Position title: Research and Learning Data Associate
Reports to: Research and Learning Manager, and Principal Investigator
Location: Côte d’Ivoire (strongly preferred), but will also consider Nigeria, Kenya
Deadline: 15th February 2024
Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) Africa is a not-for-profit organization registered and headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, with teams in Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, and Zambia. TaRL Africa began as a joint venture by Pratham and J-PAL in 2019, with the goal of supporting governments and organizations across Africa to accelerate children’s foundational skill learning using the evidence-based TaRL approach. TaRL Africa's mission is to support every child across Africa to build foundational skills for a better future. We support governments and organizations in over 12 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to design, deliver and scale impactful TaRL programs while learning and sharing how the approach can be improved for different contexts. Together with partners, TaRL Africa reached over four million children with TaRL programming by 2022.
Summary of the Role
The role of the Research & Data Associate involves supporting the research, learning, and evidence generation for the TaRL program in Africa. This position provides a unique opportunity to contribute to an evidence-based initiative aimed at addressing low learning levels. The Data Associate will join a dynamic, friendly team committed to delivering top-quality research and data that contributes to TaRL’s impact and global educational learning.
In this role, you will assist in various research activities, including study design, project planning, data collection, analysis, and documentation. Additionally, you will engage with internal and external research stakeholders to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing.
You’ll thrive in this role if you enjoy working directly with data, have an eye for detail and top-notch organisation skills, and have the curiosity and drive to deliver quality results in rigorous global education research with our high-impact team. Does this sound like you?
Duties & Responsibilities
- Overall research project management:
- Taking the lead on managing overall project timelines and deadlines using appropriate project management tools with limited supervision, including ongoing collaboration with the research team and partner organisations.
- Anticipating upcoming activities, seeking support, using resources effectively and efficiently and delegating when appropriate.
- Ensuring efficiency and cost-effectiveness best practices are undertaken by maintaining quality MOUs, protocols and checklists for assigned research projects.
- Ensuring ethical and security best practices are adhered to for data access, storage, and management for all research and learning projects assigned.
- Significantly supporting key scoping, designing, and testing research and learning activities, including but not limited to:
- Coordinating applications to local and international institutional review boards.
- Contributing to the design of research instruments and monitoring systems.
- Drafting and piloting questionnaire(s)
- Programming digital version of questionnaire
- Setting up a field plan and data flow plan
- Planning for project resources support in including survey software (e.g., Survey CTO) and hardware (phones/tablets/netbooks)
- Monitoring research study implementation and providing periodic reports to the Principal Investigator and researchers.
- Drafting and piloting a monitoring plan
- Effectively managing study implementation, including program roll out
- Setting up monitoring processes to monitor roll out and take up of research
- Identifying possible threats to the validity of the study and communicating that to the larger research team
- Documenting deviations from the original design of the study
- Carrying out recruitment, training and supervising survey firms and/or enumerators on data collection.
- Overseeing data collection, and ensuring that it complies with standards for data quality.
- Leading as guided in cleaning, analyzing and presenting data for study design or computation of results (often in Stata and/or R).
- Writing clear, concise do files or R scripts for high frequency checks, data cleaning and analysis
- Assisting on analysis report, presentation of results
- Documentation of research results and preparing handover documents that could be used by policy team or new researchers in the future.
- Systematically recording project decisions through the study lifecycle
- Writing high-quality documents for the evaluation, including training manuals, process reports and reports of results from the different rounds of data collection.
- For research activities using an external survey firm, monitoring their compliance with timelines, contract deliverables, data management systems and quality assurance from inception to project finalisation.
- Joining and contributing to learning team meetings and brainstorming on other TaRL Africa research projects.
- Engaging internal and external stakeholders.
- Creatively communicating research lessons and results with the TaRL community and more broadly (ex. through blogs, podcasts, newsletters, etc.).
- A Master's degree or Engineer’s Diploma in economics, statistics, education, or a related field (or a Bachelor’s with three years of directly relevant experience in lieu of a Masters).
- A minimum of two years of experience working in a similar research-focused position (or three years with a Bachelor’s degree).
- Must be fluent in English and French.
- Demonstrated advanced experience (collection, cleaning and analysis) with data collection platforms and data analysis software, such as Stata or R.
- Ability and willingness to learn new software/ programming technologies.
- Strong understanding of development economics, impact evaluation methodology, randomized evaluations, statistics, microeconomics and econometrics.
- Advanced writing and oral presentation skills in English and French, particularly the ability to communicate technical research considerations to policymakers and implementors in a non-technical manner.
- Understanding of data systems and ethics of conducting research with human subjects.
- Strong interpersonal skills with cross-cultural teams.
- Desire to help improve learning outcomes for students at scale.
- Experience working in Africa.
- Willingness to travel frequently and flexibly.
- Experience in data visualisation to effectively communicate data (e.g., Power BI).
- Expertise in survey programming (e.g., SurveyCTO, Kobo Collect).
- African citizens are strongly preferred but those residing on the continent with a right to work in their country of residence will also be considered. A work permit will not be hosted for this role.
TaRL Africa Values
- We put children’s learning first.
- We are always learning, improving, and innovating.
- We are locally rooted for high-quality delivery and sustainable impact.
- We are kind, respectful and collaborative.
- We are proactive, committed to integrity and doing our best each day.
How to apply?
Please fill in APPLICATION by 15th February 2024. Only applications submitted through the form will be accepted. Please note that, due to the large volume of applications, we will only be able to respond to short-listed applicants.
TaRL Africa is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.