Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a global research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. As its core business, IPA brings together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor. IPA has conducted hundreds of randomized evaluations across sectors, learning both whether programs work, and how they can work better.

The Financial Inclusion Program (FIP) at IPA partners with financial institutions, governments, and researchers to design and test financial products and services that help households better manage and grow their finances. Our ideas and tools apply insights from economics and other behavioral social sciences. With over 125 completed and ongoing randomized evaluations in 29 countries, the FIP identifies effective solutions to promote healthy financial behavior and shares results with financial service providers and policymakers. Our portfolio currently includes research projects and major initiatives related to financial consumer protection in emerging markets; digitization of cash transfers for COVID-19 relief; digital finance and interoperable payments; women’s economic empowerment; behavioral economics; and financial health. 

IPA’s Financial Inclusion Program is seeking a Program Manager to contribute to policy & communications outreach for IPA’s financial inclusion agenda. The Program Manager will play a key role in helping to translate IPA’s financial inclusion research into action by our partners and to push forward strategic communications projects to disseminate research findings and recommendations to relevant stakeholders across the globe. Under the direction of the FIP Director and other members of the FIP team, the Program Manager will be responsible for developing and executing  dynamic dissemination and engagement strategies for multiple workstreams to share research results with partners and cultivate opportunities for new partnerships with academics, practitioners, and donors. 

As a member of the Financial Inclusion Program team, s/he will work closely with FIP project directors, IPA’s Policy & Communications team, IPA research staff in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and some of the world’s top academic researchers in order to create and coordinate production of accurate and highly readable content, including research reports, policy summaries and briefs, presentations, blog posts, website updates, and project summaries. The Program Manager will also engage with implementing partners and other external stakeholders, including high-level government officials and financial institution executives, through events, webinars, trainings, and other outreach strategies. 

The Program Manager must not only possess exceptional skills in writing, editing, and project management, but also have a strong grasp of a range of financial inclusion topics, as well as familiarity with academic research and randomized control trials.

Responsibilities 

The Program Manager will report directly to the Director of the Financial Inclusion Program and will be part of a small central team leading IPA’s global work on financial inclusion. Primary responsibilities include the following: 

  • Execute the writing and facilitate the review process for external-facing publications and online resources that translate academic research into easy-to-understand language for a policy and practitioner audience
  • Coordinate with project teams and principal investigators to write reports on results and other learning outputs such as blogs, data visualizations, or other knowledge products 
  • Participate in the production of evaluation summaries for IPA’s website, as well as other content such as blogs or social media outreach, cultivating IPA’s voice in the financial inclusion space 
  • Analyze evidence and craft policy lessons in consultation with relevant researchers and FIP leadership
  • Support virtual and in-person events with coordination, planning, and presentation drafting and support, including the execution of a consumer protection webinar series 
  • Lead production of a quarterly newsletter and other outreach to our network 
  • Lead processes and dissemination for funding opportunities such as calls for proposals and invited projects
  • Cultivate relationships with donors and other external stakeholders leading to new funding or research opportunities
  • Contribute to writing for grant proposals, grant reports, and other business development functions  
  • Coordinate with the IPA Policy & Communications team to align strategies, coordinate production schedules, and contribute to IPA Policy & Communications projects relevant to financial inclusion   
Qualifications 
  • Bachelor’s, advanced degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience in economics, international development, financial inclusion, journalism, public policy, or other relevant field. 
  • Four to six years of prior professional experience in economics research, impact evaluations, financial inclusion, international development; or financial sector policy.  
  • Existing professional writing experience and/or experience with international development and RCTs strongly preferred.
  • Exceptional and efficient writing and copy-editing skills. 
  • Excellent desktop publishing skills and an eye for good design and presentation. 
  • Experience with events planning and execution. 
  • Experience interacting with researchers and practitioners, especially high-level government officials and c-suite executives. 
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including budgeting, attention to operational and research detail, and ability to manage multiple projects efficiently. 
  • Fluency and excellent communication in English; professional proficiency in at least one other language spoken in an IPA program country preferred. 
  • Strong client facing and presentation skills. 
  • Self-starter, entrepreneurial mindset, versatility and strong multi-tasking skills.
  • Experience working in developing countries preferred. 
  • Passion for making data-driven decision making a reality in the development sector.
  • Team player, with the ability to lead and coordinate across teams and external partners.
  • Experience with data analysis using Stata or R a plus
Application Instructions 

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About IPA 

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA brings together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor. In recent decades, trillions of dollars have been spent on programs designed to reduce global poverty, but clear evidence on which programs succeed is rare, and when evidence does exist, decision-makers often do not know about it. IPA exists to bring together leading researchers and these decision-makers to ensure that the evidence we create leads to tangible impact on the world. Since its founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 575 leading academics to conduct over 650 evaluations in 51 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 

Disclaimers 

Innovations for Poverty Action is an EO Employer-MF/Veteran/Disability. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected class. IPA will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you believe you require such assistance to complete this form or to participate in an interview, please contact us at jobs@poverty-action.org or via phone at 1-203-772-2216. Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed by the specified position. The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary. Please note that IPA will never request any form of payment from an applicant. Applicants are encouraged to confirm the information listed above with IPA prior to releasing any extensive personal information to the organization. Please direct questions to jobs@poverty-action.org.

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