Intern (Field) – SEWA Wage Insurance Experiment - J-PAL South Asia

J-PAL South Asia
  • India
  • Bachelor's
Start Date (Earliest):
Language Requirement:
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
Length of Commitment:
Less than one year

Location: Ahmedabad

Project: SEWA Wage Insurance Experiment (SWIE)

Start Date (latest): December 15, 2021

Length of Commitment: 2 months (can be extended based on availability)

Education: Bachelor’s

Organization: J-PAL South Asia at IFMR

Language requirement: Hindi, Gujarati (preferred)

Principal Investigators (PIs): Anup Malani (University of Chicago), Aprajit Mahajan (UC Berkeley), Grant Miller (Stanford University), Morgen Miller (University of Chicago), Pietro Tebaldi (University of Chicago), Alex Torgovitsky (University of Chicago)

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) J-PAL was established in 2003 as a research center at the Economics Department at MIT. Since then, it has grown into a global network of researchers who use randomized evaluations to answer critical policy questions in the fight against poverty. J-PAL is propelled by a first-rate team dedicated to research, policy, training, and other vital work, supporting J-PAL's mission to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence.

J-PAL South Asia, which is based at the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) in India, analyses and disseminates research results and builds partnerships with policymakers to ensure that policy is driven by evidence, and that programs proven effective are scaled up. We have a growing number of partnerships in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

Project Descriptions:

SWIE is a randomized controlled trial examining the impacts of providing so-called “hospi-cash” insurance that provides a per-diem indemnity payment while a beneficiary is hospitalized. We brand this a wage insurance product given SEWA' motivation for offering it, though it covers non-medical costs of hospitalization other than lost wages. The SWIE offers roughly 200 villages simultaneous access to two wage insurance plans, one with higher coverage and a higher price and one with lower coverage and lower price. The SWIE examines impacts on hospi-cash insurance uptake, health insurance uptake, hospi-cash insurance claims, and health care utilization. It also estimates adverse selection into and moral hazard from wage insurance.

Intern Roles and Responsibilities:

The intern will work closely with academic researchers and other field staff to perform a variety tasks including, but not limited to:

  • Travel to project sites to monitor and coordinate field activities for primary data collection during baseline survey
  • Planning and managing data collection and ensuring data quality and productivity.
  • Monitoring implementation teams: recruit, train, and supervise both field-based and data operations teams consisting of project assistants, field managers, field-based surveyors, and other field and office staff.
  • Coordinating with different teams within J-PAL on a variety of tasks related to field staff contracting and payments
  • Engaging with and managing relationships with stakeholders.
  • Reporting to RA, Research Manager and PIs on all of the above-mentioned activities

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • Gujarati speaking
  • Bachelor's degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or related fields
  • Relevant Experience (if any) 1-2 years
  • Excellent management/organizational skills and able to solve unexpected problems
  • Familiarity with RCTs
  • Demonstrated experience managing a team
  • Flexible, self-motivating, independent and manages multiple tasks efficiently
  • Ability to deal with unstructured and changing environments
  • Attention to detail

Even if you don’t meet the above qualifications and criteria, you are encouraged to apply.

Note on Work Authorizations:

Candidates must have work authorization to work in India.

How to Apply

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the RESEARCH job category, then select "Intern (Field) – SEWA Wage Insurance Experiment - J-PAL South Asia” and include resume, cover letter, transcripts, and two recommendation letters. Note that applications with incomplete submissions will not be considered.

You are able to submit your application before your references complete their recommendation letters; however, you must include their contact information before submitting your application. Given the volume of applications received, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.