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

IPA Sierra Leone and Liberia (SLL) is increasingly engaged with policymakers and other external stakeholders across several projects and focus areas. We are also interested in developing new projects in its various sectors: Employment; Education; Consumer Protection; Energy; Agriculture; Peace & Recovery; Social Protection; Governance and Health.  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 to support both country offices in their policy, research, and project development efforts.  This may involve in-depth reviews of existing academic literature, conducting preliminary research with local experts, coordination with local partner organizations, input into research design, and the preparation of grant applications.

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. We facilitate opportunities for professional development and can provide ample support from Research Associates, Research Manager, Senior Consultants, or the Country Director.

Position Summary:  

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

  • Engage in literature and desk reviews of current practices, regional policies and standards, and evidence from other contexts;
  • 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;
  • Engage in stakeholder and donor mapping for new project development;
  • Perform other tasks assigned by the supervisor.

An approximate breakdown of time responsibilities are as follows:

  • Project Development Support (30%)
  • Office Support (30%)
  • Policy Support (30%)
  • Other tasks (10%)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 subjects in contemporary development 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 Liberia – 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. 


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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