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

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Commensurate with experience



Start Date



400 Main Street
United States


This position focuses on our course portfolio and capacity building work. It is part of J-PAL Global’s Research, Education, and Training (RET) team. RET is a diverse and integrated group that works together in a fast-paced, collaborative environment. We grapple for example with questions of privacy and research transparency and the challenges that arise in conducting responsible, yet innovative research; we apply quantitative measurement techniques and data analysis methods and train others in applying them; and we equip policymakers as well as researchers and research staff with the necessary knowledge to conduct randomized impact evaluations. J-PAL’s Training group introduces policymakers to impact evaluation methods, builds data analysis and field research skills of evaluation specialists, researchers, and research staff at J-PAL and its partner organizations, and disseminates the policy insights generated by affiliate researchers through case studies and Evidence to Policy workshops. The position is based at J-PAL Global, our head office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA.

In this position, you will help train researchers, research staff, and policymakers in staff trainings, executive education programs, and online courses. You will build out data analysis tools and new reference and teaching materials, you will act as a teaching assistant or support for our online courses, and you will support the design and organization of in-person courses for policy partners. In your role you will interact with high-level policy makers from governments, foundations, and NGOs, as well as with our affiliate researchers. You will work closely with our regional offices in Chile, France, India, Indonesia, South Africa, and the US, as well as J-PAL’s partner organizations, like Innovations for Poverty Action and the Center for Effective Global Action. You will travel frequently to liaise with these partners and support or participate in courses and trainings on location.

Responsibilities may include:

●     Develop new tools for J-PAL research projects (including the development of codes, packages, programs, etc) that increase the efficiency of research staff;

●     Research and design new teaching modules, and prepare presentations, case studies, and manuals to train researchers, research staff, and policymakers on randomized evaluation methods;

●     Assist in planning, organizing, and conducting in-person courses and workshops;

●     Conduct data analysis for user surveys and test the efficacy of J-PAL’s online courses;

●     Contribute to greater research transparency and open data efforts by documenting and preparing research datasets for publication and building tools that streamline and facilitate these tasks for our research partners;

●     Support J-PAL’s online course portfolio, including MIT’s new MicroMasters program, by setting up course scheduling, assisting students with data analysis assignments, and coordinating with others at MIT to successfully run each course;

●     Other assignments as needed as the position grows.


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.

Skills and qualifications

●     Education: A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in economics, political science, education, public policy, international development, or other related fields. Significant training in and a strong technical understanding of randomized impact evaluations is necessary.

●     Experience: At least 1-2 years of relevant experience is preferred, including in quantitative data analysis and economics or a related discipline. You should be comfortable with presenting to technical and non-technical audiences and preparing tailored teaching materials. Experience in conducting field research in developing countries with a background in randomized evaluations is a plus.

●     Interest in Development and Policy: Strong interest in poverty alleviation policy and research, as demonstrated by coursework and/or study or work abroad.

●     Quantitative skills: Knowledge of data management, data analysis, and econometrics is required.

●     Software: PowerPoint and Excel required; must have good command of Stata, or have knowledge of R, Python, or other analytics programs plus the ability and willingness to quickly learn Stata.


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.

Level of Language Proficiency

English proficiency

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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