at different levels of society to address the root causes of IPV. It will draw primarily on two existing, evidence-based prevention models, namely SASA! Together, and Moyo Olemekeza (MO).

SASA! Together is the most recent revision of the SASA! Activist Kit, an evidence-based community mobilisation approach developed by Raising Voices in 2008. It aims to change social norms across the community, impacting how community members think about violence against women and about how they use their power in their intimate relationships and in the broader community.

The MO approach is a family-based, women’s economic and social empowerment approach. It has been adapted from Zindagii Shoista, another evidence-based approach implemented and evaluated in Tajikistan, which comprises a combination of gender norm, behavioural change and income-generating activities.

The Research Associate (RA) will within the guidance and supervision of the Associate Research Manager (RM) and within the confines of IPA Malawi policies and procedures, lead and manage assigned project(s) within IPA Malawi and Zambia Country offices. The RA will work closely with academic researchers and IPA staff to perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to: designing survey questionnaires, conducting qualitative research, running pilot exercises, refining study design and surveying instruments, managing survey teams, checking and analyzing data, cleaning data and assisting in preliminary analysis, project administration and financial planning, writing of project reports and policy memos, and coordinating with local partners.


  • Project planning and management including preparing work plans and timelines
  • Project staff recruitment, training and supervision: Support the recruitment and training of field staff on all aspects of data collection.
  • Support with Project budgeting and Finance management
  • Data quality and security management
  • Manage all data security aspects of the projects including protection of PII from un-authorized access and use.
  • Properly programmed, tested, and working questionnaires
  • Proper project folder structure
  • Established protocols on data entry, cleaning and reporting od data issues.
  • Well cleaned and anonymized data sets.
  • Well managed and updated data cleaning and analysis codes and do-files.
  • HFCs set up before launch of field activities.
  • At least 10% of surveys backchecked
  • Well documented actions on results of quality checks
  • General adherence to data quality protocols, including auditing enumerators, monitoring data collection, and conducting data quality audits
  • Project communication and partner management: lead both internal and external meetings
  • Support Research manager on project reporting and management of deliverables



  • At least 2 years of project leadership and data management experience.
  • Strong communication skills, ability to multi-task and a creative approach to work is required.
  • Ability to coordinate with members of other teams at a variety of levels and managing partner relations.
  • Education: A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject area such as economics, statistics, public policy, development, etc. Advanced degree will be an added advantage.


  • Experience programming electronic data collection tools using SurveyCTO
  • Experience in data analysis and management using Stata software

Reports to: Associate Research Manager

Deadline to Apply: June 15, 2024

Location: Lilongwe, Malawi

About IPA 

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA brings together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor. In recent decades, trillions of dollars have been spent on programs designed to reduce global poverty, but clear evidence of which programs succeed is rare, and when evidence does exist, decision-makers often do not know about it. IPA exists to bring together leading researchers and these decision-makers to ensure that the evidence we create leads to a tangible impact on the world. Since its founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 600 leading academics to conduct over 900 evaluations in 52 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide.

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