Innovations for Poverty Action, an international non-profit, seeks a qualified applicant for the position of Legal Counsel or Senior Legal Counsel (depending on years of experience) for their headquarters in New Haven, Connecticut. The successful candidate may work out of the New Haven, New York or Washington, DC office. The position offers an opportunity to provide strategic and task oriented legal support to IPA's global operations. 

Legal Counsel will provide cross-functional support, and provide advice and support in areas concerning the legal and technical sufficiency of IPA's operational process and infrastructure, making recommendations intended to promote effective and efficient utilization of IPA's human and organizational resources and to facilitate enhanced regulatory compliance standards. 

  • Support the General Counsel in ensuring compliance with applicable laws, regulations, company policies and awarding agencies' requirements in the U.S. and overseas.
  • In conjunction with the General Counsel and other legal counsel, provide advice and counsel on applicable data privacy laws, US Government Contract and Grant regulations, employment laws, among others.
  • Support the General Counsel in the implementation of the organization's compliance awareness program and conducting internal investigations,
  • Draft, negotiate and interpret contracts, grants, subawards, vendor agreements, leases, and other legal agreements
  • Support the legal registration of new country offices overseas and global legal compliance of IPA's registered offices.
  • Liaise with IPA's global network of outside counsel to ensure adequate legal support of the organization's country programs and operations.
  • Conduct legal research and prepare memoranda on a wide variety of areas of law.
  • Other duties as may be assigned from time to time.

Years of Experience:

  • 3-5 years for the Legal Counsel position
  • 5+ years for the Senior Legal Counsel position

Skills & Qualifications:

  • JD required.
  • Admission to the Connecticut bar required if working in New Haven office. Admission to the New York bar required if working in New York. Admission to the Washington DC bar if working in Washington DC.
  • Experience working in international development or research, with global experience preferred.
  • Highly analytical and detail-oriented.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills required, including ability to write/speak logically and convincingly in a short time frame.
  • Ability to multi-task, and work in a rapidly-changing, high-energy environment.
  • Teamwork-oriented, with the ability to mentor and train others across an organization, and to prioritize work and support broader goals and objectives in the team and the organization at large.
  • A self-starter with a strong work ethic, good judgment, and a sense of humor.
  • The ideal candidate will possess experience in one or more of the following: USAID Rules and Regulations, Employment Law , Litigation, Data Privacy Laws (domestic and/or international), contract drafting and negotiations, human subject protection laws and regulations.
Application Instructions 

To apply click here.  Please submit a Cover Letter and Resume via the application system.

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

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