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Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is seeking full-time Moderators to lead discussions on future goals with rural women in the Western Visayas region. Key responsibilities include facilitating and documenting discussions in local languages and English, upholding ethics and confidentiality, and interacting with community members. The role requires travel within the region and, for some, may involve managing larger community-level discussions and overseeing teams and project operations. Ideal candidates should possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and have a willingness to travel and engage deeply with rural communities.


● Facilitate small group discussions, including probing and following up with questions for clarification and managing group dynamics effectively, within rural communities on the topic of women’s goals for the future

● Documenting the discussions through note-taking on tablets in Hiligaynon or Kinaray-a and in English

● Ensure Ethics and Confidentiality are maintained

● Interfacing with a range of community members (e.g., participants, barangay officials)

● Travel across rural communities in the Western Visayas

● Some roles involve facilitating discussions at the community-level, including encouraging audience participation and managing large group dynamics effectively

● Some roles involve additional management of teams and project operations




● Bachelor’s degree in social work or community development, psychology, anthropology, education, or related fields

● Experience in moderation of focus group discussions, in community mobilization and/or community development in rural communities in the Western Visayas region is a plus

● Research experience is a plus

● Community development with women and for gender issues is a plus Language: The candidate should be fluent either in Hiligaynon or Kinaray-a, having both is an advantage. They must also have strong written and oral communication in English.


● Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including facilitation of discussions on sensitive topics; creating

positive group dynamics

● Detail-oriented and output-oriented (e.g., ensuring all topics are covered and data is recorded)

● Understanding of research protocols (e.g., ensuring consent and confidentiality, data collection and storage,

experimental protocols)

● Proactive problem-solving and flexibility to navigate changing dynamics on the ground

What you will get from this role

  1. Experience working with a leader in international development (IPA)
  2. Experience working on a research study implementing an aspirations intervention to address poverty and inequality
  3. Experience working directly with communities in the Western Visayas region
  4. Experience working with a passionate, international team and generating evidence for large-scale social impact


Gross salary range of Php 22,646 to Php 32,472/month 

Desired Start Date

April 8, 2024

Reports to

Senior Research Associate



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 of 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 a 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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