Please note:  IPA Volunteerships are unpaid.

IPA seeks a qualified applicant for the position of Student Volunteer in Panama City, Panama.

The project seeks to contribute to the closing of two knowledge gaps. Firstly, in spite of developing literature on what works in early mathematics instruction, there is little rigorous evidence regarding what pedagogical model are effective in better developing mathematic abilities at the preschool level in bilingual indigenous communities. Secondly, there exists ample literature (mainly anthological) on the importance of intercultural education. However, there is no evidence regarding the effectiveness of this model with intercultural bilingual instruction compared to a simple bilingual model.

The project will develop and pilot a bilingual curriculum and an intercultural bilingual curriculum in mathematics using interactive audios at the preschool level. The objectives specified are: (i) based on the model of Tikichuela: Mathematics in my School in Paraguay, developing a bilingual mathematics curriculum for the preschool level and audio lessons in Spanish and the student’s own language; (ii) develop an intercultural version of the same curriculum; (iii) implement a pilot experiment in two groups of treatment schools and one control group to test effectiveness of the two curriculums, contrasting them with the traditional teaching model of the Panamanian education system.

Position Summary:  

The Student Volunteer will work closely with the Research Analyst to:  

  • Assist in survey design and programming
  • Assist in data management and data cleaning
  • Assist in training of field teams
  • Assist in monitoring and supervising field team
  • Perform other tasks assigned by the supervisor
  • Bachelor's degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or related field
  • Self-starter, resourceful and detail-oriented with excellent organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently 
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse constituencies
  • Ability to understand and consistently work towards achieving the highest quality data analysis and documenting steps taken
  • Eager to learn, and gain experience in a fast-paced organization
  • Strong oral and written Spanish communications skills
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials is a plus.
  • Familiarity in Latin America is a plus.
  • Prior knowledge of quantitative data collection instruments and tools is a plus.
  • Prior knowledge of quantitative data analysis packages is a plus.
Application Instructions 

1) Send a resume and a cover letter to Juan Manuel Hernández-Agramonte at

  • 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 Panama – Student Volunteer
About IPA 

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy non-profit 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 400 leading academics to conduct over 600 evaluations in 51 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 


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