Innovations for Poverty Action’s Right-Fit Evidence (RFE) Unit is seeking a Engagement Manager to join our growing Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) advisory practice. The Engagement Manager will lead RFE’s portfolio in Bangladesh and may also manage projects in other countries in the region over time.

As Engagement Manager, you will help develop and lead the implementation of various MEL advisory engagements. While we expect the portfolio to evolve and grow over time, the main engagements that we expect you to be leading when you start are the following:

  • An engagement where IPA’s RFE Unit will be the learning and evaluation partner for a multi-partner initiative aimed at developing and embedding whole child development practices for children in adversity into government systems in Bangladesh
  • An engagement through which IPA (including the RFE Unit) will be working on strengthening the MEL capacity of various government ministries as well as the broader MEL community in Bangladesh

The position will be based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and will likely require limited travels early on, and between 10 to 20% later on (once the COVID-19 pandemic eases and as new engagements emerge, some of which may be outside of Bangladesh). You will report primarily to the Associate Director from the RFE Unit, and will also receive support and administrative oversight from the IPA Bangladesh Country Director.

There are three different types of profiles that could fit this position particularly well (and if you don’t fall in any of these categories but feel like you meet the qualifications below, please don’t let that stop you from applying!)

  • Management consultants with some international development experience who would be excited by a career shift to an entrepreneurial and impact-focused environment leveraging their skillset
  • M&E practitioners who are interested in broadening their scope and impact on the field by advising multiple organizations on state-of-the-art M&E practices
  • Research professionals in international development who enjoy working closely with practitioners and are interested in broadening their scope to all the types of data and evidence that can inform decisions

Irrespective of your background, RFE positions tend to be great fits for anyone with a growth-oriented mindset.

You’ll likely be working across multiple sectors, but if you’re bringing expertise and/or interest from a particular sector (e.g public health, education, livelihoods etc) we will use the flexibility we have to get you engaged with opportunities in that sector as much as we can – and maybe you will help create those opportunities too!

Note: the RFE Unit is hiring for multiple positions in other locations. If you’re open to multiple locations and/or job levels you are welcome to apply to multiple RFE positions.

Responsibilities 

Lead the execution of a portfolio of advisory engagements

  • As the primary senior point of contact for a wide range of clients (foundations, government agencies, NGOs, etc.), lead a team of RFE unit staff working closely with them to develop tailor-made solutions for their MEL needs, and support their implementation.
  • Lead the design, analysis and write up of various kinds of evaluations and other studies
  • Design and facilitate various kinds of external MEL related workshops
  • Oversee a Senior Associate working on various engagements, and support their professional development. You will directly supervise additional staff as your portfolio develops

Take part in the development of the Right Fit Evidence Unit

  • Lead the development of a small portfolio of new potential engagements, both self-initiated and assigned
  • Be the main interface for the Right-Fit Evidence Unit for a set of active or potential funders, and occasionally represent the Unit in conferences or other similar events
  • More broadly, provide contributions to the development and ongoing adaptation of the strategy of the Unit and its internal organizational development
Qualifications 
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with coursework in quantitative methods as well as development economics, international public policy or related fields,
  • A minimum of 4 years of relevant work experience
  • Significant exposure to the design and management of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning systems, or equivalent operational research/innovation systems outside the development sector
  • Superior analytical, quantitative and conceptual thinking skills,
  • Experience leading project or program evaluations or similar data-driven analytical projects
  • Experience with qualitative data collection and analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability to coach and train others on technical matters
  • Strong client facing and presentation skills. Ability to present information in a structured and insightful way, both in writing and orally.
  • Self-starter, entrepreneurial mindset, versatility and strong multi-tasking skills.
  • Experience working in developing countries (Bangladesh-specific experience highly valued)
  • Ability to communicate effectively across cultures with multiple stakeholders, such as international and local academic researchers, government officials and NGO partners
  • Ability to travel (up to 20% post-pandemic).
  • Passion for making data-driven decision making a reality in the development sector.

Preferred additional qualifications

  • Language: Bangla fluency strongly preferred.
  • Master’s degree in development economics, statistics, international public policy, public health or a related field. PhDs and MBAs also welcome.
  • Prior experience in a management consultancy
  • Familiarity with debates around M&E and the use of evidence.
  • Familiarity with M&E technology
  • Familiarity with RCTs.
  • Ability to use Stata, R or similar statistical software
Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Engagement Manager, Right-Fit Evidence Unit”. Applications require you to include two letters of recommendation, statement of purpose (cover letter), CV, and transcripts. Note that you are able to submit your application without the recommendation letters.

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. 

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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