Innovations for Poverty Action is seeking a RFE Engagement Manager to develop and oversee the delivery of a portfolio of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) advisory services and contribute to the startup of IPA’s Right-Fit Evidence Unit.

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a global research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. As its core business, 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. IPA has conducted hundreds of randomized evaluations across sectors, learning both whether programs work, and how they can work better.

Complementing this core business, the Right-Fit Evidence Unit at IPA is a new effort aimed at helping organizations build strong and tailored Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) systems of their own, which balance the need for information on impact with operational data to support management decisions. In close collaboration with IPA’s sector programs and country office teams worldwide, the unit will provide consulting and direct services to implementers, donors, and governments, with the goal of helping them figure out what reliable data and evidence to gather, how to do it in a cost-effective way, and how to make the promise of data-informed programmatic decisions a reality.


As the RFE Engagement Manager, you will report directly to the Director of the Right-Fit Evidence Unit. You will be part of a small central team leading the start-up phase of that Unit globally, and positioning it for its ambitious growth plan. Specifically, as the RFE Engagement Manager you will:

  • Lead the execution of a portfolio of consulting engagements, as the primary interface for a wide range of clients –NGOs, governments, private companies, donors, etc.
  • Work closely with clients to develop tailor-made solutions for their MEL needs, and support their implementation
  • Design and facilitate external MEL workshops and trainings
  • In partnership with IPA’s country office teams worldwide, lead the design, implementation, write-up and presentation of various types of studies and analysis for a variety of organizations, keeping an eye on quality, budget and timelines.
  • Advise IPA country teams and their RCT implementing partners on monitoring systems beyond impact evaluations
  • As the Unit grows, oversee Program Associates working on various engagements
  • Participate in the development and ongoing adaptation of the strategy of the Unit
  • Take an active role in the development of new engagements for the Unit

Required qualifications

  • Master’s degree in development economics, international public policy, or a related field. MBAs also encouraged.
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience.
  • Expertise and significant hands-on experience designing and managing Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to coach and train others in MEL methodologies.
  • Familiarity with the concepts surrounding the Theory of Change and the challenges surrounding causal attribution.
  • Superior analytical, quantitative and conceptual thinking skills.
  • Strong client facing and presentation skills.
  • Ability to present information in a structured and insightful way, both in writing and orally.
  • Self-starter, entrepreneurial mindset, versatility and strong multi-tasking skills.
  • Experience working in developing countries.
  • Passion for making data-driven decision making a reality in the development sector.
  • Ability to travel frequently (up to 30-40%).

Preferred additional qualifications

  • Prior experience in a management consultancy
  • Experience working on both quantitative and qualitative data collection.
  • Experience in more than one subsector of international development (economic growth, agriculture, health, education, financial inclusion, environment, governance etc.)
  • Familiarity with debates around M&E and the use of evidence.
  • Familiarity with RCTs.
  • Knowledge of a statistical package (STATA preferred).
  • Working knowledge of Spanish (strongly preferred) and/or French.
  • Experience in capacity development and the conduct of trainings.
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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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