Research, Education, and Training Associate (Education Focus) - J-PAL Global

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Commensurate with experience




400 Main Street
United States


The Education group at J-PAL Global leads the development and implementation of innovative education programs aimed at building global capacity in program evaluation and development economics. It currently manages two of the organization’s latest initiatives, the MITx MicroMasters in Data, Economics, and Development Policy (DEDP) and the blended, on campus MIT Master’s in DEDP. These online and hybrid education programs were announced in December of 2016 and are being directed by Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Ben Olken.

We are looking for a Research, Education, and Training Associate working on Education. This position is part of J-PAL Global’s Research, Education, and Training (RET) team--a diverse and integrated group that works together in a fast-paced, collaborative environment. You will report to the Associate Director of Education and will be able to contribute to the Research and Training teams’ work on research transparency and capacity building, according to project needs and your interest.


This is a great opportunity for an individual who thrives in a fast-paced, start-up like environment, and who can balance managing multiple processes with little supervision while also thinking strategically about opportunities to improve and grow the group’s programs.

Course Management: Support course and content management and assist with supervision and training of 5-8 teaching assistants per semester. Contribute to the development of protocols for quality management and ensure their implementation. Supervise course forums and support graduate teaching assistants by helping to answer content-related questions. Help us ensure that our courses are of the highest academic quality.

Communication: Support the building of relationships with key partners in governments, NGOs, foundations, multilateral aid agencies, and universities worldwide. You will contribute to creating materials for program outreach, including marketing products for various audiences, as well as other high-level deliverables, as requested by J-PAL senior staff and affiliates. You will contribute to the development and implementation of a general learner communication and engagement strategy.

Liaison with key partners: Serve as liaison between J-PAL Global, J-PAL-s regional offices, MIT’s Office of Digital Learning, edX, Pearson Vue, among others. You will represent the MicroMasters team in regular meetings with these groups.

Analysis: Become an expert in best practices and academic research on online learning; conceptualize pipeline of features the program should develop and help develop their experimental testing. Lead the regular quantitative analysis of learner data to help us understand how we can improve our courses to reach further and teach better.

Professional Development

J-PAL invests in your professional development. As a RET Associate, you will learn, engage, travel, and grow.

Learn: J-PAL supports a culture of learning, with opportunities to attend career related conferences and events, engage in small-group discussions with J-PAL senior staff, and take relevant classes for credit at MIT or elsewhere with our generous tuition assistance program.

Engage: Associates have the opportunity to interact with policymakers, practitioners, and university members alongside senior Group members.

Grow: Associates can expect to join a peer group eager to build institutional knowledge and pass on lessons learned. Associates receive one-on-one mentorship from senior group members and are eligible for internal promotion based on performance, ability, and educational qualifications.


As a member of the MIT community, you benefit from more than just your salary.

J-PAL hires highly qualified staff and rewards them accordingly. Total compensation packages are competitive for the non-profit international development field with excellent MIT benefits, including comprehensive health insurance, a 401(k) match and pension-based retirement plan, tuition assistance, commuter benefits, MIT community discounts, a generous vacation policy, and more. We like working at MIT and think you will too.


Your technical background in economics, strong communication and organizational skills, passion for global capacity building, and interest in international development make you an ideal candidate for Associate.

Education: You hold a Bachelor’s degree in economics, public policy, or a closely related field, including coursework and strong performance in microeconomics, econometrics, and development economics.

Experience: This is an entry-level position with one to two years of relevant work experience preferred.

Skills: You have strong data analysis skills and are very comfortable working in STATA and/or R.

Communication: You are detail-oriented and have advanced writing skills. You understand how to communicate with different audiences, including our students, policymakers, university officials, and software engineers. You are precise, clear, and creative.

Organization: You are a strategic thinker. You can handle multiple projects at once with little supervision, meet deadlines, and effectively manage your time, as well as others’.

Attitude: You love learning. You are passionate about international development policy and the rigorous research that informs it. You are self-motivated, work hard, and enjoy working in teams.



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Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree