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  • Senior Research Associate, Debates: Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)


    Freetown, Sierra Leone


    June 16th, 2017

    Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) seeks a highly motivated, technically skilled Senior Research Associate, who is passionate about working in Africa with large amount of data on issues of political economy. The Senior Research Associate will work closely with lead researchers at Stanford and MIT, civil society groups, and Sierra Leone’s major political parties, as well as the IPA Country Director on a large scale Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) in the run up to Sierra Leone’s nation and local elections in 2018. The RCT will examine the impact of greater openness in the process political parties use to select candidates as well as the impact, at scale, of debates between candidates from different parties in the general election. The study will start in the summer of 2017 run through Sierra Leone general election in 2018.

    The position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in an organization undertaking cutting-edge development research. The work will stretch your analytical, inter-personal and management skills and will require your full commitment in a challenging environment. This position will be based in Freetown, but will require frequent field visits throughout Sierra Leone as well as close cooperation with the rest of the research team both in Sierra Leone and in the US.

    A previous RCT during the last election showed that public debate screenings improved voters’ general political knowledge, as well as knowledge of specific candidates and their policy positions. They further improved the alignment between the voters’ reported policy positions and those of the candidates they voted for. Candidates also conducted more visits and increased campaign spending. Additionally, in the year after their election MPs who participated in the debates engaged more and invested more in their constituency among other notable impacts. The study can be found here…

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