The Senior Content Manager, Research and Policy Communications will manage and directly execute strategic communications projects that support of IPA’s mission. As a senior member of IPA's Communications Team, the candidate will work closely with sector programs, country offices, the policy team and fundraising teams as well as implementing partners, funders, and some of the world’s top academics to manage and directly execute the production of fundraising materials, policy briefs, presentations, blog posts, website updates, emails, social media posts, and other major publications. The candidate will also be responsible for driving forward special communications projects, which will include evidence synthesis, partner and funder engagement, and implementing communications plans for high-profile research.

Responsibilities 
  • Manage content production queue and development process to ensure timely and quality production of core IPA research and policy products
  • Manage and support team of two policy and communications writers, including supporting prioritization processes and providing quality assurance reviews
  • Lead coordination on strategic communications projects with researchers, IPA country, sector and policy teams, as well as external implementing partners
  • Synthesize evidence and craft policy lessons on high-priority topics for key partners and  funders
  • Edit communications products to ensure quality, accuracy, and relevance for target  audiences
  • Source and produce high-quality communications materials for our donor audience, including storytelling, talking points, presentation support
  • Support with drafting internal and external communications (emails, blog posts, articles) by senior leaders at IPA
  • Support virtual and/or in-person events with presentation  drafting and messaging support
  • Lead and manage content creation for IPA’s external newsletters, our annual report, and other publications
  • Investigate the use of evidence from IPA’s work and manage the production of impact case studies that illustrate how evidence is being used to inform programs and policies
  • Contribute to and help execute IPA’s communications strategy and messaging, including cultivating IPA’s voice through our blog, social media platforms, and other communications avenues
  • Propose and execute updates to IPA’s website and publications to ensure content is fresh, timely, and relevant
  • Support senior leadership with talking points and other materials for high-level meetings  with policymakers, partners, and funders
Qualifications 
  • Masters degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, communications, or related fields
  • 7+ years of experience in communications, writing, or policy analysis required. Exceptions can be made for excellent candidates who do not meet this criteria.
  • Excellent written communication skills, including ability to summarize academic evidence into plain language summaries and effectively communicate with internal and external audiences
  • Familiarity with quantitative research design and understanding results required
  • First-rate organizational skills and attention to detail required
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude and providing exemplary customer service to a range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Self-starter; ability to work independently and to carry out assignments to completion within parameters of instructions given, prescribed routines, and standard accepted practices
  • Fluency in English required; proficiency in French or Spanish a plus
  • Demonstrated project management skills and ability to manage multiple projects efficiently
  • Excellent computer proficiency (MS Office – Word, Excel and Powerpoint, and GSuite)
  • Strong analytical skills a plus; familiarity with STATA or other statistical analysis software a plus
  • Salesforce experience preferred

 

Application Instructions 
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 900 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 jobs@poverty-action.org 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 jobs@poverty-action.org.

** Please note that only qualified applicants will be contacted by the hiring manager.