Data Manager

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Position Summary

IPA’s Global Research and Data Support (GRDS) team supports IPA’s research staff to conduct high-quality research around the world, through providing research resources, coding services, training programs, and more.

The Data Manager will be an essential member of IPA’s Global Research and Data Support (GRDS) team and will play a leading role in providing technical support to IPA’s country offices and research projects. This involves fielding support requests, managing and providing coding services, mentoring coding specialists, and liaising with country offices. The Data Manager will also lead efforts to enforce research quality standards and to publish research data.



Provide advanced coding services directly to projects, particularly in SurveyCTO and Stata.

Coordinate global requests for coding services, including building Scopes of Work and delegating tasks to other coding specialists.

Centrally manage global research support and troubleshooting requests.


Liaise with country offices, particularly to provide technical mentorship to coding specialists.

Enforce research quality standards through setting standards, auditing research projects, and regularly assessing offices’ technical readiness.


Lead research transparency efforts, including publishing datasets.

Contribute to research resource development as needed.

Provide technical support to other IPA projects, products, and initiatives as needed.

Undertake various other activities as directed by the supervisor as needed.



At least five years of work experience.

Excellent collaboration skills, with both internal and external collaborators.

Excellent communication and presentation skills.

Ability to plan resources and actions to ensure timely and efficient service delivery.

Ability to lead and to maintain effective working relationships in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in economics, Statistics, Social Sciences, or equivalent.

Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite, particularly in Excel.

Advanced proficiency in SurveyCTO and Stata


Master’s degree in economics, Statistics, Social Sciences, or equivalent.

Experience managing a randomized control trial.

Ability to work in one (or more) of the following software programs or languages: Python, R, Twilio, PowerBI, Java, SQL, VBA, GIS, GitHub.

Ability to work in one (or more) of the following languages: Spanish, French, Swahili

Reports to

Director, Global Research and Data Support

Deadline to Apply

19th April 2024


Any country where IPA has a country office (see here for a list of the 20+ countries) or a nywhere within the U.S. where our IPA offices are located or registered (AZ, CA, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, IL, MA, MD, MN, NC, NJ, NY, PA, TX, VA, WA, WV)

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.

IPA’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI)

As an organization, IPA is dedicated to improving the lives of the world’s most vulnerable populations through evidence and policy. We also recognize how important it is for our staff to reflect the diversity of the places where we work and the communities we work with. As such, IPA is committed to hiring from a diverse pool of candidates, from a range of backgrounds, beliefs, experiences, and perspectives. We know that this makes our work stronger and more responsive to the challenges faced by those we work with and for and we encourage people from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Click here to learn more about IPA’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.