Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), is an international non-profit research organization. Based in New Haven, CT, with offices in Washington, D.C. and worldwide, IPA works with development partners and academic researchers to create and evaluate approaches to solving development problems, to communicate “what works” in development and to scale up successful projects in a variety of fields, including health, education, microfinance, governance and agriculture.

IPA seeks a Policy Associate (RA) to lead a project to support Peru’s Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Population to strengthen the use of evidence in decision-making. The PA will be based in Lima, Peru where she/he will work within the Ministry to support the process of using evidence from international experiences effectively and to help strengthen the Ministry’s monitoring and evaluation systems. The PA will work closely with the Policy Manager to oversee the day-to-day development of the capacity-building strategy.

The position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in working with high-level policy and research partners to support an evolving government organization that aims to reduce gender-based violence in the country. Key areas of involvement will include: coordinating and collaborating with government officials to understand policy priorities and challenges, review international evidence and communicate key lessons to government officials, manage day-to-day relationships with researchers and policy partners to help inform government processes, review current data collecting methods to identify data quality and data usage improvement opportunities, and assisting in the writing of project reports and policy memos.

  • Work with government officials to understand policy priorities and challenges
  • Undertake desk-based reviews of international evidence and communicate key lessons effectively
  • Review monitoring systems and identify potential quality and data usage improvements
  • Provide technical assistance to government officials to build capacities in monitoring and evaluation systems
  • Develop reports and deliverables for project partners
  • Manage day-to-day relationships with policy partners
  • Regularly communicate updates with the Policy Manager
  • A bachelor’s degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or related fields. A graduate degree is a plus,
  • 1-4 years of relevant experience, including at least 1 year of experience working closely with government organizations,
  • Excellent ability to understand academic research studies and analyze bodies of research,
  • Solid analytical and quantitative skills strongly preferred, possibly managing administrative data,
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials preferred,
  • Knowledge of or strong interest in research/policies on gender-based violence,
  • Excellent management and organizational skills,
  • Must be able to work under pressure, independently and in a team, and meet deadlines; flexibility, self-motivation, and pro-activity highly valued,
  • Excellent communication skills, including clear, precise written skills in Spanish and English.
Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Policy Associate, Peru”. Most applications require you to include two letters of recommendation, statement of purpose (cover letter), CV, and transcripts.

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. 


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