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IPA Jobs: Program Coordinator, Social Protection

Job Title: Program Coordinator, Social Protection

Organization: Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Reports to: Associate Director, Social Protection

Closing Date: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until position is filled

Desired Start Date: ASAP

Job Type: Headquarters

Duty Station:  Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Ghana, or New Haven, CT, New York, NY or Washington, DC

The Social Protection Program Coordinator will work closely with the rest of the Social Protection (SP) team, and the Policy & Communications (P&C) teams, to support the policy work done by the SP sector.  They will be responsible for identifying social protection projects with forthcoming results, and liaising with the P&C teams to develop appropriate outputs such as policy briefs and webinars.  The Program Coordinator will also be responsible for carrying out deep-dive evidence reviews on key social protection topics, and carrying out stakeholder mapping for potential new lines of research within the sector on topics such as universal basic income (UBI) and youth employment interventions.  The ideal candidate will have an MA-level qualification in a social science field; ability to manage multiple projects on a tight schedule; strong written communication skills in English; and the ability to work effectively with global teams.  The Program Coordinator can be based at any of the IPA offices in Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, or the US.  (Please note that we cannot sponsor work permits or visas for this role, so candidates must already have work authorization for the country in which they would prefer to work.)


  • Partner with the Associate Director to monitor the progress of social protection projects across IPA’s 22 country offices
  • Collaborate with the Policy & Comms teams, and project PIs, to develop policy outreach plans for projects with forthcoming results
  • Create and edit policy materials such as blog posts, policy briefs, and other knowledge products
  • Organize webinars and conferences focused on social protection (with the support of the rest of the SP team)
  • Perform in-depth evidence reviews on key social protection topics, including graduation from extreme poverty and universal basic income
  • Engage in stakeholder mapping and interviews to help the SP sector develop new lines of research
  • Other activities that support the SP sector at achieving its project funding, project development and policy impact goals


  • Masters in a relevant social science field, such as economics, public policy, political science, or international development
  • Coursework in graduate-level statistics, or demonstrated ability to interpret regression outputs
  • At least three years’ work experience in research and evaluation or international development
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including attention to operational and research detail and ability to manage multiple projects efficiently
  • Fluency and excellent communication (written and oral) in English with the ability to express ideas and information clearly; professional proficiency in French or Spanish preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively work with global teams across cultures, work styles, and time zones
  • Experience in the social protection sector and/or management of randomized control trials is preferred, but not required
  • Experience working in low or middle-income countries preferred, but not required
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and team player
  • Current work authorization (citizenship or visa) for one of the following countries: Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, or the US

Application Instructions 

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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 830 evaluations in 52 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 

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 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