Please Note: This position is contingent upon pending funding approval.
Innovations for Poverty Action anticipates the need for a Right-Fit Evidence (RFE) Engagement Manager to develop and oversee the delivery of a portfolio of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) advisory services for IPA’s Financial Inclusion Program.
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. The Financial Inclusion Program (FIP) has a growing portfolio of Right-Fit Evidence projects and continues to take on new advisory projects, including capacity-building for financial services providers in Honduras to mystery shopping to inform the implementation of Uganda’s National Financial Inclusion Strategy. The Program is now developing a new engagement with a large bilateral donor to assess the state of women’s financial health in two countries (in Africa and Asia) and develop and pilot approaches that can successfully leverage financial inclusion for greater women’s empowerment. The Financial Inclusion Program plans to expand its Right Fit Evidence activities by continuing to 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.
IPA’s Financial Inclusion Program is seeking an RFE Engagement Manager to continue to develop and execute consulting and direct service engagements related to IPA’s financial inclusion portfolio. You will report directly to the Director of Financial Inclusion, although you will have the opportunity to collaborate with IPA’s Right-Fit Evidence Unit frequently. You will be part of a small central team leading IPA’s global work on financial inclusion and will be responsible for positioning the team for ambitious growth in its portfolio of RFE/consulting engagements.
- Lead the execution of a portfolio of consulting engagements related to financial inclusion, 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 targeting financial services providers, financial sector regulators, and other relevant stakeholders
- Serve as the principle point of contact between the Financial Inclusion Program and IPA’s Right-Fit Evidence Unit, coordinating with the RFE Director and staff as needed, and participating in the development of the Unit’s agenda and activities as needed
- Advise IPA country teams and their RCT implementing partners on monitoring systems beyond impact evaluations
- Participate in the development and ongoing adaptation of the strategy of the Financial Inclusion Program with regards to its RFE portfolio
- Take an active role in the development of new engagements for the Financial Inclusion Program using the RFE methodology
- Master’s degree in development economics, international public policy, or a related field. MBAs also encouraged.
- Five to seven years of prior professional experience in financial services; international development; or financial sector policy, compliance, or supervisory 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.
- Strong project management experience, managing multiple projects or programs simultaneously strongly preferred.
- Experience working on large scale global projects, leading cross-functional teams virtual, ensuring milestones are on schedule and keeping stakeholders informed of progress.
- Strong experience in client-facing roles with senior managers and VP-level executives at leading companies across the globe.
- 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.
- Familiarity with debates around M&E and the use of evidence.
- Familiarity with RCTs.
- Knowledge of a statistical package (STATA preferred).
- Working knowledge of Portuguese (strongly preferred), Spanish, and/or French
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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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