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24 May 2022

Full-Time Research Manager (French-speaking) | Evaluation, Research, & Analytics Division | Remote

Social Impact – Posted by social impact Anywhere

Job Description

Research Manager (French-speaking) | Evaluation, Research, & Analytics Division | Remote


Social Impact (SI) is a Washington, DC-area international development management consulting firm.  We provide monitoring, evaluation, strategic planning, and capacity building services to advance development effectiveness. We work across all development sectors including democracy and governance, health and education, the environment, and economic growth. Since 1997 we have worked in over one hundred countries for clients such as US government agencies, bilateral donors, multilateral development banks, foundations, and nonprofits.

Social Impact strives to be a great place to work. We are proud of our diversity and actively seek to expand it as a way of improving our employees’ experience, our collective professional breadth and the quality of the work we do. We seek to promote equity and inclusion through our policies and practices and build a culture of belonging for everyone where differences and authenticity are honored and embraced. We work hard to create opportunities for growth and ensure that our staff are fulfilled and engaged. We believe we are better when we collaborate, learn from one another and have fun while working hard.

Position Description: 

The Program Manager will have working proficiency in French, and will support Social Impact’s Evaluation, Research, & Analytics (ERA) Division and will primarily be responsible for managing a portfolio of research projects for USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), The US Department of State, The World Bank, or other donor agencies and organizations. The Research Manager reports to Research Directors on individual projects and the Division Head or a Senior Research Manager as their main supervisor. This is a full-time position authorized to be fully remote or to be based in the Arlington, VA area on a hybrid remote/in-person model.


Service Delivery (75%) 

RMs manage a portfolio of evaluations, carrying out core managerial and coordination functions, and participating in technical work as appropriate, with oversight by Research Directors and other senior technical project staff. RMs oversee the work of junior staff on individual contracts and coordinate with consultants, subcontractors, and clients. RMs manage evaluations through their life cycle from start-up and design phases through multiple rounds of data collection, analysis, reporting, and dissemination.

Specific responsibilities may include:

Technical Service Delivery 

  • Assure high quality deliverables and evaluation reports.
  • Conduct background research for the development of research and 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 SI’s standard quality control processes.
  • Participate in technical work as needed and appropriate, including evaluation design, data collection and analysis, and client reporting and dissemination.
  • 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.

Contract Management 

  • Establish, monitor, and update evaluation work plans and budgets.
  • Coordinate evaluation team inputs for contract deliverables.
  • Oversee mobilization and logistical preparations for evaluation team travel.
  • Serve as a responsive point of contact for clients, and support contract reporting requirements.
  • Work with Finance Department to ensure that financial reporting requirements are met, to monitor project financial status, and ensure compliance with evaluation budgets.
  • Identify and recruit personnel for evaluation contracts as needed.
  • Identify and assist in selecting local data collection partners.

Business Development/Revenue Generation (10-15%) 

The RM is expected to support marketing, business and proposal development related to new ERA opportunities and, as time permits, other evaluation-related new bids. The manager may be asked to write technical proposals, review draft proposals, and work with the Finance Department to develop budgets.

Other Management Functions (10-15%) 

The RM may also be asked to support other service area management functions and participate in or lead internal initiatives in the ERA division, as opportunities arise and as availability allows.


  • A minimum of a Master’s degree.
  • A minimum of 5 years of work experience, with at least 2 years of experience managing development projects or evaluations.
  • Demonstrated expertise in impact evaluation, including familiarity with randomized control trials or quasi-experimental designs as well as experience with large-scale surveys and data collection.
  • Academic training or practical experience in quantitative research.
  • Knowledge of and practical hands-on experience with Stata.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and manage multiple projects simultaneously and provide guidance in a timely fashion.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee team mobilization, written research products, and quality assurance processes.
  • Knowledge of government or donor contracting practices, especially with USAID, MCC, or other USG clients.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and implement pertinent company and client policies and procedures.
  • Working proficiency in oral and written French.
  • Ability to travel overseas for short-term assignments.
  • A commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive work and learning environment.


Come join our energetic and innovative team! We offer you the opportunity to play a leading role in the growth of our company, work as part of a creative and committed team, and make a difference in the well-being of our world.

To learn more about Social Impact, please visit our website:

SI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please, no phone calls.

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