Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) seeks to appoint a Postdoctoral Fellow to develop and conduct research and fieldwork as part of its Peace and Recovery (P&R) sector program. 

IPA’s Peace & Recovery Program (P&R) supports field experiments and related research in several broad areas:

  • Reducing violence and promoting peace
  • Reducing "fragility" (i.e. fostering state capability and institutions of decision-making)
  • Preventing, coping with, and recovering from crises (focusing on conflict, but also including non-conflict humanitarian crises)

The program prioritizes studies that develop, illustrate, or test fundamental theories of peace, violence, and recovery, especially those that challenge common beliefs, pioneer innovative interventions, and produce evidence where little currently exists. Topics of study include forced displacement; peacebuilding; terrorism; state-supported violence and repression; ethnic and sectarian violence; protests and other collective action; and crisis prevention, response, and recovery. 

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be expected to work with IPA country offices in order to develop their own research projects, and will have limited funding to invest in project development efforts. The successful candidate will work closely with the P&R academic lead, Chris Blattman at the University of Chicago, or other researchers depending on the specific topics of interest to the selected candidate. The Post-Doctoral Fellowship is designed to pave the way for future careers in academic, private-sector, or public-sector roles. 

This is designed as a one-year fellowship. Thus, we hope to attract the very best candidates who are interested in academic positions. If you have an offer from such an academic institution, and are interested in this Postdoctoral Fellowship, we will be happy to support discussions with your home institution for either deferring your start date or for starting in your position but going on unpaid leave to take this opportunity to build your research pipeline.


The P&R Postdoctoral Fellow’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing—including designing, staffing, and identifying funding for—new impact evaluations
  • Managing and overseeing a portfolio of P&R projects
  • Providing technical assistance on data collection, data management, and implementation
  • Executing econometric and statistical analyses alongside other PIs
  • Publishing academic and policy papers on results of projects, with other PIs
  • Liaising closely with IPA staff, and supporting their engagements with various partners

Applications for this post-doctoral fellowship should meet the following criteria:

  • Education: Candidates should be on track to complete a PhD in economics, political science, public policy, psychology or a related discipline by June 2020, or have completed their PhD after April 2019
  • Significant training in and a strong technical understanding of economics and econometrics required
  • Experience conducting field research, or managing/contributing to randomized evaluations preferred
  • Experience in managing teams and interacting with institutional partners strongly desired
  • Quantitative Skills: Knowledge of data management, econometrics, and use of STATA or other data analysis software required
  • Communication Skills: Attention to detail and advanced writing and presentation skills for communicating policy lessons from academic papers in ways that policymakers understand. This requires clear, precise, non-technical writing, and creativity in presentation
  • Language: English fluency required
Application Instructions 

To apply click here.  Complete applications must include a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, a research paper or job market paper, and a document with either links to other research papers or a short research statement describing other ongoing research.

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. 


Innovations for Poverty Action is an EO Employer-MF/Veteran/Disability. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected class. IPA will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you believe you require such assistance to complete this form or to participate in an interview, please contact us at or via phone at 1-203-772-2216. Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed by the specified position. The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary. Please note that IPA will never request any form of payment from an applicant. Applicants are encouraged to confirm the information listed above with IPA prior to releasing any extensive personal information to the organization. Please direct questions to

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