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Senior Policy Manager, Scaling at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

  • Full Time
  • Malawi
  • Salary: 00

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Job Description

Position Summary

As part of the Global Policy team, the Senior Policy Manager, Scaling will play a key role in advancing IPA’s strategy to catalyse and equip partners to scale effective development programs and policies, creating impact at scale.

The Senior Policy Manager will report to and work closely with the Scaling Director to proactively identify and prioritize evidence-based solutions at scale for IPA to advance at a global, regional, and country level. S/he will help build coalitions of implementers (public, NGO, and private), funders, advocates, and academics to promote the implementation of these solutions at scale. S/he will also provide technical support to apply evidence to programs and policies in a locally-grounded way; and work closely with IPA’s country offices and teams in the resourcing, piloting and planning for scale of promising evidence-based interventions.



  • Work closely with the Scaling Director to refine and implement IPA’s scaling strategy.
  • Collaborate extensively across programmatic and functional teams at IPA to deliver on IPA’s scaling strategy and share lessons across teams and contexts.
  • Identify, develop, and manage tools and resources for IPA teams and partners to leverage in evidence use and scaling projects.
  • Provide technical support to IPA teams and partners in scaling evidence-based interventions.
  • Develop and lead partnerships with key stakeholders in governments, NGOs, foundations, and multilateral aid agencies to facilitate and sustain scaling projects.


  • Manage the documentation of key learnings and challenges during the implementation process of country- and cross-country scaling projects, and communicate these lessons across IPA and our partners to advance the field of evidence-based scaling and implementation.
  • Write original policy communications publications and materials to communicate IPA’s scaling lessons to internal and external stakeholders. This may include writing and/or ghost writing original blog posts, case studies, website content, and other materials.
  • Develop and advance the program’s communication strategy leveraging it to disseminate IPA’s scaling work and lessons.
  • Represent IPA externally to share lessons learned on evidence-based scaling (i.e. articles, presentations, events, etc.).


  • Provide strategic thinking and talent management to facilitate coordination across different IPA teams to implement technical assistance in scaling projects.
  • Provide strategic guidance and follow-up to the work plan of the Best Bets agenda in close coordination with IPA’s Global teams and country offices.


  • Proactively identify scale-relevant business development opportunities, and lead the pursuit of these opportunities in collaboration with global and country office-based staff.
  • Coordinate grant reporting and deliverable management for scaling-related grants.



  • 7+ years of relevant experience applying rigorous evidence to program or policy design and implementation, including at least 1 year of experience working closely with large NGOs or governments, preferably in a developing country context. Experience in on-the-ground adaptation and implementation of evidence-based programs at scale strongly preferred.
  • 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.


  • Exceptional ability to understand academic research studies, draw policy lessons from these and communicate them to various audiences.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including clear, precise, non-technical written and presentation skills; as well as effective spoken communication and presentation style.
  • Experience with business development and/or fundraising.
  • Proven ability to multitask and successfully complete projects on tight deadlines with little supervision.
  • Experience supervising staff teams and managing multi-country projects.
  • Willingness to work hard, be self-motivated, learn, be a team-player, and adapt quickly will be essential for doing well in this position.
  • Strong ability to manage up and across.

Reports to

Director, Scaling

Deadline to Apply

July 7th, 204


Existing IPA Country Office, New York, NY or Washington, DC

Application Instructions

Please include a cover letter as part of your application

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