IPA is seeking a Programs Associate to join the Global Programs team. The Programs Associate will report to the Regional Director of Asia and Latin America and will work primarily with the six country offices in those regions. 

The Programs Associate has two broad sets of responsibilities. The first is to support new business development and ensure the overall success and impact of Asia and Latin America programs. The second is to provide general support to the IPA Global Programs department. 

An ideal candidate is someone: a) looking to explore a career in the rigorous evaluation of policies and programs, and b) currently looking to gain experience in the proposal development process and to understand more about the management of randomized control trails via occasional field visits to IPA country programs. Such a candidate will also possess exceptional skill in writing, editing, and communication as the position requires frequent grant proposal support. The roles and responsibilities for this position are further detailed below.

Previous holders of this position have gone on to top graduate programs in law and other fields as well as to other impact-driven development organizations.


Regional Programs Support (90%)

  • Business Development 
    • Facilitate the development of relationships with Principal Investigators (PIs), partners, and donors. This may entail participation in conferences and other in-person meeting, as well as through phone calls, emails, etc.
    • Explore partnership opportunities: field inquiries and provide orientation to external partners 
  • Project Development
    • Identify and track projects, partners, contacts, and opportunities that contribute to strategic project development goals
    • Match relevant PIs with research opportunities
    • Develop and regularly update internal and external resources related to project development in the region
  • Proposal Development
    • Facilitate and participate in proposal development meetings
    • Set proposal development timelines
    • Mobilize the research team during proposal development and ensure focus on key issues and priorities
    • Provide support to proposal review, writing, and development processes (as coordinator, writer, reviewer etc.).
    • Develop budget summaries/narratives
  • Data Management and Reporting
    • Oversee entry of project and grant information into Salesforce
    • Produce Salesforce reports and use Salesforce metrics to analyze regional project development performance
    • Produce Salesforce reports outlining grant balances to share with PIs
    • Support CDs in understanding and using Salesforce and Box
  • Staff Hiring
    • Complete initial review of, participate in interviews with, and review writing samples of potential hires
  • Document Development
    • Contribute to the creation of country office-specific dissemination and policy materials 
    • Write, edit, and format country-specific presentational materials
  • Liaise with other IPA teams
    • Contribute to incorporation of global standards, including facilitating internal capacity building and supporting country office initiatives
    • Serve as a liaison between Country Programs and Headquarters functional teams

Other Global Programs Initiatives (10%)

  • Contribute to cross-regional proposal and project development 
  • Tailor and support resource creation for internal and external capacity building, policy engagement planning, policy document creation, dissemination events, etc.
  • Support programs leadership with the management of researchers and partners in the region, including:
    • Field PI and partner inquiries and provide orientation to new PIs and partners
    • Help develop and regularly update internal and external resources related to project development in the Region
  • Coordinate check-ins with all Programs staff
  • Hire and manage Programs interns
  • Participate in other tasks as required
  • Bachelors’ degree in either a) a related field, such as Economics, International Relations, Social Sciences, or Statistics, or b) a writing- and communications-heavy field, such as History or English, required.
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Professional Working Proficiency in Spanish is preferred.
  • Ability to multi-task while paying attention to detail
  • Ability to lead, work with, and/or coordinate with a team to meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to work independently; self-motivated
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with PIs, donors, and partners
  • Ability to learn quickly and take on new tasks
  • 1-2 years of experience in grant writing is a plus
  • Experience creating, managing, and reviewing budgets is a plus
  • Previous experience with field research in developing countries is a plus
  • Flexibility with work schedule (weekends, late nights, and early mornings are sometimes required)
  • Should be able to bring a sense of dedication and humor to the job
Application Instructions 

To apply click here.

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. 


Innovations for Poverty Action is an EO Employer-MF/Veteran/Disability. 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 1-203-772-2216. Disclaimer: 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.