This is an exciting new role to be hired immediately! Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) Rwanda, in partnership with the Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development, and Evaluation (gui2de), is seeking a Research and Policy Advisor to work with the Rwanda Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) to undertake analysis of policies to support learning outcomes in Rwandan schools.

The Embedded Evidence Lab is housed within MINEDUC/NESA and REB and jointly supported by IPA Rwanda and Georgetown University. This Lab draws on, and catalyzes investments in, the increasingly rich array of administrative datasets available within Rwanda's education system. It aims to support the development of data infrastructure, as well as capacity for both analysis and data-driven policymaking within MINEDUC and its affiliated agencies. As part of this initiative, Georgetown University and IPA are supporting the placement of embedded staff in the Rwanda Education Board (REB), the National Examination and School Inspection Authority (NESA), and the Directorate General of Education Policy and Analysis at MINEDUC. 

The Research and Policy Advisor will be embedded in the Directorate General of Education Policy and Analysis at MINEDUC. The Research and Policy Advisor’s role will involve strategic collaboration and technical support, including creating awareness and supporting streamlining of dataflows to and within the Ministry, equipping decision-makers in the Ministry with the necessary data for decision-making, and highlighting gaps and recommending necessary actions. The role will be supported by a technical team of IPA staff members, Research Assistants at Georgetown University, and other academics (IPA’s Rwanda Research and Policy Manager and Prof. Andrew Zeitlin (Assistant Professor, Georgetown University). The Research and Policy Advisor will be based at MINEDUC four days per week, with the remaining one day per week based at IPA.

The Research and Policy Advisor will report to two individuals: the Director General in charge of Policy and Analysis in MINEDUC, and at IPA, the MINEDUC Evidence Lab. The Research and Policy Advisor is expected to work closely  on a day-to-day basis with the Chief Digital Officer of MINEDUC and her staff, as well as other senior leadership at MINEDUC.

This role provides an opportunity to make a difference in the Rwandan educational policy framework and to work with a group of passionate people that are specialists in their fields, besides, IPA offers different training to build its staff capacity in order to respond to the challenges and demands facing today’s business world.

Responsibilities 
  • Support development and implementation of strategies to build the data infrastructure and personnel capacity for evaluation of government policies in the education sector;
  • Coordinate activities with other embedded staff, in REB and NESA to meet the data needs in support of policy implementation and analysis;
  • Undertake analyses, together with MINEDUC, IPA, and GUI2DE teams, of relevant policies, including the STARS program;
  • Support timely descriptive work and forecasting of education inputs and outcomes; 
  • Support the work of the Planning Department, and the work of it's M&E specialist in particular;
  • Work with the Chief Digital Office team to support the EMIS integration process; 
  • Communicate findings of analyses to key stakeholders in MINEDUC and in the broader policy community and provide technical assistance to use findings to inform policy and program implementation
  • Support MINEDUC in the identification and implementation of evidence-based best practices across other goals, as mutually agreed upon.
Qualifications 
  • A Master’s Degree in a field related to Education Planning and Leadership, and / or Education Economics and Public Development and analysis.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in data analysis and forecasting including excellent skills in Excel and relevant statistical tools (STATA, R, Eviews)
  • Minimum of 5 years of proven experience in a related field such as policy development and/or in education, project design and management with multiple stakeholders across various sectors and have good skills to work closely with Education sector partners;
  • Strong reporting, organizational and communications skills, ability to meet deadlines, flexibility, resourcefulness, patience, time management, facilitation skills, diligence and ready to work under pressure;
  • Knowledge of Data Visualization tool such as PowerBi, R Shiny, or Tableau would be an added value;
  • A proven ability to inspire, coach and develop others, including people from different backgrounds and cultures.
Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the APPROPRIATE CATEGORY job category, then select “Research and Policy Offer”. Applications require you to include a statement of purpose (cover letter) and CV.

Given the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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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