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New Job Vacancy at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) – Senior Manager, East Africa, Right-Fit Evidence

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Jobs in Tanzania 2022: New Job Vacancies at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) 2022

(Senior) Manager, East Africa, Right-Fit Evidence
Reports to
Associate Director, Right-Fit Evidence
How to apply J-PAL/IPA common application
Job type International
City Nairobi, Kenya, Dar es Salaam,Tanzania, Kigala, Rwanda, Lusaka, Zambia, Lilongwe, Malawi, Kampala
Country Uganda
Innovations
for Poverty Action (IPA) is seeking a Manager or Senior Manager
(depending on the profile of the successful candidate) to develop and
oversee the delivery of a portfolio of evidence- and learning- related
advisory services and play a lead role in the development of IPA’s
Right-Fit Evidence Unit in the East Africa region.
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Complementing
the well-known work of IPA in the production and promotion of rigorous
impact evaluations, the Right-Fit Evidence Unit is a fast-growing team
at IPA focused on helping organizations make better use of data and
evidence themselves to learn and adapt their programs and increase their
effectiveness. In collaboration with IPA’s sector programs, policy
team, and country office teams worldwide, the unit advises organizations
on designing tailored and meaningful data- and evidence-related
strategies and practices, and accompanies them through the process of
analysis and adaptation. Clients include NGOs, funders, social
businesses, and governments.

You will provide technical
leadership and management for a set of multi-partner engagements
providing such advisory and technical assistance services to NGO,
funders and government partners. While you will likely get involved in
work across sectors, your portfolio is expected to have an emphasis on
the early childhood education sector in East Africa.

You will
report primarily to one of the three director and associate directors
from the RFE Unit at the global level, although you may work with other
leaders from the RFE Unit and beyond on different engagements. You will
also receive complementary oversight and support from the leadership of
the country office where you will be based.

Responsibilities
Learning support & capacity building to clients

  • As
    the primary management-level point of contact for a wide range of
    clients and partners, lead teams of RFE unit staff and work closely with
    them to develop tailor-made solutions for the learning needs of those
    organizations, and support their implementation
  • Design and facilitate various kinds of external workshops related to data, evidence and learning
  • Advise
    and support IPA country office teams in the East Africa region on their
    own technical assistance engagements with partners, and collaborate
    with them to ensure optimal synergies
  • Occasionally lead and/or work on the design, analysis and write up of different types of studies or evaluations
  • Oversee multiple Associates and Advisors based in the region, and support their professional development

Take part in the development of the Right Fit Evidence Unit, with particular focus on East Africa

  • Lead
    or support the development of a small portfolio of new potential
    engagements, mostly assigned, and possibly some self-initiated
  • Be
    the main interface for the Right-Fit Evidence Unit for a set of active
    or potential funders and occasionally represent the Unit in conferences
    or other similar events
  • Contribute to the development and
    ongoing adaptation of the strategy of the Unit at the global level and
    of its various advisory services
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

The
title (Manager or Senior Manager), and in turn some aspects of those
responsibilities (e.g expected level of autonomy, expected level of
contribution to the strategy of unit as a whole, size of the portfolio,
and expected level of autonomy), will depend on the profile of the
successful candidate.

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Qualifications

  • We
    are seeing three different types of profiles that could fit this
    position particularly well (and if you don’t fall in any of these
    categories but feel like you meet the qualifications below, please do
    apply as well!)
  • Management consultants with international
    development experience who would be excited in a career shift to an
    entrepreneurial and impact-focused environment leveraging their
    skillset.
  • M&E practitioners who are interested in broadening
    their scope and impact on the field by advising multiple organizations
    on state-of-the-art MEL practices.
  • Researchers and research
    management professionals in international development who enjoy working
    closely with practitioners and are interested in broadening their scope
    to all the types of data and evidence that can inform policy and
    practice.

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Required qualifications

  • Master’s
    degree in a related field such as international development, economics,
    public policy, public health, education policy or social sciences,
    including significant coursework in quantitative methods. PhDs and MBAs
    also welcome.
  • 4 to 10 years of relevant experience
  • Strong client facing and presentation skills, and ability to build relationships of trust with stakeholders at various levels
  • Ability to present information in a structured and insightful way, both in writing and orally, to a variety of audiences
  • Significant
    exposure to the design and management of Monitoring, Evaluation and
    Learning systems (or similar area of work that may be called differently
    in other sectors)
  • Experience supervising quantitative and qualitative data collection
  • Self-starter, entrepreneurial mindset, versatility and willingness to learn
  • Strong time management and multi-tasking skills
  • Experience working in developing countries, and preferably in Africa.
  • Fluency in English, familiarity with other languages spoken in East Africa is a plus


Preferred additional qualifications

  • Experience working on research or MEL on programs relating to Early Childhood Development and/or Basic Education
  • Experience in management consulting or other professional services
  • Experience working with government stakeholders
  • Experience of managerial responsibilities
  • Familiarity
    with the concepts surrounding the Theory of Change and the core tools
    of MEL (both quantitative and qualitative research methods)
  • Understanding of causal inference and RCTs
  • Exposure to SurveyCTO, Open Data Kit or similar survey software
  • Demonstrated ability to coach and train others on MEL methodologies data analysis or statistics

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Application Instructions
Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application.
After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job
category, then select “Research Associate, Tanzania”. Most applications
for research positions require you to include at minimum two letters of
recommendation, a statement of purpose (cover letter), CV, and
transcripts.

Note that you are able to submit your application
before your references complete their recommendation letters; however,
you must include their contact information before submitting your
application. 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.

IPA’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI)
As
an organization, IPA is dedicated to improving the lives of the world’s
most vulnerable populations through evidence and policy. We also
recognize how important it is for our staff to reflect the diversity of
the places where we work and the communities we work with. As such, IPA
is committed to hiring from a diverse pool of candidates, from a range
of backgrounds, beliefs, experiences, and perspectives. We know that
this makes our work stronger and more responsive to the challenges faced
by those we work with and for and we encourage people from historically
underrepresented groups to apply. Click here to learn more about IPA’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
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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.

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