Leap Laboratory for Effective Anti-poverty Policies


In this page you can find job opportunities for students interested in development:

Post-doc grant opportunities:

At the following link you can find an open position for a post-doc grant to work for a LEAP project for the duration of one year starting on January 1st, 2020:

(Italian version HERE)

 Internship opportunity "Meet Your Future" (Uganda)

  • Location: Kampala, Uganda
  • Education: Master in Economics, Econometrics, Statistics or related quantitative discipline
  • Language requirement: very good command of English
  • Start Date: January 13th to April 15th (one position) and March 1st to May 31st (two positions)


    Positions are based in Kampala, Uganda, with opportunity for travel throughout the country (mainly central and eastern Uganda around Jinjia, Iganga and of course Kampala). The intern will primarily work on the “Meet Your Future” project. This is a Randomized Control that seeks to investigate how career-coaching and job search assistance for young jobseekers entering job market can (i) increase the effectiveness of the job search process and entrepreneurial efforts, (ii) influence their aspirations and self-confidence while at school, (iii) reduce information gaps, (iv) align expectations with labor market conditions and (v) improve labor market performance. The experimental setting is that of Vocational Training Institutes (VTI) in Uganda. Vocational training is a common route through which young Ugandans acquire skills, and a common tool used by NGOs and governments to support disadvantaged youth by providing them skills demanded on the labor market. The coaching is operated by the “the future you”, an alumnus of the VTI, who successfully entered the labor market after receiving the training.

    Main duties and responsibilities of the intern will include:

    1. Participate to the data collection activities, such as:
    a. Contribute to the design and lead the piloting of quantitative survey instruments
    b. Lead the programming of the survey instruments on tablets
    c. Organize and lead the training of enumerators for data collection
    d. Manage the field implementation of the surveys – this will involve monitoring the central
    server as well as the activities of enumerators in the field to ensure maximum data quality
    e. Manage and organize the data coming in from the field to the central server

    2. Support data cleaning and data management activities and assist the research team in data analysis as

    3. Support the implementation of the intervention (treatment).

    4. Contribute to report writing on the progress of fieldwork and data analysis activities.

    More details on the project to be found in this attachment.


    To apply, please send a CV, a short cover letter (one-page max) and a recently written sample STATA .do
    file to: livia.alfonsi@berkeley.edu and put in cc sara_spaziani@brown.edu and namubiruma@gmail.com.
    Please write “MYF-internship application” followed by your last name in the subject of your application email.


    — Field Coordinator (Burkina Faso)

    PROJECT: Early marriage and female genital cutting: evidence from an experiment in Burkina Faso

    We are looking for a field coordinator to supervise a baseline data collection and an intervention on Female Genital cutting and Child marriage in Burkina Faso in collaboration with UNICEF, Innovation for Poverty Action (IPA) and 3 local NGOs.

    The work will be full time from beginning of November to March 2020 (but the PIs have some flexibility on the beginning and the end of the contract). The potential candidate will be based at the IPA (Innovation for Poverty Action) office in Burkina Faso and travel to rural villages when needed.


    • Excellent analytical and social abilities
    • Excellent command of STATA, LaTex and Microsoft Office.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and French.
    • Experience managing Randomized Control Trials and field experience in developing countries


    For any additional questions, please contact lucia.corno@unicatt.it and/or selim.gulesci@unibocconi.it

    If interested, send you CV, a motivation letter and a reference letter to lucia.corno@unicatt.it


     Research Manager (Mozambique)

  • Location: Mozambique, Maputo
  • Education: Master
  • Language requirement: Portuguese (essential) and English (essential)
  • Start Date: January 2020
  • Duration: One year


    Adolescence is a critical period of life. During this period, girls and boys take important decisions regarding education, risky sexual behaviors, fertility, labor, and the marriage market. These decisions are important on their own and also have intergenerational implications in promoting empowerment and achieving sustainable economic development. An important threat to educational enrollment and achievement—a major vehicle to achieving such goals—is the well-being and safety in schools and how violent spaces interact with decisions regarding education. To investigate this, this project will implement a novel intervention aimed at addressing safety in schools in Mozambique. The project is looking for a proactive and quick-learner individual, who can work under pressure, can multi-task, thrives in the field and has good data skills.

    Roles and Responsibilities:

    • Travelling to project sites to monitor and coordinate field activities for primary data collection during intervention monitoring and end-line survey.
    • Assisting PIs with designing survey questionnaires and refining survey instruments.
    • Planning and managing data collection, ensuring productivity and data quality.
    • Engaging in all implementation and monitoring activities.
    • Coordinating with different teams on a variety of tasks related to field staff contracting and payments.
    • Assisting with data cleaning, preliminary data analysis, and preparation of documents and presentations for dissemination.
    • Engaging with and managing relationships with stakeholders, especially government staff.
    • Reporting to PIs and Research Manager on all of the above-mentioned activities.

    Principal Investigators: Sofia Amaral (ifo Institute), Aixa Garcia-Ramos (University of Passau), Selim Gulesci (Bocconi University), Alejandra Ramos (Trinity College Dublin) and Maria Micaela Sviatschi (Princeton University)


    • Education: Master’s degree in economics, public policy/administration, engineering, or related fields. Advanced coursework in economics is highly preferable.
    • Relevant Work Experience: This position requires demonstrated management experience in a multi-faceted role, working with multiple stakeholders. Experience working with Governments is strongly preferred. Experience in managing teams and interacting with institutional partners is strongly desired.
    • Knowledge of Stata is required.
    • Knowledge of GIS/SurveyCTO/ODK/digital data collection is preferred.
    • Management skills: Proven ability to handle several different projects/tasks at one time, successfully complete tasks assigned, and meet deadlines. A willingness to work hard, to learn and be self-motivated will be essential for doing well in this position. Ability to work independently in the field.
    • Technical skills and understanding of Randomized Evaluations: Demonstrating a good basic understanding of the value of randomized evaluations and their usefulness for policy decisions is highly valuable.
    • Experience living in a developing country is preferred.
    • Communication: Attention to detail and advanced writing and presentation skills for communicating with multiple partners. This requires the ability to produce clear, precise, non-technical writing as well as str
      ong social skills.
    • Ability to give and receive completely frank feedback.
    • Strong ability to manage high-level partnerships.
    • Interest in development and policy-research.
    • Travel: Willingness to travel for extended periods of time to different parts of the state (of Maputo) and to meet with relevant stakeholders, government officials and manage projects.
    • Full-time availability.


    Please submit your CV by the 31st of October to Sarita Oré Quispe via email: sarita.oreq@gmail.com. We will review the applications and contact selected applicants for an interview.


    Research Intern (Uganda)

    • Period: October-December 2019

    PROJECT: BRAC Independent Evaluation and Research Cell (IERC)

    We are looking for one intern for a study on how access to credit shapes growth of micro, small and medium entreprises in Uganda. “The Effect of Financial Contracts on Growing Businesses’ Technology Use, Profits, and Repayment Behavior Project” is a collaborative effort of BRAC’s IERC, the Small Entreprise loan Program (SEP), Stockholm University and “L. Bocconi” University. This is a Randomized Control Trial simultaneously testing the impact of different financial (microcredit) contracts on technology use, sales, profits and loan repayment behavior of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across Uganda. The PI's are Andreas Madestam (Stockholm University), Selim Gulesci (Bocconi University), Miri Stryjan (Ben Gurion University of the Negev) and Francesco Loiacono (PhD candidate, Stockholm University). At this stage of the project, we are going to study long term effects of the intervention via an endline survey to 2,410 firms.


    The primary role of the intern is to closely collaborate with and assist the Field supervisor, Dorcas Mandera, in order to assist the program’s implementation. This will consist in: the preparation of the training session for the data collectors; the communication with the staff in the field (data collectors), in order to assess the regularity of the data collection process; the cleaning and the management of the data on a daily basis, as well as the consistency checks on this data.
    The intern will provide valuable assistance for ensuring proper project implementation and compliance with research standards, with the intervention at the field level, at occurrence, in different areas around the country.


    If you are interested, please submit a copy of your CV and unofficial transcript to one of the PIs at the email addresses below. Please include in the email a few lines on why you are interested in the project, the period you will be available to be in Kampala between October and December 2019.

    Contact email: francesco.loiacono@iies.su.se


    Visiting PhD Student Program:

    LEAP offers the possibility of a visiting period for students. You can find out more on our former Visiting Students at this page. For more information, please contact:  leap@unibocconi.it 


    On a rolling basis, LEAP also offers the possibility of curricular internships for Bocconi students.
    We always encourage students to take part to LEAP Development Coffee meetings in order to stay in touch with all the activities.

    For more information on how to participate, please contact: leap@unibocconi.it