Please Note:  All IPA Volunteerships are unpaid.

The Poverty Probability Index® (PPI®) is a poverty measurement tool for organizations and businesses with a mission to serve the poor. The PPI is statistically-sound, yet simple to use: the answers to 10 questions about a household’s characteristics and asset ownership are scored to compute the likelihood that the household is living below the poverty line. With the PPI, organizations can identify the clients, customers, or employees who are most likely to be poor or vulnerable to poverty, integrating objective poverty data into their assessments and strategic decision-making.

Position Summary:  

Nearly 600 organizations around the world are using the PPI, and it is rapidly becoming a global standard for household poverty measurement. It is important for the PPI team to know who is using the tool and how, so that we can keep users updated, build a community of users, and communicate with our stakeholders about the widespread use of this important tool. We seek a student volunteer to –

(a)          Update the PPI User Database –

This task involves updating the records of both - new and existing organizations that are using the PPI. These records reside on the Salesforce platform. Specifically, the student volunteer would be responsible for the following tasks –

New Users - Set up and implement a complete process for ongoing identification of new users who register on the PPI website. This involves -

  • Working with IPA’s Communications team to design a welcome email for new users
  • Determining timing and frequency of email, and setting up a process to send and obtain responses to this email from users
  • Updating PPI database on Salesforce with responses to welcome emails

Existing Users – Update records of existing PPI users on Salesforce.  This involves -

  • Updating number of beneficiaries served by the organization
  • Updating any basic organizational information fields that are missing
  • Updating results of recently conducted PPI User Survey

(b)          Interview selected PPI users – In November 2017, in line with our commitment to continual improvement, where our core business is rigorous data and evidence and the creation of public goods, IPA changed the methodology used to create PPIs. This task involves interviewing users who are using recently released PPIs which have been created using IPA’s new methodology to understand their experience with the tool.

(c)           Other tasks/projects that are assigned from time to time – This could include research on PPI users, drafting pieces of communication for the PPI etc.

  • Candidates who have obtained or are currently pursuing a degree/diploma in Marketing, Economics, Social Sciences or a related field preferred
  • Prior experience with user registration systems is a plus
  • Prior experience with Salesforce is a plus
  • Ability to work independently and meet timelines
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent computer proficiency (MS Office – Word, Excel and Outlook)
  • Strong communication skills, capable of interacting with staff at PPI user organizations across different countries
  • Knowledge of Spanish/French (Preferred)
  • Strong interest in poverty alleviation and international development
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:  Poverty Probability Index (PPI)- Student Volunteer
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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