Innovations for Poverty Action is a research and policy partner in the PlayMatters consortium. The initiative, funded by the LEGO Foundation, will deliver and promote play-based, early learning solutions to improve learning and wellbeing outcomes for pre-primary and primary school aged children impacted by the humanitarian crises in East Africa and living in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda. Partners include the International Rescue Committee, War Child, Plan International, the Behavioural Insights Team, and IPA. 

IPA will be conducting three randomized control trials (across the three countries) to generate rigorous evidence of the impact of learning through play on various learning and wellbeing outcomes. On the policy side, IPA is leading the consortium’s work to collaborate and co-create evidence with national policy actors in support of the consortium’s goals to scale learning through play within government structures.

We are seeking a Project Coordinator for IPA’s contributions to the initiative to coordinate between our research studies and policy workstreams, and with the wider consortium on operational and technical elements. 

  • Specifically, the Project Coordinator will:
  • Ensure coordination between IPA's workstreams, global policy and education teams, and country office teams, including facilitating the share of progress updates and information between workstreams and coordinating the internal group of IPA strategic advisors
  • Represent IPA's policy and research workstreams in general technical and leadership groups
  • Attend weekly operations and leadership working groups to represent IPA in the day-to-day workings of the consortium
  • Cascade information from the consortium to the relevant IPA teams as required and bring technical teams into meetings and working groups as needed
  • Coordinate the development of technical reports to the donor and prepare for monitoring workshops by the donor, including drafting parts of the reports on IPA's overall contribution, coordination, and management
  • Monitor the finances of the project and ensure on-time and on-budget delivery
  • Coordinate the development of financial reports, working with IPA's finance teams
  • Respond to ad-hoc finance, operations, and administrative requests from the donor
  • Possibly travel in the region for occasional planning workshops with the consortium partners
  • Master’s degree in economics, international development, political science, public policy, or other relevant field preferred
  • At least five years of relevant work experience, including experience working or collaborating with teams across different jurisdictions. 
  • Excellent management and organizational skills and ability to work independently 
  • Proven budget management experience
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills, including the ability to effectively communicate with internal and external partners. Fluency in both written and spoken English is required,
  • Experience living and working in Uganda, Tanzania, or Ethiopia preferred
  • Ability to work effectively with colleagues across time zones
Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Project Coordinator”. Applications require you to include two letters of recommendation, statement of purpose (cover letter), CV, and transcripts. Note that you are able to submit your application without the recommendation letters. However, please be advised that we will be requiring them should you be invited for an interview.

Given the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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. 

Innovations for Poverty Action is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer. 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 or via phone at 1-202-386-6200. 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

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