The ideal candidate for this role has a Communications background from an academic or international development nonprofit environment and has an enthusiasm for communicating research findings to a policymaker audience. They would need to have strong attention to detail, superior communication skills, and proven hands-on experience managing the production of various communication products. This role requires a person with a collaborative mindset, strong time management and public relations skills, plus design and digital media skills to help support a wide variety of communications projects and activities for our teams in Francophone West Africa. You will be expected to deliver tactical input while providing daily management services to the teams, liaising regularly and aligning with the Country Offices and global teams, and implementing IPA’s overall communications strategy.

This versatile individual must not only possess strong skills in writing, design, digital media, and media relations, but also have a strong grasp of a range of international development topics. Specific global development sector as well as randomized controlled trials (RCTs) knowledge is a plus.

Success in this role will require a high level of flexibility, responsiveness, and the ability to execute while managing ongoing requests and working collaboratively within and across teams. While the successful candidate for this role will mostly work with the Francophone West Africa team, they will be an integral part of the Global Communications team and will be expected to contribute to global communications outputs as well.

Responsibilities 

The ideal candidate for this role has a Communications background from an academic or international development nonprofit environment and has an enthusiasm for communicating research findings to a policymaker audience. They would need to have strong attention to detail, superior communication skills, and proven hands-on experience managing the production of various communication products. This role requires a person with a collaborative mindset, strong time management and public relations skills, plus design and digital media skills to help support a wide variety of communications projects and activities for our teams in Francophone West Africa. You will be expected to deliver tactical input while providing daily management services to the teams, liaising regularly and aligning with the Country Offices and global teams, and implementing IPA’s overall communications strategy.

This versatile individual must not only possess strong skills in writing, design, digital media, and media relations, but also have a strong grasp of a range of international development topics. Specific global development sector as well as randomized controlled trials (RCTs) knowledge is a plus.

Success in this role will require a high level of flexibility, responsiveness, and the ability to execute while managing ongoing requests and working collaboratively within and across teams. While the successful candidate for this role will mostly work with the Francophone West Africa team, they will be an integral part of the Global Communications team and will be expected to contribute to global communications outputs as well.

Qualifications 
  • Undergraduate degree in Communications, Marketing, Economics, Public Policy, or related fields; Master’s Degree preferred
  • 5+ years’ experience in communications or marketing in global development communications with a keen interest in research and data translation
  • Native French speaker with fluency (both written and oral) in English is required
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Cloud programs (InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop), Canva, or other design software
  • Experience using Microsoft Office programs (Excel, PowerPoint, Word) and/or Google Workspace
  • Experience working with teams across multiple geographies
  • Exceptional writing, communication, and confident presentation skills
  • Experience with social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn)
  • Experience with a content management system (CMS) such as Drupal or WordPress
  • A positive attitude towards tight deadlines that enjoys a fast-paced environment with rapidly changing priorities
  • Self-motivated, hard-working, and goal-oriented with superior attention to detail
  • Excellent analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills are a must
Application Instructions 

Apply online: Please include your resume and cover letter (in English) expressing your interest in the role along with your application. A cover letter is required for your candidacy to be considered.

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 600 leading academics to conduct over 900 evaluations in 52 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 

IPA's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) 

As an organization, IPA is dedicated to improving the lives of the world's most vulnerable populations through evidence and policy. We also recognize how important it is for our staff to reflect the diversity of the places where we work and the communities we work with. As such, IPA is committed to hiring from a diverse pool of candidates, from a range of backgrounds, beliefs, experiences, and perspectives. We know that this makes our work stronger and more responsive to the challenges faced by those we work with and for and we encourage people from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Click here to learn more about IPA’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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