The Director, Poverty Measurement, has overall responsibility for the technical direction, development and quality control of the public PPI tools and materials (50% of time), as well as customized and non-monetary poverty measurement tools and services (50% of time).  He/she will work closely with both IPA’s Chief Research & Policy Officer and Right Fit Evidence Director.        

Responsibilities 
  • Set overall strategy and technical direction for poverty measurement tools and services at IPA
  • Manage relationships with PPI Alliance members, Steering Committee, funders, and other stakeholders
  • Play a lead role in business development for IPA’s poverty measurement work
  • Provide thought leadership on poverty assessment and measurement, both internally and externally
  • Supervise and support team of two PPI Data Analysts on the development and quality control of standard, publicly available PPIs, including obtaining, processing and analyzing national survey data, running the predictive model, producing error analyses, creating the User Guides and other materials for specific country PPIs
  • Spearhead ongoing technical improvements to the PPI’s predictive model
  • Work to expand IPA’s suite of poverty measurement tools and services, including development of tools that measure non-monetary poverty and fee-based targeting advisory services
  • Promote the PPI and related products and services at conferences and to external partners, PPI users and donors. This may include providing direct technical support and training
  • Work closely with IPA’s Poverty Measurement Program Lead to answer user queries and provide input to communications and training materials
  • Conduct validation/accuracy testing and research, and analysis of the comparative advantages/disadvantages of competing tools in capturing different dimensions of poverty.
Qualifications 

Required:

  • Master’s degree in statistics, computer science, bio-statistics, economics, or related fields; PhD a plus.
  • Experience with machine learning, predictive modeling, and ability to work with national level data sets (sampling weights, clustering, and stratification).
  • Fluency in R, STATA, or other data analysis software
  • Strong understanding of poverty measurement approaches and body of literature, as well as international development sectors
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, including ability to communicate difficult technical concepts in simple, understandable terms
  • Solid relationship management and business development skills
  • Excellent management and organizational skills, along with process oriented analytic thinker
  • Creative, strategic thinker about analytic problems and business models
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, a team player and a history of getting things done.
  • Fluency in English with strong written ability

Preferred:

  • Previous experience with PPI or other similar poverty measurement tools
  • Experience working with household surveys and digital survey software
  • Prior work in developing countries, especially conducting field research
  • Spanish or French language abilities
Application Instructions 

To apply click here.

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.

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