Associate, Egypt Impact Lab - J-PAL MENA

Location:
  • Egypt
Education:
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
Start Date (Earliest):
Language Requirement:
  • Arabic
Length of Commitment:
More than two years

About J-PAL MENA at AUC: The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab’s Middle East and North Africa regional office is based at The American University in Cairo School of Business. J-PAL (povertyactionlab.org) is a global research center working to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. Anchored by a network of more than 300 affiliated professors at universities around the world, J-PAL draws on results from randomized impact evaluations to answer critical questions in the fight against poverty.

The Egypt Impact Lab (EIL) is a collaboration between the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development (MPED) and J-PAL MENA at AUC. EIL seeks to strengthen evidence-informed policy and improve development outcomes for Egyptians. The Lab was launched in 2022 with several strategic government and founding donor partners. The outcomes of EIL are to evaluate promising and innovative government programs and use results to inform scale decisions; build government capacity to use rigorous evidence to strengthen program design and delivery; and foster the use of partner ministries’ administrative data to generate evidence and improve decision-making.

The Egypt Impact Lab Associate will support all activities of the Lab, including policy outreach and partnership building, capacity building event planning and delivery, research competition administration, and coordination of Lab work within J-PAL MENA at AUC and with counterparts in MPED.  The Associate will play a key role in supporting partnerships with governments, NGOs, and donors to support the generation and use of evidence on national policy priorities in Egypt. S/he should be passionate about working with different stakeholders to enhance development policy, leveraging rigorous evidence to make recommendations. Being a part of the Egypt Impact Lab, and connected to J-PAL MENA’s Policy & Communications team, s/he will connect the dots between economics and policy. Excellent organizational and planning skills, detail-orientation, ability to take initiative and work proactively, and crisp verbal and written communication skills, together with teamwork and analytical ability will be central to this role.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Egypt Impact Lab coordination, working closely with Egypt Impact Lab Director:

  • Organize biweekly EIL staff meeting, prepare agenda, facilitate meeting
  • Edit and send bi-weekly email update roundup
  • Coordinate with counterpart in MPED
  • Serve as rapporteur for EIL Steering Committee, including fixing date, preparing agenda, taking notes, and documenting and circulating decisions
  • Manage and maintain EIL shared electronic files
  • Support all EIL recruitment
  • Manage EIL listservs

External Communications:

  • Maintain EIL branded templates
  • Update EIL “about us” deck and support on all EIL presentations
  • Prepare social media content about EIL
  • Prepare press releases and coordinate with communications counterparts

Event Planning and Execution:

  • Lead event planning preparations for all EIL events (conferences, workshops, roundtables, trainings), with support from Finance & Operations team, both on campus at AUC and at outside premises, including reservations, agenda development and design, coordination preparation of presentations and other event collateral, interface with print shop, website set-up, email invitations, day-of set-up, participant follow-up, additional needs as required for VIP events

Coordinate competitive research fund to generate evidence on priority policy issues:

  • Work closely with AUC and J-PAL MENA Finance & Operations to manage all submissions to the Egypt Impact Lab RFP
  • Work closely with AUC and J-PAL MENA Finance & Operations to create subaward system
  • Serve as rapporteur for RFP Review Board meetings, including fixing date, preparing agenda, taking notes, and documenting and circulating decisions
  • Communicate RFP decisions to research team
  • Communicate with funded research teams on a regular basis and ensure their technical and financial reporting is done

Support MENA Scholars Fellowship:

  • Maintain MSF website and application form and update annually
  • Coordinate Fellow cohort annual schedule of trainings and events

Reporting and M&E:

  • Support drafting EIL narrative reporting to donors on quarterly basis, writing about progress and results against clear indicators
  • Update M&E logframe regularly and for inclusion in annual report
  • Lead on responding to other ad hoc reporting requests for J-PAL, strategic government partners, AUC, donors, other other opportunities as they arise

Sector Support:

  • Develop sectoral expertise on one of the EIL priority themes (social protection, family development, employment and women’s empowerment) with strategic government partners
  • Support efforts to generate new rigorous research on EIL priority policy issues through research project development and matchmaking
  • Contribute to evidence synthesis by assisting in reviewing academic literature on randomized evaluations in development economics to draw out policy lessons and consider applications and generalizability of lessons to EIL strategic government partners
  • Create materials for policy outreach, including tailored evidence note presentations, as well as other high-level deliverables
  • Support in the drafting of presentations for in-person events, and occasionally presenting publicly with J-PAL partners. 

Work with EIL Project Director on various task as assigned.

EDUCATION

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in economics, public policy, or a closely related field including coursework in microeconomics, econometrics, and development economics

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  • Minimum 4 years of experience; 2 of them with relevant work experience, including work related to poverty reduction, public policy, impact evaluations, and evidence-informed policymaking;
  • Significant training in economics at the undergraduate or masters level;
  • Prior professional experience working in policy design, implementation, or evaluation is preferre
  • Prior professional experience in event planning, center administration, or team coordination a plus.

SKILLS REQUIRED

  • Exceptionally strong self-management and organizational skills 
  • Detailed oriented and advanced writing skills, including proven ability to communicate policy lessons from technical academic research to a non-technical audience
  • Handles multiple projects at once with little supervision, meet deadlines, and practice effective time management
  • Manage projects and tasks effectively and proactively
  • Fluent in both Arabic and English
  • Comfortable to work with computer applications (Google Suite, Microsoft Office, Asana, and SalesForce)

How to Apply

To apply, email [email protected] with the following. Only complete applications will be considered:

  • TAILORED cover letter explaining motivation and preparedness to direct the Egypt Impact Lab
  • Updated resume
  • Transcripts (unofficial ok) from undergraduate degree (and graduate, if completed)

This position will remain open until filled.