Job Summary: The Global Poverty Research Lab -- a research center based at Northwestern University -- uses empirical evidence to address the challenges of overcoming poverty and improving well-being in the developing world. The Global Poverty Research Lab is looking to hire a full-time Research Manager (RM) who will work in coordination with Principal Investigators to contribute to the development and management of research projects in economics, with an emphasis on randomized interventions in developing countries. The RM will interact with a variety of partners both international and domestic, including sponsors that provide research funding. The RM will also recruit, manage and supervise home and field research associates/analysts. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills ensuring effective and productive relationship management with partners and supervision of RAs are required. The RM will be responsible for proactively seeking out, researching, and identifying funding opportunities on a continual basis to support the research of the PIs. Strong self-motivation, gusto, and enthusiasm are essential for success in this role. The RM will also write proposals for new projects, rework existing proposals to make them suitable for new funding opportunities, and write and edit reports, presentations and manuscripts. Excellent writing and editing skills including the ability to adjust and reframe proposals with minimal guidance are required. Additional tasks will include conducting formative research, literature reviews, designing data collection tools and field protocols; and assisting with initial data analysis, when needed. The RM will also assist with financial management of various projects, including tasks such as developing budgets, liaising with other university units, and coordinating grant submission to federal and foundation funding agencies, in addition to being responsible for annual progress reports, performance, or financial reporting, as required by specific grants. Additionally, the RM will monitor anticipated and actual costs charged to project budgets, regularly communicate these to PIs, and identify and prevent potential overruns. The RM will also provide administrative support for graduate students conducting field research.
Applicants are required to submit a resume, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and at least one letter of recommendation (2 letters are preferred).
Coordinate with Principal Investigators to contribute to the development and management of research projects
Conduct formative research and literature reviews
Design data collection tools and field protocols
Assist with initial data analysis
Proactively seek out, research, and identify funding opportunities
Write proposals for new projects and rework/reshape existing proposals for new funding opportunities with minimal guidance
Write and edit reports, presentations, and manuscripts
Liaise with various university units
Provide administrative support for graduate students conducting field research
Assist with financial management of projects
Coordinate grant submissions to federal and foundation funding agencies
Responsible for annual project reports, performance, or financial reporting as required by specific grants
Monitor anticipated and actual costs charged to project budgets
Regularly communicate with PIs regarding project costs
Identify and prevent potential overruns
Manage and supervise field and home office research analysts
Recruit, hire, and train new staff
Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in a major such as social or health science or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience and 5 years' research study or other relevant experience required; OR Successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a master's or higher degree in a major such as social or health science or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience and 3 years' research study or other relevant experience. Supervisory or project management experience required. Must complete NU's IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants & must re-certify every 3 years. Minimum Competencies: Quantitative skills with data management, econometrics, and knowledge of STATA or other data analysis software. Fluency and excellent communication skills in English. Flexibility, self-motivation, proven ability to independently manage multiple tasks efficiently and meet deadlines. Demonstrated experience in managing teams. Advanced organizational skills and attention to detail with the ability to proactively prioritize, plan, and schedule in an efficient and productive manner. Proven ability to handle several different projects/tasks at one time, successfully complete tasks assigned, and meet deadlines. Excellent oral and written communication skills with a strong ability to communicate effectively with both technical and general audiences. Ability to exercise discretion and judgment in making important work decisions and to apply and interpret university processes and procedures. Excellent interpersonal skills allowing for effective and productive interactions with institutional partners. Strong ability to interact with internal and external partners at various levels with tact and diplomacy Strong interest and enthusiasm for international development policy and research. Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree with relevant experience in economics, social sciences, public policy, or related fields with relevant work experience and strong quantitative skills Undergraduate/post-graduate training in microeconomics, development economics, econometrics and statistics preferred. A Master’s degree in economics, finance, public policy, or other related fields and strong quantitative skills 2 years of relevant experience is strongly preferred. Experience with field research in developing countries and randomized evaluations is ideal. Preferred Competencies: Familiarity with pre- and post-award grant management preferred.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 39355
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.