Accion International

Research Manager (Quantitative), Center for Financial Inclusion

Posted Date 1 month ago(10/22/2021 10:38 AM)
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The Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI) is searching for Research Managers who, through a combination of project management, research design, and quantitative analysis support, will help drive quantitative research that often involves collecting original data from hard to reach people and organizations, under constantly evolving contexts. For example, our current research projects include a longitudinal research project examining the impact of COVID-19 on micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and the pilot program of a web-based application for measuring and improving consumer financial health.


About Accion: 

Accion is a global nonprofit committed to creating a financially inclusive world, with a pioneering legacy in microfinance and fintech impact investing. We catalyze financial service providers to deliver high-quality, affordable solutions at scale for the three billion people who are left out of — or poorly served by — the financial sector. For 60 years, Accion has helped tens of millions of people through our work with more than 170 partners in 55 countries. More at


About CFI:

The Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI) was founded by Accion in 2008 to serve as an independent think tank on inclusive finance. We work to advance inclusive financial services for the billions of people who currently lack the financial tools needed to improve their lives and prosper.


Our role in the inclusive finance space is to identify learning gaps that could advance financial health of low-income people and undertake research and pilot testing to advance our collective understanding of what would drive progress.  In areas where there is clear evidence of what works, we collaborate with partners to advocate and embed learning into implementation and practices of partners.  We partner with all types of stakeholders – donors, investors, policymakers and providers – both in its research and pilot testing work as well as during its advocacy phase.

As part of our strategy, we focus on four thematic priorities: climate resilience and adaptation, women’s financial inclusion, consumer data opportunities and risks, and consumer protection. In addition, in light of COVID-19 and its enormous effects on the communities we serve, we have also added a dedicated workstream focusing on COVID-19 and the impacts on low-income people.


Why you should consider working with us:


We tackle substantive research questions. We delve deep into wide-ranging issues, from how to make cash transfer programs more effectively empower women to understanding household demand for financial products that support adaptation and mitigation to climate change. Everyone on the team makes meaningful contributions to CFI’s impact on low-income people around the world.


We get ambitious things done in a supportive environment. As a CFI’er, you’ll have an ambitious agenda, but you’ll get plenty of support from your managers and peers—we regularly host internal learning events, offer a professional development budget for each team member, and provide ongoing opportunities to collaborate with world-class researchers at CFI and our partner organizations.


We appreciate each other as people. We know that to grow, personally and professionally, we need to surround ourselves with people who have had different experiences and backgrounds to ensure creativity of thought and constant learning. We celebrate originality and take time to reflect and learn from our mistakes. At CFI, we all have a seat at the table and opportunities to present and engage in meaningful discussion.


We are part of a powerful network. CFI is an independent think tank housed within Accion, which provides a unique context for our research as well as opportunities for collaboration. Since 1961, Accion has helped revolutionized financial services for low-income people, including creating the world’s first regulated, for-profit bank for the poor (BancoSol in Bolivia), being a leading seed-stage investor for inclusive fintechs, and creating the world’s first global fintech fund for the underserved.


Position responsibilities:

  • Lead in the design and implementation of quantitative research projects relating to financial inclusion—specifically those focused on CFI’s four thematic priorities: climate resilience and adaptation, women’s financial inclusion, consumer data opportunities and risks, and consumer protection. This includes the design of survey/reporting instruments, overseeing their implementation, and exploring the data to develop insights.
  • Manage a portfolio of research projects by driving results, ensuring activities remain aligned with the broader theories of change and impact strategy, overseeing budget planning and project team management, and nurturing productive stakeholder relationships.
  • Transform insights from research into actionable takeaways across a broad array of knowledge products, including blogs, technical tools, shareable datasets and data visualizations, research reports, and external presentations.
  • Help lead a culture that attracts and retains top talent, and ensures a high performing, respectful, and inclusive work culture; a culture in which all staff: 1) reach their full potential as learners, unorthodox researchers, and thought leaders 2) work effectively with each other by sharing ideas, brainstorming, and co-developing knowledge products 3) feel accountable for results and impact and 4) strive and achieve excellence.


Position qualifications:

  • Deep understanding of financial inclusion, financial capability, and financial health. Professional familiarity with one of CFI’s other strategic areas (climate, gender, data, and consumer protection) a plus.
  • Agility with data transformation tools such as Power BI, Tableau Prep or Alteryx Designer, and a track record of wrangling, analyzing, and visualizing survey data required. Experience with data modelling and large datasets preferred.
  • Track record of independently and proactively managing multiple projects simultaneously, delivering results on time and on budget. Experience working on and managing projects in multiple geographic regions preferred.
  • Strong written and speaking communications skills, with an aptitude for influencing internal and external stakeholders based on research findings.
  • 10+ years of relevant experience preferred.


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