Please note:  IPA Volunteerships are unpaid.

IPA Francophone West Africa’s main activities are located in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Mali. Around 40 projects are either ongoing or completed after almost 10 years of having opened the first country office in the region. The study sectors include Agriculture, Education, Financial Inclusion, Governance, Health, Small and Medium Enterprises, Social Protection and WASH.

Position Summary:  

The Student Volunteer will be tasked in assisting the Policy & Business Development Associate on several important files, ranging from results dissemination, seminar organization, reports review, presentations preparation, media outreach and drafting of policy brief. The intern will also work on background literature review, fundraising memos drafting, translation of document, etc. Depending on the needs of IPA FWA’s Country Office, the intern will support the administrative team and the research teams on other tasks.

  • Bachelor’s Degree (minimum) preferred in Communications, Economics, Languages, or Political Sciences
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced office
  • Flexible, self-motivated, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and capacity to work with autonomy
  • Familiarity with impact evaluation methodologies, particularly with randomized controlled trials
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in both English and French


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 Francophone West Africa – Student Volunteer Policy & Communications
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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