Program Manager, Financial Services for the Poor Research Fund

Innovations for Poverty Action
Washington, DC
Job Type
Full time
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IPA’s Financial Inclusion Program focuses on the development of rigorous evidence on innovations to enable the poor to access, use, and benefit from access to digital financial services through the coordination of the Financial Services for the Poor Research Fund, with currently $4.1 million to invest in project funding. Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Fund has developed or supported a growing portfolio of ongoing and completed randomized evaluations since 2011.

The Manager, Financial Services for the Poor Research Fund, plays a lead management role in the successful implementation of the Financial Services for the Poor Research Fund and the Financial Inclusion Program.

•    Lead the organization and management of the regular competitive funding process under the Financial Services for the Poor Research Fund, including communication of calls for proposals and expressions of interest, organizing, refining the technical and policy review of all research proposals, continuously building structures and processes for expression of interest and proposals and  managing the review process and communication with applicants and with the Program’s Executive Committee;
•    Conceptualize and lead all network engagement activities for IPA’s a network of researchers working on financial inclusion, including but not limited to organizing regular researcher gatherings to advance research in this field, and conducting matchmaking events and activities;
•    Lead ongoing oversight of and providing management support to all fund projects;
•    Manage communication activities for the program in collaboration with team members, including management of microsite and salesforce, and creating original content via blogs and other pieces.
•    Interface with relevant IPA teams such as research support, programs, grants, finance, global operations and external relations for initiative-level support and creation of protocols;
•    Work closely with the Program Director in conducting policy outreach activities for the fund, including planning of events and the creation and dissemination of knowledge products that synthesize research results with existing knowledge;

•    Master\’s degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or related fields
•    Training in microeconomics, development economics, econometrics and statistics
•    4-5 years of work experience in development/development research; demonstrated knowledge of microfinance,  mobile banking or the financial services sector preferable
•    Experience in the design and management of randomized control trials and other research methods
•    Experience interacting with researchers and practitioners
•    Experience managing project budgets and donor relationships. Strong analytical skills a plus
•    Demonstrated project management skills, including budgeting, attention to operational and research detail, and ability to manage multiple projects efficiently (including while traveling)
•    Fluency and excellent communication skills in English
•    Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and team player

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