Data Interns at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)


Job Title:        Data Interns

Organization: Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Research Manager

About US:

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.

About Project:

IPA in collaboration with Harvard T.H. Chan School of public, University College Dublin and We Care Solar, is conducting an evaluation to assess the impact of solar suitcase installation on the quality of care given to mothers during labor and delivery, in rural health facilities that have no power source or otherwise experience sporadic power outages. Specifically, the study aims at assessing the reliability of electricity in rural health facilities, evaluating the impact of a solar system (the “Solar Suitcase”) on measures of availability and brightness of light, evaluating the impact of a solar system on measures of quality of care, and evaluating the impact of a solar system on secondary outcomes including staff satisfaction. So far, the both the baseline and midline data collections have been successfully completed, and the end of the end-line data collection is well within sight

Job Summary:  IPA seeks a qualified applicant with excellent Stata skills for the internship position to work on a variety of tasks including, but not limited to: Data cleaning for both the midline and end line data sets, ensuring data quality, data management, and data reconciliation as well as assisting in any other data related tasks that may come up. The intern will work under the supervision of the Research Manager and the Research Associate on the research project which aims at addressing the aforementioned research questions. The Intern will also work in close collaboration with the Principal investigators Jessica Cohen and Slawa Rokicki.

This position offers an excellent opportunity for data management experience on an exciting project that will provide rigorous evidence on the impact of light on maternal quality of care during labor and delivery.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The ideal candidate for the Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) Internship job placement must hold a Bachelor’s degree in public health, economics, social sciences, public policy, or related fields;
  • Enrollment in a Master’s degree program is preferred
  • Excellent Stata skills; Experience, comfort and fluency mandatory (you will be expected to do a Stata test as part of the selection process)
  • Experience with data management, experience working with paper surveys.
  • Flexible, pro-active, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently and a team player;
  • Fluency in English;
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials preferred

Desired Start Date: May/June 2019

How to Apply:

Please complete the online assessment here: Click Here 

This form includes an assessment and requires you to upload the following documents in PDF format: 1) updated CV including 3 professional referees: Maximum 2 pages in length, 2) Cover letter: Maximum 1 page in length and 3) Your highest level degree diploma: Maximum 2 pages in length.

Due to the high number of applications, we will only be able to contact candidates who have successfully passed the CV screening step.

Deadline: 30th April 2019

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