The Senior Global Learning and Development Associate or Global Learning & Development Specialist (title dependent on incumbent’s years of experience) will work with content experts to develop and roll out online, live virtual, and in-person training for staff in more than 22 countries across the globe and will support organizational knowledge management initiatives. 

The role will report to the Global Operations Director and will work in close coordination with Global Human Resources, subject matter experts and functional leaders across the organization to identify and monitor IPA’s learning needs and design, plan, and implement training programs and training policies and procedures to fulfill those needs. 

The Senior Global Learning and Development Associate or Global Learning & Development Specialist position is a dynamic role that requires familiarity with a broad range of IPA operations and protocol across country offices and an understanding of the complexities of international and cultural differences and the needs of staff in a range of environments. This position requires a flexible approach to learning and development and will need to develop creative training plans and supplemental resources to accommodate a range of learning needs.


Support strategic learning and development initiatives at IPA:

  • Conceptualize and produce engaging learning activities and other resources that can be used to improve the knowledge and skills of staff across the organization 
  • Partner with IPA Leadership and the HR team to identify and assess learning needs and develop a foundational competency framework that can be tied to learning content. 
  • Facilitate training programs to all levels of the organization, when requested
  • Review, enhance and organize existing training programs to improve diversity, equity, inclusion, engagement, learning, and retention and/or to meet the changing needs of the organization
  • Support the development of regional and country office training and learning initiatives through identification of trainers and support in curriculum design and delivery
  • Develop a work plan to produce the highest priority onboarding, guidance and professional development content, including establishing structured learning plans for new hires, IPA people managers, and other targeted populations
  • Work with IPA leadership to agree on learning and development initiatives and follow-up/implementation to impact team and organization objectives. 
  • Collaborate with IPA’s Knowledge Management working group and participate in knowledge management initiatives as appropriate

Capacity Building & Knowledge Management:

  • Work closely with leadership, Global Human Resources and other stakeholders to shape the strategic approach to training, learning and development at IPA. 
  • Develop and deliver “train the trainer” sessions for staff in key positions to support the rollout of initiatives and capacity building at the local level.
  • Provide thought leadership on leveraging IPA’s learning management systems.
  • Maintain and improve upon IPA’s knowledge article database, creating a space in which reference information and support resources are easily located
  • Develop and implement a process by which policies and training and support resources are regularly reviewed and updated by content owners
  • Identify needs for new support resources and work with content owners to support their development and roll out
  • Keep up to date on trends and good practices in training, online learning, personal and professional development
  • Identify problems and opportunities such as operational changes or industry developments that training could improve.  
  • Measure and track the effectiveness and impact of learning solutions
  • Evaluate individual and organizational development needs.
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or relevant experience, Master’s degree in education or adult learning advantageous
  • For Senior Associate Level, 3-5 years of experience with a minimum of 3 or more years’ work experience in training, curriculum creation, and organizational development, preferably in an international development setting in a nonprofit and/or global environment
  • For Specialist Level, a minimum of 5 years work experience with at least 3 or more years’ work experience in training, curriculum creation, and organizational development, preferably in an international development setting in a nonprofit and/or global environment
  • Experience working with subject matter experts to develop training content
  • Experience with learning management systems, content creation, and knowledge management platforms. 
  • Experience with audio and video editing
  • Excellent collaborator with strong interpersonal skills; able to build relationships with leaders and staff across different departments
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to effectively communicate with in-person and remote colleagues around the world
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills; ability to work both with a team and independently
  • Willingness to travel internationally

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Professional fluency in French and/or Spanish
  • Experience living and working in a developing country
  • Familiarity with Litmos and Articulate
  • Experience working in organizations that conduct field research
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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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