Career Chat with Jessica Kiessel, Innovations for Poverty Action Country Director
Presented by the International Public Service Association (IPSA)

Jessica Kiessel is the Director of Country Programs at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), a nonprofit dedicated to discovering what works to help the world's poor. IPA applies rigorous research techniques to design and evaluate programs in real contexts with real people, and provide hands-on assistance to bring successful programs to scale. As the Director of Country Programs, Jessica is responsible for overseeing the fulfillment of IPA’s strategic plan and provides management oversight to all of IPA’s Country Programs. She is also a researcher with Annie Duflo on the TCAI Evaluation, an impact evaluation of a government-run remedial education project in Ghana.

Previously, Jessica was the IPA Ghana Country Director, where she directed the office during a period of significant growth and oversaw approximately 20 rigorous impact evaluations in a variety of sectors, including agriculture, education, finance and health. She also led scale up work related to agricultural insurance in Ghana. Before joining IPA, Jessica supported USAID education projects in Egypt, Zambia, Namibia and Pakistan for the American Institutes for Research. Jessica served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Samoa and holds a Masters of Public Administration from New York University and a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology and Sociology from Kalamazoo College.