IPA-Peru is looking to hire a temporary Policy Associate for 4 months with the possibility of extending for an additional 4 months to participate directly in the Project “Early Childhood Development: testing innovative interventions in Peru”, implemented by J-PAL, IPA and a local partner. The RA will work closely with the Policy Manager and the Deputy Country Director. The position is based in Lima.  

  • Review existing rigorous evidence on early childhood development.
  • Conduct diagnostic analysis around this topic and provide background information about policies and programs implanted in Peru, especially in Puno.
  • With supervision of a Policy Manager, coordinate the activities of this specific project and interact with the corresponding academics.
  • With supervision of a Policy Manager, monitor the deliverables of the project.
  • Prepare presentation, reports, materials and other deliverables of the project.
  • Assist in organizing events, workshops or seminars related to the project in Perú.
  • Regularly communicating updates with the Policy Manager and the Deputy Country Director

Education: A bachelor degree (preferably in Economics, public policy or social sciences). A strong technical understanding of economics, statistics or evaluation is necessary to ensure that research findings are translated into general policy conclusions in a way that is both simple to follow but also accurate and undistorted. Strong interest in early childhood development, and/or program evaluation as demonstrated by coursework and professional experience will be highly valued. Working knowledge of STATA. Familiarity with randomized controlled trials

Experience: This position requires minimum 1 year of relevant experience. Prior experience of working in reviewing evidence will be valued.

Communication: Attention to detail and advanced writing and presentation skills for communicating policy lessons from academic papers. Fluency in Spanish and English.

Time Management: Proven ability to handle several different tasks at one time, successfully complete tasks assigned, and meet deadlines. A willingness to work hard, be self-motivated and learn will be essential for doing well in this position.

Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. fter completing a brief registration, choose the Policy job category, then select “Temporary Policy Associate, Early Childhood Development”.  Applications require a statement of purpose (cover letter), CV, and transcripts.

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 575 leading academics to conduct over 650 evaluations in 51 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 


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