Please Note:  IPA Volunteerships are unpaid.

IPA established the Peace and Recovery Sector Program to generate needed insights and innovation for improving the lives of people that live in conflict and crisis-affected contexts. With researchers, IPA has carried out numerous studies, including ones focused on post-conflict reconciliation, cognitive behavioral therapy for high risk youth, the effect of unconditional cash grants on marginalized populations, and the economic impact of the Ebola Crisis.

In the coming years, through collaborating with leading academics, IPA will develop and carry-out groundbreaking research and inform policy on programs that strengthen state capacities, reduce violence, or respond to public health emergencies, natural disasters, or human-made crises. Beyond generating new evidence, this program will be ambitious in its efforts to inform policy and practice. This will include a focus on effectively disseminating existing randomized evaluation results, as well building policy-relevant evaluations and ultimately sharing the findings from the new research projects funded by the Peace and Recovery Program. Additionally, the program will collaborate with decision-makers to ensure that this evidence is both useful and implemented at scale.

Position Summary:  

The Summer 2018 Peace & Recovery Student Volunteer will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in an organization undertaking cutting-edge peace and recovery research. They will be mentored by IPA’s Peace & Recovery team, learn about the state of the research in the field, and contribute to the program’s growth.

Learning opportunities are flexible depending on the candidate’s skills, interests, education, and previous experience. Examples of projects this position may support include the following:

  • Management of the Peace & Recovery Competitive Fund, including learning opportunities related to grant compliance and reporting
  • Literature reviews on the state of research in the field, and other secondary research support
  • Identification of potential researchers or implementing partners
  • Fundraising and policy outreach activities of the P&R program
  • Other responsibilities as assigned
  • Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in political science, peace and conflict, international affairs, public policy, economics, or a related field
  • Strong understanding of the peace and conflict literature and policy environment
  • Ability to closely read, understand, and succinctly summarize rigorous social science research
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and a team player
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Experience with Salesforce a plus
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 Peace & Recovery Program – Student Volunteer Summer 2018
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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