The Student Volunteer will get an opportunity to gain first-hand field management experience with the Country office team to undertake cutting-edge development research. The selected candidate will work on the Leveraging Social Connections randomized control trial that aims to provide evidence and recommendations for identifying beneficiary households for social programs. It utilizes an innovative approach that, through private meetings with individual community members, solicits recommendations for social program beneficiaries. This approach will be run in parallel to a community targeting exercise that uses the common practice of having a small group of community leaders to determine beneficiaries. The aim is to see if aggregating a large number of community votes is more effective in identifying needy households. The volunteer will be engaged in the cash distribution (social program) component along with the implementation of the endline survey. S/he will work in several communities in Monrovia, Liberia and report to the Senior Research Associate.

Position Summary:  

  • Assist in survey design and programming; using/learning skip logic, indexing in SurveyCTO forms
  • Assist in data management and data cleaning; using/learning IPA-standard STATA protocols and coding practices to generate high-quality do-files and other relevant documents
  • Assist in the development of materials and conducting training of field teams
  • Assist in managing field team logistics and monitoring, including field work and being embedded in enumerator teams
  • Perform other tasks assigned by the supervisor
  • A Bachelor's degree (completed) in Economics, Public Policy, Social sciences, or a related field
  • Good command of STATA (skills will be tested)
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and a team player
  • Familiarity with impact evaluation methodologies, particularly with randomized controlled trials

Preferred qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree (completed or enrolled) in Public Health or related field
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills
  • Experience working or living in developing countries, particularly in West Africa
Application Instructions 

1.  Send a resume and a cover letter to  Ellen Bates Jefferys - copying Arja Dayal -

  • In the email body: Put your full name, first (given) name followed by last (family) name.
  • Attachments: Please attach your resume, cover letter and at least one academic recommendation.
  • In the subject line: Copy exactly the following position line: IPA Liberia – Student Volunteer, LSC
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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