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Policy Associate Job in Nairobi, Kenya – NGO

Job Title: Policy Associate for IPA Kenya
Reports to: Deputy Country Director, IPA Kenya
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Deadline to apply:31st July 2016 (applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis).
Desired start date: As soon as possible
Length of Commitment: 2 years’ commitment is required for this position
About Innovations for Poverty Action: Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a non-profit research organization that creates and evaluates approaches to solving development problems. 

IPA disseminates the results of its evaluations to policymakers, practitioners, investors and donors around the world.
Job Purpose: Contribute significantly to the design and execution of IPA Kenya's policy outreach work.

  • Engagement and advocacy: In coordination with the Country Management team, meeting with and building relationships with key partners in the national and county governments, non-profit organizations, foundations, multilateral aid agencies, and the private sector across Kenya. Work with the Country Office Management and the Projects Management team to perform stakeholders’ mappings and build project and Country Office policy development plans. Represent IPA-Kenya in working groups with government and other partners.
  • Policy outreach and events: Work with Project management staff to identify dissemination needs and, with the support of the operations team, lead and coordinate the organization of policy dissemination events and other conferences. Give presentations on IPA Kenya's work, disseminate research findings to policymakers and the media, and encourage the scale-up of evidence-based policies.
  • Research relationships: Build and maintain strong relationships with researchers working on randomized evaluations in Kenya. Serve as a resource for IPA-Kenya affiliates interested in conducting randomized evaluations. Maintain strong and effective relationships between IPAKenya and IPA Global and other regional offices, especially in Africa, to ensure that IPA-Kenya uses and contributes to the research generated by IPA international network.
  • Communications: Work with IPA’s Global Policy & Communications team to create policy memos and publications that 'translate' IPA’s research into policy lessons for dissemination to policy makers around the world. Coordinate communication within the Country Office and with external stakeholders through the regular publication of the IPA Kenya newsletter and other relevant materials.
  • Organizational: Help recruit, supervise, and mentor junior staff, and support IPA Kenya's policy capacity building courses and resources.
  • Education: Bachelor's degree in public policy, political science, economics communications, or a closely related field. A good understanding of rigorous evaluations and/or economics is required. Strong interest in Kenya’s domestic policy, preferably in the education sector, as demonstrated by coursework and/or professional experience is strongly preferred.
  • Experience: At least two years of relevant experience in a research or policy organization. The ideal candidate for this position will be very knowledgeable about domestic public policy issues in Kenya. Interest in international development issues is required to better understand the work of other IPA centers worldwide.
  • Communication: Attention to detail and advanced writing and presentation skills for communicating policy lessons from academic papers in ways that policymakers understand. This requires clear, precise, non-technical writing, and confident, effective public speaking skills.
  • Time Management: Proven ability to multitask and successfully complete projects on tight deadlines with little supervision. A willingness to work hard, be self-motivated, and learn will be essential for doing well in this position.
  • Ability to manage projects independently while constructively working within a team.
  • Willingness to travel mostly within Kenya, but sporadically also internationally.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the Policy Associate. The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary. Please note that IPA will never request any form of payment from an applicant.

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