Job Opportunity: Project and Research Manager- Resilient Livelihoods and Ecosystems

Job Opportunity: Project and Research Manager- Resilient Livelihoods and Ecosystems


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Data-Pop Alliance is looking for a Project and Research Manager for the Resilient Livelihoods and Ecosystems Program. We are an international nonprofit created in 2013 out of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), the MIT Media Lab and ODI. We bring together researchers, experts, practitioners, and activists to change the world with data through three pillars of work: diagnosing local realities and human problems with data and AI; mobilizing capacities, communities, and ideas towards more data literate societies; and transforming the systems and processes that underpin our societies and countries. 

DPA has partnered with and received funding from organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank, UNDP, FAO, UN ESCWA, GIZ (German development agency), the Vodafone Institute, Oxfam México and other key international stakeholders to develop projects in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and Asia. To learn more about DPA, please visit our website or read our “Outlook and Overview” annual reports for 2019-20, 2020-22 and 2021-23

DPA’s projects are managed and carried out by a core team of about 35 people, including Directors, Managers, Officers, Data Scientists, Research Assistants, and Interns.

Dates: Start date ASAP with a trial contract of 3 months to be followed by longer-term contract depending on mutual fit.

Location: Remote, preferably based in SSA or MENA.

Scope of Work

The Project and Research Manager – Resilient Livelihoods and Ecosystems Program will be supported by Project Officers and program staff, and report to the Program Director. He, she or they will:

1. Project Management (50%)
  • Ensure the coordination, project management, and communication between the DPA team and all external parties involved in the project(s).
  • Prepare regular project meeting updates and presentations, memos and notes. 
  • Coordinate the efforts of the DPA team in the development and delivery of the project deliverables within the project timeline.
  • Remain up to date on the progress of all projects under the Program in direct collaboration with the Program Director. 
  • Active participation in the fundraising process including:
    • Reviewing relevant CFP TORs
    • Assessing the suitability of potential projects
    • Writing methodologies, as needed
    • Other tasks as required
2. Research (50%)
  • Conduct research on the topics relevant to the active ongoing projects. 
  • Develop the project research strategy and manage the research team tasks. 
  • Develop the necessary data collection instruments and analyses.


  • At least 3 years of relevant professional experience in project management.  
  • Master’s degree in public administration, business administration, international development, or related fields.
  • Proven experience in the project management cycle, team management and participatory planning methodologies.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with quantitative and qualitative research methods, including data collection instrument design, implementation, data analysis and visualization. 
  • Knowledge and ability to work with quantitative and qualitative data analysis software, such as R, STATA, Nvivo, MaxQDA and/or others. 
  • Knowledge of the Microsoft Office package and Google Workspace applications (Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc).  
  • Familiarity with team communications and project management softwares (Slack, Asana or similar). 
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills in English and French (Arabic fluency is also highly desirable).
  • Proven experience leading administrative processes, budget, and operations.
  • Proven leadership ability, including the ability to motivate and develop skills of others.
  • Knowledge, working experience and interest in the sustainable development field.
  • Excellent organizational skills, with the capacity to prioritize and manage information.
  • Proven ability to work in fast-paced dynamic work environments.
  • Proven ability to engage with senior public officials. 
  • Experience working with grants, managing donors, and writing proposals. 
  • Ability to work with people from different cultural backgrounds.
  • High interpersonal, communication, solving-problem and adaptability skills.

Candidates should be able to work independently, manage their time wisely, and meet deadlines. They should be detail-focused, reliable, professional, and possess strong research, writing, editing, and analysis skills, as well as excellent communication, and interpersonal skills.


Competitive salary commensurate with experience, within organization-wide salary norms. DPA team members get 25 days of paid leave per year, accruable monthly. Sick days and personal days are also available.

Recruitment process

Qualified candidates are requested to submit a CV and a cover letter with two academic or work references to with the subject line “R2022001 RLE PM Application” by September 12, 2022 at 6:00 pm EST. Candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so early application is strongly encouraged.

Please note that only complete applications submitted entirely in English will be considered. Due to the large volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Equal opportunity

Data-Pop Alliance employs personnel without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, color, ethnic origin, language, citizenship, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, physical and/or mental handicap or financial ability. While remaining alert and sensitive to the issue of fair and equitable treatment for all, Data-Pop Alliance has a special concern with the participation and advancement of members of four designated groups that have traditionally been disadvantaged in employment: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.


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