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IPA Liberia seeks a student volunteer to work on a study evaluating unconditional cash transfers seeking to alleviate poverty and reduce hunger in rural Liberia. The study evaluates the impact of cash transfers delivered by GiveDirectly. The study also involves an agricultural market access intervention, which seeks to illustrate how market access affects investment in productivity-enhancing goods.

The study will be implemented in close coordination with GiveDirectly and USAID. The Principal Investigators are Jon Robinson (University of California, Santa Cruz), Jenny Aker (Tufts University), Alan Spearot (University of California, Santa Cruz) and Shilpa Agarwal (India School of Business).

Position Summary:  

The student volunteer will work closely with the research staff and other IPA country office staff to oversee all aspects of the research study. This position provides an excellent opportunity to gain extensive experience in a field setting and to have significant responsibilities in a vibrant organization undertaking cutting-edge development research, as well as the opportunity to work in close collaboration with a private sector developing country partner.

Key areas of focus for the student volunteer will be: supporting research staff in coordinating and collaborating with the partners, revising survey questionnaires, designing training materials for field teams; cleaning and analyzing data; assisting in refining and designing the agricultural intervention; and coordinating field logistics for upcoming field activities.

  • Interest in development issues;
  • Good understanding of impact evaluation methodologies (particularly randomized controlled trials) and terminology;
  • Strong academic background, comfortable reviewing academic papers;
  • Basic knowledge of working on STATA or R software
  • Excellent writing, analytical, synoptic, and communication skills (English);
  • Candidates should expect to be available for a minimum of 2-3 months, should be flexible and self-disciplined;
  • Previous experience working in a developing country is a plus;
  • Previous experience working with IPA and/or J-Pal is a plus.

Education and/or Work Experience Requirements:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate with internal and external customers
  • Excellent computer proficiency (MS Office – Word, Excel and Outlook)
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude and providing exemplary customer service
  • Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments to completion within parameters of instructions given, prescribed routines, and standard accepted practices
  • Bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) in economics, statistics or development.
Application Instructions 

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About IPA 

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA brings together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor. In recent decades, trillions of dollars have been spent on programs designed to reduce global poverty, but clear evidence on which programs succeed is rare, and when evidence does exist, decision-makers often do not know about it. IPA exists to bring together leading researchers and these decision-makers to ensure that the evidence we create leads to tangible impact on the world. Since its founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 575 leading academics to conduct over 650 evaluations in 51 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 


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