The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) J-PAL is recruiting a Senior Policy Associate for work in Agriculture, Health, Firms, Finance and/or Social Protection to contribute to its mission of promoting evidence-informed policy. In your cover letter, please indicate which sector(s) you are most interested in and why, out of the options for Agriculture, Health, Firms, Finance, and/or Social Protection. Demonstrated interest and experience in more than one sector may be considered favorably. The position will be based in Cambridge, MA, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Only applications following the instructions at the bottom of this page will be considered.
The Policy & 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 are passionate about working with organizations to form partnerships for evidence-informed development policy.
J-PAL values diversity in our work and the diverse perspectives our staff bring. We encourage people of color, first generation college students, and more to apply to this role. In your cover letter, please share how your racial, gender, and/or socioeconomic identity has influenced your drive and desire to work at J-PAL. (This is not required, but rather an opportunity for us to get to know you.)
Your work provides the foundation and direction for J-PAL’s growing policy efforts. As a Senior Policy Associate, your primary tasks will involve communication, analysis, and specialization.
The Policy & Communications Group invests in your professional development. As a Senior Policy Associate, you will learn, engage, travel, and grow.
Engage: Senior Associates have the opportunity to work with J-PAL affiliated researchers, as well as interact with J-PAL’s partners, including decision-makers and practitioners, alongside senior staff. As core content creators, Senior Associates’ publications are distributed to development stakeholders worldwide.
Grow: Senior Associates can expect to join a peer group eager to build institutional knowledge and pass on lessons learned. Senior Associates receive one-on-one mentorship from senior staff. Promotions from Senior Associate to Manager are based on performance and ability.
As a member of the MIT community, you benefit from more than just your salary.
Your technical expertise, strong communication and organizational skills, passion for translating research into action, and interest in international development make you an ideal candidate for Senior Policy Associates.
Education: You hold at least a bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) with significant training in economics, including intermediate-level economics and econometrics. Do you have a demonstrated academic interest in international development and public policy and/or international experience? Even better.
Experience: We are looking for candidates with between two and four years of relevant work experience and a Master’s degree. Have less than two years of work experience? Consider applying to one of our Policy Associate positions.
Communication: You are detail-oriented and have advanced writing skills. You understand how to communicate policy lessons from technical academic research in ways that policymakers and practitioners understand. You are precise, clear, and creative.
Organization: You are a strategic thinker. You can handle multiple projects at once, meet deadlines, and effectively manage your time.
Cultural competencies: You are comfortable and adept at working in a diverse and multicultural work environment, with colleagues, partners and policymakers from around the world. You display cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability.
Attitude: You love learning. You are passionate about international development policy and the rigorous research that informs it. You are agile, adaptable, self-motivated, hardworking, and collaborative