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  • Posted: Aug 3, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
  • 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&...
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    Policy & RFE Coordinator

    Job Description

    • IPA is seeking a Policy & RFE Coordinator to work closely with a financial services regulator in Nigeria.
    • Responding to demand, IPA is developing an embedded evidence lab with the regulator, putting a strong focus on equipping them to regularly use evidence to improve their decision-making, policies, and programs.
    • This position will support these activities, reporting to a Consumer Protection Embedded Lab Manager and dotted line reporting to the Right-Fit Evidence Unit and Policy & External Relations Team.


    • Support mapping of the data needs of specific departments within the regulator against the existing data available, complemented with an assessment of its quality
    • Support assessment of existing datasets and indicators according to criteria of relevance, objectivity, and reliability
    • Support monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) training, and workshops for staff of the regulator
    • Support identification of goals, crafting of theories of change, and MEL plans for programs
    • Support implementation of data use “pilots” to generate actionable information and analysis
    • Support opportunities to leverage administrative data for analysis to inform key programs and decisions
    • Support the execution of “learning-by-doing” capacity-building projects with a staff of the regulator
    • Produce draft “policy reports and briefs” based on key insights generated from lab activities
    • Contribute to events to disseminate lessons learned from the implementation of lab activities
    • Support the design and delivery or other potential policy and RFE engagements


    • Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Public Policy, Social Science, or a related field
    • 2 - 5 years of relevant work experience, including experience in M&E (public sector) or organizational performance/R&D/operational research (private sector)
    • Superior analytical and conceptual thinking skills
    • Familiarity with statistics and data analysis (including advanced Excel)
    • Demonstrated ability to coach and train others in MEL methodologies or data analysis
    • Ability to present information in a structured and insightful way, both in writing and orally
    • Self-starter, entrepreneurial mindset, versatility, and willingness to learn.
    • Passion for making data-driven decision-making a reality in the development sector.

    Preferred Additional Qualifications:

    • Master’s Degree in Economics, Public policy, Social science or a related field
    • Experience in management consulting or other professional services
    • Experience with programs relating to financial inclusion and/or consumer protection
    • Experience working in developing countries
    • Familiarity with the concepts surrounding the Theory of Change and the core tools of MEL (both quantitative and qualitative research methods)
    • Familiarity with SurveyCTO, Open Data Kit, Kobo, or similar survey software
    • Ability to use Stata, R, or similar statistical software.

    Method of Application

    Application Instructions

    • Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Policy & RFE Coordinator, Nigeria”. Applications require you to include two letters of recommendation, statement of purpose (cover letter), CV, and transcripts. Note that you are able to submit your application without the recommendation letters. However, please be advised that we will be requiring them should you be invited for an interview.
    • Given the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.
    Interested and qualified? Go to Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) on to apply

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