Senior Director, Global Communications

Innovations for Poverty Action
  • Location
    Multiple locations, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Mar 26

Position description

Our theory of change addresses two problems we see in the world:

Limited evidence exists on what works to help people living in poverty, and the evidence that does exist often goes unused. This leads to programs that are either ineffective or not as effective as they could be, and often to wasted money and enduring poverty.

IPA exists to solve these problems. We test promising ideas across contexts and along the path to scale, proactively engage key decision-makers throughout the research process, share findings with the right people at the right time, and equip partners with the skills and tools they need to use data and evidence. Our vision? A world with more evidence and less poverty.




Develop and oversee global communications strategies serving a dual policymaker and donor audience, to promote, enhance, and protect the organization's brand and advance its mission.

Equip and empower staff in our 20 country offices to effectively and strategically communicate with decision- makers at the country-level.

Lead IPA’s marketing strategy, emphasizing evidence use and impact in improving lives, while lifting up local voices that are at the heart of our work.

Act as vision-setter and operational lead for all internal and external communications across the organization, identifying and resourcing gaps, taking advantage of opportunities for growth and development, and executing on strategies.

Lead a highly productive and creative team of writers, designers, and communications experts.

Define and lead the production of IPA’s communications products for policy audiences, working closely with the policy team, and in collaboration with external and internal experts to define, prioritize, and ensure the highest quality content, reaching the right policymakers and decision-makers with evidence, at the right time.

Support senior management team in effective internal communications by ghost writing, reviewing and suggesting internal communications products and strategies.

Provide coaching, training, and tools to senior staff to improve IPA’s communications capacity throughout the organization, and its knowledge management and learning


10-15 years of experience in the field(s) of communications, marketing, policy outreach, and/or international development.

Experience in a start-up or entrepreneurial environment is a plus, as is experience expanding the visibility of a niche brand.

An exceptional written and verbal communicator, with the ability to effectively position the organization and to communicate its vision and plans to a range of audiences.

Exceptional ability to present complex information in clear simple language to a range of audiences and to effectively translate academic research into clear policy lessons.

Experience in and comfort interacting with high-level contacts in public policy, for example public sector employees in developing country governments, NGOs, foundations, donors, and multilateral aid agencies.

Thrives in big picture thinking and strategy while holding the details needed for exceptional execution.

Flexible, self-motivated, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, collaborative team player, and willing to roll up sleeves to produce (not only delegate).

Demonstrated ability to build and lead a high-performing team in a lean organization with competing priorities.

Demonstrated people and financial management experience and leadership skills, including managing and leading across teams and managing up to executive leadership.

Knowledge of randomized trials and experience in multiple sectors is strongly preferred.




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