Policy Associate, Gender

Massachusetts, United States
05 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
05 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

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.

POLICY ASSOCIATE (GENDER)Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)-Policy and Communications Group, to contribute to J-PAL’s mission of promoting evidence-informed policy in a position that is focused on gender.  Earlier this year, J-PAL launched a cross-cutting gender sector to catalyze research and generate insights in critical policy-relevant areas related to gender equality. Its Policy Group plays a key role in translating research into actionable poverty alleviation policies around the world. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and J-PAL partner on a range of projects related to gender equality and empowerment. Will support both the BMGF’s and J-PAL’s gender equality work, drawing from randomized evaluations and other rigorous research. Responsibilities include synthesizing literature to produce policy publications/presentations, disseminating findings, and supporting efforts to promote evidence use; analyzing the evidence base for insights/lessons related to gender equality, performing landscaping desk research, and identifying trends and opportunities for both organizations; supporting the development of policy outputs for BMGF and J-PAL staff, including preparing PowerPoint decks and writing  blog drafts, policy briefs, evaluation summaries, etc.  

Full description available at https://www.povertyactionlab.org/careers/policy-associate-gender-j-pal-102735. 

Job Requirements

REQUIRED bachelor’s degree with significant training in international education and economics, including intermediate-level economics, econometrics, and calculus; two years’ relevant work experience; comfort learning computer applications, including Salesforce; detail-orientation; advanced writing skills; ability to communicate policy lessons from technical academic research in ways that policymakers and practitioners understand; strategic thinking skills; self-motivation; and ability to handle multiple projects at once, meet deadlines, and effectively manage time.  Seek someone who enjoys working in teams and is passionate about gender equality, international development policy, and the rigorous research that informs it.  Knowledge of other languages a plus. This is an eighteen-month appointment with the possibility of extension pending funding availability. Job #16671


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