Research Lead
Job Type Full Time
Qualification BA/BSc/HND
Location Nairobi
Job Field Research / Data Analysis
Job Summary

We’re looking for a Research Lead at Busara to manage a portfolio of current Busara projects, ensuring high-quality work is delivered; manage our academic network, academic – advisory partnerships, and new collaboration opportunities; support on Busara’s international lab expansion; and line manage our team of managers and specialists with a growth mindset focused on mentoring and developing their expertise.


Lead on delivering top-notch research

Manage a portfolio of projects to deliver high-quality work, including managing internal and external client relationships, and managing Busara’s management teams.
Ensure Busara’s standards for lab protocols, pre-analysis plans, and research ethics are followed across our work, leading work-plan development and coordination across portfolios and projects.
Design state-of-the-art research systems to support field and lab research.
Manage internal research portfolios and initiatives

Manage initiatives like our Off the Record (here) series, including our research agenda, work-plans, and blog outputs.
Develop our academic network further and lead new and innovative ways of collaborating with academics and researchers.
Support on lab expansion to new regions/geographies and with new partners.
Lead other internal initiatives like developing tool-kits and handbooks, redesigning a gender-sensitive lab, updating standards for lab research, streamlining lab processes, etc.
Lead and manage teams across Busara offices

Manage mid-level Lab staff across our Kenya, Nigeria, and India offices.
Help facilitate the development of team members’ skills and expertise.
Represent Busara externally

Disseminate results, prepare project reports, and present results at conferences.
Contribute to content creation and execution for Busara’s internal and external capacity building and learning initiatives


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About Busara Center for Behavioral Economics

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.