Policy Manager - Health - J-PAL South Asia

J-PAL South Asia
  • India
  • Master's
Start Date (Earliest):
Length of Commitment:
Three years or more

The Policy team at J-PAL South Asia (J-PAL SA) at the Institute of Financial Management and Research (IFMR) disseminates findings of J-PAL’s research; develops relationships with government, civil society, and academic stakeholders; catalyses scale-ups and replications of effective projects; and assists in conceptualizing new research projects. The team works closely with the global J-PAL office based at MIT to align the regional strategy with broader organizational objectives. 

J-PAL South Asia seeks a Policy Manager to contribute to its mission of promoting evidence-informed policy in J-PAL’s Health sector. J-PAL’s Health sector focuses on identifying policies and programs effective at improving the reach, quality, and take-up of health services and products. Descriptions of the programmes, key responsibilities, and other requirements for the role are as detailed below: 


Support J-PAL’s Policy Team in its mission of promoting evidence-informed policy in the Health Sector: This will entail understanding, summarizing and supporting the dissemination of J-PAL evidence in the health sector; coordinating and communicating with the global policy lead for the sector; and working with government, civil society partners, and donors to promote the production and use of rigorous evidence in the Health sector:

Evidence Generation: Lead networking and follow-up with relevant government partners, civil society partners, donors and media to understand their policy priorities and promote the use and production of rigorous evidence. 

  • Catalyse new randomized evaluation research by matching innovative projects in the region with J-PAL affiliated professors in the sector. 
  • Secure buy-in from governments and other organizations to launch pilots and evaluations of innovations in health.
  • Evidence Synthesis and Dissemination: Draft external and internal notes summarizing evidence from J-PAL evaluations related to Health (e.g., evidence summaries, briefs, policy memos, concept notes, letters, presentations). 
  • Write about J-PAL’s evaluations in relevant documents with clear, accurate, and non-technical language. Analyse and contextualize research results from J-PAL’s ongoing and completed Health sector work for evidence dissemination through customized decks, briefs, reports and op-eds. 
  • Represent J-PAL SA at policy-relevant events and in meetings with relevant stakeholders, to share and present evidence. 
  • Track policy developments in the Health space and communicate these developments internally to the team.
  • Help prepare senior management for meetings with background research and meeting notes/memos.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Build and maintain relationships with key partners in governments, NGOs, foundations, and multilateral aid agencies in the region.
  • Provide additional support to the P&T teams as needed. 


  1. People Management: Manage and mentor P&T Associates and/ or Sr. P&T Associates, giving them support to perform better and prioritizing their learning and skill development.
  2. Cross-vertical collaboration: Participate in cross-vertical collaboration opportunities such as providing systematic support to an ongoing research project, capacity building of internal staff, etc.


  • Education: Master's degree (preferably in economics, public policy, public health, or international development). A strong technical understanding of economics and/or evaluation is necessary to ensure that J-PAL SA’s findings are translated into general policy conclusions in a way that is both simple to follow but also accurate and undistorted. 
  • Experience: This position requires four or more years of relevant experience in addition to a relevant Master's degree. Demonstrated interest and experience in global health or health economics will be considered favourably.
  • Understanding Randomized Evaluations: Demonstrate a keen understanding of the value of randomized evaluations and their usefulness for policy decisions  
  • Skills and Competencies
  • Communication: Attention to detail and excellent writing and presentation skills for communicating policy lessons from academic papers in ways that policymakers understand. This requires clear, precise, non-technical writing, and creativity in presentation.  
  • Proven ability to handle several different projects/tasks at one time, successfully complete tasks assigned, and meet deadlines; 
  • High level of attention to detail; 
  • Strong interest in international development policy, South Asia development, and/or programme evaluation as demonstrated by coursework and professional experience.  
  • Language: Fluency in English (written and oral). 

How to Apply

  1. Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. On the ‘Submit Application’ page, select the “Policy Manager – Health” position. 
  2. On the documents page, please upload a PDF files for cover letter, CV, transcripts for Policy Manager position with the filename “Policy Manager_Health SA_Last Name_First Name”, and click submit.
  3. In addition, we require two letters of recommendation. If you think your references will not be submitted before the application deadline, please submit your application without the recommendation letters. However, please be advised that we will be requiring them should you be invited for an interview. 

Short-listed applicants will be asked to complete a written test and may subsequently be called in for an interview.