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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Policy Manager (Political Economy and Governance), J-PAL Global in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Policy Manager (Political Economy and Governance), J-PAL Global

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Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab

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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 MANAGER (POLITICAL ECONOMY AND GOVERNANCE), Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)-Policy and Communications Group, to contribute to J-PAL’s mission of promoting evidence-informed policy. The primary tasks will involve sector management, communication, analysis, and staff supervision. Responsibilities include creating review papers that describe the current state of knowledge in the sector, organizing events for policymakers, raising funds for special initiatives, and administering RFPs; supervising and mentoring policy associates; building relationships with key partners in governments, NGOs, foundations and multilateral aid agencies worldwide; presenting J-PAL’s work and research; writing publications that translate J-PAL’s economic research into lessons for policymakers around the world; creating materials for policy outreach; conducting research and analysis for policy memos, grant proposals, and sector-specific work; serving as a liaison between J-PAL Global and one of J-PAL’s regional offices; and providing support to broader J-PAL projects. A full description and additional application instructions are available at

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: master’s degree in economics, public policy, or closely related field that included coursework in microeconomics, econometrics, and development economics; at least five years’ relevant work experience that includes at least one year working in a developing country; successful track record of managing junior staff; comfort learning computer applications, including Salesforce; detail-orientation; strong writing and strategic thinking skills; understanding of and ability to communicate policy lessons from technical academic research in ways that policymakers and practitioners understand; ability to handle multiple projects at once with little supervision, meet deadlines, and effectively manage time as well as others; and self-motivation. Must enjoy working in teams and managing others. The ideal candidate is someone who is passionate about international development policy and the rigorous research that informs it. Knowledge of Spanish, French, or other languages a plus. Job #16790

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