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Associate Policy Manager at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

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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.

  • Experience 5 years
  • Location Nigeria

Position Summary:

  • The Associate Policy Manager will support the execution of IPA’s evidence-based policy and practice impact and influence strategy, working with a portfolio of countries in West Africa. He/she will work closely with the global policy team, country office management, and policy staff in our offices in West Africa to identify, cultivate, and support strategic policy and practice opportunities that show promise in improving lives at scale.
  • The strategic goals of the Policy Manager will be to work with colleagues to equip partners to use evidence in policymaking and program design and pursue scale-up opportunities of promising programs; develop embedded evidence labs with Ministry partners; build strategic partner relationships; and host/manage policy events.
  • The Policy Manager will write policy communications materials to inform policy-making and program design and will also work closely with the policy team to support the development of funding opportunities to resource strategic policy projects and initiatives across IPA.
  • This position reports to an Associate Director of Policy.  

Responsibilities:

  • As an Associate Policy Manager, your responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Policy Communications and Strategy 
  • 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.  
  • Combine insights from disparate areas of research into policy lessons for decision-makers who want to apply research to their policies and programs. 
  • Write original policy communications publications and materials to communicate IPA’s policy lessons to internal and external stakeholders. This may include writing and/or ghostwriting original blog posts, policy briefs, website content, and other materials communicating IPA’s policy impact and strategy to internal and external stakeholders
  • Develop strategic tools to equip IPA staff and partners to use evidence in decision-making 
  • 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 
  • Collaborate extensively across programmatic and functional teams at IPA to deliver on our policy strategy and share lessons across teams and contexts.   
  • Conduct cost-effectiveness analysis for strategic projects
  • Policy or Research Dissemination Events
  • Support virtual and/or in-person events with coordination, planning, and presentation drafting and support
  • Business Development, Grant Coordination, and Project Management Support 
  • 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 
  • Coordinate grant reporting and support deliverable management for a handful of global policy grants

Other: 

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor. 
  • Maintain compliance with all organization policies and procedures. 

Qualifications:

Required:

  • A master’s degree in economics, development, international relations, public administration, public policy or a closely related field is strongly preferred. Will accept additional experience in place of master’s.
  • Five+ 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 written and oral 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
  • Experience with business development or fundraising
  • Proven ability to multitask and complete projects on tight deadlines with little supervision
  • Willingness to work hard, be self-motivated, learn, be a team-player, 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.  

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