IPA / J-PAL Labor Markets Policy Manager Jobs in Nairobi, Kenya

IPA / J-PAL Labor Markets Policy Manager Jobs in Nairobi, Kenya

  • Innovations for Poverty Action and J-PAL are looking to hire an experienced Policy Manager with a focus on Labor Markets to contribute to its mission of promoting evidence-informed policy.

  • The selected candidate will be based either at the office of J-PAL’s close partner organization, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) in Nairobi, Kenya or Lagos, Nigeria, or at the J-PAL Africa office in Cape Town, South Africa.

  • They will be willing to travel frequently to build partnerships across sub-Saharan Africa.

  • The Policy Manager will report to J-PAL’s Labor Markets sector Manager and depending on location, either the IPA Country Director or J-PAL Africa Associate Director of Policy.

  • The Jobs Initiative will provide targeted funding to generate rigorous research that addresses the world’s most pressing employment challenges, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • The Jobs Initiative will focus on evaluating the impact of programs related to training and matching, job creation, and the future of work.


  • As a Policy Manager, your primary tasks will involve partnership and project development, evidence dissemination, communications/writing, and event planning.

    Partnership and Project Development

  • Map and develop a deep understanding of key actors, policies, and programs related to employment policies in various countries in sub-Saharan Africa (with a focus on Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa).

  • Forge new connections and maintain strong relationships with key partners in government agencies, NGOs, foundations, and the private sector.

  • Initiate and build partnerships to identify new opportunities for rigorous evaluation of labor market policies.

  • Build relationships with African universities and researchers to identify potential academic partnerships.

    Evidence Dissemination

  • In close collaboration with IPA and the J-PAL Labor Markets sector, develop technical knowledge of the academic literature related to labor markets and job growth.

  • Raise the profile of IPA and J-PAL’s work throughout the region by presenting IPA and J-PAL’s work and research.

    Communications / Writing

  • Working with sector teams at IPA and J-PAL Global, create materials for policy outreach, including tailored evidence note presentations, policy briefs, as well as other high-level deliverables, as requested by IPA/J-PAL staff and affiliates.

  • Write blog posts and other materials to support outreach around IPA and J-PAL’s activities in sub-Saharan Africa.

    Event Planning

  • Organize convenings with key partners in government
    agencies, NGOs, foundations, academia, and the private sector designed to spur new research collaborations and share policy lessons from completed research.


  • Additional tasks, projects, and areas of work may be added as needed.

  • This position will require travel within sub-Saharan Africa, and occasionally to the United States.


  • Your technical expertise, strong communication and organizational skills, passion for translating research into action, and interest in poverty reduction and development make you an ideal candidate for this role.

  • A Master’s degree in economics, public policy, or a closely related field, including coursework in microeconomics, econometrics, and development economics.

  • 4 or more years of relevant and substantial work experience, including work related to impact evaluations and evidence-informed policymaking in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • You have a successful track record of identifying opportunities, developing and managing external partnerships, and relevant experience in communication and development.

  • Strong project management skills, preferably including Salesforce and Asana and understand how to write and manage budgets.

  • Excellent written and oral communication in English and an excellent command of Excel, word and PowerPoint.

  • Experience running or interpreting randomized evaluations is desirable but not required.

  • Detail-oriented and have advanced writing skills; understand how to communicate policy lessons from technical academic research in ways that policymakers and practitioners understand.

  • Precise, clear, creative and adept at managing relationships across countries and time zones.

  • Strategic thinker and can handle multiple projects at once with little supervision, meet deadlines while conducting high-quality work, and effectively manage time.

  • Love learning and passionate about international development policy and the rigorous research that informs it.

  • Self-motivated, work hard, and enjoy working in teams.

  • You are able and willing to travel frequently across the continent.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; IPA / J-PAL Labor Markets Policy Manager Job in Nairobi, Kenya

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