Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is currently seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Human Resources Associate in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The Human Resources Associate will report directly to the Country Director, and will consult closely with the HR team at IPA’s Headquarters in the United States.

IPA is a research and policy non-profit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems.


The Human Resources Associate will liaise with and receive technical guidance and direction from the Global Human Resources Department to lead human resources management and administrative functions at IPA-TZ, in coordination with the Country Director by performing the following functions:

Human Resources:

  • Ensures legal compliance by monitoring and implementing applicable human resource statutory requirements; liaising with global and local legal counsel; conducting investigations; representing the organization at hearings
  • Maintain and follow proper on-boarding and off-boarding procedures for IPA-TZ staff and ensuring proper documentation is completed Maintaining historical human resource records in a physical and cloud-based filing and retrieval system; keeping past and current records; ensuring HRIS system is maintained
  • Updating job requirements and job descriptions in collaboration with Global Human Resources for all positions to ensure that organization’s organogram promotes efficiency
  • Collaborate with Global Human Resource department to further development of recruitment processes, including skills assessment, and interviewing guidelines; leading screening and pre-selection of candidates; counseling managers on candidate selection; conducting and analyzing exit interviews
  • Maintaining IPA-Tanzania personnel competency frameworks; ensuring competency frameworks are implemented, recorded and actionable; developing training packages to support employees in developing core competencies for their role and promotion
  • Prepare employees for assignments by establishing, coordinating, and conducting orientation and training programs in coordination with the research department
  • Ensure planning, monitoring, and appraisal of employee work results by training managers to coach and discipline employees; counseling employees and supervisors
  • Maintaining the local employee benefits programs and inform employees of benefits by assessing benefit needs and trends; recommending benefit programs  or changes to the  labor law to management; directing the processing of benefit claims, including ensuring that statutory returns (Pension, Workers Compensation Fund, HESLB) are made in a timely fashion.
  • Maintain management guidelines by preparing, updating, and recommending human resource policies and procedures and ensure that policies are appropriately presented in staff training materials
  • Determine and recommend employee relations practices necessary to establish positive and collaborative work environment.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Country Director



  • Ensure that third party contracts, cooperation agreements, and MOUs are properly prepared, reviewed, approved, filed and updated.
  • Supervising, assigning tasks to, and supporting the professional development of the Office Assistant
  • Securing permits required to conduct IPA-Tanzania studies and programs, including permits for IPA-TZ staff
  • Arrange logistics for business travel for IPA-Tanzania staff and partners, as relevant
  • Provide logistical and administrative support to project teams as and when required
  • Support the management of petty cash
  • Prepare Finance and Procurement requests for country office purchases and utility bills
  • Assist timely renewal of medical, accident, and property insurance policies as per the need and decision of Management.
  • Safety and security management (focal person, enforcing safety and security guidelines)
  • Handle office repairs and maintenance by seeking necessary approvals and coordinating with service providers
  • Other duties as assigned by the Country Director
  • Only open to Tanzanian citizens
  • Served in human resource management or in a comparable and relevant position for a minimum period of three (3) years
  • A minimum of an upper second Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource management or a relevant field and a diploma from the institute of human resource management
  • Advanced Microsoft Office competency to be assessed with a skills test
  • Demonstrated high degree of administrative, managerial and leadership capabilities
  • Ability to lead and develop strategic HR practices
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain the highly confidential nature of human resources work
  • Cross-cultural working exposure
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, influencing and interpersonal skills
  • Fluency in English
Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Finance and Admin job category, then select “Human Resources & Administration Associate”. 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. 


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 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

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