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Policy and Practice Associate, Tanzania
Job Title: Policy and Practice Associate, Tanzania
Reports to Country Director
Desired start date April 15, 2021
How to apply J-PAL/IPA Common Application
Job type International
City Dar es Salaam
Innovations for Poverty Action seeks a Policy Associate who will work
closely with global and Tanzania teams to assist in implementing IPA
Tanzania’s evidence-to-impact agenda. The role will primarily be
responsible for supporting IPA Tanzania, our partners, and our education
and early childhood development, particularly in Tanzania’s
humanitarian sector. One such project is the PlayMatters initiative
which will deliver and promote play-based, early learning solutions for
pre-primary and primary school aged children impacted by the
humanitarian crises in East Africa and living in Ethiopia and Uganda.
Partners include the International Rescue Committee, War Child, Plan
International, the Behavioural Insights Team, and IPA, the PlayMatters.
Another such project is focused on researching and engaging with
partners with evidence around early childhood development for refugee
and host community children 0-3.
Based in IPA’s office in
Tanzania, the Policy and Practice Associate will help to project manage
and develop the initiative’s long-term research and impact strategy
around early childhood development and play-based learning in
humanitarian settings. Major responsibilities include: engaging with
researchers, partners, external stakeholders, policy makers; developing
pilots and impact evaluations, meeting and event planning and
attendance, and coordination among partners.
Associate will report to IPA Tanzania’s Policy and Practice Coordinator
with dotted line oversight from the global policy and communications
team and substantial collaboration with researchers and colleagues in
Uganda and Ethiopia.
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- Support IPA Research, Policy, and Practice Outreach
- Support the development of IPA Tanzania’s stakeholder engagement strategy in support of the PlayMatters initiative
map and engage with influential NGO, government, and development
partner stakeholders who implement and influence early childhood
development and play-based learning programs impacting refugees and host
communities in Tanzania
- Work together with the global policy
and communications team to participate in strategic events for policy
purposes, including but not limited to webinars, summits, conferences,
workshops, technical working groups, and round tables. Support
researchers and country management to participate.
research staff in executing the “Policy Impact Minimum Must Dos” and in
identifying and stewarding high potential partner relationships
- Monitor and report on programmatic and research activities
- Participate in regular partner meetings
in policy and stakeholder engagements with initiative partners as
necessary (such as building the relationships required to engage
decision-makers around large-scale evaluations of promising play-based
- Support the development of project communication materials for various in-country and global stakeholders
- Support the creation of materials and logistics for webinars, workshops, events, and meetings with relevant stakeholders
Support High Impact Opportunities/Relationships
- Continuously scan the education and ECD environment for opportunities for research to policy and practice linkages
exploratory conversations with humanitarian organization staff who work
in the area of education and early child development sectors
- Support the development of Memoranda of Understanding and protocols that guide relationships with key players
desk research to identify existing evidence, gaps in the literature,
and innovative interventions in other humanitarian contexts related to
early childhood development and play-based learning, in partnership with
the initiative’s global teams
- Support IPA Tanzania in
continuously prioritizing high impact policy opportunities for
evidence-based policy making in the PlayMatters context
- Continuously network and build relationships with implementing organizations
degree in economics, development, education, international relations,
public administration, public policy or a closely related field.
years of relevant experience, including at least 1 year of experience
working closely with large NGOs and/or national government officials.
- Knowledge of and demonstrated interest in the use of rigorous evidence for international development policy required.
- Expertise in education, early childhood development, or humanitarian affairs is strongly preferred.
to detail and advanced presentation skills for communicating policy
lessons from academic papers in ways that policymakers understand. This
requires clear, precise, non-technical writing, and confident, effective
spoken communication and presentation style.
- Proven ability to multitask and successfully complete projects on tight deadlines with little supervision.
- Willingness to work hard, be self-motivated, and learn will be essential for doing well in this position.
- Ability to supervise staff and manage projects independently.
- Preferred: working knowledge of qualitative and quantitative data analysis tools. Eg NVivo and R or Stata
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Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application.
After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job
category, then select “Policy and Practice 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.
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.
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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
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Deadline to apply March 31st, 2021.