Please Note:  Due to COVID-19 IPA Student Volunteerships will be remote until further notice.

IPA Sierra Leone & Liberia (SLL) is increasingly engaged with policymakers across several projects and focus areas, including education, mining, and energy. We are seeking a Student Volunteer to support these efforts in the name of translating rigorous evidence into better, more effective national policy. This is a remote opportunity largely focused on work with the Liberian Ministry of Education, though other tasks will be assigned according to country office needs and coordinated in the best way possible with the student volunteer's interest

As background on our work with education, the Liberian Ministry of Education (MOE) has partnered with the World Bank on a sweeping reform project called Getting to Best in Education, which aims to (a) improve equitable access to early childhood education, teacher quality in early childhood education (ECE), and primary education, and (b) strengthen National School Accountability Systems. As a part of this ambitious and broad set of reforms, IPA Liberia collaborating with MOE to develop policy options for a national learning assessment framework with the objective to equip the Liberian government with solutions to assess the performance of students and schools over time. More specifically, the goal of IPA Liberia on this project is to develop a sound question bank of approximately 500 questions that can be used to assess educational, cognitive, motivational, attitudes and students and school factors in order to track the evolution of those standards.

The Country Office works across various sectors and more areas of interest of the volunteer could be identified. Our past experience with volunteers has been very positive and we could always accommodate their strengths and interests also into our

What to Expect: IPA SSL is a fast-paced, results-oriented organization that is strongly driven by our mission to reduce poverty and raise livelihoods. You can expect to find a strong team spirit that values open collaboration, and we pride ourselves on having real-world impact. We facilitate opportunities for professional development and can provide support from Research Associates, Research Manager, Senior Consultants, or the Country Director.

Position Summary:  

The Student Volunteer will work closely with a research staff and Research Manager to:

  • Engage in literature and desk reviews of current MOE educational practices, regional policies and standards, and evidence from other contexts for how best to development educational assessment frameworks;
  • Distill critical information from discussions and academic research into briefs to drive policy formation;
  • Support capacity building and trainings with local staff
  • Engage in policy planning discussions
  • Perform other tasks assigned by the supervisor

An approximate breakdown of time responsibilities are as follows:

  • Ministry of Education engagement(40%)
  • Operations support and process streamlining across field offices (30%)
  • Policy Support (15%)
  • Other tasks (5%)
  • Bachelor's degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, education or related field
    • Preferably graduate student in similar field
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Strong attention to detail when reading technical or policy-related documents
  • Self-starter, resourceful and detail-oriented with excellent organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Desire for intercultural exchange and capacity-building
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse constituencies
  • Eager to learn, and gain experience in a fast-paced organization
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office and Google Suites
    • E.g. PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Google Sheets, Google Docs, etc.
  • Prior knowledge of educational policies is a plus
  • Willingness to learn from and engage with other cultures
  • Willingness to support capacity building with local staff
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 Sierra Leone & Liberia – Student Volunteer

2) Please also complete the googleform

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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