Innovations for Poverty Action, an international non-profit, seeks a qualified applicant for the position of Legal Counsel. The successful candidate may work remotely in Connecticut, Washington DC, or New York or in the Washington, DC office on a hybrid schedule. The position offers an opportunity to provide strategic and task oriented legal support to IPA's global operations. 

Legal Counsel will primarily provide advice and support in contract reviews and negotiations. In addition, Legal counsel will provide support and advice 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.

IPA's compensation structure is designed based on the labor market for the specific geographic location where the employee is located.  We are offering the following salary ranges for this position: 
-  Legal Counsel is classified as "C3" on IPA's global job structure.
-  For US based employees the starting annual gross salary is $77,598 with a maximum of $90,000.
- The salary for locations outside of the US will vary depending on IPA's salary scale ranges for that specific location.

Actual base salary may vary based upon, but not limited to, relevant experience, base salary of internal peers, business sector, and geographic location.

  • Draft, negotiate and interpret contracts, grants, subawards, vendor agreements, leases, and other legal agreements.
  • Liaise with IPA's global network of outside counsel to ensure adequate legal support of the organization's country programs and operations. Support the General Counsel in ensuring compliance with applicable laws, regulations, company policies and awarding agencies; requirements in the U.S. and overseas, as needed.
  • 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, as needed.
  • Support the General Counsel in the implementation of the organization's compliance awareness program and conducting internal investigations, as needed.
  • Support the legal registration of new country offices overseas and global legal compliance of IPA's registered offices, as needed.
  • Conduct legal research and prepare memoranda on a wide variety of areas of law.
  • Other duties as may be assigned from time to time.
  • J.D. Required.
  • Admission to the Connecticut, New York or Washington DC bar.
  • 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.
  • Experience in USAID Rules and Regulations, Employment Law, Data Privacy Laws (domestic or international), contract drafting and negotiations a plus.

Years of Experience:

  • 0 – 3 years

Language Proficiency:

  • Fluency in Spanish or French preferred
Application Instructions 
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. 

IPA's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) 

As an organization, IPA is dedicated to improving the lives of the world's most vulnerable populations through evidence and policy. We also recognize how important it is for our staff to reflect the diversity of the places where we work and the communities we work with. As such, IPA is committed to hiring from a diverse pool of candidates, from a range of backgrounds, beliefs, experiences, and perspectives. We know that this makes our work stronger and more responsive to the challenges faced by those we work with and for and we encourage people from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Click here to learn more about IPA’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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 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

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