Senior Policy Associate, Education

Massachusetts, United States
18 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
18 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

SENIOR POLICY ASSOCIATE (EDUCATION)Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), to contribute to J-PAL’s mission of promoting evidence-informed policy. The Education Sector seeks to improve access to and delivery of high-quality schooling at the primary and post-primary levels through research on issues involving pedagogy, teacher training, incentives, school governance, early childhood development, and information and communications technology.  Responsibilities include supporting the sector manager and sector cochair in synthesizing literature from economic research related to education; supporting staff in producing policy publications and presentations, organizing policy outreach events, developing new research partnerships, and supporting efforts to promote evidence use and scale-up of effective programs with policymakers; creating publications, evaluation summaries, and website content that translates J-PAL’s economic research into lessons for policymakers; conducting research and analysis for policy memos, grant proposals, and sector-specific work; gaining regional expertise by supporting one of J-PAL’s offices in Africa, Europe, Latin America, North America, South Asia, and/or Southeast Asia; providing support to broader J-PAL projects; and undertaking professional development opportunities.  

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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’ relevant work experience; strong communication, writing, organizational, and strategic thinking skills; passion for translating research into action; understanding of how to communicate policy lessons from technical academic research in ways that policymakers/practitioners understand; comfort learning computer applications, including Salesforce; detail-orientation; self-motivation; and ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, and effectively manage time. Demonstrated academic interest in international development policy, international education, and/or study abroad experience desired.  Knowledge of Spanish, French, or other languages a plus. 

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.