Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) Recruitment 2024/2025

Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified candidates for Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) Recruitment 2024/2025.

Innovations for Poverty Action is an American non-profit research and policy organization founded in 2002 by Yale economist Dean Karlan. Since its foundation, IPA has worked with over 400 leading academics to conduct over 600 evaluations in 51 countries. The organization also manages the Progress out of Poverty Index. We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Project Development Intern

IPA’s country office in Ghana is looking to bring on board an intern starting this June to work closely with the Associate Research Manager in charge of project development team to support and gain valuable insight and experience in project development and management.

At IPA we are committed to improving lives through research and evidence. We are proud to welcome interns year round to help support our mission. This internship program is an opportunity for students and recent graduates 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, here are some tasks and activities that you can look forward to:


  • Developing robust sector literature reviews and notes through desk research and stakeholder interviews.
  • Scoping new research topics, including possible field work and stakeholder meetings
  • Developing technical narratives and budgets for grant proposals.
  • Supporting the administrative and organizational functions of the project development team, including entering records into Salesforce, tracking the status of proposals, finding new funding opportunities, researching donors, taking notes at meetings, developing new tools/systems for a more efficient workflow.
  • Working with data sets, preparing and running codes for data cleaning and/or management using STATA when necessary.


  • Prefer candidates who are currently pursuing or completing a Master’s Degree in Economics, International development, Public policy, or other related fields; will consider strong candidates in their final year undergraduate programs with previous experience in project development and data management
  • Experience with STATA or other statistical software is a plus
  • Takes initiative, resourceful, and detail-oriented, with excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to cross-check one’s own work and respond to critical feedback
  • Consistently make decisions that resolve programming related problems;
  • Organized, thorough, and have great attention to detail
  • Eager to learn, and gain experience in a fast-paced organization
  • Familiar with randomized controlled trials

Application Instructions

Send a resume and cover letter to [email protected] using the subject “Project Development Internship – Your full name”

  • In the body of the email, kindly indicate if you will be available for the entire duration of this internship. Most importantly, confirm if your university is willing to fund this internship or otherwise as this internship is unpaid and requires sponsorship.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should CLICK HERE to apply.

Application Deadline: 25th Feb, 2024

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