IPA Colombia seeks a Senior Policy Associate (SPA) to support IPA Colombia’s migration portfolio and partnerships. The SPA will, in collaboration with the Policy Manager, support IPA’s engagement with high-level policy partners and humanitarian actors in Colombia, including the President's Office, Ministers and their direct reports and directors of other government and non-government agencies working on migration. The Senior Policy Associate will engage with local and international strategic stakeholders to share existing evidence in programs and policies and develop new research projects in migration in Colombia. Reporting to the Policy Manager with substantial collaboration with in-country research and global policy teams, this position will grow IPA’s policy outreach and impact work in migration in Colombia, identifying, creating, and bringing evidence-to-influence opportunities to impact. 

The location for the position would be the IPA Colombia’s main office in Bogota, with possibility for remote work within Colombia until the pandemic eases.

  • Support the development of new projects, partnerships and initiatives in Colombia and the region, establishing, expanding and managing relationships with the government, researchers, implementing partners and funders, and developing and identifying new windows for the development of research projects in migration.
  • Equip partners in the migration sector to apply the results of rigorous research at scale, improving outcomes for migrants in Colombia
  • Work closely with the Country Director and Policy Manager to support all dissemination activities related to migration projects with the objective of strategically sharing evidence with key stakeholders and equipping policymakers for decision making.
  • Support the development and implementation of IPA’s Colombia strategic plan.
  • Identify and secure funds for the development of impact evaluation projects, innovation labs, monitoring and evaluation, or other projects in Colombia related to migration.
  • Perform other tasks assigned by the supervisor.
  • Maintain compliance with all organizational policies and procedures.
  • Bachelor's degree in economics, development, international relations, public administration, public policy, or a closely related field. (Master’s degree preferred.)
  • 5 or more years of relevant experience, including at least 3 years of experience working closely with large NGOs and national and local government officials in Colombia. Significant knowledge of and experience in the migration sector in Colombia and the region highly preferred.
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated interest in the use of impact evaluation methodology to improve public policy decisions.
  • Excellent management and organizational skills.
  • Fluency in both English and Spanish with strong communication skills.
Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Policy job category, then select “Senior Policy Associate, Colombia”. Most applications require at minimum a statement of purpose (cover letter), CV, and transcripts.

Note that you are able to submit your application before your references complete their recommendation letters; however, you must include their contact information before submitting your application. Given the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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 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.