Research Intern, DRC - LSE/Harvard
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
We are looking for qualified applications for the position of Research Intern to work on
research projects in development economics and political economy in Kananga, Democratic
Republic of Congo. This is an opportunity to gain field research experience in development
economics and political economy. You will acquire management and analytical skills in this
role. The position will require significant commitment and long hours in a poor, remote
This 12-month position will be based in Kananga, DRC. You will chiefly report to Jonathan
Weigel (Assistant Professor of International Development, LSE). You will also interface with
Nathan Nunn (Professor of Economics, Harvard), James Robinson (University Professor,
University of Chicago), Sara Lowes (Assistant Professor of Economics, University of
California San Diego), Augustin Bergeron (PhD Candidate, Harvard University), and other
The Research Intern will work on several ongoing research projects, including but not limited
to randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on the following topics: (i) the effects of Pentecostal
church attendance on individuals’ beliefs and economic behaviors; (ii) the effects of
interventions in informal taxation on formal tax compliance and governance, (iii) the effects
of progressive taxation on compliance, revenues, and citizens’ views of and engagement with
Responsibilities of the Research Intern:
- Managing a team of enumerators, including trainings (in French)
- Preparing and managing survey instruments and other project materials
- Cleaning and managing project data with Stata
- Working closely with local implementation partners in the government and civil society
- Managing the finances of the research site.
- Bachelor’s degree in economics or a related field
- Good quantitative skills and some experience with Stata
- Excellent management and organizational skills
- Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
- Fluency in French required (native speaker or advanced fluency)
- Being detail oriented and able to work independently
- Familiarity with randomized evaluations and econometric methods preferred
- Experience living in a developing country preferred
Duration: July 15, 2020 – July 15, 2021. The precise start date is subject to developments
with the coronavirus pandemic.
Primary supervisor: Jonathan Weigel (Assistant Professor of International Development,
London School of Economics).
Secondary supervisor: Nathan Nunn (Professor of Economics, Harvard), James Robinson
(University Professor, University of Chicago), Sara Lowes (Assistant Professor of
Economics, University of California San Diego), Augustin Bergeron (PhD Candidate,
Harvard University), and other collaborators.
Monthly Salary: N/A
Benefits: All expenses will be covered during the time spent in Kananga, including housing,
food, travel, medicines and vaccinations, and international health insurance.
How to Apply
Send a CV and cover letter in both English and French to Arthur Laroche at
[email protected] using the subject “Research Intern – LSE/Harvard RDC”.