Graphic Designer

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date



New Delhi


The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is recruiting two graphic designers at the associate, senior associate, or manager level (depending on years of experience, see qualifications section below) to provide organization-wide design work and multimedia management, key communication tools in achieving J-PAL's mission of promoting evidence-informed policy worldwide.

The position is based at J-PAL South Asia in New Delhi, India and involves significant daily collaboration with J-PAL Global, reports to J-PAL Global Design Manager at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in Cambridge (near Boston), US.


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 over 160 affiliated professors at universities around the world, J-PAL conducts randomized impact evaluations to answer critical questions in the fight against poverty.

J-PAL is organized around four vertical groups: Research, which facilitates our affiliated professors in conducting high-quality randomized evaluations; Policy and Communications, which translates the research into action by promoting the evidence from these evaluations to policymakers; Education and Training, which builds capacity for researchers and policymakers to produce and consume evidence; and Finance and Operations, which supports the complex logistical needs of our seven offices worldwide.

This position sits within the Policy and Communications group, but works closely with all members of the J-PAL Global office, as well as with many of the regional offices, to provide organization-wide design and multimedia support.


As the graphic designer, you will be an integral part of upholding J-PAL’s brand and supporting the organization’s mission by communicating evidence to inform more effective policy.

Design production

As the graphic designer, your primary focus will be the production of a wide variety of print and electronic material.

You will design, update, and/or manage materials that explain research results to policymakers, using content provided by J-PAL staff, including:

  • Policy publications (e.g. bulletins, briefcases);
  • Event collateral (e.g. booklets, posters, banners, and signage);
  • Brochures;
  • Reports;
  • High level PowerPoint presentations;
  • Other documents as requested.
  • Information graphics and visualizations for web platforms, social media, and print materials;
  • E-Marketing (e.g. electronic newsletter);  
  • Some content management of J-PAL’s Flickr account
  • Any other work or responsibilities assigned by the Director of Policy and Communications (the group within which this position resides), or the Design Manager (the supervisor to whom this position reports).

Regional office design lead

J-PAL’s regional offices in Africa, Europe, Latin America & the Caribbean, North America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia employ local freelancers to assist with design production. You will serve as a Global design lead for 1 or more regional offices. In this role, you will convene a monthly design call with your respective Regional design lead in and Regional freelancer to discuss any upcoming projects, work on joint projects, and provide feedback on design templates, processes, and ideas for improvement.

Design strategy

You will support annual strategic planning for design and photography, working with core communications staff to develop a strategic plan and obtain buy-in from internal stakeholders.


You will be a valued member of J-PAL’s communications team, and a core member of the Policy and Communications Group. You will contribute to J-PAL’s broader external communications strategy, which includes producing digital content for social media, newsletters and email marketing, training programs, and policy events.


This position is based at J-PAL South Asia in Hauz Khas, New Delhi, India, at J-PAL’s largest regional office. The position reports to the Design Manager at J-PAL Global at MIT in Cambridge (near Boston), USA and involves regular collaboration with remote colleagues.

The Associate/Senior Associate/Manager will travel to J-PAL Global at MIT in October 2018 for 3-4 weeks of onboarding and training.


The ideal candidate has experience in graphic design and digital communications, is creative and analytical, and has a strong interest in J-PAL’s mission.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (BFA), Graphic Design, Multimedia Design, Communication Design, Creative Communication or a related field.

Skills: The tools you will be using day-to-day include Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop); as well as platforms such as Salesforce, and, occasionally, Google Analytics.

Detailed knowledge of graphic design skills and processes, including typography, layout and composition, production and printing procedures, photography, and file preparation for both print and web;

You are proficient with the following software:

  • Adobe Creative Suite: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop; Microsoft PowerPoint and Word;
  • You are at least familiar and have used the following: Drupal or other web Content Management System; Flickr
  • It would be an advantage if you were proficient or familiar with the following: Data visualization (knowledge of, Tableau, D3.js, or other interactive data visualization tools/software); Photography; Sketch

Experience: 1-4 years of relevant professional experience required for Design Associate. 4+ years of relevant professional experience required for Senior Design Associate. 8+ years of relevant professional experience required for Design Manager. International experience studying and/or working abroad or working with international clients is highly valued.

Attention to detail: Proven ability to self-manage a time-sensitive workflow while maintaining high quality output and thoroughness and accuracy with details. Detail orientation is a critical component of this role.

Communication: Strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to build good relationships and work within a team; ability to communicate clearly with internal and external stakeholders at multiple levels.

Vendor, project, and time management: Comfort with managing colleagues and external vendors to ensure a high-quality product and that deadlines are met. Proven ability to anticipate, plan, prioritize, and meet tight deadlines; demonstrated ability to efficiently organize and manage a high volume of work.

Creative problem-solving: Ability to find solutions to complex problems through research and creative thinking is essential.

Professional development

J-PAL invests in your professional development. As part of the organization, you will have opportunities to learn, travel, and grow.

Learn: J-PAL supports a culture of learning, with opportunities to attend career related conferences and events and engage in small-group discussions with J-PAL senior staff.

Travel: You will have the opportunity to travel as the need arises, often to collaborate with staff in one of our six regional offices, or to participate in conferences and events.

Grow: Associates join a peer group eager to collaborate, build institutional knowledge, and pass on lessons learned. You will receive one-on-one mentorship from senior staff.

Level of Language Proficiency

Proficiency in English is required.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Complete the application form, attaching a single PDF (saved as “Last name, First name”) with the following materials:

  • One page cover letter clearly stating your qualifications for the responsibilities listed above and reasons for your interest in J-PAL;
  • Resume;
  • Link to online or PDF portfolio.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; we encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible. Given the volume of applications we receive, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.