Associate Director, Global Communications

Innovations for Poverty Action

About the organization

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 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 900 evaluations in 52 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide.


The Associate Director, of Global Communications is responsible for managing IPA’s communications function, ensuring that IPA’s voice and brand continue to lead the field of rigorous evaluation and that IPA maintains and strengthens its reputation for moving research to policy. They will work closely with the Senior Director, Global Communications, and with senior management on the development and implementation of IPA’s overall communications and marketing strategy and will directly oversee a highly functioning global communications team. The team’s roles include graphic design and branding, digital communications, website, marketing, internal communications, and policy writing. They will also work across teams with IPA’s country, sectoral, and fund development leadership to identify new strategic communications opportunities, craft policy-focused products, provide essential support to events, and raise resources.


10+ years of experience in the field(s) of policy outreach, communications, fundraising and/or international development
Masters in public policy, public administration, economics, international development, communications, or related field strongly preferred
An exceptional written and verbal communicator, with the ability to effectively position the organization and to communicate its vision and plans to a range of audiences.
Familiarity with Salesforce
Exceptional ability to present complex information in clear simple language to a range of audiences and to effectively translate academic research into clear policy lessons
Results-driven, flexible, self-motivated, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, collaborative team player
Experience, comfort, and expertise in public speaking to a variety of stakeholders, at various conferences and other public commitments
Experience in budgeting, including forecasting
Strong interpersonal and organizational skills, including strategic planning and project management
Demonstrated management experience and leadership skills, including managing and leading across teams and managing up to executive leadership
Knowledge of statistical methods or randomized trials and experience in multiple sectors is strongly preferred
Experience working in one or more of the developing countries where IPA has country offices would be a plus
Some travel required (~5-10% of time)


$95,000.00 - $120,000.00

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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