Policy Manager, Mexico

Policy Manager, Mexico

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Innovations for Poverty Action Mexico seeks a Policy Manager who will work closely with the Mexico management team to drive IPA Mexico’s Policy Outreach Strategy, Business Development and High Impact Policy Opportunities.

The Policy Manager will lead IPA Mexico’s engagement with policy partners and key stakeholders in a variety of sectors to effectively disseminate and communicate research results. The Policy Manager will lead engagements with local and international strategic stakeholders to share existing evidence in programs and policies and develop new related projects in Mexico. This position will grow IPA’s policy outreach and research in Mexico, identifying, creating, and implementing evidence-to-impact initiatives with our partners.


The roles and responsibilities for each of these areas are detailed below:

Lead Mexico´s Policy Outreach Strategy (25%)

  • Build expertise on global and local evidence in 1-2 priority sectors and cultivate relationships with key local stakeholders in those sectors
  • Work together with the global policy and communications team to lead and/or participate in strategic events for policy purposes, including but not limited to summits, conferences, workshops, technical working groups, and round tables. Support researchers and country management to participate in these events
  • Participate in policy and stakeholder engagements with partners as necessary (such as building the relationships required to engage decision-makers around large-scale evaluations of promising programs).
  • In collaboration with researchers and the Mexico´s management team, represent IPA locally in policy conversations and at events
  • Support research management staff in executing the “Policy Impact Minimum Must Dos” and in identifying and stewarding high potential partner relationships, particularly with senior levels within government or large organizations

Business Development (50%)

  • Coordinate IPA Mexico´s business development process
  • Proactively Identify business development opportunities and cultivate relationships that lead to developing projects with key decision-makers
  • Map influential NGO, PIs and government stakeholders in all the relevant sectors for the Mexico office
  • Facilitate and participate in proposal development meetings with partners, Principal Investigators, Country Office staff, and the Regional Director
  • Write, edit, and format sections of grant proposals and adapt past proposals to apply to new donors; draft EOIs. Complete due diligence documents, collect other supporting documents, and develop budgets and budget summaries/narratives, as needed
  • Oversee and ensure entry of project and grant information into Salesforce; support Country Programs and Global teams in understanding and using Salesforce and Box
  • Expand and improve IPA Mexico’s proposal development resources, information management, and stock language

Cultivate and Manage High Impact Policy Opportunities (25%)

  • Lead IPA Mexico in continuously identifying and prioritizing high impact policy opportunities for evidence to be used
  • Cultivate relationships with key local decision-makers in at least 2 sectors, particularly those with decision-making authority over evidence-to-impact opportunities
  • Launch high impact policy opportunities, including scale-up technical assistance, and either manage small-scale engagements personally with global support, or collaborate with global teams to raise funds for additional staff to realize these opportunities
  • Identify and help launch opportunities for policy relevant right-fit monitoring and evaluation opportunities in Mexico, and either manage small engagements personally with global support, or collaborate with global teams to raise funds for additional staff


  • Master’s degree in economics, development, international relations, public administration, public policy, or a closely related field strongly preferred.
  • Five or more years of related work experience with demonstrated ability to produce high quality written documents under tight deadlines (English and Spanish).
  • Ability to supervise staff and manage projects independently.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, donors working in international development
  • Excellent verbal communication, including ability to effectively communicate with internal and external individuals and organizations (English and Spanish)
  • Familiarity with randomized control trials
  • Experience developing and managing large budgets for field work in developing countries
  • Must be able to provide exemplary service to internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to work independently and complete high-quality assignments
  • Must be extremely organized, detail oriented, and able to manage multiple competing deadlines
  • Ability and willingness to travel

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 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.


Innovations for Poverty Action is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer. 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 1-202-386-6200. 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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