Manager in Research, Education, and Training (Training Focus) - J-PAL Global

United States
Other advanced degree
Language Requirement 
Length of Commitment 
More than two years
Start Date 

This position focuses on our course portfolio and capacity building work. It is part of J-PAL Global’s Research, Education, and Training (RET) team. RET is a diverse and integrated group that works together in a fast-paced, collaborative environment. We grapple for example with questions of privacy and research transparency and the challenges that arise in conducting responsible, yet innovative research; we apply quantitative measurement techniques and data analysis methods and train others in applying them; and we equip policymakers as well as researchers and research staff with the necessary knowledge to conduct randomized impact evaluations. J-PAL’s Training group introduces policymakers to impact evaluation methods, builds data analysis and field research skills of evaluation specialists, researchers, and research staff at J-PAL and its partner organizations, and disseminates the policy insights generated by affiliate researchers through case studies and Evidence to Policy workshops.

In this position, you will take a lead role in managing J-PAL’s training portfolio and advising the J-PAL’s worldwide offices on trainings. This includes managing the collection and analysis of data on the reach and impact of our trainings and their contribution to J-PAL’s mission, and working with senior management in the strategic planning for the Training group.

Among your responsibilities will be to manage J-PAL Global’s efforts to train researchers, research staff, and policymakers in staff trainings, executive education programs, and online courses. You will oversee the work of a team of Training staff members who build out data analysis tools and new reference and teaching materials and act as teaching assistants or support for our online courses. You will lead the design, organization, and implementation of in-person courses for policy partners.

In your role you will represent J-PAL in interactions with high-level policy makers from governments, foundations, and NGOs, as well as with our affiliate researchers. You will work closely with our regional offices in Chile, France, India, Indonesia, South Africa, and the US, as well as J-PAL’s partner organizations, like Innovations for Poverty Action and the Center for Effective Global Action. You will travel frequently to liaise with these partners and lead the implementation of J-PAL’s Training strategy across the organization.

Responsibilities include:

Training portfolio management and planning:

  • Manage J-PAL’s training portfolio and advise J-PAL’s worldwide offices on trainings;
  • Collect and analyze data on the reach and impact of our trainings and their contribution to J-PAL’s mission, and work with senior management in the strategic planning for the Training group;
  • Pursue a funding strategy developed in cooperation with J-PAL leadership, write grants, and oversee the reporting on the Training group’s funded activities to sponsors.

Course development and teaching:

  • Lead the research and design of new teaching modules and the preparation of presentations, case studies, and manuals to train researchers, research staff, and policymakers on randomized evaluation methods that can engage diverse audiences without compromising on precision and accuracy;
  • Teach lectures and modules in our trainings and plan and carry out new training courses;
  • Collaborate on the development of new tools for J-PAL research projects (including the development of codes, packages, programs, etc) that increase the efficiency of research staff;

Training innovation:

  • 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 our trainings;
  • Pursue the adoption of new tools and education technologies (flipped classrooms, clickers, online courses, etc.) and carry out randomized evaluations to test the effectiveness of such innovations and the overall impact of our training efforts;
  • Manage the planning and implementation of in-person courses and online courses hosted or co-hosted by J-PAL Global which apply and test J-PAL best practices for our capacity building work.

Other projects and tasks as the position grows.

Professional Development

J-PAL invests in your professional development. As a RET Associate, you will learn, engage, travel, and grow.

Learn: J-PAL supports a culture of learning, with opportunities to attend career related conferences and events, engage in small-group discussions with J-PAL senior staff, and take relevant classes for credit at MIT or elsewhere with our generous tuition assistance program.

Engage: Associates have the opportunity to interact with policymakers, practitioners, and university members alongside senior Group members.

Grow: Associates can expect to join a peer group eager to build institutional knowledge and pass on lessons learned. Associates receive one-on-one mentorship from senior group members and are eligible for internal promotion based on performance, ability, and educational qualifications.


As a member of the MIT community, you benefit from more than just your salary.

J-PAL hires highly qualified staff and rewards them accordingly. Total compensation packages are competitive for the non-profit international development field with excellent MIT benefits, including comprehensive health insurance, a 401(k) match and pension-based retirement plan, tuition assistance, commuter benefits, MIT community discounts, a generous vacation policy, and more. We like working at MIT and think you will too.

Skills and qualifications

  • Education: A Master’s or PhD degree in economics, political science, education, public policy, international development, or other related fields. Significant training in and a strong technical understanding of randomized impact evaluations is necessary.
  • Experience: 4+ years of relevant experience with a Masters degree, 1+ years of relevant experience with a PhD, including teaching experience during graduate school. You should be comfortable with presenting to technical and non-technical audiences and preparing tailored teaching materials. Experience in academic and non-academic teaching environments and/or in conducting field research in developing countries with a background in randomized evaluations required. Experience in management and collaboration in international teams is a plus.
  • Interest in Development and Policy: Strong interest in poverty alleviation policy and research, as demonstrated by coursework and work experience. International development experience or extensive experience in social policy in other settings desired.
  • Quantitative skills: Knowledge of data management, data analysis, and econometrics is required.
  • Software: PowerPoint and Excel required; must have good command of Stata, or have knowledge of R, Python, or other analytics programs plus the ability and willingness to quickly learn Stata.

How to Apply

Ready to join a team of supportive, engaging, and fun colleagues? Apply now.

Please note: Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States. This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship. 

  1. Complete the J-PAL/IPA Common Application. Choose the Training job category, then select “Manager in Research, Education, and Training (Training focus) - J-PAL”. Applications require a statement of purpose (cover letter), CV, and transcripts.
  2. Complete the MIT Application. Search for Job ID: 16412.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. 

Given the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.