The Program Associate, Financial Inclusion Program (FIP), contributes to FIP’s set of new and ongoing research projects. This includes, but is not limited to: new project development, grant management, communicating results to policy and academic audiences, and supporting the FIP Director and academic research partners on project implementation, data collection, and analysis.


Project Development

  • Support FIP Director and IPA Country Programs on new project development by identifying partnership and funding opportunities relevant to IPA’s financial inclusion research agenda
  • Researches policy issues and funding opportunities for FIP and recommends courses of action. Develops plans, schedules meetings and maintains contact lists. 
  • Analyzes funding announcements and opportunities, gathers resource materials and develop schedules for meeting deadlines. Consults with program staff and principal investigators as appropriate.
  • Writes grant proposals, memoranda of understanding, job descriptions, budget justifications, correspondence, data collection and analysis plans, policies and procedures, reports, position papers, and other documents. Drafts program budgets for funding proposals. Maintains supporting documents.

Policy & Communications

  • Promote adoption of research results through written materials, and policy events.
  • Create external project reports for both academic and non-academic audiences.
  • Support FIP Director on publicity by engaging with social media and blogging on financial inclusion and IPA projects, and supporting on IPA website content.
  • Organize FIP’s Annual Researcher Gathering, a 1-2 day research workshop for researchers in FIP’s academic network

Project Management

  • Work with the IPA Grants team and IPA Country Programs to provide oversight to FIP-funded projects including regular review of project updates and budgets, collecting project deliverables, generating and updating subaward agreements as necessary, documenting issues and milestones on Salesforce, and supporting the FIP Director on annual reporting to the prime donor.
  • Manage communications with FIP-funded project researchers, IPA country staff, and members of the Program’s Executive Committee.
  • Provide support for the FIP Director and other relevant IPA teams on developing and delivering Right-Fit Evidence projects targeting the financial services sector.
  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or related fields, required
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials required; training in microeconomics, development economics, econometrics and statistics preferred
  • 2-3 years of work experience in development/development research; microfinance, mobile banking or the financial services sector preferable
  • Experience interacting with researchers and practitioners
  • Experience managing project budgets. Strong analytical skills a plus
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including budgeting, attention to operational and research detail, and ability to manage multiple projects efficiently
  • Fluency and excellent communication skills in English
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and team player
Application Instructions 

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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 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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