The Human Trafficking Research Initiative (HTRI) at Innovations for Poverty Action is a five-year US Department of State-funded project that brings together implementing organizations, policymakers, and researchers to build the body of evidence on interventions to reduce human trafficking and protect victims and survivors of trafficking. HTRI fosters partnerships between researchers and practitioners; innovates on and improves the research methods for studying human trafficking; initiates formative pilot testing of programs; and conducts large-scale studies on the efforts to prevent trafficking, prosecute crimes, and protect trafficked persons.

HTRI seeks a highly motivated and detail-oriented Program Coordinator to support smooth administration of HTRI, including financial and administrative support, research and technical support, internal and external communications, policy engagement, and grants management and reporting. The Program Coordinator will assist the Director in stakeholder development and communications, managing HTRI grants, and developing presentations, webinars, policy briefs, white papers, and other outreach to improve the use of rigorous research methods in human trafficking programs. The Program Coordinator will also be responsible for carrying out evidence overviews on key human trafficking topics and leading stakeholder mapping for potential new lines of human trafficking research. The Program Coordinator will report to the Program Director and work collaboratively with researchers, country offices, and other global IPA staff.

The ideal candidate will hold a master’s degree in a social science field and have the following qualifications: strong organizational and time management skills; exceptional verbal and written communication skills; strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skills; and strong initiative, self-awareness, and flexibility. Experience leading or participating in research projects (ideally using RCTs) is a plus. The Program Coordinator can be remote (US) or based at any of the IPA office locations in the US (Washington, DC, New York, or Connecticut). 

Responsibilities 

Project coordination and administration

  • Organize and maintain up-to-date project, partner, donor, and researcher records for HTRI on Salesforce and other platforms.
  • Respond to information requests relevant to project development, donor reporting, dissemination and policy engagement activities from country office and senior IPA staff.
  • Contribute to building systems that improve the efficiency and internal management of HTRI.
  • Ensure that HTRI’s procedures are aligned with IPA’s general guidelines and policies by regularly communicating with relevant departments and teams.
  • Contribute to the implementation of IPA’s diversity, equality, and inclusion strategy, including tracking HTRI’s progress against organizational metrics.

Technical and research support, communications, and policy engagement

  • Coordinate and contribute to HTRI’s Learning and Research Agenda and external communication activities, including literature reviews, evidence syntheses, policy briefs, program overview documents, blogposts, newsletters, and project summaries.
  • Assist the HTRI Director in building up a network of affiliated principal investigators that can identify and develop research opportunities that answer key questions in the sector, with travel as necessary to support project development and set-up.
  • Support IPA country office staff to develop new studies and implement the Initiative’s research and policy objectives in those countries.
  • Schedule and participate in meetings to develop key relationships among relevant parties, including donors, sectoral partners, internal research and policy leadership, and senior academics around the world.
  • Coordinate logistics for webinars, conferences, and other events focused on human trafficking (with the support of the HTRI Director and academic leads) and represent IPA at external policy and research functions.
  • Keep track of external presentation opportunities, and support the development of concept notes, evidence reviews, and draft presentations.
  • Engage in stakeholder mapping and interviews to help HTRI develop and support new lines of research.

Grants management, financial tracking, and donor reporting

  • Coordinate the management of HTRI’s sub-awards, including the selection process, development of grant agreements, and tracking projects’ progress, deliverables, and finances. Work with IPA Grants and Legal team as needed.
  • Support HTRI’s donor reporting, including collecting inputs from grantees and IPA staff, drafting progress reports, and working with finance and grants staff on financial reports.
  • Review financial transactions and support the budget review and program financial oversight. Work with IPA’s Finance team as needed.
  • Keep track of funding opportunities and support the HTRI Director in project development and fundraising activities.
  • Assist with the administration of HTRI projects as needed.
Qualifications 
  • Masters in a relevant social science field, such as economics, public policy, political science, or international development.
  • Coursework in graduate-level statistics or demonstrated ability to interpret regression outputs.
  • At least three years’ work experience in research and evaluation or international development.
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including strong attention to detail and ability to prioritize and manage multiple assignments simultaneously with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to express ideas and information clearly and effectively communicate research findings with diverse stakeholders using clear, precise, non-technical writing. Professional proficiency in French or Spanish a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively work with global teams across cultures, work styles, and time zones.
  • Experience in the human trafficking/migration sector and/or management of randomized control trials is preferred, but not required.
  • Familiarity with U.S. federal research standards, especially ethical human subjects research standards, is preferred, but not required.
  • Experience working or living in low or middle-income countries.
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. 

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