The Zambia country office is developing new research projects in its various sectors: Education, Agriculture, Health, Social Protection, Financial Inclusion, SME, and Child Protection. This involves in-depth reviews of existing academic literature, conducting preliminary research and interviews with local experts, coordination with local partner organizations, research design, and the preparation of grant applications

The volunteer will work closely with the IPA Zambia Research Manager, Project Development Associate and Senior Policy Associate on all aspects of new project development. The post would be well suited to a candidate with a strong technical and theoretical background with interest in gaining experience in how to design and execute impact evaluations in practice. The volunteer will have the opportunity to contribute to identifying research questions, designing experimental impact evaluations, securing grant funding for the research, identifying potential Global North and Global South researchers, and attending various business development meetings with external stakeholders and potential partners. Note that while there may be opportunities for travel within Zambia and some field work, most, if not all, of the work will be office-based. Candidates should expect to spend at least 70% of the time working on reviews of existing academic literature and grant applications and 30% of the time supporting the country office policy initiatives.

  • Interest in development issues and in at least one of IPA’s sector of focus (Agriculture, Environment, SME, Financial Inclusion, Social Protection, Education, Child Protection, Health)
  • Good understanding of impact evaluation methodologies (particularly randomized controlled trials) and terminology;
  • Strong academic background in Economics, International Development, Public Health or a related discipline and comfortable reviewing academic papers;
  • Excellent writing, analytical, synoptic, and communication skills (English);
  • Candidates should expect to be available for a minimum of 10 weeks, should be flexible and self-disciplined;
  • Previous experience working in a developing country is a plus.
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 Zambia – Research, Policy and Project Development – 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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