Deputy Regional Director (DRD), East Africa

  • Kenya
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
Start Date (Earliest):
Length of Commitment:
Three years or more

The Deputy Regional Director (DRD), East Africa will have significant management and international experience, a passion for research, development and policy work, relevant language skills, and be capable of thoroughly understanding and successfully overseeing program design and delivery in Kenya, Tanzania Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia and Malawi. The DRD, will work directly with IPAs Regional Director (RD) for East Africa to grow and strengthen IPA’s research portfolio and operational presence across the region to ensure that IPA’s work influences local and regional decision-makers. The DRD will be responsible for assisting the smaller IPA Country Offices in the region to prepare for and implement new projects, alignment of Country Offices priorities to the IPA Global Strategic Goals and help with leadership transition management in the country offices.  The DRD will ensure the quality of IPA’s programs, develop new program opportunities, and drive performance and results in the region.  

Under the direction of the RD, the DRD will support IPA’s portfolio of Country Offices in East Africa. This support includes, but is not limited to: working with Country Program management on project development efforts to sustain long-term growth, in-country presence to deliver on IPAs mission and vision; providing financial and operational oversight to ongoing award/ project management; establishing and strengthening relationships with researchers and partners and to further expand existing networks; identifying high impact policy opportunities for evidence creation and policy engagement; developing locally relevant research and policy agendas that draw upon global bodies of evidence and leverage existing research projects; and overseeing the generation of high-quality research to contribute to iterative learning and evidence sharing about what works and doesn’t in development. The DRD will also provide in person and or remote support to country offices during management transitions. 

The DRD will focus on improving operating systems and financial sustainability of country programs across the region with special focus on assigned countries. As such, the DRD must have a strong management and operational background combined with an excellent understanding of rigorous research. 

The DRD will also play an important role in representing IPA globally, both internally and externally, and ensures that Country Offices are aligned and connected and the global office. The DRD will report directly to the Regional Director for East Africa, coordinates closely with the IPA Business Development Team, other IPA Regional Directors as well as the Global Operations Director, and provide leadership as part of the Global Programs team. The DRD will line manage Country Directors or Country Managers for assigned countries.