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Student Volunteer needed at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Job Title:           Student Volunteer

Organization: Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Project Name: Financial Inclusion Project

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Research Manager

About Us:

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy non-profit 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 400 leading academics to conduct over 600 evaluations in 51 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide.

Job Summary: The Student Volunteer will support ongoing research projects. The position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand field management experience in an organization undertaking cutting-edge development research. The selected candidates will be based in Kampala (Uganda) and will work closely with research and field staff as well as scholars from the world’s top universities.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Carry out literature review
  • Provide support in survey design, programming for digital data collection and oversight of field teams
  • Recruit and train field officers
  • Provide support in fieldwork implementation and oversee data collection in the field
  • Supervise the data flow to ensure quality of the data through high frequency checks
  • Support in the writing of project results for reporting purposes
  • Prepare policy briefs and coordinate policy dissemination events 

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The applicants for the Student Volunteer jobs should hold Bachelor’s degrees (completed or enrolled) in economics, social sciences, public policy, or a related field
  • Background in quantitative research methods
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Highly flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and a team player
  • Familiarity with impact evaluation methodologies, particularly with randomized controlled trials
  • Possession of a Master’s degree (completed or enrolled) in economics, social sciences, public policy, or a related field is desired
  • Proficient to advanced capabilities in Stata is an added advantage
  • Previous experience cleaning and analyzing data is desired
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to lead staff efficiently to achieve project goals

How to Apply:

All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send an updated resume and  cover letter to rmorel@poverty-action.org and jobsuganda@poverty-action.org.

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: IPAUganda – Student Volunteer Financial Inclusion

Deadline: 31st March, 2017 by 5:00pm EAT.

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