Research Projects Development Intern

Research Projects Development Intern

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Position Summary

IPA Tanzania is looking to hire an intern to support research project development efforts at the country office. The intern will work closely with the Associate Research Manager and Senior Research Manager to support the project development activities.

At IPA we are committed to improving lives through research and evidence. We are proud to welcome interns to help support our mission. This internship program is an opportunity for students like you to gain hands-on professional experience in a truly global organization. In addition to gaining real world experience, you will be exposed to several of IPA’s teams and be able to take advantage of tailored training and development opportunities. As an intern on the Project Development team, here are some projects and activities that you can look forward to:


1. Assisting in the development of research project plans, including defining project scope, objectives, timelines, and resource requirements.

2. Developing robust sector literature reviews and notes through desk research such as environment, education, financial inclusion, etc.

3. Exploring new research topics, which could involve fieldwork and meetings with stakeholders.

4. Developing technical narratives and budgets for grant proposals.

5. Supporting the administrative and organizational functions of the PD team, including entering records into Salesforce, tracking the status of proposals, finding new funding opportunities, researching donors, taking notes at meetings, and developing new tools/systems for a more efficient workflow.

6. Meet with researchers and support in communication/scheduling.

7. As opportunities arise, engage in fieldwork for data collection and enhance proficiency in Stata and SurveyCTO.

8. Attend all regular country office staff meetings and trainings.




1. Candidates must be a master’s student and have an undergraduate degree in economics, social science, public policy, international development, or other related fields. 

2. Displays proactive behavior, resourcefulness, and attention to detail, along with strong organizational skills - Demonstrates the capacity to work independently. 

3. Ability to review and assess one's own work while effectively addressing constructive criticism. 

4. Eager to acquire knowledge and gain exposure within a dynamic organizational environment. 

5. Familiarity with randomized controlled trials.

Reports to

Associate Research Manager

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Dar es Salaam-Tanzania

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 of 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 a tangible impact on the world. Since its founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 600 leading academics to conduct over 900 evaluations in 52 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 


IPA's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) 


As an organization, IPA is dedicated to improving the lives of the world's most vulnerable populations through evidence and policy. We also recognize how important it is for our staff to reflect the diversity of the places where we work and the communities we work with. As such, IPA is committed to hiring from a diverse pool of candidates, from a range of backgrounds, beliefs, experiences, and perspectives. We know that this makes our work stronger and more responsive to the challenges faced by those we work with and for and we encourage people from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Click here to learn more about IPA’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.





Innovations for Poverty Action is an affirmative action-equal opportunity employer. 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 1-202-386-6200. 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 Please note that only qualified applicants will be contacted by the hiring manager