Postdoctoral Associate, Gender and Economic Agency Initiative - J-PAL Global

J-PAL Global
  • United States of America
  • Other advanced degree
Start Date (Earliest):
Length of Commitment:
One year

Position Overview:

J-PAL’s Gender and Economic Agency (GEA) Initiative is looking to hire a Postdoctoral Associate to conduct research as part of GEA with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. GEA aims to build a strong body of evidence on policies and programs to promote women’s work and enhance women’s economic agency in East Africa and South Asia. GEA funds randomized evaluations of strategies to increase women’s economic agency in priority countries, including Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. GEA also works to develop policy-relevant insights from this research to drive programming, strategies, and policymaking on women’s work in both formal and informal employment. In addition, as there is a growing need to identify and test key indicators for women’s empowerment and agency, GEA seeks to enhance the availability and scale of improved metrics for these outcomes. GEA prioritizes developing research on three themes: Workplace arrangements and labor policies to promote formal and informal employment for womenEnhancing women’s labor potential and work readiness (including self-employment)Addressing restrictive gender norms and attitudes related to women’s work 

The postdoc position may be based at one of the following locations based on team needs, and candidate work authorization and preferences: Northwestern University, J-PAL Global office (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), or one of J-PAL’s Regional Offices in Africa (University of Cape Town, South Africa), Europe (Paris School of Economics, France), Latin America & the Caribbean (PUC, Santiago, Chile), the Middle East and North Africa (American University of Cairo, Egypt), South Asia (IFMR, Delhi, India), Southeast Asia (University of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia). Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the country where they would like to be based.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

The postdoctoral associate will work with GEA co-chair Lori Beaman (Northwestern University) on re-processing and re-analyzing data in existing labor and employment RCTs to identify gender-specific trends and will write up these results in working papers and policy briefs. 

Other duties may include supervising Initiative staff and participating in the organization of events and seminars. Approximately an equal share of the postdoc’s research efforts will be devoted to J-PAL GEA-related projects (of the sort described here) and to independent research projects. The position offers the opportunity to join a research partnership with a strong track record of high-quality publication and policy impact; is likely to lead to several co-authored papers; and is designed to help the selected candidate launch a successful academic career with a strong research pipeline. Supervision Received:The Post-Doctoral Associate will work under the supervision of GEA co-chair, Lori Beaman (Northwestern University) 

Supervision Exercised: The Post-Doctoral Associate will exercise academic supervision over research staff involved in the reanalysis project.

Qualifications & Skills:

  •  Education: A doctoral degree in economics, political science, education, computer science, or related fields is required.
  •  Experience: Candidates should have significant experience and a strong background in either implementing RCTs on their own and/or demonstrated research interest in one or several of the subject areas above
  • Work style: Attention to detail and ability to work on projects independently.●     Time Management: Proven ability to handle several different projects/tasks at one time and meet deadlines. A willingness to work hard, be self-motivated and learn will be essential for doing well in this position.
  •  Software proficiency: Stata or R required; Python, C, MATLAB or other programming skills preferred. 

Note: Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit at least three reference letters that should address the candidate’s ability to carry out their proposed research.

How to Apply

Please apply for this position using the AEA's Job Openings for Economists portal:

Applications are due December 31, 2020. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis as we receive them. 

Applicants will be asked to submit the following materials:

  1. Cover letter: Please outline why you are interested in J-PAL and why you are qualified for this role.
  2. Resume/CV: Please also include names of at least three references, with their email address and titles.
  3. Writing Sample: This should be an academic publication or working paper or thesis if PhD. For non-PhDs, please submit any other technical paper reflecting your research or technical skills.

Note: Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit at least three reference letters that should address the candidate’s ability to carry out their proposed research.