About the Organization:
Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a global research center working to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. Anchored by a network of 181 affiliated professors at universities around the world, J-PAL conducts randomized impact evaluations to answer critical questions in the fight against poverty.
Position: Research, Education, and Training Associate - J-PAL Global
J-PAL is recruiting a Research, Education, and Training (RET) Associate for the Research, Education, and Training team at J-PAL’s office in Cambridge, MA. Their team of 12 cares deeply about research and research transparency, data quality, developing new methods in RCT research, and staying at the frontier of social science research. They are always looking for ways to improve current research practices and creating tools and materials that help others who conduct RCT research.
In this role, you will work closely with our regional offices, as well as J-PAL’s partner organizations, like Innovations for Poverty Action and the Center for Effective Global Action, and you will have the opportunity to travel domestically and internationally to liaise with these partners and support or participate in courses and trainings on location.
Your responsibilities may include:
- Coordinating the DEDP master’s program admission process, seminar, and capstone internship placements;
- Supporting the development of relationships with key partners in governments, NGOs, foundations, multilateral aid agencies, and universities worldwide for capacity building;
- Supporting J-PAL’s online course portfolio, including MIT’s MicroMasters program, by serving as a Teaching Assistant for advanced courses, assisting students with data analysis assignments, coordinating with others at MIT to successfully run each course, and conducting data analysis for user surveys and A/B experiments that test the relative effectiveness of different pedagogies for J-PAL’s online courses;
- Developing new tools for J-PAL research projects (including written resources, software code, packages, programs, etc.) that increase the efficiency of research staff;
- Researching and designing new teaching modules and preparing presentations, case studies, and manuals to train researchers, research staff, and policymakers on randomized evaluation methods;
- Assisting in planning, organizing, and conducting in-person courses and workshops;
- Maintaining our tracking, monitoring, and evaluation systems for J-PAL training programs, research publications, and online courses, and reporting frequently to the RET group as well as J-PAL management;
- Other assignments as needed as the position grows.
- A Bachelor’s degree in economics, political science, education, public policy, international development, or other related fields required.
- Master’s degree preferred.
- Significant training in and a strong technical understanding of randomized evaluations is required.
- At least 2 years of work experience is required (which may include experience gained as an undergraduate), including in quantitative data analysis and economics or a related discipline.
- The ideal candidate will have experience with data cleaning and analysis of complex data sets.
- Experience conducting field research in developing countries with a background in randomized evaluations is a plus, but not necessary.