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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Policy Associate, J-PAL Global in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Policy Associate, J-PAL Global

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Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab

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Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

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Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

POLICY ASSOCIATE, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)-Policy Group, to contribute to J-PAL’s mission of promoting evidence-informed policy. The Policy Group plays a key role in translating research by J-PAL affiliates into actionable poverty alleviation policies around the world. Staff connect the dots between economics and policy and are passionate about working with organizations to inform development policy. Will write publications that translate J-PAL’s economic research into lessons for policymakers; create policy outreach materials; help organize events; present at conferences and participate in meetings with policymakers and partner organizations; conduct research and analysis for policy memos, grant proposals, and sector-specific work; develop in-depth knowledge of one or more of J-PAL’s research sectors; serve as a liaison between J-PAL Global and one of its regional offices; and provide support to broader J-PAL projects. A full job description and additional application instructions are available at

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: bachelor’s degree that includes significant training in international education and economics, including intermediate-level economics, econometrics, and calculus; two years’ experience involving research, social policy, or data analysis (which may include relevant experience gained through internships, part-time work, research, or teaching assistantships); comfort learning computer applications, including Salesforce; attention to detail and accuracy; advanced-level writing skills; understanding of how to communicate policy lessons from technical academic research in ways that policymakers and practitioners understand; strategic thinking skills; self-motivation; and ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, and effectively manage time. The position is ideal for someone who enjoys working as part of a team and is passionate about international development policy and the rigorous research that informs it. Knowledge of Spanish, French, or other languages a plus. Job #16803 11/19/18

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

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