Innovations for Poverty Action seeks a Policy Associate to support its mission of promoting evidence based policy in the Philippines. The Policy Associate will be based in Manila with travel to regional areas in the Philippines.

The Policy Associate will work closely with the Country Director and will primarily work with IPA’s government partner/s to disseminate evidence and help incorporate evidence in decision making. The Policy Associate will also implement data collection for process evaluation of a government program. Excellent written and interpersonal skills, and familiarity with Philippines and/or East Asia pre-requisites for this position.


Policy Outreach

  • Share evidence-based policy lessons with policymakers and practitioners through in-person meetings, memos, workshops and conferences
  • Represent IPA in policymaker engagements
  • Building and maintaining institutional knowledge on livelihood programs in the Philippines (identify pressing challenges, conduct stakeholder mapping and literature reviews)
  • Maintain expertise in the results of randomized evaluations applicable to Philippines
  • Writing about IPA’s evaluations in relevant documents with a clear, accurate, and non- technical format for a policy audience
  • Assisting in organizing trainings, evidence workshops and seminars
  • Assisting in the preparation of materials for IPA’s policy outreach work, including drafting summaries, briefs, memos, updates, and presentations
  • With direction from the Country Director, building and maintaining relationships with key partners in governments, NGOs, foundations, and multilateral aid agencies in the region

Capacity Building

  • Supporting the development, coordination and oversight of IPA Philippines capacity-building and knowledge sharing partnerships
  • Preparing presentations, training materials, manuals and knowledge products for capacity building initiatives
  • Supporting stakeholder engagement, partnership development and outreach activities

Process Evaluation

  • Oversee and lead the implementation of data collection activities for process evaluation of our government partner’s program
  • Draft and present a process evaluation report for IPA’s government partner

Project Development

  • Support IPA’s researchers in developing an impact evaluation project for IPA’s government partner
  • Education: A Master’s degree (preferably in Economics, Public Policy or International Development). Training in project management, policy dissemination, policy writing, microeconomics, development economics, econometrics and statistics required. Applicants with an Honour’s degree or an equivalent four year degree may be considered if they also have considerable relevant work experience.
  • Knowledge of and interested in public policy issues in the Philippines and/or East Asia as demonstrated by coursework and/or professional experience
  • Experience: This position requires minimum 2 – 4 years of relevant experience.
  • Communication: Attention to detail and advanced writing and presentation skills for communicating policy lessons from academic papers in ways that policymakers understand. This requires clear, precise, non-technical writing, and creativity in presentation
  • Time Management: Proven ability to handle several different projects/tasks at one time, successfully complete tasks assigned, and meet deadlines with little supervision. Self- motivation and willingness to learn will be essential for doing well in this position.
  • Willingness to travel: Position may require travel throughout the country to meet with policymakers in government agencies, NGOs, foundations and international development organizations as well as follow-up work to promote research projects and other policy and capacity building initiatives
  • Languages: In addition to high proficiency in English, familiarity/proficiency in Filipino is desirable but not required.
Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Policy job category, then select “Policy Associate, Philippines”. Applications require a statement of purpose (cover letter), CV, and transcripts.

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 non-profit 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 400 leading academics to conduct over 600 evaluations in 51 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 


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