Working at J-PAL Africa

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What we do

J-PAL Africa works with researchers and policymakers throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Our work consists of supporting researchers running randomized evaluations and working with policymakers to help them leverage rigorous evidence for more effective policies and programs. A typical team member’s day-to-day work involves:

Policy staff
  • Traveling across sub-Saharan Africa to build relationships with policymakers, understand their priorities, and identify opportunities to use evidence to design and implement more effective policies and programs.
  • Writing policy memos to summarize and synthesize evidence on topics of interest to high-level decision-makers
  • Summarizing results and collating and sharing implementation details from interventions that have been proven to be particularly effective 
  • Leading trainings to build the capacity of researchers who produce evidence, policymakers and donors who use it, and advocate of evidence-informed policy

Learn more about our policy work.

Research staff
  • Implementing randomized evaluations of social programs, from research design to survey management and data analysis
  • Working closely with policymakers and research partner organizations to develop research activities that accommodate their ‘real world’ constraints 
  • Gaining intimate knowledge of different experimental contexts and sub-fields in applied microeconomics
  • Developing research methods, measurement strategies and processes to suit local contexts
  • Building a versatile skill set among our talented research team staff
  • Conducting in-house field work, managing field teams, gathering and managing data, conducting quality control, and innovating solutions to logistical challenges
  • Cleaning and analyzing survey and administrative data 
  • Programming in Stata, R, Open Data Kit, and more 
  • Building the capacity of our partners and related organizations to carry out randomized evaluations

Learn more about our research work.

Our team

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2017 J-PAL Africa Retreat

J-PAL Africa’s dynamic team is based at offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa; and Lusaka, Zambia. Learn more about our team members.

How to apply

J-PAL Africa hires policy, research, and training staff throughout the year. Find current openings on our careers page and sign up for J-PAL Africa's jobs list to receive news about opportunities at J-PAL Africa.

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