Innovations for Poverty Action’s Right-Fit Evidence (RFE) Unit is seeking a Senior Associate to join our growing Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) advisory practice. The RFE Unit is a global team at IPA which advises NGOs, social businesses, funders and governments on how to develop and implement adaptive and cost-effective MEL systems. The Senior Associate will help develop and work on MEL advisory engagements across our country offices and program sectors based on need and areas of interest. The position is based in New York (or possibly Washington, DC), with roughly 30-40% travel to various IPA country offices. The position will report directly to the Director of the Right-Fit Evidence Unit Director, although on some specific projects the Senior Associate will work under an Engagement Manager.

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.

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 provides consulting 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.


The Senior Associate will work on a portfolio of advisory projects with NGOs, social businesses or funders, in some cases with a lead role. This position is a unique opportunity to combine impactful work, intellectual challenge and a wide exposure to various sub-sectors and organizations in international development. All of this in a dynamic and growing team offering real prospects for professional growth.

  • In partnership with IPA’s country office teams worldwide, work on a portfolio of RFE engagements for a wide range of clients (NGOs, governments, private companies, donors, etc.), working closely with them to develop tailor-made solutions for their MEL needs, and support their implementation
  • Facilitate various kinds of external MEL related workshops
  • Work on the write-up and presentation of various types of advisory and analytical deliverables
  • Take part in the development of new RFE engagements, including designing methodologies, writing proposals, and conducting scoping visits, in collaboration with country teams and sector program experts
  • Provide contribution to the strategy and organizational development of the unit

We imagine three different types of profiles that could fit this position particularly well (and if you don’t fall in any of these categories but feel like you meet the qualifications below, please do apply as well!)

  • Management consultants with some international development experience who would be excited in a career shift to an entrepreneurial and impact-focused environment leveraging their skillset
  • M&E practitioners who are interested in broadening their scope and impact on the field by advising multiple organizations on state-of-the-art M&E practices
  • Researchers and research management professionals in international development who enjoy working closely with practitioners and are interested in broadening their scope to all the types of data and evidence that can inform decisions.

Required qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree with coursework in quantitative methods as well as development economics, international public policy, business administration, or related fields.
  • 2-5 years of relevant work experience, including experience in M&E (public/NGO sector) or organizational performance/R&D/operational research (private sector); or experience in management consulting or similar professional services
  • Superior analytical and conceptual thinking skills
  • Familiarity with statistics and data analysis
  • Ability to present information in a structured and insightful way, both in writing and orally
  • Self-starter, entrepreneurial mindset, versatility and willingness to learn.
  • Experience working in developing countries
  • Passion for making data-driven decision making a reality in the development sector.
  • Ability to travel frequently (up to 40-50%)

Preferred additional qualifications

  • Experience with qualitative data collection and analysis.
  • Familiarity with debates around M&E and the use of evidence.
  • Familiarity with SurveyCTO, Open Data Kit or similar survey software
  • Ability to use Stata, R or similar statistical software
  • Working knowledge of Spanish and/or French
  • Authorization to work in the United States
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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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