The Policy Communications Associate will play a key role in helping to translate IPA’s research into action and to push forward strategic communications projects that support of IPA’s mission. S/he will create engaging and accessible content aimed at policymakers, practitioners, and other key audiences. This versatile individual must not only possess exceptional skills in writing, editing, and project management, but also have a strong grasp of a range of international development topics, as well as RCTs. Specific sector knowledge is a plus.

As a member of IPA's Communications Team, s/he will work closely with IPA’s Research & Policy team, our implementing partners, some of the world’s top academics, and research staff in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to create and coordinate production of accurate and highly readable content, including policy summaries and briefs, presentations, blog posts, website updates, and social media posts. Success in this role will require a high level of flexibility, ability to execute, and responsiveness, as well as the ability to manage ongoing in-coming requests and to work collaboratively within and across teams.

The Policy Communications Associate will join a group of passionate, analytical, and collaborative team members who are committed to using evidence to solve pressing problems and improve lives.

Responsibilities 
  • Execute the writing and facilitate the review process for external-facing publications and online resources that “translate” academic research into easy-to-understand language for a policy and practitioner audience
  • Help cultivate IPA’s voice and keep key policy, donor, and researcher audiences informed through social media posts and media outreach efforts
  • Support fundraising communications with story-telling, talking points,  presentations, and other materials
  • Draft and support the coordination of evaluation summaries for IPA’s website
  • Support with executing deliverables for a grant from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization that examines underinvestment in agriculture; tasks include, but are not limited to, evidence retrieval, synthesis, writing, and quality checking
  • Support virtual and/or in-person events with coordination, planning, and presentation drafting and support
  • Support dissemination of major studies over social media and through media outreach work
  • Investigate the use of evidence from IPA’s work and draft impact case studies that illustrate how evidence is being used to inform programs and policies
  • Update project information in knowledge management system
  • Analyze evidence and craft policy lessons in consultation with relevant researchers and editorial leadership
  • Propose and execute updates to IPA’s website to ensure content is fresh, timely, and relevant
  • Support senior leadership with talking points and other materials for high-level meetings with policymakers, partners, and funders
  • Other responsibilities as assigned
Qualifications 
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in economics, international development, journalism, political science, public policy, or other relevant field
  • At least two years of relevant work experience required
  • Existing professional writing experience and/or experience with international development, agriculture, and RCTs strongly preferred
  • Exceptional and efficient writing and copy-editing skills
  • Excellent desktop publishing skills and an eye for good design and presentation
  • Experience living and/or working in at least one country where IPA works preferred.
  • Experience with basic HTML, Drupal, and/or Salesforce a plus
  • Design skills, particularly knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and/or Illustrator, a plus
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 830 evaluations in 52 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 

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 jobs@poverty-action.org 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 jobs@poverty-action.org.

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