Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
J-PAL Africa is seeking Johannesburg-based Research Associates to support its mission of reducing poverty by ensuring policy is informed by scientific evidence. We are looking for aspiring researchers with strong technical skills, a dedication to quality and a passion for working with diverse communities on poverty alleviation strategies.
The position holder will be employed by J-PAL Africa, the Africa hub of J-PAL Global, which is part of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) in the University of Cape Town’s (UCT’s) School of Economics. While our South African headquarters sits in the University of Cape Town, this position will be based at our satellite office in Johannesburg for proximity to the study partner organisations, program beneficiaries and J-PAL Africa’s research manager – all based in Gauteng and surrounding provinces.
The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) consists of a global network of academics who specialize in conducting randomized evaluations (also known as randomized control trials or ‘RCTs’) of social policies/programs in order to generate scientific evidence about what works in the fight against poverty. J-PAL’s research associates work closely with these leading academics and partner organisations (often NGOs and governnments) to design and implement these studies.
These roles provide excellent opportunities to work at the frontier of rigorous research and evidence-based policymaking, contributing to knowledge that can improve the lives of citizens across Africa and beyond. J-PAL Africa provides the flexibility for accelerated growth and learning by supporting proactivity and encouraging top performers to take on more responsibility. At the same time, the position is rooted in rigorous, careful research practices and backed by a system of scientific oversight and supportive management structures to promote the highest research standards. Research associates in particular are often given significant project and staff management responsibilities, challenging data analysis tasks and opportunities to find creative solutions to research implementation issues. They are also charged with managing important relationships with study partners (often senior policymakers). However, they perform these functions with support and guidance from peers, managers and the academics who lead the studies. This is also supplemented with formal training, where required.
Responsibilities may include: