IPA is a research and policy nonprofit organization 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. Since our 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.   Established in 2006, the IPA Kenya office employs nearly 500 staff members in the Nairobi headquarters, Busia, and Siaya field offices and manages approximately 30 long-and short-term complex research projects.  IPA Kenya has an established strong presence in the research environment with our governmental, International organizations, private and NGO partners.

The Country Director position provides a unique opportunity to be closely involved in cutting-edge policy-relevant research and work with top academics.  The Country Director will work with IPA senior Global, Regional, and Program leadership, as well as key stakeholders to set the strategic direction and oversee multiple simultaneous impact projects.  The position requires close interaction with academic researchers, donors, local government agencies, and other NGOs. The Country Director, assisted by the IPA Kenya Senior Management Team, will provide oversight of all project and office operations. 

Responsibilities 

Country Office Planning and Management

  • Collaborate with Chief Global Programs Officer and Regional Director to develop IPA Kenya’s strategic plan;
  • Collaborate with Regional Director to develop sub-initiative priorities, strategies and application plans;
  • Lead strategic project management, financial management, external relations, business development, fundraising, Human Resources, and operational aspects of research projects;
  • Develop and execute project management plan to support strategic planning, resource allocation, and policy engagement;
  • Develop and lead project strategy metrics, goal and target setting, data collection, data management, data analysis, and reporting;
  • Lead IPA’s policy impact in Kenya  including evidence dialogue, dissemination, and research collaborations;
  • Ensure data collection is complaint  with IPA’s research protocols and data quality standards;
  • Oversee internal and external project audits.

Financial Management

  • Oversee project budgets management and reporting, financial risk control procedures, projections for multiple grants, and contracts;
  • Ensure compliance to donor reporting, rules, regulations, and requirements (e.g. USAID and DFID);
  • Ensure financial compliance to Kenya Government and NGO board statutory requirements;
  • Oversee internal and external financial audits.

External Relations

  • Manage, maintain and deepen relationships with core external academic researchers/ principal investigators (PIs) who work and partner with IPA in Kenya and expand this network of PIs;
  • Develop and maintain high-level relationships with Government of Kenya, national and international NGO partners;
  • Identify and cultivate relationships with new partnerships in sectors that are prioritized by IPA Kenya’s policy engagement;
  • Represent IPA Kenya on a  global, national, and local level;
  • Represent IPA Kenya with government and NGO partners;
  • Oversee capacity building of local development partners in evidence-based policy making and impact evaluations;
  • Manage relationships with and provide services to external academic researchers.

Business Development and Fundraising

  • Collaborate with Regional Director and program teams project resources, financial management, human resources, and operations for proposal development;
  • Engage government partners to identify potential research projects;
  • Identify and cultivate fundraising opportunities;
  • Identify and cultivate research project opportunities, particularly through proactive reach out to external academic researchers/ principle investigators.

Human Resources and Operations

  • Manage Deputy Country Director, Senior Policy Manager, Finance Manager, and Human Resources Manager;
  • Oversee Research Managers, Senior Research Associates and Field Managers;
  • Oversee office operations, human resources, and information technology functions;
  • Ensure compliance to Kenyan labor and immigration laws;
  • Act as primary point of contract for emergency and crisis management;
  • Ensure Nairobi and field offices safety and security protocols are maintained;
  • Develop systems to strengthen staff capacity.
Qualifications 
  • Master’s degree in international affairs, international public policy, development economics, or field work related to international economic development with a minimum of 8 year relevant work experience; or
  • Bachelor’s degree in international affairs, international public policy, development economics, or field work related to international economic development with a minimum of 10 year relevant work experience;
  • Project Management Professional training certificate, strongly desirable.

Experience

  • Project management; strongly desired
  • Report writing, strongly desired
  • Quantitative research skills/ experience and a familiarity with randomized controlled trials, strongly desired;
  • Experimental economics, education, health, water and sanitation and agricultural research, strongly desired;
  • Engaging multiple stakeholders including international and local academic researchers, donors, national and local government officials, NGO partners, enumeration teams, and study participants, strongly desired;
  • Working knowledge of human resource and operations, strongly desired
  • Working with multiple donors;
  • Worked as Deputy Country Director or Country Director, strongly desired;
  • Experience leading diverse  team of 200+ in dynamic work environment;
  • Experience building staff capacity;
  • Experience living and working in Kenya.

Attributes

  • Leadership
  • Strategic Goal Setting
  • Innovation
  • Problem solving
  • Relationship Building
  • Collaboration
  • Adaptability
  • Analytical
  • Prioritizing
  • Navigating Ambiguity
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, Kenya”. 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 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. 

Disclaimers 

Innovations for Poverty Action is an EO Employer-MF/Veteran/Disability. 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 1-203-772-2216. Disclaimer: 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.

** Please note that only qualified applicants will be contacted by the hiring manager.