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

Senior Policy Associate (Political Economy and Governance), 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.

SENIOR POLICY ASSOCIATE (POLITICAL ECONOMY AND GOVERNANCE), Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), to contribute to J-PAL’s mission of promoting evidence-informed policy. The Policy and Communications 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 work with organizations to inform development policy. J-PAL’s Political Economy and Governance (PEG) identifies policies/programs that improve service delivery and make governments more responsive to citizens’ needs. A particular focus is on increasing citizens’ participation in the political and policy process, reducing corruption/leakages, and building state capacity to deliver services. Will synthesize literature from economic research to produce policy publications/presentations, disseminate findings, and support efforts to promote evidence use and scale-up of effective programs; create materials for policy outreach; serve as a liaison between J-PAL Global and regional offices; and provide project support. A full job description and additional application instructions are available at

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) that includes significant training in international education and economics, including intermediate-level economics, econometrics, and calculus; four years’ research, social policy, or data analysis experience (may be gained through internships, part-time work, research, or teaching assistantships); comfort learning computer applications, including Salesforce; detail-orientation; advanced-level writing skills; understanding of how to communicate policy lessons from technical academic research in ways that policymakers/practitioners understand; strategic thinking skills; 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 16806 11/20/18

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.