Policy Manager - J-PAL Southeast Asia

J-PAL Southeast Asia
  • Indonesia
  • Master's
Start Date (Earliest):
Language Requirement:
  • English
  • Indonesian
Length of Commitment:
Two years

Job Description

J-PAL Southeast Asia, based in Jakarta at the Institute for Economic and Social Research in the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Indonesia (LPEM FEB UI), seeks a qualified applicant for the position of Policy Manager. This mid-level position offers an excellent opportunity to have significant responsibility and contribute to the design and execution of J-PAL’s policy outreach and capacity building work in Southeast Asia. Regional offices are where the heart of J-PAL’s research and policy outreach activities occur. Regional policy staff has the opportunity to help take the highest quality of academic research and translate it into action on the ground. Regional offices are housed within major economic research institutions around the world, giving policy staff access to an international network of top economists. Policy staff collaborates across regional offices and with J-PAL’s Global Office at MIT. Regional staff will develop expertise in the development challenges in their region, have the opportunity to go to the field to assist research projects or research development, and interact regularly with policymakers. 

Responsibilities include: 

Policy Outreach

  • Build and manage partnerships with policymakers in government agencies, NGOs, foundations, and bilateral and multilateral aid agencies to ensure that policy is informed by evidence;
  • Provide technical assistance to policymakers in government and civil society to promote the scale-up and replication of programs and policies that have been rigorously evaluated and found to be effective;
  • Write proposals and progress reports to donors; additionally, background notes, policy briefs/memos, and other outreach documents that accurately summarize the findings from J-PAL affiliated professors’ research for a policy audience;
  • Lead and manage policy outreach events including contributing to their strategic planning, content, logistics, and relationship building with key stakeholders;
  • Coordinate the production of and help write high-quality reports for major donors; manage relationships and serve as a key point of contact for major donors; assist with fundraising to support new research, policy, and training activities as needed;
  • Represent J-PAL at conferences, workshops, and meetings and give presentations on J-PAL’s work and our affiliated professors’ research findings
  • Build and maintain institutional knowledge on the state of priority sectors in Indonesia (identify key policy issues, conduct stakeholder mapping, and literature reviews to target policy outreach or in identifying new potential projects).Project Development
  • Facilitate the development of new randomized evaluations by matching implementing organizations in the region with J-PAL affiliated professors
  • Identify funding opportunities for research projects or initiatives and write funding proposals;
  • Identify potential opportunities for collaboration of new research with government, non-government, and donor organizations.Capacity Building:
  • Assist the training team in identifying and engaging with various organizations in the region in promoting J-PAL SEA training courses;·
  • Assist the implementation of executive education and custom training courses, including assisting the training team in developing new capacity building content and training materials as needed, for key clients including government agencies, international organizations, research institutions, and NGOs;
  • Take part as a lecturer and/or teaching assistant in J-PAL SEA training courses.Organizational:·     Provide support in recruiting, onboarding, and mentoring policy staff;
  • Help build and strengthen the management systems and practices of J-PAL SEA’s policy teams. 


  • Education: Master’s degree with a strong academic record in economics, public policy, development, or a related field;
  • Experience: equivalent to four years or more of relevant experience in policy and program design, project management, and preferably implementation or monitoring & evaluation;
  • Knowledge: All new staff at J-PAL will be introduced to the design and value of randomized evaluation and their usefulness for informing policy decisions in the first six months of their position. Prior basic knowledge on Randomized evaluation and how to understand and communicate findings from rigorous quantitative research are preferred;
  • Analytical thinking: Able to display strong analytical thinking in writing, executing tasks, and synthesizing academic paper into policy audience;
  • Communication: Attention to detail and advanced writing and presentation skills in English and Indonesian. Ability to communicate results in a visually attractive manner and identify clear policy lessons from academic papers in ways that policymakers understand. This requires clear, precise, non-technical writing, and confident, effective spoken communication and presentation style. Strong skills in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint;
  • People management and time management skills: Ability to supervise staff and manage projects independently. This includes the ability to coach and ensure professional development for staff under supervision, and the ability to multitask and successfully complete projects on tight deadlines with little supervision. A willingness to work hard, be self-motivated, and learn will be essential for doing well in this position;·
  • Willingness to travel: Position may require travel throughout the region to meet with senior policymakers in government agencies, NGOs, foundations and international development organizations as well as follow-up work to promote research projects and other policy and capacity building initiatives;
  • Language skills: High-level of proficiency (fluent or native) in both Bahasa Indonesia and English

How to Apply

How to Apply

Please send an email to [email protected] following these instructions exactly:

  1. Use the following as the email subject line: “J-PAL SEA, Policy Manager.” Please do not include any other text in the body of the e-mail. Adding extra text will interfere with the processing of your application
  2. Attach PDF copies of your CV, academic transcripts, and a cover letter no longer than 500 words. The cover letter should discuss how you meet the aforementioned position requirements, emphasizing relevant skills and experience, as well as why you are interested in working with J-PAL SEA

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates are advised to apply at the earliest. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted. Short-listed applicants will be asked to complete a policy analysis and a written exercise and may subsequently be called in for a virtual interview.