The (Senior) Policy Manager is responsible for increasing IPA’s policy impact through strengthening the execution of IPA’s global policy strategy and outreach and providing dotted line oversight of a portfolio of country policy teams. He/she will work closely with country office management and policy staff to identify, cultivate, and manage high impact policy opportunities in these countries. These high-impact projects will include equipping partners to pursue scale-up opportunities; developing embedded evidence labs for capacity-building with Ministry partners; building strategic partner relationships; and hosting/managing policy events. The (Senior) Policy Manager will work closely with the Director of Policy & External Relations to develop funding opportunities to resource strategic policy projects and initiatives across IPA. The (Senior) Policy Manager will also work closely with the Associate Director of Policy to manage the global policy team, while equipping IPA’s Research & Policy team with policy impact strategies, tools, and skills at the sector and global levels.  


Support global policy impact (30%)  

  • Work closely with the Associate Director of Policy to support the development and communication of IPA’s policy impact strategy to ensure that evidence is sought, used, and applied at scale by decision-makers (including practitioners, policy makers, and funders) 
  • Work closely with the Associate Director of Policy to manage a high functioning global policy team  
  • Proactively identify policy fundraising and policy-relevant business development opportunities, and lead the pursuit of these opportunities in collaboration with global and country office-based staff 
  • Combine insights from disparate areas of research into policy lessons for decision-makers who want to apply IPA research to their policies and programs. 
  • Write and/or ghost write original blog posts, briefs, website content, and other materials communicating IPA’s policy impact and strategy to internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Create original materials to communicate IPA’s policy lessons to internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Represent IPA in policy conversations and at events. 
  • Coordinate grant reporting and deliverable management for a handful of global policy grants. 
  • Collaborate extensively across programmatic and functional teams at IPA to deliver on our policy strategy and share lessons across teams and contexts.   

Equip global Research & Policy Team and Country Programs for policy impact (20%) 

  • Build IPA staff capacity to share evidence strategically and build strategic partnerships through: developing and delivering focused training on policy skills; supporting teams to understand and use the policy Minimum Must Dos; building knowledge across teams on how to build a policy engagement strategy; and other policy tools 
  • Build and socialize onboarding and training modules for policy skills for staff across the organization, including training / reference materials on how to do basic policy engagement work (target audience: Country Directors, Research Managers, Research Coordinators)  

Oversee a portfolio of country policy teams (50%) 

  • Provide functional expertise in policy outreach and on the global body of evidence to Country Program and Sector Program leadership in a portfolio of countries and sectors 
  • Support a portfolio of country & sectoral policy teams to identify, cultivate, and manage high impact policy opportunities. 
  • Provide guidance & proactive support to country policy & management teams in strategic events for policy purposes, including but not limited to summits, conferences, workshops, technical working groups, and round tables.  
  • Provide guidance to country policy teams & research management staff in executing the “Policy Impact Minimum Must Dos” and in identifying and stewarding high potential partner relationships, particularly with senior levels within government or large organizations. 
  • Provide other guidance to country teams to design & execute on their policy strategies.  


  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor. 
  • Maintain compliance with all organization policies and procedures.  
  • Master’s degree in economics, development, international relations, public administration, public policy or a closely related field strongly preferred. Will accept additional experience in place of master’s. 
  • 5+ years of relevant experience analyzing and communicating complex research results to various audiences, including at least 1 year of experience working closely with large NGOs or governments, preferably in a developing country context. 
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated experience in the use of rigorous evidence for international development policy required. 
  • Exceptional ability to understand academic research studies and analyze bodies of research. 
  • Expertise in leading teams to draw policy lessons from these and communicating them to various audiences 
  • Excellent communication skills, including clear, precise, non-technical written and presentation skills; requires a strong written “voice” and ability to write in various voices as needed as well as effective spoken communication and presentation style.  
  • Proven ability to multitask and successfully complete projects on tight deadlines with little supervision. 
  • Willingness to work hard, be self-motivated, learn, and adapt quickly will be essential for doing well in this position. 
  • Experience supervising staff teams and managing multi-country projects 
  • Strong ability to manage up and across. 
  • Experience with IPA and/or partner institutions strongly preferred. 
  • Willingness to travel internationally (when it is safe to do so) up to 25% of time 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 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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