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Policy Manager Uganda Vacancies at Innovations for Poverty Action

Policy Manager Uganda Vacancies at Innovations for Poverty Action

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With a long-term presence in 22 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, IPA leads the field of development in cutting-edge research quality and innovation. We test promising ideas across contexts and along the path to scale, proactively engage key decision-makers throughout the research process, share findings with the right people at the right time, and equip partners with the skills and tools they need to co-create and use data and evidence. Since our founding in 2002, our research has led to better programs and policies that have made a positive impact on hundreds of millions of people’s lives worldwide.

The position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in an organization undertaking cutting-edge development policy, as well as the opportunity to work in close collaboration with experienced policy partners. The Senior Policy Manager will perform a variety of tasks related to leveraging existing data and evidence and developing new research agendas to drive greater use of evidence within the Ministries of Education and Gender, Labor and Social Development and the broader education, children and youth sectors. The (Senior) Policy Manager will lead the relationship with the government partners and other key sector stakeholders, coordinate activities, and manage project scope, delivery, and finances. Given the dynamic nature of working with government stakeholders, the (Senior) Policy Manager will be highly skilled in adaptive management and negotiation, revising project activities and timelines. We particularly encourage Ugandan nationals to apply. The (Senior) Policy Manager will report to the (Senior) Research and Policy Manager with dotted line oversight from the Global Policy team.

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  • Manage IPA’s technical assistance for the LMIC initiative scale-up in Uganda, which includes policy, monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL), activities.
  • Drive these multiple streams of work forward towards a common goal of evidence-based education policy in Uganda, ensuring workstreams are well-coordinated and timely, and that IPA delivers on our strategies, activities, and outputs
  • Directly supervise a highly functioning team to conduct this technical assistance, paying particular attention to their professional growth.
  • Cultivate relationships with key local top-level decision-makers in the education sector related to the LMIC initiative scale-up, and ensure the project has their buy-in.
  • Work together with the global policy and communications team to lead and/or participate in strategic events for policy purposes, including but not limited to summits, conferences, workshops, technical working groups, and round tables. Support researchers and country management to participate.
  • In collaboration with researchers and in support of the country director, represent IPA locally in policy conversations and at events.
  • Directly oversee project financial management, including supporting the creation of the project’s operating budget, being accountable for ongoing budget management, and developing and monitoring activity-specific budgets for the project; Lead donor reporting


  • Master’s degree in economics, development, international relations, public administration, public policy or a closely related field and 4 or more years of relevant experience, including at least 3 years of experience working closely with large NGOs and national government officials in Uganda; or a Bachelor’s degree in economics, development, international relations, public administration, public policy or a closely related field and 6 or more years of relevant experience. Exceptions may be made for excellent candidates who do not meet this criterion.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the use of rigorous evidence for policy.
  • Expertise in education, preferably in policy or implementation of large programs
  • Knowledge of government policy making processes, systems for nationwide program implementation or development financing.
  • Experience steering collaborative engagements, including co-creating workplans, Memoranda of Understanding etc
  • Experience organizing events, such as conferences, workshops or round table discussions.
  • 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.


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