Innovations for Poverty Action seeks an M&E Associate to support an IPA team providing Monitoring and Evaluation advisory and technical support to government departments in the Philippines. These may include the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and/or the Department of Education (DepEd).

The M&E Associate will assist the IPA team (comprising at least two other team members, a Manager and Senior M&E Associate) to provide technical support throughout an M&E advisory engagement to improve the departments’ monitoring and evaluation plans and processes by coaching and mentoring key agency staff.

Responsibilities 

The M&E Associate will assist each of the agencies in preparing their evaluation agendas, developing evaluation plans for priority programs, and assessing the evaluability of those programs against current capacity and resourcing. To that end, the Associate will support officials in identifying their principal goals, help them to craft theories of change and M&E plans for these programs, and find areas where they can improve their existing M&E operations. With the assistance of IPA leadership and staff, the M&E Associate will organize workshops and meetings with staff at the government agencies to identify priority programs that are eligible for evaluation.

The M&E Associate will then work individually with staff from these programs to prepare evaluation plans and assessments to define their evaluation objectives, questions, methodologies, milestones, resources required, risks, and other important information. In the process, the Associate will form long-term relationships between IPA and the implementing staff of the programs, with the broader aim of strengthening the M&E culture in these organizations.

Finally, the M&E Associate will work under the guidance of the M&E Manager to conduct an assessment of the feasibility of the M&E plans, based on the departments’ available data, stakeholder buy-in, and capacity. The Associate will also help to prepare reports documenting the findings of this work and to propose next steps, with the aim of moving towards structured evaluations of the priority programs.

Qualifications 

Required qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in international public policy, education, social science, or related fields;
  • Relevant work experience in roles involving working with data, such as management consulting, data analytics, or policy analysis;
  • Superior analytical, quantitative, and conceptual thinking skills;
  • Strong client-facing and presentation skills;
  • Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse constituencies;
  • 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;
  • Passion for making data-driven decision a reality in the development sector;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, particularly Excel.

Preferred additional qualifications

  • Hands-on experience supporting data systems or Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning systems. Master's degree in economics, public policy, social science, or a related field;
  • Demonstrated ability to coach and train others in statistics, data analysis or MEL methodologies;
  • Experience working with large-scale data systems such as government databases;
  • Familiarity with the concepts surrounding the Theory of Change and the core tools of MEL (both quantitative and qualitative research methods);
  • Familiarity with Stata or similar data analysis software, SurveyCTO, Open Data Kit or similar survey software.
Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “ M&E Associate, Philippines ”. 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. However, please be advised that we will be requiring them should you be invited for an interview.

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. 

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.

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