Research Manager, DevLabPenn

University of Pennsylvania
  • Location
    Hybrid remote, Pennsylvania
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jul 26

Position description

DevLab connects social scientists at the University of Pennsylvania who work in international development with the community of development practitioners. The Lab works directly with donors such as USAID, the World Bank, and MCC on research opportunities, the promotion of evaluable programming, on surveys and impact evaluations themselves, and the translation of academic research for policy audiences. DevLab also works with implementers, such as RTI, Social Impact, DAI and others at both the project proposal stage and the implementation and monitoring/evaluation stage. This collaboration enhances development initiatives' ability to conduct rigorous programming, collect monitoring and evaluation data, and conduct surveys and impact evaluations of development projects. 

DevLab brings together researchers with advanced capabilities in international development research and evaluation, including sampling and survey design; experimental and quasi-experimental evaluation design; and data analytics, including machine learning and impact evaluation econometrics. DevLab is multi-disciplinary, including faculty, researchers, and graduate students from several departments and schools at Duke who have extensive experience in both international development and program evaluation, including a broad range of countries and regions around the globe as well as donor activities in the areas of governance, land tenure/administration, natural resource management, energy, economic growth, labor markets, education, health and climate change. 

The Research Manager is expected to manage a portfolio of evaluations, carrying out core managerial and coordination functions, and participate in technical work as appropriate, with oversight by PIs and other senior researchers. The Research Manager is responsible for working closely with the Business Office and grants/contracts team, coordinating with consultants, subcontractors, and clients, as well as delegating to and overseeing the work of junior research staff(where applicable) on individual contracts. The Research Manager will support and manage research and evaluation projects through their life cycle from start-up and design phases through data collection, analysis, reporting, and dissemination. 

Specific responsibilities may include: 
Contract Management: 
Establish, monitor, and update work plans and budgets. 

Coordinate research team inputs for contract deliverables. 

Support mobilization and logistical preparations for research team travel. 

Serve as a responsive point of contact for clients, and support contract reporting requirements. 

Work with the Business Office to ensure that financial reporting requirements are met, to monitor project financial status, and ensure compliance with research budgets. 

Support the recruitment of personnel for research grants/contracts as needed. 

Identify and assist in selecting local data collection partners, as needed. 

Technical Service Delivery: 
Participate in technical work as needed and appropriate, including research design, data collection and analysis. 

Contribute to or lead the drafting of reports and academic papers. 

As appropriate, the manager will be asked to participate in field work, such as data collection, capacity building, program monitoring, or evaluation design, with evaluation teams. These tasks will be graduated to match level of proficiency and skill. 

Assure high quality deliverables, reports and dissemination materials. 

Conduct background research for the development of evaluation designs and data collection instruments. 

Oversee the work of local data collection contractors and conduct regular quality control on quantitative and qualitative datasets, using DevLab's standard quality control processes. 

Proposal Identification/Revenue Generation: 
The Research Manager is expected to support the identification and proposal development related to new research opportunities and, as time permits, other evaluation-related new bids. The manager will be asked to write technical proposals, review draft proposals, and work with the Business Office to develop budgets. 

Other Management Functions: 
The Research Manager will be asked to support other [email protected] management functions from time to time, such as representation and client relationship management, and is expected to participate in and/or lead internal initiatives at [email protected] as opportunities arise, and as availability allows. 

This is a 3 year term appointment with the possibility of renewal. 

Required Qualifications : 
A minimum of a Master's degree in International Relations, International Development, Economics, Public Policy, Political Science, or other related subject. 

A minimum of 3 years of work experience, with at least 3 years of experience managing development projects or evaluations. 

Academic training and/or practical experience in quantitative research/evaluation including familiarity with IE designs such as RCTs and/or quasi-experimental designs. 

Experience writing and managing performance reports, including drafting quarterly and annual performance reports and work plans. 

Demonstrated ability to oversee and manage multiple projects simultaneously and provide advice and guidance in a timely fashion. 

Demonstrated expertise in impact evaluation, including familiarity with IE methodologies as well as experience with large-scale surveys and data collection. 

Demonstrated ability to oversee team mobilization, written research products, and quality assurance processes. 

Knowledge of government and/or donor contracting practices. 

Demonstrated ability to understand and implement pertinent company and client policies and procedures clearly and accurately. 

Ability to travel overseas for short-term assignments. 

Proactive, self-starting, and strong attention to detail. 

Ability to follow through on multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. 

Excellent verbal communication and writing skills. 

Working knowledge of MS Office suite. 

Preferred Qualifications : 
Knowledge of and practical hands-on experience with Stata and electronic data collection programs (ODK, SurveyCTO) strongly preferred. 

Field experience in managing/participating in quantitative evaluations. 

Demonstrated experience managing or carrying out qualitative, geospatial, or other kinds of data collection. 

Experience working with USAID, MCC, or USG client. 

Experience working in developing countries. 

Proficiency in a foreign language, such as Spanish or French, a plus. 

Job Location - City, State 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
Hybrid Eligible - This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule with a work week divided between working onsite and working remotely. 

Department / School 
School of Arts and Sciences 

Pay Range 
$61,046.00 - $95,972.00 
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile. 

Affirmative Action Statement 
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class. 

Special Requirements 
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job. 

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