Program Director, Climate and Environment

Innovation for Poverty Action
Washington, DC (preferred) or anywhere within the U.S. where IPA is registered, including the following states: AZ, CA, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, IL, MA, MD, MN, NC, NJ, NY, PA, TX, VA, WA, WV. The position can also be based in the following IPA country office locations (Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, or Mexico). Additional locations can be considered for exceptional candidates.
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Position Summary
IPA’s Climate and Environment Program (CEP) will bring together policymakers, practitioners, and researchers to advance a strategic research and policy agenda focused on climate and environment solutions that improve the resiliency of poor and vulnerable communities. With guidance from leading academic advisors, CEP will support major advancements in identifying cost-effective, scalable, and sustainable interventions at the climate-poverty nexus by applying scientific methods to answer practitioners’ and policymakers’ most pressing questions. CEP will build on IPA’s existing research on climate and the environment, including cross-cutting projects supported by our existing Sector Programs. Moreover, it will leverage our long-term, iterative partnerships between IPA’s 20 country offices, our research networks, and major actors in the climate and environment space.


Launch and build the Climate and Environment Program, establishing a strong vision for the program

Draft and refine CEP’s vision, scope, and research agenda in collaboration with CEP’s academic advisory group and existing IPA programs, including sector programs and country offices
Build a global network of top researchers working on climate and environment issues across multiple disciplines, including representation of researchers from countries where the research takes place
Build and maintain relationships with key partners in the sector, including academics, NGOs, funders, governments, and policy partners
Work with CEP’s research network and IPA teams to identify and develop policy-relevant opportunities for new projects contributing to CEP’s priority research agenda
Lead global policy outreach and policy relationships in the sector, and coordinate with IPA teams for local policy outreach in individual countries
Lead new project development efforts, including engagement with potential partner organizations, in collaboration with Principal Investigators and IPA Country Offices
Keep abreast of academic literature in climate and environment research

Communicate and share findings from IPA projects on climate and environment

Represent IPA and share evidence at high-level external policy and research functions
Plan and carry out dissemination events, and present results to policymakers
Work with team members to produce research and policy outputs relevant to communicate IPA’s work in this space, including policy briefs, website content (project summaries, etc.), and other print materials
Produce evidence summaries, blog posts, slide decks, and other communications materials to share findings and highlight new projects and sector trends

Fundraise for continued and expanded CEP programming and operations

Spearhead fundraising efforts to support core sector activities and new research studies.
Design, fundraise for, and manage the administration of research funds to allocate funding to high-quality research projects that contribute to one or more elements of the Program’s priority research agenda.

High-quality program administration

Hire and manage global staff, and support IPA country office staff, particularly in countries where CEP is a priority sector, engaging with IPA partners to implement the Sector Program’s research and policy objectives in those countries
Oversee grant reporting and manage budgets and donor relationships
Ensure smooth administration of the Program, including financial and administrative oversight, project management, and grant reporting

At least eight years of relevant work experience (five minimum with a Ph.D.) in research and evaluation and/or policy design
Expertise in one or more areas of climate or environmental issues
Familiarity with randomized trials or other impact evaluation methods
Demonstrated ability to raise funds; experience in proposal writing essential
Demonstrated project management skills, including budgeting, and ability to manage a team
Advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in relevant field from the social, natural, physical or data sciences

Excellent communication, client management, and presentation skills
Ability to manage high-level relationships with partner organizations, donors, and government officials
Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently
Strategic thinker with strong vision for how to develop and leverage key partnerships to position IPA as a major voice in the sector

IPA’s compensation structure is designed based on the labor market for the specific geographic location where the employee is located. We are offering the following salary ranges for this position:
– Program Director is classified as “D2” on IPA’s global job structure.
– For US-based employees, the starting annual gross salary is $115,000 with a maximum of $142,000
– The salary for locations outside of the US will vary depending on IPA’s salary scale ranges for that specific location.

Actual base salary may vary based upon, but not limited to, relevant experience, base salary of internal peers, business sector, and geographic location.

Reports to
Senior Director, Sector Programs

Washington, DC (preferred) or anywhere within the U.S. where IPA is registered, including the following states: AZ, CA, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, IL, MA, MD, MN, NC, NJ, NY, PA, TX, VA, WA, WV. The position can also be based in the following IPA country office locations (Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, or Mexico). Additional locations can be considered for exceptional candidates.

Application Instructions
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Application Deadline
July 22nd, 2024

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 of 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 a tangible impact on the world. Since its founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 600 leading academics to conduct over 900 evaluations in 52 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide.

Safeguarding at IPA
At Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), we are committed to creating a safe and respectful environment for all individuals, particularly children and vulnerable adults. As IPA adheres to strict safeguarding principles, selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards.By joining IPA, you become part of a team dedicated to ethical conduct, social responsibility, and meaningful impact in the fight against global poverty. Together, we work to create a better world where everyone has the opportunity to thrive with dignity and respect.

IPA’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI)
As an organization, IPA is dedicated to improving the lives of the world’s most vulnerable populations through evidence and policy. We also recognize how important it is for our staff to reflect the diversity of the places where we work and the communities we work with. As such, IPA is committed to hiring from a diverse pool of candidates, from a range of backgrounds, beliefs, experiences, and perspectives. We know that this makes our work stronger and more responsive to the challenges faced by those we work with and for and we encourage people from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Click here to learn more about IPA’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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