Francophone West Africa Project Development – Student volunteer


NGO & Institutes

Location (s):

  • Burkina Faso
  • Liberia
  • Mali
  • Online
  • Sierra Leone
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Bamako, Mali, Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, Monrovia, Liberia, Freetown (or remote)


The Francophone West Africa, Sierra Leone and Liberia country offices are developing new research projects in its various sectors: Employment; Education; Consumer Protection; Energy; Agriculture; Peace & Recovery; Social Protection; Governance and Health. This involves in-depth reviews of existing academic literature, conducting preliminary research and interviews with local experts, coordination with local partner organizations, research design, and the preparation of grant applications.


The Student Volunteer(s) will work closely with the IPA Francophone West Africa, Sierra Leone and Liberia Project Development team on all aspects of new project development. The post would be well suited to a candidate with a strong technical and theoretical background with interest in gaining experience in how to design and execute impact evaluations in practice.

The Student Volunteer(s) will have the opportunity to contribute to identifying funding opportunities, developing proposals to donors, securing grant funding for research, identifying potential Global North and Global South researchers, creating systems for enhanced efficiency in project development and attending various business development meetings with external stakeholders and potential partners. Note that while there may be opportunities for travel within the countries and some fieldwork, most, if not all, of the work will be office-based. Candidates should expect to spend at least 80% of the time working on grant applications and stakeholder & donor mapping.

Application Instructions 

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 FWA/SLL - Project Development – Student Volunteer

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.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (minimum) preferred in Political Sciences, International Relations or Economics.
  • Interest in development issues
  • Good understanding of impact evaluation methodologies (particularly randomized controlled trials) and terminology;
  • Academic background
  • Comfortable doing background research on organizations, development sectors or funding;
  • Excellent writing, analytical, synoptic, and communication skills (English and French);
  • Ability to work with autonomy, self-starter and reliable
  • Candidates should expect to be available for a minimum of 10 weeks up to 16 weeks, should be flexible and self-disciplined;
  • Previous experience working in a developing country is a plus


Deadline: As soon as possible

Cost/funding for participants:

JOB TYPE: Student volunteer.

Find your Dream Opportunity Abroad!

Search from 5318 opportunities in 183 countries