Senior Program Associate, Financial Inclusion Program (Nairobi, Kenya)
Reports to: Senior Program Manager, Financial Inclusion Program
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Deadline to apply: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis
Desired start date: TBD
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems.
IPA designs, rigorously evaluates, and refines these solutions and their applications together with decision-makers to ensure that the evidence created is used to improve opportunities for the world’s poor.
Since our founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 350 leading academics to conduct over 450 evaluations in 51 countries.
This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide.
The Financial Inclusion Program oversees a portfolio of over 125 ongoing and completed rigorous research projects testing ways to help the poor manage their money and benefit from access to financial services.
The Program supports the creation and dissemination of evidence in the sector through a series of initiatives applying randomized evaluations to test product design innovations and solutions to foster financial capability globally and in the US.
The work of the Program includes managing competitively-allocated funds which support research projects on financial inclusion; developing new research projects in partnership with financial institutions, with the goal of testing and replicating innovative solutions to foster financial inclusion; and disseminating financial inclusion research results through events and written publications.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The Senior Program Associate will work closely with the Financial Inclusion Program on policy communication and new research project development.
This position will report to the Senior Program Manager, Financial Inclusion.
The Senior Program Associate’s core responsibilities are as follows:
Work closely with the Financial Inclusion Program team to lead the creation of written publications across the Program, including writing blog posts and op-eds
Design and produce policy publications communicating IPA’s work in financial inclusion, and author thematic briefs around key areas and findings in the financial inclusion sector
Develop content for the Program’s microsite and support research teams with maintaining updated research results, summaries, publications
Lead collaboration between the Program and the IPA External Relations team on relevant communications tasks
Track, manage and update a database of ongoing projects and opportunities in the Financial Inclusion sector, with a particular focus on East Africa
Support the FIP Program on project development activities in the sector led by the Program and by IPA Country Programs with particular focus on East Africa
Serve as the liaison between the Program, IPA Country Programs, and potential partners in East Africa
Support Program Managers and the East Africa Director to plan and execute sector specific policy activities related to Financial Inclusion
Education and/or Work Experience Requirements:
A Bachelor’s degree in economics, journalism, communications, social sciences, public policy, or related fields
One to two years of relevant experience or a Master’s degree in one of the fields listed above
Interest in and knowledge of international development, or development/behavioral economics
Ability to present complex information in clear simple language and to effectively translate academic research into clear policy lessons
Excellent writing and copy-editing skills, including experience with policy writing
Ability to build and manage high-level relationships with partner organizations and represent the Financial Inclusion Program at events and workshops in the region
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
Fluency and excellent communication skills in English
Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and team player
Ability to master new software and online tools quickly
Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude
Experience living in a developing country a plus
Experience with basic HTML and/or Salesforce a plus
Strong analytical skills a plus
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 [email protected] or via phone at 1-203-772-2216.
IPA will never require monetary compensation as part of its application process. Any requests for monetary compensation by persons claiming to be IPA employees or persons claiming to represent IPA should be disregarded and reported to IPA.
How to Apply
Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application HERE. Please select the position(s) you are interested in applying for on the ‘Submit Application’ page. Statement of purpose (cover letter), 2-3 page writing sample, ideally focused on financial inclusion and aimed at a policy audience (existing sample of writing, from coursework or professional work, is acceptable, but applicant must be sole author), CV and reference.
We will consider your application even if you are unable to obtain reference letters before the deadline, but please be advised that we will be requiring them should you be invited for an interview.Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview. Innovations for Poverty Action is an EO Employer-MF/Veteran/Disability.
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 [email protected] or via phone at 1-203-772-2216. IPA will never require monetary compensation as part of its application process. Any requests for monetary compensation by persons claiming to be IPA employees or persons claiming to represent IPA should be disregarded and reported to IPA. Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed by the Senior Program Associate, Financial Inclusion Program. 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 [email protected] ** Please note that only qualified applicants will be contacted by the hiring manager