IPA’s Social Protection Program works with governments and other programs working to move households out of extreme poverty by creating economic opportunities for the poor. The Social Protection Program has a growing body of research on identifying and scaling effective social protection programs, including cash transfers, graduation programs, job training, and youth employment programs. We are seeking an Associate Director to lead the work of the program in collaboration with IPA’s Director of Sector Programs. The Associate Director will lead on strategic planning, project development, and management of large-scale research projects. The Associate Director will work with research teams (including principal investigators at research universities and multilateral institutions), program staff, and IPA country programs to develop and carry out research designs in collaboration with project partners. The Associate Director will represent the Social Protection Program internally and externally and share evidence with governments, NGOs, and funders at events.

  • Expand the work of the Social Protection Program into strategic policy areas including safety net design and youth employment
  • Lead new project development efforts, including engagement with potential partner organizations, in collaboration with Principal Investigators, the Program Director, and IPA’s Country Offices. Raise funds for new projects
  • Grow and maintain the Program’s network of researchers, partners, and funders
  • Keep abreast of academic literature in social protection and produce high-quality evidence summaries
  • Work with team members to produce research and policy outputs relevant to communicate IPA’s work in this space, including articles, reports, website content (project summaries, etc.), and print materials
  • Plan and carry out dissemination events, and present results to policy makers
  • Oversee grant reporting and manage budgets and donor relationships
  • Master’s degree in public policy, economics, social sciences, or a related field
  • Training in microeconomics, development economics, econometrics and statistics
  • 5-8 years of work experience in rigorous research. Experience in the design and management of randomized controlled trials preferred
  • Expertise in one or more areas of social protection, including cash transfers, safety nets, graduation programs, and employment programs
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including budgeting, and ability to manage a team
  • Ability to manage high-level relationships with partner organizations, donors and government officials
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong preference for French proficiency; Spanish a plus
  • Excellent computer proficiency (MS Office – Word, Excel and Outlook)
  • Stata proficiency helpful but not required
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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 575 leading academics to conduct over 650 evaluations in 51 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 


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