No Experience Student Volunteer Non-profit Jobs – Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Title:           Student Volunteer  
Organization: Innovations
for Poverty Action (IPA)
Project Name: Market
Linkages Project
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Research
Coordinator and Research Associate
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.
About Project:
In the face of growing food
demand from a burgeoning population, East African grain markets are plagued by
poor integration. Given the inability of markets to efficiently move food from
surplus to deficit regions, this poor integration has a major effect on both
farmer incomes and on food security.  The
most likely culprits are imperfect information and contractual uncertainty,
which lead to high search costs and large information rents for intermediaries.
Improving farmer welfare and stimulating greater market integration, appears to
require strategies that fundamentally shift the nature of intermediary
relationships and the degree of contractual uncertainty. The study brings
together three institutions to implement an intervention that aims to 1)
improve the information available to farmers and brokers across the country; 2)
engage a novel technology to offer a completely new vehicle through which
long-distance agricultural transactions might be conducted; and 3) provide the
reputational and financial guarantees that may enable this new system to thrive.
Job Summary: The Student
Volunteer should have excellent Stata skills for the endline data collection of
the project Market Linkages in Uganda. The Market Linkages student volunteer
will work with the Research Coordinator, Research Associate and other staff on
a multi-pronged research project which aims to address the aforementioned
research questions and build sustainable, private-sector solutions to some of
the intermediation issues that have plagued African food markets.  The student volunteer will work on a variety
of tasks including, but not limited to: Data cleaning, ensuring data quality,
data management, cleaning of data sets, organizing endline data and assisting
in any data related tasks that may come up. This position offers an excellent
opportunity for first hand project management and data management experience on
a project at the intersection of agriculture markets and ICT, with an
organization undertaking cutting-edge development research.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) Student Volunteer must hold a Bachelor’s
    degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or related fields; Master’s
    degree preferred
  • Excellent Stata skills; Experience, comfort and
    fluency mandatory (you will be expected to do a Stata test as pa
    rt of the selection process)
  • Experience with data management
  • Experience with project management
  • Flexible, pro-active, able to manage multiple
    tasks efficiently and a team player;
  • Fluency in English;
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials preferred.
  • Experience living in a developing country is a
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates are encouraged to send an updated resume and cover letter
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 Internship: Market Linkages Project
Deadline:  20th March 2018.
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