Project Development Associate, Francophone West Africa - IPA

  • Burkina Faso
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
Start Date (Earliest):
Language Requirement:
  • French
Length of Commitment:
More than two years

The Project Development Associate’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Support and increasingly lead new project development in the FWA offices. In particular, as part of the project development component of the position, the Project Development Associate will:

  • In collaboration with the Country Director, Research Managers/Coordinators and the CO and Global Business Development team, develop and continuously review and adapt as needed, a project development and stakeholder engagement strategy for the various sectors;
  • Recruit and manage a team of 2-4 student volunteers;
  • Lead and initiate a portfolio of project development efforts with researchers, funders, and partner organizations;
  • Identify priority research questions and key concerns for policy makers in the various sectors, and initiate and manage the development of corresponding new research proposals;
  • Propose cost structures and budgets for potential funding opportunities and proposals;
  • Ensure that institutional arrangements are taken care of to submit proposals applications – in line with the donors’ deadlines and requirements – and collaborate with the Grants team and the Business Development team to submit research proposals and set-up new grant awards;
  • Develop new and manage existing relationships with IPA partner organizations and principal investigators to enhance the relevance and influence of IPA’s research, support targeted dissemination of research findings, encourage scale-up of successful projects;
  • Represent IPA at local (and potentially regional and global) forums focused on priority sectors, identified in collaboration with the Country Directors and Policy team, including work groups, tasks forces, advisory committees, conferences, etc.;
  • In coordination with the Global business Development team develop resources for project development and ensure all internal project development files, folders and tracking systems are up to date.


  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in economics, political science, international development, public policy, or other related field;
  • A minimum of 1-3 years of work experience in similar positions and business development experience;
  • Excellent project and partnership management skills;
  • Experience in developing research projects, experience with budgeting and project planning;
  • Previous experience working on fundraising with public and private donors;
  • Demonstrated experience in research and policy engagement;
  • Passion for connecting rigorous impact evaluation research to policy-makers and practitioners and communicating what works in development;
  • Experience in grants and contracts management, preferably in a research setting;
  • Excellent management and organizational skills and ability to work independently;
  • Experience working in sub-Saharan Africa preferred;
  • Advanced communication and presentation skills in French and English.