IPA seeks a Policy Associate (PA) to lead a project that has as its main deliverable an “Evaluation Agenda” for Peru’s Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Population (MIMP, for its Spanish acronym). The project is part of a broader collaboration between IPA and MIMP that aims to strengthen the Ministry’s use of evidence in decision-making. The PA will work closely with the Policy Manager to analyze the state of ongoing Ministry interventions and identify their evaluation potential. The main deliverable will include a proposal on the method to use and on the evaluation timeline.

The position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in working with policy partners to support an evolving government organization that aims to reduce gender-based violence in the country. Key areas of involvement will include: coordinating with government officials to understand how key programs operate, review existing data and evidence on key programs, identify if key programs met the criteria for evaluation under different methods and assist in the writing of project reports.  

  • Review official documents on the operations of key programs
  • Coordinate with government officials to understand policy priorities
  • Review data and evidence on key programs
  • Undertake desk-based reviews of international studies that identify impact of similar programs
  • Identify if key programs met the criteria for evaluability
  • Develop reports and deliverables for project partners
  • Manage day-to-day relationships with policy partners
  • Regularly communicate updates with the Policy Manager
  • A bachelor’s degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or related fields. A graduate degree is a plus,
  • 1-4 years of relevant experience, including at least 1 year of experience working in development research and/or impact evaluation
  • Excellent ability to understand academic research studies and analyze bodies of research,
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials
  • Solid analytical and quantitative skills strongly preferred, possibly managing administrative data,
  • Knowledge of or strong interest in research/policies on gender-based violence,
  • Excellent management and organizational skills,
  • Must be able to work under pressure, independently and in a team, and meet deadlines; flexibility, self-motivation, and pro-activity highly valued,
  • Excellent communication skills, including clear, precise written skills in Spanish and English.
Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Temporary Policy Associate”. Applications require you to include two letters of recommendation, statement of purpose (cover letter), CV, and transcripts. Note that you are able to submit your application without the recommendation letters. However, please be advised that we will be requiring them should you be invited for an interview.

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 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.