This is an exciting new role to be hired immediately, collaborating closely with the Director of Policy & External Relations and a large research team. The role will work closely with the team that is scaling up a new NORMalising mask-wearing program, based on recent evidence from Bangladesh, throughout South Asia. This project will be the primary focus of this role for at least the first six months and involve daily engagement and coordination with a large multi-organizational collaborative team. 


Manage evidence-to-policy impact in South Asia (75%)

  • Combine insights from relevant research into policy lessons for decision-makers who want to apply IPA research to their policies and programs.
  • Support the design and planning of intervention scale-ups, by working closely with the research teams and implementation partners, to ensure they are consistent with the evidence and the particular needs of the context.
  • Liaise with implementation partners for the smooth planning and execution of implementation activities. This entails developing an execution plan and communicating with implementation partners on a regular basis to ensure activities happen as per the plan. Prepare progress reports, reminders, and follow-up with the implementing partners.
  • Coordinate with policy partners, and track the progress of implementation activities, and identify and share details of expected issues that need resolving in the partnership.
  • Coordinate follow ups to meetings with high level decision-makers moving at top speeds in a crisis situation.

Support external engagement and policy communications (25%)

  • Proactively identify policy fundraising and policy-relevant business development opportunities, and pursue these opportunities in collaboration with global and country office-based staff
  • Document the key learnings and challenges during the implementation process. 
  • Write and design original blog posts, briefs, website content, and other materials communicating IPA’s policy impact and strategy to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Create original materials to communicate IPA’s policy lessons to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Represent IPA in policy conversations and at events.
  • Coordinate grant reporting and deliverable management for a portfolio of policy grants in South Asia.
  • Collaborate extensively across programmatic and functional teams at IPA to deliver on our policy strategy and share lessons across teams and contexts.
  • Collaborate with IPA’s policy team and senior management to shape and reflect on IPA’s unique policy impact strategy.


  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.
  • Maintain compliance with all organization policies and procedures.
  • Master’s degree in economics, development, international relations, public administration, public policy or a closely related field strongly preferred. Will accept additional experience in place of master’s.
  • 5+ years of relevant experience , including at least 1 year of experience working closely with large NGOs or governments, preferably in a developing country context.
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated interest in the use of rigorous evidence for international development policy required.
  • Expertise in drawing policy lessons from these and communicating them to various audiences
  • Excellent communication skills, including clear, precise, non-technical written and presentation skills; requires a strong written “voice” and ability to write in various voices as needed as well as effective spoken communication and presentation style.
  • Proven ability to multitask and successfully complete projects on tight deadlines with little supervision.
  • Willingness to work hard, be self-motivated, learn, and adapt quickly will be essential for doing well in this position.
  • Ability to supervise staff and manage projects independently.
  • Strong ability to manage up and across.
  • Experience with IPA and/or partner institutions strongly preferred.
  • Willingness to travel internationally, once it is safe to do so, up to 25% of time preferred.
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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. 

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