Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is an international non-profit research organization. IPA works with development partners and academic researchers to create and evaluate approaches to solving development problems, to communicate “what works” in development and to scale up successful projects in a variety of fields, including health, education, microfinance, governance and agriculture. With offices in New York NY and Washington DC, the IPA global teams work with field offices in 20+ country offices worldwide.

The Research Analyst will ensure the timely and accurate administration of IPA’s Institutional Review Board (IRB), in supporting promotion of research ethics at IPA. (See for more information).


In particular, the role includes the following responsibilities:

Administering research ethics’ Institutional Review Board (IRB) at IPA

  • Administration and review of IPA’s IRB, which includes conducting first review of all protocols submitted to IPA’s IRB (original applications, amendments, renewals and unexpected events) and determining risk level with support from Research Manager and IRB Chair.
  • Remain up-to-date on IRB regulations as they apply to IPA IRB, in collaboration with the Research Manager and IPA IRB External Chair.
  • Lead administration of monthly IRB board meetings, which includes sending calendar invites, taking notes, sending materials to the IRB members and keeping accurate reports for IRB purposes.
  • Continuously improve IRB processes (updating of forms and process in Salesforce) and for developing metrics to track the efficiency and effectiveness of IPA IRB
  • Support the Research Ethics Coordiantor and external IRB Chair to build a culture of research ethics at IPA. This includes conducting literature reviews of ethics regulations and ethics oversight within the international development sector, writing/supporting writing of memos, blog posts and white papers on ethical research.
  • Support capacity building of IPA staff globally for research ethics and IRB by developing training materials for IRB and ethics.


  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in a social science, lab science, ethics or related fields
  • High attention to detail and organizational ability, willingness to perform administrative tasks
  • Ability to work well with a team in a collegial environment
  • Interest in learning about research ethics in an international setting
  • Fluency in English with strong communication skills


  • Understanding of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) design
  • Previous experience working with Institutional Review Boards or research ethics committees
  • Experience with research projects in a developing country
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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 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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