Policy Associate - Agriculture

Cambridge, Massachusetts (US)
26 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
26 Dec 2020
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 (AGRICULTURE), Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), to support evidence-informed policy, supporting the agriculture sector and the Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative (ATAI).  Responsibilities include writing publications that “translate” J-PAL’s economic research into lessons for policymakers around the world; creating materials for policy outreach, including publications, evaluation summaries, presentations, and website content; developing in-depth knowledge of J-PAL’s  Agriculture Sector and providing evidence support to policymakers; and supporting the generation of cutting edge research by staffing a competitive research fund, the Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative (ATAI).  Will also have the opportunity to support J-PAL’s overall mission in a number of ways, including serving as a liaison between J-PAL Global and one of J-PAL’s regional offices, supporting cost-effectiveness analyses, providing support to broader J-PAL projects like communications, and undertaking professional development opportunities. 

Job Requirements
REQUIRED:  a bachelor’s degree that includes significant training in economics; intermediate-level economics, econometrics, and calculus knowledge; two years of relevant experience (experience gained during education can count toward experience); attention to detail; and strong writing skills for communicating policy lessons from academic papers in ways that policymakers understand.  PREFERRED:  master’s degree; experience related to agricultural development, extension, research, or rural economics; and knowledge of Spanish, French, or other major language(s).  Job #18898


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. 

MIT considers equivalent combinations of experience and education for certain jobs. All candidates who believe they possess equivalent experience and education are encouraged to apply. 

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