Innovations for Poverty Action seeks a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Associate to join our growing M&E advisory team and provide technical support to governments and nonprofits. This posting is for future opportunities with the Right-Fit Evidence Team.

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is an international research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. As its core business, 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.

IPA's Right-Fit Evidence (RFE) Unit is a small but growing team that helps organizations build strong and tailored Monitoring and Evaluation systems, which balance the need for information on impact with the need for operational data to support management decisions. The unit helps implementers, donors, and governments figure out what data and evidence to gather, how to do it in a cost-effective way, and ultimately how to turn the promise of data-informed program and policy decisions into reality. Demand for RFE services is high and the team aims to be able to take on more work in more countries; the exact countries depend on the candidates.

This position will support IPA’s engagement with in-country partners, reporting to the Country Director. 

This position will be based in an IPA Country Office where the RFE unit has engagements.  To view more about RFE and their existing portfolio please visit their Advisory Services page.

Responsibilities 

The Associate will be based with the RFE team, working with Global RFE members in New York and France to provide technical support throughout M&E advisory engagements. Engagements could involve workshops or coaching for in-country development organizations’ staff. 

The Associate will assist clients in preparing their evaluation agendas, developing evaluation plans for their programs, and assessing the evaluability of those programs against current capacity and resourcing. To that end, the Associate will support clients 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.

The 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. It can involve anything from report-writing to workshop-leading to answering a question for new M&E staff.

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. Please note: you are not required to include transcripts or letters of recommendation upon initial submission. After submitting, you can edit your application at any time and may add these. IPA will never require monetary compensation as part of its application process. Any requests for monetary compensation by persons claiming to be IPA employees or persons claiming to represent IPA should be disregarded and reported to IPA. 

DISCLAIMER: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed by Research Associate. 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.

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.

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