Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) – Research Engagement Coordinator (Kenya).

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Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is committed to strengthening diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workforce, with our partnerships, and through our work. IPA has implemented more than 800 impact evaluations — alongside an extensive network of researchers from all across the world — to understand which interventions are most effective in the fight against poverty. While we work with various research institutions in our countries of operation, we recognize some barriers that make it difficult for researchers from low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to access funding, research networks, and even academic preparation.  

In an internal Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) diagnostic, we identified that only 27 percent of our research network comes from LMICs. We believe that when our research network better reflects the diversity of the communities in which we work, the quality, relevance, and impact of the generated evidence will be strengthened. As such, IPA is committed to diversifying its researcher network through three main pathways: Building a network of LMIC national and based researchers; Enhancing access to funding for LMIC researchers; and Promoting pipeline development of LMIC researchers within our country offices.

Responsibilities 
  • Contribute to defining IPA’s Researcher Diversification Strategy and collaborate with CDs to define country-specific implementation plans
  • Support IPA country offices in partnership development with local research institutions
  • Promote best practices and define guidance and templates and take the lead in sharing them with Country Offices through formal and informal training and other means of communication
  • Map initiatives conducted by other institutions in the field of LMIC researcher’s engagement, identify synergies and complementarities and initiate partnerships
  • Lead the creation of a searchable database of LMIC researchers interested in development-oriented research to facilitate matchmaking
  • Collaborate with IPA’s sector programs and partners to facilitate LMIC’s researchers’ applications to our competitive funding calls
  • Ensure strong coordination between various IPA teams, including country offices, sector program teams, Research and Methods teams to deliver on Researcher Diversification Initiative 
  • Develop concept notes, budgets, and proposals for continued funding for LMIC-related work
  • Monitor the finances and operations of the Researcher Diversification Initiative to ensure on-time and on-budget delivery
  • Support with drafting internal and external communications (emails, blog posts, articles) 
  • Coordinate virtual and/or in-person training and events with coordination, planning, and presentation drafting and support
  • Perform other duties as assigned
Qualifications 
  • Master’s degree in economics, international development, political science, public policy, or other relevant field preferred. 
  • At least five years of relevant work experience, including experience working or collaborating with higher education and research institutions in LMIC countries
  • Excellent management and organizational skills and ability to work independently 
  • Proven budget management experience
  • Experience with international development and RCTs strongly preferred
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills, including the ability to effectively communicate with internal and external partners. Fluency in both written and spoken English is required, ability to effectively communicate French is a plus
  • Experience living and/or working in at least one country where IPA works preferred
  • Ability to work effectively with colleagues across time zones

For more details, visit https://www.poverty-action.org/job/research-engagement-coordinator

Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Research Engagement Coordinator”. Most applications require you to include two letters of recommendation, statement of purpose (cover letter), CV, and transcripts.  

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