Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a U.S. non-profit organization dedicated to creating, evaluating, and replicating innovative solutions to poverty and policy problems worldwide. IPA specializes in using randomized impact evaluation to assess the effectiveness of development programs.
Job Title: Project Manager
Job Location: Accra, Greater Accra Region
IPA seeks an Evaluation Coordinator for immediate hire, who will assist with the design, implementation and evaluation of pilots of new banking products designed to increase savings. The pilot products are being launched by North Volta Rural Bank (NVRB), and the Evaluation Coordinator will work closely both with NVRB and with researchers from the World Bank to design and test these new products to increase both the number of savings account customers, and to help customers increase their savings account balances. The interventions being tested include a mobile savings deposit collector service, lockboxes, and a commitment savings product. This position will be based in the North Volta Region, near Guaman or Nkwanta, and will require extensive travel within the Northern Volta region.
The Evaluation Coordinator (EC) will have primary responsibility for day to day supervision and management of the fieldwork, and will work on a daily basis with counterparts from North Volta Rural Bank. The EC will be the only member of the research team who is based full-time in the region where the study is taking place, and will be responsible for making sure that every part of the pilot study is carried out according to plan. However, the EC is expected to contribute his or her own intelligence and creativity to the design and execution of the pilot study. As the person who will be observing how the pilot is functioning most closely, the EC will likely have his or her own ideas about the reasons behind challenges that the project faces; how to change things; and what would make the program being piloted more successful. Part of the EC