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Innovations for Poverty Action

Innovations for Poverty Action

Innovations for Poverty Action is a nonprofit dedicated to discovering what works to help the world’s poor. We design and evaluate programs in real contexts with real people, and provide hands-on a...


Freetown, Sierra Leone

28 Aug 2013

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Compensation details:
TBC Competitive 

Country Director, Sierra Leone/Liberia

IPA is looking for a Sierra Leone / Liberia Country Director to manage its cutting edge research projects in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Freetown, Sierra Leone

Applicants are required to hold the relevant Visas/Work Permits

Compensation details:
TBC Competitive 

Job Type:
Senior Level
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This position will be based in Freetown, in the larger of the two country offices, with periodic travel to Liberia. The IPA Country Director oversees project staff and administrative staff, liaise with leading academic researchers, and create new partnerships in both countries. We are currently expanding our projects in IPA Sierra Leone and Liberia, with a significant opportunity for research with a large policy impact. This position provides a unique opportunity to have important management responsibilities by overseeing the project staff as well as the human resources, finance, administration, and operations functions of the offices.

The Sierra Leone / Liberia Director will also play a key role in disseminating our results to local practitioners and policymakers, as well as in building local research capacity. The position therefore provides the opportunity to both spend significant time in the field, but also to interact with key players in development organisations, donors, and governments.

Current research projects in Sierra Leone and Liberia draw on behavioural economics, political science, public health, psychology, and agricultural economics in their designs, and include research on primary health care performance, agricultural technology transformation, governance, inventory credit scheme, community reconciliation, private business development, youth development and child protection.


The Director manages the research activities of the IPA Sierra Leone and Liberia offices in the following ways:
  • Initiates and manages the development of new research proposals including both the technical design as well as identifying and applying for funding support.
  • Manage relationships with current and potential IPA partner organizations in the implementation of interventions whose effect we are researching.
  • Disseminate results via local and international presentations, reports, and publications.
  • Manages a team of Project Associates/Coordinators and their studies, including project design and implementation, data collection, data management and analysis, and reports.
  • Liaise with US-based and local Principal Investigators and IPA headquarters.
  • Oversee basic administrative tasks related to the management of the Sierra Leone office, oversee project budgets, ensure compliance with The Government of Sierra Leone and Liberia legal and regulatory requirements, participate in grant reporting and other financial management tasks.
  1. Graduate degree in international affairs, international public policy, development economics, or field related to international economic development.
  2. Passion for rigorous research and evidence based policy making
  3. Very high level of proficiency in English. Strong oral and written communications skills.
  4. Excellent management and organizational skills and ability to work independently.
  5. Experience in conducting field research in developing countries, cultural sensitivity, and demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse constituencies.
  6. Experience in economics or social science research.
  7. Willingness to travel within and between Sierra Leone and Liberia
  8. Experience with randomized controlled trials, data management, econometrics, and advanced knowledge of Stata is preferred.
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