Senior Policy Associate - IPA

Location:
  • Tanzania
Education:
  • Bachelor's
Start Date (Earliest):
Language Requirement:
  • English
  • Kiswahili
Length of Commitment:
Two years

IPA Tanzania is looking to hire a Senior Policy Associate to work on the interoperable payments systems research project in Tanzania. The position holder will be responsible for the overall coordination of the project on-the-ground, being the primary liaison and ensuring continuous collaboration between financial service providers, IPA Tanzania, IPA Global and respective principal investigators (PIs) working on this project. The position holder will also be responsible for providing technical sector guidance into research activities.  In addition, the candidate will be responsible for followings:

Responsibilities 
    • Liaise and communicate between Financial service providers (FSPs) in Tanzania, Partner Organizations, IPA Tanzania, IPA Global, PIs on a regular basis to ensure smooth project delivery 
    • Provide in-depth input on research design through understanding and knowledge of the local payments ecosystem 
    • Undertake desk research, market level consultations to collate information on major bottlenecks in the payments ecosystem in Tanzania, with respect to interoperability 
    • Align partners, current and future, on the research agenda, clearly displaying the importance of this research agenda 
    • Work with FSP partner(s) to design research exercise(s), assist FSP partners in implementation
    • Provide support to the IPA Research team to collaborate with FSP partners on data collection and delivery
    • Provide technical sector inputs into designing survey instruments and data collection strategies
    • Lead on developing dissemination plans for Tanzania by, including but not limited to, organizing events, identifying the right audience, and ensuring that research outputs are translated into actionable insights for the payments ecosystem 
    • Assist in the management of other financial inclusion projects in the Tanzania via IPA Global, if needed
    • Provide support on budgets through close coordination between IPA Tanzania and IPA Global 
    Qualifications 
      • Bachelor’s, advanced degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience in economics, international development, financial inclusion, public policy, or other relevant field.
      • Four to six years of prior professional experience in economics, financial inclusion, international development; or financial sector policy; preferably with experience managing research activities on the ground.
      • Experience working in the payments ecosystem in Tanzania; strong understanding of local ecosystem dynamics is preferred.
      • Experience using statistical softwares such as Stata or R is preferred.
      • Strong project management ability. Experience managing multi-stakeholder and multi country projects is a plus.
      • Strong professional writing skills. 
      • Strong client facing and presentation skills.
      • Fluency in English and Kiswahili.
      • Experience with randomized controlled trials strongly preferred.
      • Experience interacting with researchers and practitioners, especially high-level government officials and c-suite executives is a strong plus.
      • Self-starter, entrepreneurial mindset, versatility and strong multi-tasking skills.
      • Passion for making data-driven decision making a reality in the development sector.
      • Team player, with the ability to lead and coordinate across teams and external partners.

      How to Apply

      Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the APPROPRIATE CATEGORY job category, then select “Senior Policy Associate”. Applications require you to include a statement of purpose (cover letter) and CV.

      Given the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.