Please Note:  IPA Volunteerships are unpaid.

Conservation Agriculture Evaluation (CAgE)

Conservation Agriculture has proved to be an effective and sustainable mean to improve crop yields. Yet at present, there remain important questions, both within and outside Ghana, about how to encourage CA adoption.

The CAgE project aims at evaluating whether providing incentives increase the learning about and adoption of conservation agriculture techniques and how does that impact vary across different population strata. 

Position Summary:  

The project will launch the baseline survey in August 2018. The Student Volunteer will assist the team with the following activities:

  • Assist in survey designing and programming;
  • Assist in developing material for training of enumerators;
  • Assist in monitoring on-the-field survey activities;
  • Support in programming data quality check scripts in Stata, and more generally assist in implementing IPA Ghana data quality check protocols;
  • Data management and cleaning;
  • Any other task that the supervisor might assign.


  • Currently graduate student or recently completed graduate degree in Economics, Development Studies, Environmental Policy, or related;
  • Strong quantitative skills;
  • Fluent Stata programming (level will be tested);
  • Proficient verbal and written English;
  • Good writing skills.


  • Knowledge of SurveyCTO;
  • Familiarity with Randomized Control Trials;
  • Experience working or living in developing countries.
Application Instructions 

Application Instructions:

1) Send a resume and a cover letter to

  • In the email body: Put your full name, first (given) name followed by last (family) name.
  • Attachments: Please attach your resume and cover letter.
  • In the subject line: Copy exactly the following position line: IPA Ghana – Student Volunteer - Conservation Agriculture Evaluation
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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