Senior Finance Associate - J-PAL Global

J-PAL Office 
United States
Some post-secondary education
Language Requirement 
Length of Commitment 
Two years
Start Date 

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a global research center working to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. Anchored by a network of 194 affiliated professors at universities around the world, J-PAL conducts randomized impact evaluations to answer critical questions in the fight against poverty.

The Senior Finance Associate will be a member of the Finance and Operations team at J-PAL Global. The Finance and Operations team plays a key role in supporting J-PAL’s network of researchers and staff. Team members provide a wide range of services and are passionate about working across the organization to meet J-PAL’s mission. 

The Senior Finance Associate is based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA and supports J-PAL’s work by carrying out financial operations for the office and supporting the J-PAL’s systems and operational needs. 


  • Subawards: Assists on subaward processing and reporting. Processes invoices and monitors expenses for compliance with sponsor guidelines and in accordance with approved budgets.
  • Expense Processing: Processes accounts payable including approving invoices/RFP's and travel expense reports, interacting with vendors to answer questions and resolve issues.
  • Financial Operations & Procurement: Monitors activity in cost objects, assists in assembling financial reports and projections; closes outstanding P.O.'s and issue new blanket POs for new fiscal years; processes procurement requisitions, journal vouchers, and verifies credit card purchases.
  • Travel and event planning: Assist with planning travel, securing venues, ordering catering, and working closely with event organizers for domestic and international events and travel.
  • Other Tasks: as assigned by the Senior Manager Finance and Operations and Project Manager, TaRL Africa including supporting international projects, creating and updating process documentation, and identifying new systems to improve efficiency.


  • Education: High School diploma required. Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred.
  • Experience: Minimum of 3 years administrative/finance experience in an office environment, (including substantive internships) including vendor management and travel planning. Experience with grant management and MIT systems preferred.
  • Communication: Good written and verbal skills; ability to build good relationships and work within a team; ability to communicate clearly with a broad range of stakeholders. Proficient in French is a plus.
  • Time & Project Management: Proven ability to anticipate, plan, prioritize, and meet tight deadlines; demonstrated ability to efficiently organize and manage a high volume of work
  • Attention to Detail: Strong ability to self-manage a time-sensitive workflow while maintaining high quality output and absolute accuracy with details
  • Willingness to Learn: Strong interest in learning about organizational operations, creating and documenting process, and identifying new systems to improve efficiency. Able to learn IT systems quickly. 

Professional Development:

As an Senior Finance Associate, you will learn, engage, and grow at J-PAL. 

  • Learn: J-PAL Global supports a culture of learning, with opportunities to attend weekly MIT–Harvard Development Seminars and take classes for credit at MIT or elsewhere with our generous tuition assistance program. All J-PAL staff are also eligible to take the innovative online MITx MicroMasters credential in Data, Economics, and Development Policy (DEDP) free of charge.
  • Engage: You will have the opportunity to interact with J-PAL staff from all our regional offices, as well as interact with our Affiliates and practitioners alongside senior Group members.
  • Grow: You can expect to join a peer group eager to build institutional knowledge and pass on lessons learned. Associates also receive one-on-one mentorship from senior Group members.

Benefits: As a member of the MIT community, you benefit from more than just your salary. J-PAL Global 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.

How to Apply

Please note: Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States. This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship. Complete the MIT Application. Search for Job ID: 18539

Please submit a cover letter and your resume.

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.