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(Senior) Program Associate

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Last update: Apr 3, 2023 Last update: Apr 3, 2023


Deadline: Apr 29, 2023 Deadline for applications has passed
Location: Latin America and the Caribbean, USA
Job type:Permanent position
English English
Work experience:Min 1 year
Date posted: Mar 31, 2023
Expected starting date: As soon as possible


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The (Senior) Program Associate plays a key role in the successful implementation of the Peace & Recovery Competitive Research Fund, which supports studies that develop, illustrate, or test fundamental theories of peace, violence, and recovery, especially those that are highly policy-relevant, challenge common beliefs, pioneer innovative interventions, and produce evidence where little currently exists. Additionally, the (Senior) Program Associate will support P&R in achieving its project development and policy impact goals. 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Coordination of the competitive research fund:
    • Coordinating the regular competitive funding process, including drafting the calls for proposals, communicating with research teams, managing the proposal review process, and supervising the development of grant agreements 
    • Tracking the status of 80+ grants and projects in P&R’s portfolio, through the detailed review of grant deliverables and regular communication with research teams 
    • Liaising internally with relevant IPA teams such as research support, programs, grants, legal, finance, global operations and external relations
    • Supporting grant reporting to donors 
    • Management of P&R’s Salesforce pages
  • Project development:
    • Supporting project development activities, including but not limited to liaising with researchers and implementing organizations, and coordinating matchmaking events and trainings
    • Contributing to fundraising efforts by identifying funding opportunities, prospecting donors, and supporting the development of concept notes and proposals
    • Liaising with IPA country offices in order to support them in project development efforts
  • Policy outreach and communications:
    • Working closely with other program staff to conduct policy outreach activities, including planning of events and creating and disseminating knowledge products that synthesize research results with existing knowledge
    • Coordinating internal communication activities, such as outreach to country offices
    • Creating original content via blogs and other pieces
  • Contribute to the implementation of IPA’s diversity, equality, and inclusion strategy, including tracking P&R’s progress against organizational metrics 
  • Other activities that support P&R at achieving its research and policy impact goals

If hired as a Senior Associate, responsibilities may also include the following: 

  • Supporting P&R’s targeted engagement with key policy stakeholders 
  • In some cases, leading grant reporting to donors 
  • Improving P&R’s competitive fund proposal, grants management, and tracking processes and systems  
  • Potentially overseeing interns, associate-level staff, or other staff supporting P&R 

IPA's compensation structure is designed based on the labor market for the specific geographic location where the employee is located.  We are offering the following salary ranges for this position:
-  (Senior) Associate is classified as "C1" on IPA's global job structure.
-  For US based employees the starting annual gross salary is $53,882 with a maximum of $65,000.
- The salary for locations outside of the US will vary depending on IPA's salary scale ranges for that specific location.

Actual base salary may vary based upon, but not limited to, relevant experience, base salary of internal peers, business sector, and geographic location.


  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, political science, public policy, or related fields
  • 1-3 years of work experience in international development or a related field for Associate-level staff, at least three years of work experience for Senior Associate-level staff
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including attention to operational and research detail, and ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects efficiently
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively and clearly with internal and external stakeholders using cogent, precise, non-technical language
  • Ability to present information in a structured and insightful way, both in writing and orally
  • Flexibility, self-motivation, willingness to learn, and a team-oriented attitude
  • Demonstrated knowledge of topics related to peace and recovery and/or impact evaluation methodologies, in particular randomized control trials (preferred)
  • Proficiency with Excel (preferred)
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