EPoD Research Fellow, Morocco - Evidence for Policy Design

Organization:
Location:
  • United States of America
Education:
  • Master's
Start Date (Earliest):
Length of Commitment:
Less than one year

About EPoD

Housed within the Center for International Development (CID), Evidence for Policy

Design (EPoD) is a dynamic research initiative that brings analytical insights, typically from economics, to the design and implementation of public policies and programs around the world. EPoD directly engages with governments and local organizations to identify key questions, design innovative new policies or interventions, and test these using the tools of applied microeconomics, including large field-based experiments. Current research topics at EPoD include governance, social protection, education, entrepreneurship, health, skills, state capacity, sustainable development, and access to finance.  Research projects are

ongoing in India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Morocco, Nepal, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana,

Zambia, Kenya, China and Mexico. For more information on EPoD, visit our website.

The Morocco Employment Lab (MEL) is one of EPoD’s projects, in partnership with the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT. Hosted at the Policy Center for the New South, MEL seeks to create a culture of evidence-based policymaking through rigorous impact evaluations and capacity building. Through this work, the Lab aims to spur innovation related to labor programs and address core employment issues in Morocco.

About the Fellowship

EPoD research fellows work closely with faculty on specific research projects. Fellows

come from diverse backgrounds and bring highly valued technical skillsets and

cultural perspectives to our research teams. Fellows receive mentoring from

faculty, work with cutting-edge topics and research methods, and participate in

a broad range of activities at the Harvard Kennedy School. They are welcomed as

members of the Harvard community and receive salary, benefits, and access to an

array of University resources. Fellows are among the best and the brightest of

future researchers and practitioners in Economics, Public Policy, and related

fields, and many go on to graduate study or pursue careers outside of academia,

supporting and implementing evidence-based policy from a wide variety of

organizations. 

The fellowship will be for either a post-doctoral student or recent master’s graduate who will be under the direction of Professor Rema and Bruno Crépon, with opportunities to interface with other MEL researchers and support additional projects. We are seeking a full-time research fellow through December 15, 2022, with the possibility for an extension through the academic year. The position will be based in Cambridge, MA, with

remote work possible for some period in accordance with University policies

around COVID-19. Visa sponsorship is available.

Responsibilities

This research fellow will support MEL on a COVID-19 Household Survey project. The aim of the project is to assess the impact of the pandemic on households, especially related to social protection and labor market impacts. The fellow will help oversee data collection, cleaning and analysis, and lead the development of a report based on survey findings,

including:     

Data Collection Support & Oversight

  • Coordinate between survey firm, MEL staff, and other survey counterparts
  • to advise on data collection issues and provide updates
  • Oversee research associates conducting high frequency checks, overseeing field visits, and running back checks to ensure data quality of ongoing data collection  

Data Analysis

  • Lead data cleaning and analysis, with support from a research assistant       

Report Writing

  • Compile and assess existing research on labor policy and programs and synthesize
  • Conduct analysis on secondary datasets to supplement survey data, with support from a research assistant

Lead development of reports

  • Draft dissemination content based on report, including policy briefs, presentations, and other project documents.   
  • Travel to the field as needed (pending public health guidance and University travel policies)
  • Provide ad hoc research, policy, and capacity building support to MEL team, as needed 

Qualifications

Required

  • Graduate Degree in Economics, Public Policy, International Development, or related field
  • requiring substantial quantitative coursework
  • Proficiency in Stata, Python, and R, working with large, complex datasets
  • Knowledge of randomized control trials and econometric methods
  • Strong English oral and written communication skills

Preferred

  • Strong French oral and written communication skills
  • Strong motivation and self-direction
  • Enthusiasm for collaborating with a diverse team, including international colleagues
  • Willingness to travel internationally (pending public health guidance and University travel policies)
  • Labor policy experience
  • Familiarity with or interest in the academic literature on labor market issues and social protection

How to Apply

Send an email to [email protected] following these instructions:

In the subject line, put “Research Fellow – Hanna –” followed by your first and last name

(e.g., “Research Fellow – Hanna – Jane Doe”).  

Attach the following documents:

  • Cover letter (one page max)
  • CV
  • Academic transcripts from all degrees received (unofficial copies are acceptable)
  • A coding sample demonstrating data analysis skills in Python (preferred), R, or Stata

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and will not be considered complete until all elements are received. Applicants chosen to move forward in the hiring process will be required to participate in multiple interviews, may need to take a Stata test, and to have academic or professional references (academic preferred).