(Senior) Policy & Research Manager, Education - J-PAL Europe

  • France
  • Master's
  • Other advanced degree
Start Date (Earliest):
Language Requirement:
  • French
Length of Commitment:
Three years or more

J-PAL Europe is looking to hire a new member of its Policy and Communications team to contribute to its mission of promoting evidence-based policy across Europe, with a particular focus on generating and applying new evidence on education in France and beyond. This position will be based in our offices at the Paris School of Economics. 

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a global research centre working to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence, and is anchored by a network of some 200 affiliated professors at universities around the world. J-PAL Europe is one of J-PAL’s seven regional offices and leads the network’s work to generate and use evidence to inform social programmes in Europe. J-PAL Europe also anchors work with European development actors on behalf of the network to help inform their work across the globe. 

J-PAL Europe’s Policy and Communications team plays a key role in translating research by J-PAL affiliates into actionable poverty alleviation policies in the region and in helping create new links between partner organisations and researchers to launch new evaluations. Staff connect the dots between economics and policy and are passionate about forming partnerships for evidence-informed development policy.   

The selected candidate will join a growing team based in Paris and report to the Director for Policy. A primary focus of this position will be on expanding J-PAL Europe’s work in conceiving and drafting high-quality synthesis of existing experimental research in education and preparing policy briefs and guidance notes for policymakers and practitioners in France and across Europe. S/he will also work closely with the Scientific Director and staff from the Innovation, Data and Experiments in Education (IDEE) project, hosted by J-PAL Europe in collaboration with the French Ministry of Education and five other research institutes, to promote the uptake of evidence in schools across France. In 2023, we plan to increase our efforts to promote new research and the use of evidence in education policy-making in France and across Europe. An appointment will be made at either the Manager or Senior Manager level based on the experience of the selected candidate. 

For more on the existing research of the J-PAL network in Europe, see our pages on Evidence for Social Policy in Europe and the European Social Inclusion Initiative.  


As a (Senior) Policy & Research Manager, you will work with a growing team to: 

  • Forge new connections and maintain strong relationships with key partners in government agencies, non-profits, foundations, and the private sector across Europe;
  • Initiate and build partnerships with groups across the region to identify new opportunities for rigorous evaluation of social policies;
  • Provide technical and project management support to J-PAL affiliates, policymakers and practitioners as they develop evaluations;
  • Identify windows for drawing on existing evidence to contribute to decisions by policy-makers across Europe;
  • Raise the profile of J-PAL’s work in the region by presenting J-PAL’s work and research at conferences and seminars;
  • Create materials for policy outreach, including tailored evidence note presentations, policy briefs, and other high-level deliverables designed to translate research findings into actionable recommendations;
  • Organise convenings designed to spur new research collaborations and share policy lessons from completed research and represent J-PAL at external events and in meetings with senior decision-makers. 
  • Raise funds for new government partnerships and research and scale-up activities;
  • Draft blogs, op-eds, and other written materials to profile the research in our network and its policy impact; and
  • Partner with implementing organisations and J-PAL affiliated researchers to plan for the scale-up of evidence-backed interventions (including planning for adaptation and further evaluation as needed). 

Professional Development 

The Policy Group invests in your professional development. As a (Senior) Policy & Research Manager, you will learn, engage, travel and grow.  

Learn: J-PAL Europe supports a culture of learning. 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. You will also be a member of an active community of economists and professionals at the Paris School of Economics dedicated to evaluating social programs and development programs around the world.  

Engage: Managers have the opportunity to work directly with J-PAL affiliates and directors by disseminating lessons learned to policymakers and practitioners. 

Travel: Managers have the opportunity to present at and attend policy events and meet government partners across Europe and beyond.  

Grow: Managers can expect to join a peer group eager to build institutional knowledge, focused on sharing and implementing best practices and lessons learned.  


Your technical expertise, strong communication and organisational skills, passion for translating research into action, and interest in poverty reduction and development make you an ideal candidate for this role.  

  • A Master’s Degree (required) or PhD (preferred) in Public Policy or Economics or another similar social science including graduate-level courses in econometrics/statistics, microeconomics and development economics required 
  • A minimum of four years of relevant work experience (more for a Senior Manager), demonstrated expertise analysing and communicating research findings, as well as coordinating between different stakeholders and an understanding of common quantitative and analytical challenges.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in both English and French, including ability to produce policy memos, research notes, slide decks, and deliver presentations and training material. Knowledge of another European language would be a distinct asset.
  • Flexibility to successfully adapt and respond to changing circumstances, demands and expectations from stakeholders.
  • Data analysis skills would be considered an asset, including proficiency with STATA or R
  • Demonstrated interest in working with policy-makers and practitioners to improve education 
  • Exceptional project management capabilities and creativity in problem solving
  • Direct experience of working with European governments or education practitioners to design interventions or policy would be another distinct asset for this position.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send a CV and cover letter, including details on how their experience and qualifications are relevant to the position and on their authorisation to work in the European Union, to [email protected] 

J-PAL values the strength that diverse teams bring to our work. We actively welcome applicants who come from backgrounds that reflect populations most impacted by poverty and from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the economics field. 

Please apply as soon as possible and no later than 30th April 2023