Capacity Building Manager, Egypt Impact Lab - J-PAL MENA

Location:
  • Egypt
Education:
  • Master's
  • PhD
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 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 Capacity Building Manager will anchor the Lab’s work to build a culture of evidence use in government to strengthen poverty reduction program design and delivery. The Government Capacity Building Manager will design and adapt innovative training content tailored to Egyptian government leaders and staff at all levels; trainings will build strong foundations of knowledge about impact evaluation and randomized evaluations. The Manager will then work with participants to apply training insights to design new impact evaluations of government programs, or to apply evidence-informed program ideas to the policy design process in Egypt. The Lab’s capacity building mandate reinforces the Lab’s other objectives to generate evidence and to scale up evidence-informed programs. 

In addition to thorough knowledge about impact evaluation and poverty reduction policy, the Manager will use project management, planning, communications, and partnership development skills to forge strong partnerships with training participants from across government agencies. The holder of this position should be passionate about working with different stakeholders to inform development policy, thoughtful about how to institutionalize learning in government organizations, and capable of guiding capacity building participants to design new randomized evaluations. 

RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS:

Develop content and materials for government capacity building programs:

  • Create and design training material tailored to the needs of EIL strategic government partners, including material in Arabic, without compromising on precision and accuracy; 
  • Review and adapt training content prepared by J-PAL Global Training team at MIT and in other J-PAL regional offices to engage diverse audiences on randomized evaluation design and use;
  • Expand the case study library with cases from randomized evaluations conducted in the MENA region which help training participants understand and apply key concepts;
  • Prepare manuals, explainers, take-home workbooks, and knowledge products to complement EIL capacity building programs, to support training participants as they begin to work on randomized evaluations, or for integration in other EIL presentations;   
  • Research and design best practice guides, trainings for trainers, and information materials to facilitate the integration of new teaching technology and the use of innovative methods in how EIL trainings are delivered; 
  • Introduce and implement new tools and education technologies (flipped classrooms, clickers, online courses, etc.) and carry out simple evaluations to test the effectiveness of such innovations and the overall impact of training efforts.

Deliver lectures and facilitate small groups in all EIL capacity building workshops and courses: 

  • Train EIL government partner institutions (ministries, departments, and their NGO partners) to be strong partners on randomized evaluations and savvy consumers of evidence, requiring the versatility to present highly technical microeconomics and impact evaluation content, as well as general content;
  • Lead small group workshops to develop knowledge on randomized evaluations, theories of change, and possible randomized designs with implementing partners;
  • Support senior staff and researchers in the successful implementation of training courses.

Coordinate all government capacity building courses under the EIL mandate, including Evaluating Social Programs, Leading for Evidence-Informed Decisionmaking, and Foundations of Randomized Evaluations, with support from an Associate:

  • Arrange lecturers, TAs, and support staff for each training;
  • Train lecturers and TAs on their roles and develop internal training materials;
  • Determine logistics needs and guide Assistant and Associate staff to successfully complete all logistics;
  • Prepare external communications to advertise courses, in collaboration with Communications team;
  • Oversee all participant communications pre- and post-courses, including application and admission when applicable.

Strategic partnership development and management with EIL government and NGO partners:

  • Conduct M&E training Needs Assessment for strategic partner institutions and develop training calendars to address these needs;
  • Work with EIL staff to determine appropriate participant lists from EIL strategic partner agencies and ensure EIL reaches current and prospective champions for evidence use;
  • Share EIL capacity building pillar work widely in forums including government meetings, reports, J-PAL learning sessions, and other opportunities, including presentations, op-eds, and other communications opportunities;

Contribute to strengthening the research and evidence ecosystem more broadly;

  • Assist with establishing and maintaining new partnerships with academic institutions; 
  • Implement some of the components of the MENA Scholars Fellowship program;
  • Advise on pedagogy and content or materials for other capacity building efforts, including for NGOs, data collection firms, other gov’t or NGO partners;
  • Promote and educate individuals on the MicroMasters Program for the training needs of policy organizations and J-PAL’s academic partners.

Apply pedagogical expertise to internal training needs:

  • Assess and enhance EIL’s internal training needs, integrate the latest research resources into staff trainings, and develop and maintain suitable distribution platforms.

Build the EIL and J-PAL MENA training team by identifying and training new members.

Work with the research, education and training team at J-PAL Global

Manage and coach associate-level staff

Support the organizational development of EIL and contribute to tasks to support its goals;

Contribute to funding proposals that have training components;

Perform additional duties as assigned.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE:

  • 8-10 years of relevant and substantial work experience, including work related to impact evaluations and evidence-informed policymaking; 
  • Significant training in economics at the masters’ level as well as prior professional experience working in policy design, implementation, or evaluation;
  • Prior experience designing and delivering capacity building in the development sector and experience working on monitoring and evaluation, preferably with governments;
  • A successful track record of developing and managing external partnerships, and relevant experience in communication;
  • Experience in managing teams and experience with fundraising and donor relationship management preferred.

SKILLS:

  • Extremely strong project planning and management;
  • Effective at designing and delivering engaging training for public and NGO sector employees in Arabic and English;
  • Ability to communicate technical concepts about impact evaluation in a range of different ways—from highly technical for academic audiences, to more intuitive ways to foster comprehension among audiences of policymakers and practitioners;
  • Detail-oriented and have advanced writing and speaking skills in Arabic and English;
  • Precise, clear communicator;
  • Strategic thinker and able to be creative;
  • Ability to handle multiple projects at once with little supervision, meet deadlines, and effectively manage your time, as well as that of peers, junior staff, and outside partners;
  • Skillful at managing junior staff;
  • Willing to learn; self-motivated, work hard, and enjoy working in teams and managing others;
  • Passionate about international development policy, strengthening government capacity, and the rigorous research that can inform effective policy
  • Fluent in both Arabic and English;
  • Google Suite, MS Office skills necessary
  • Salesforce, Asana, and Stata skills strongly valued

How to Apply

Please submit the following materials to [email protected]:  

  • TAILORED cover letter explaining qualifications and motivation to work on the Egypt Impact Lab
  • Updated resume
  • Transcripts from undergraduate and graduate degrees

This position will remain open until filled.