IPA Sierra Leone is looking for a student volunteer to work on two exciting projects 1) Youth Readiness Intervention post-intervention data collection and 2) spill-over and diffusion study of the same program.

The focus of the intervention is on delivering cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) programs is a challenge in settings that lack trained staff and therapeutic facilities. The intervention integrates a CBT-based intervention into an existing youth employment program and evaluate barriers to implementation and intervention effectiveness, as measured by impact on social functioning (soft skills), emotion regulation and economic stability. The principal investigators are Dr. Theresa Betancourt (Boston College), Dr. Nathan B. Hansen (University of Georgia), Dr. Alethea Desrosiers (Boston College) and Dr. Agha Ali Akram (Lahore University of Management Sciences).

Position Summary:  

The student volunteer will work closely with the research staff and other IPA country office staff to oversee various aspects of the two projects. This position provides an excellent opportunity to gain extensive on-field experience on a large scale RCT as well as the opportunity to work in close collaboration some of the leading organizations in the intersection of mental health and social protection.

Key areas of focus for the student volunteer will be:

  • Supporting research staff in coordinating and collaborating with the partners,
  • Revising survey questionnaires, designing training materials for field teams; cleaning and analyzing data;
  • Assisting in refining and designing the data collection process; and coordinating field logistics for upcoming field activities.
  • Undertake data cleaning with the IPA RA

The Research Associate and Country Director will work with the selected candidate to structure the volunteership according to the candidate’s areas of interest, so long as they are aligned with project goals.

  • Interest in development issues especially in the area of labor market engagement in low resource settings.
  • Good understanding of impact evaluation methodologies (particularly randomized controlled trials) and terminology;
  • Strong academic background, comfortable reviewing academic papers;
  • Basic knowledge of working on STATA or R software, preferably QGIS skills
  • Excellent writing, analytical, synoptic, and communication skills (English);
  • Candidates should expect to be available for a minimum of 2-3 months, should be flexible and self-disciplined;
  • Previous experience working in a developing country is a plus;
  • Previous experience working with IPA and/or J-Pal is a plus.

Education and/or Work Experience Requirements:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate with internal and external customers
  • Excellent computer proficiency (MS Office – Word, Excel and Outlook)
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude and providing exemplary customer service
  • Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments to completion within parameters of instructions given, prescribed routines, and standard accepted practices
  • Bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) in economics, statistics or development.
Application Instructions 

To apply, follow this link and follow the instructions.

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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