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Research Engagement Director (Labs)

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Research, academy
  • Experienced (senior worker)
  • Full Time
  • Permanent
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Job Summary

The Busara Center is growing once again. We are taking applications for new associates. This year we've signed new projects in Egypt and Pakistan, started a Policy Innovation Unit in Nigeria and grown our Ugandan office. We've examined poverty through the prism of aspirations, stress levels and cash transfers. We are now operating in Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Nigeria, as well as Kenya. That's all in pursuit of our twin missions of advancing behavioral science and alleviating poverty.


  1. Manage and coordinate a portfolio of projects across multiple client bases (primarily academic researchers, but also private sector, government etc.).
  2. Structure, design, and deliver external and internal engagements to client’s / PI’s satisfaction
  3. Manage, motivate, and coach staff in the Labs Division (Research Specialists, Labs Managers, Labs Coordinators, Lab Officers, and Labs Assistants) to execute projects in their portfolio.
  4. Strategically assemble teams on projects that maximize the probability of success, but also develop new skills and competencies among Busara’s talent pool and supporting divisions.
  5. Stay current on the latest research in qualitative and quantitative methods, behavioral science, psychology, economics, development and any other relevant field to provide creative direction for engagements.
  6. Ensure the overall operational quality of the Labs division, including that research and data systems are maintained and processes adhered to with the strictest standards. Also ensure adherence to our ethical and open science standards.
  7. Ensure quality on all work products produced and drafted for research projects by giving regular feedback to Labs teams, but also occasionally contributing to content.
  8. Regularly coordinate across divisions to ensure research and data systems are up-to-date and state of the art.
  9. Serve as the primary relationship manager for clients, partners, and PIs. Understand and preempt needs of stakeholders through proactive communication and troubleshooting.
  10. Structure successful project on boarding and off boarding exercises to support knowledge management between projects.

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Contract type: Permanent
Job type: Full Time
Location: Nairobi
Area of work: Research, academy
Seniority: Experienced (senior worker)

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 3 years
Required skills: Stakeholder communication; Reporting; Logistics planning and management; Research planning; Research publication; Qualitative methods; Data analysis
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)

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Busara Center

Consulting, business support, auditingCompany size: 50-100 people

Busara operates globally and has offices in the United States, Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia. In addition, we have state-of-the-art labs in Kenya and the United States, and are able to roll out mobile labs for our international operations. The Busara Center for Behavioral Economics is an advisory and research organization focused on evaluation and implementation of behavioral interventions in understudied countries and populations. Busara's mission is to work with researchers and organizations to advance and apply behavioral science in pursuit of poverty alleviation. This involves the application of research and rigorous methods to enable partners to improve program design, evaluate existing programs, and optimize internal processes. To this end, Busara has worked with a variety of organizations in an advisory capacity to apply behavioral insights, build analytical models, and develop new products. In addition, in its research center capacity, Busara operates a Nairobi-based lab capable of implementing advanced experiments in psychology, behavioral economics and other academic disciplines.

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