IPA, in partnership with researchers at the IFS, is evaluating a behaviour-change project that empowers and supports caregivers in isolated rural communities to provide their own play-based childhood care and education (“ECCE”) to help children reach their full developmental potential. The play schemes are mainstreamed into and are designed to strengthen the government kindergarten system, to achieve sustainability, scalability and cost-effectiveness. Data collection started in 2017 with census, baseline and midline surveys having been completed. The endline data collection is planned for August – October, 2018.   

Position Summary


IPA Ghana is looking to hire a student volunteer starting in late July/early August to help support the endline data collection phase. The student volunteer will work closely with the project team in Tamale, to support the planning process, logistics and data management for the upcoming fieldwork.  In particular, the student volunteer will help with survey instrument testing, and support the development of a data management system (including programming high frequency checks for the incoming data during the survey in Stata, and supporting other data quality assurance systems. The student volunteer may also be involved in training field staff on survey tools and digital data collection devices. During data collection, s/he will help with running data checks, communicating with field teams on a daily basis and effecting corrections to the data set. The student volunteer will also help draft a report for the endline data collection and update the project’s events log.

  • Completed undergraduate degree in in economics or other related field
  • Knowledge of Stata (required)
  • Knowledge of Survey CTO or other Android based programming software (preferred)
  • Self-starter, resourceful and detail-oriented with excellent organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Ability to understand and consistently work towards achieving the highest quality data analysis and documenting steps taken
  • Eager to learn, and gain experience in a fast paced organization
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials is a plus


Application Instructions 

1) Send a resume and a cover letter to samadu@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: IPA Ghana – Lively Minds Student Volunteer - LME
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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