IPA seeks a Country Director for Colombia and the Dominican Republic to lead IPA’s operations and growth in both the countries.

The Colombia country office was established in 2014, and has since grown to a staff of 20 who simultaneously manage 4 randomized controlled trials in Bogotá, Barranquilla, and Cartagena, and soon in Medellín. With a current portfolio of projects in the security, financial inclusion, and small and medium enterprise space, the incoming Director will support the development of projects that address policy-relevant questions related to the post-conflict environment the country is entering.

The Dominican Republic country office was founded in 2016, and is on a rapid growth trajectory. With a staff of 6 currently running three randomized trials in the financial inclusion, early childhood, and social protection space, the Director will institutionalize the office’s operations, and determine the direction of its future growth.

The Country Director will have the unique opportunity to shape the research agenda for both offices.

Ongoing evaluations include:

Country Directors work with IPA Global and key stakeholders to set the strategic direction of the office and oversee multiple, simultaneous impact evaluations in a range of sectors, including education, finance, health, entrepreneurship, and governance. The Colombia and Dominican Republic Country Director will also manage a 25 team of local and international research staff and up to 100 part-time/temporary staff at any given time. S/he will oversee country office operations, lead strategic planning and project development for the country office, inspire the capacity building of local staff and partners, and lead in the dissemination of results to local practitioners and policy makers. The Colombia and Dominican Republic Country Director will also contribute to IPA’s continued expansion by initiating new partnerships and projects in the country and by focusing on strategic organizational development within the country program.

The position requires close interaction with academic researchers, donors, local government agencies, and other non profit organizations. The Colombia and Dominican Republic Country Director, assisted by a Research Manager, will also provide overarching oversight to all project and office operations, including data collection, finance, and human resources.


New Project development

  • Identify and develop potential projects with meaningful research or policy implications, in partnership with policymakers, donors, and researchers.
  • Initiate relationships with new Principal Investigators (academic researchers) and introduce them to the research landscape in Colombia and the Dominican Republic.
  • Lead fundraising for research proposals.

Research and Operations  

  • Manage a team composed of a Research Manager, a Research Coordinator, Research Associates, and Analysts, whose responsibilities include project design and implementation, data collection, data management and analysis, and writing of research reports.
  • Ensure research is implemented following the highest standards of quality, by leveraging IPA’s research support and institutional know-how, and ensuring best practices are shared between projects and countries.
  • Lead the country program’s strategic planning, and lead its implementation.
  • Ensure compliance with financial procedures, approve expenditures, make accurate projections, and manage reporting to donors.

Policy Impact and external relations

  • Lead IPA’s policy impact in Colombia and the Dominican Republic, including evidence dialogue and dissemination, as well as research collaborations.
  • Develop and maintain high-level relationships with stakeholders in both countries.
  • Oversee capacity building of local development partners in evidence-based policy making and rigorous impact evaluations.
  • Represent IPA in national and local government agencies and partner organizations.
  • Master’s degree in international affairs, international public policy, development economics, or field related to international economic development.
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills in both Spanish and English, and strong presentation skills and experience with public speaking.
  • Experience communicating academic research to a policy audience is preferred.
  • Demonstrated team management experience.
  • Excellent management and organizational skills and ability to work independently and on multiple tasks with competing deadlines.
  • A deep understanding of impact evaluation, especially RCTs, is required. Experience developing new RCTs or working with researchers on RCTs is strongly preferred.
  • Experience writing and winning grant proposals.
  • Experience living and working in Latin America is required.
  • Experience working with government institutions  is required. If this experience is in Latin America, especially in Colombia or the Dominican Republic, this will be  a strong plus.
  • Must be willing to travel 20-30% of the time domestically and internationally.
Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Finance and Admin job category, then select “Country Director, Colombia & Dominican Republic”. Applications require 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 non-profit 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 400 leading academics to conduct over 600 evaluations in 51 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 


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