Since IPA Colombia’s founding in 2014, we have completed 40+ projects, with 10+ ongoing projects, evaluating the impact of policies, programs, and products across a variety of topics such as ECD, government cash transfers, migration, financial inclusion, peace and recovery, among others in both the public and private sectors.

Policy Manager profile

Innovations for Poverty Action in Colombia seeks a Policy Manager (PM) to manage IPA Colombia’s early childhood development portfolio and partnerships. The PM will lead IPA’s engagement with high-level policy partners and key stakeholders in Colombia, such the Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar (ICBF), the Ministry of Education, and the Comisión Intersectorial de Primera Infancia, and other government and non-government agencies working on the field.  The Policy Manager will engage with local and international strategic stakeholders to identify and prioritize needs, share existing evidence to inform program and policy design and delivery, and develop new research projects. This position will grow IPA’s policy outreach and research in early childhood development in Colombia, identifying, creating, and implementing evidence-to-impact initiatives with our partners.

  • Support the development of new projects, partnerships and initiatives in Colombia, by establishing, expanding and managing relationships with the government, researchers, implementing partners and funders, and developing and identifying new windows for the development of research and learning opportunities.
  • Work closely with government partners and organizations to apply the results of rigorous research at scale, improving outcomes for the target population.
  • Lead all dissemination activities related to the related projects with the objective of strategically sharing evidence with key stakeholders and equipping policymakers for decision-making.
  • Support the development and implementation of IPA’s Colombia strategic plan.
  • Identify and secure funds for the development of impact evaluation projects, innovation labs, monitoring and evaluation, or other projects in Colombia in the field.
  • Perform other tasks assigned by the supervisor.
  • Maintain compliance with all organizational policies and procedures.
  • Master’s degree in economics, development, international relations, public administration, public policy or a closely related field strongly preferred. 
  • 5+ years of relevant experience analyzing and communicating complex research results to various audiences, including at least 3 year of experience working closely with large NGOs or governments, preferably in a developing country context.
  • Significant knowledge of and experience in the early childhood development sector in Colombia highly preferred.
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated interest in the use of impact evaluation methodology to improve public policy decisions.
  • Exceptional ability to understand academic research studies and analyze bodies of research.
  • Expertise in drawing policy lessons from these and communicating them to various audiences.
  • Excellent management and organizational skills.
  • 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.
  • Fluency in both English and Spanish.
  • 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 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 900 evaluations in 52 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 

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As an organization, IPA is dedicated to improving the lives of the world's most vulnerable populations through evidence and policy. We also recognize how important it is for our staff to reflect the diversity of the places where we work and the communities we work with. As such, IPA is committed to hiring from a diverse pool of candidates, from a range of backgrounds, beliefs, experiences, and perspectives. We know that this makes our work stronger and more responsive to the challenges faced by those we work with and for and we encourage people from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Click here to learn more about IPA’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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