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Research and Impact Director

About Spark Microgrants

Spark Microgrants believes in a world where everyone lives with dignity and determines their own positive future. Spark has pioneered a poverty alleviation model in East Africa that draws on evidence from ultra poor graduation and community-driven development approaches, known as the facilitated collective action process (FCAP). The FCAP combines a cash grant plus facilitated community meetings and trainings to catalyze improved livelihoods, stronger social cohesion, and greater gender equity. Spark is partnering with NGO and Government partners to scale adoption and impacts for rural communities - on their own terms.


Spark is seeking an impact-driven leader to elevate our research and evaluation strategy such that it contributes to key sectoral information gaps, while providing some oversight to our monitoring and evaluation systems. This is a strategic, senior level role that will provide international technical expertise as well as excellent management and mentoring.

Key responsibilities are:

  1. setting the organization’s evaluation strategy,
  2. generating rigorous impact evidence through internal and external evaluations,
  3. developing and maintaining strong evidence-program-policy linkages, and
  4. strengthening the feedback loop between the body of literature and Spark’s program design.

Spark’s funding and programs are readily positioned for a number of research studies. Full list of responsibilities can be found on the job description on the company website.


  • At least 15 years of relevant experience in designing and delivering high-quality research, M&E, and managing information systems;
  • A PhD in Economics, Statistics, or related fields, and/or demonstrated equivalent experience in practical settings;
  • Significant experience working in academic research settings;
  • Must have authored and published at least 3 papers in relevant journals.
  • Significant experience designing and running RCTs, including high comfort with power calculations, sampling strategies, statistics and data analysis;
  • Ability to operate independently and strong in working as part of a larger team;
  • Strong project management skills and attention to detail are required;
  • Experience in strategy development is desirable;
  • Excellent English written and oral communication;
  • Remains calm and positive under pressure and in difficult situations;
  • Experience working with academics, governments, and donor institutions;
  • Experience working with the World Bank would be advantageous.

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