Research Manager, Mexico - J-PAL LAC

  • Mexico
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
Start Date (Earliest):
Start Date (Latest):
Language Requirement:
  • Spanish
Length of Commitment:
Two years

J-PAL LAC is looking for a Research Manager to work in Mexico to support J-PAL LAC’s project “US Immigration Policy as Development Policy”. Safe, legal migration may be a powerful poverty-alleviation tool. This project will study the poverty impact of providing rural Mexican workers living in highly climate and violence-prone areas a legal short-term seasonal work visa to live and work in the US. 

The Research Manager will work closely with academic researchers (Prof. Beatriz Magaloni and Prof. Melanie Morten), the J-PAL research team in Chile, a Research Associate in the U.S., and other field staff to perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to: designing survey questionnaires, conducting qualitative research, running pilot tests, refining the design and the survey instruments of the study, managing survey teams, negotiating contracts with survey firms, checking and analyzing data, cleaning data and assisting in the preliminary analysis, assisting in the writing of project reports and policy memos, and coordinating with the local partner running the program under evaluation.

The position is expected to last 2 years, with the first months through a contract with J-PAL LAC.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

Strong Project Participation and Oversight:

  • Propose and, as appropriate, implement innovations in the different stages of a project in coordination with Principal Investigators
  • Maintain and grow effective relationships with partner organizations
  • Oversee and lead the field research activities in Mexico, including the implementation of the evaluation, according to the research design in coordination with partners
  • Liaising with field staff running the evaluations and collaborating with them including travel to research field sites
  • Conduct background research in conjunction with field research activities
  • Designing survey questionnaires, conducting qualitative research, refining study design and surveying instruments
  • Supervise data collection and ensure the good quality of the data
  • Assist with data cleaning and preliminary data analysis.  

Reporting and Communication:

  • Facilitate, strengthen and maintain effective and efficient communication as the primary contact point with Principal Investigators
  • Provide periodic updates on project activities to PIs and J-PAL LAC staff in Chile
  • Participate in the planning and design of any outreach activities
  • Ensure that project activities are on schedule and prepare project update reports according to agreements with partners
  • Any other work assigned by Principal Investigators

Desired Qualifications:

  • More than two years of professional work experience is highly preferred, including experience in data collection processes
  • A Masters’ degree in economics, public policy, public administration, statistics or related technical fields including training in microeconomics, econometrics, statistics, and advanced mathematics is preferred
  • Very strong organizational, data analysis, and communication skills are necessary
  • Field experience is required and candidates must be willing to travel to field locations
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills in Spanish and English (ability to write memos, reports, presentations etc)
  • Demonstrated ability to manage high-level relationships with partner organizations, including senior government officials, local partners and research team
  • Prior experience working with large data sets and programming in Stata, R, or other statistical programs
  • Knowledge in other software like Microsoft Project, SurveyCTO and/or Nvidia is a plus
  • Familiarity randomized controlled trials and impact evaluation methodologies preferred
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently with limited supervision, and team player

Embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion is essential to address the complex causes and consequences of poverty. To advance our mission, J-PAL LAC must draw on diverse experiences from our staff and affiliated researchers in order to ask better questions and identify better solutions. We are working to increase the limited representation of individuals from underrepresented backgrounds in the economics profession. We are committed to engaging in self-reflection, learning, and dialogue to nurture understanding across differences. Together, we will build an equitable, inclusive culture where everyone is respected, empowered, and heard.

J-PAL 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, or age. 

How to Apply

If you are interested, please follow these steps:

  1. Please apply by filling this form, where you will be asked to answer relevant questions and upload a CV and short motivation letter (attached in a single PDF).
  2. one-page cover letter clearly stating your qualifications for the various responsibilities and reasons for your interest in J-PAL. Feel free to share aspects of your life that might not be easy to spot on your CV but might make you a good candidate! This letter could be in the language (Spanish or English) you are most comfortable with. 
  3. your curriculum vitae (resume) in the language you are most comfortable with.

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

What to expect from the selection process

  1. Analysis of your profile
  2. Online Screening Exam on STATA or R
  3. Based on the profile review and the results of the online exams, we will schedule interviews between you and the PI, with the J-PAL LAC team.
  4. The interview should last an hour. Since you will need both Spanish and English, we will conduct the interview in both.