Massachusetts Institute of Technology Senior Training Associate in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Senior Training Associate

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Research - Other

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Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab

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Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

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Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

SENIOR TRAINING ASSOCIATE, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)-Global-Research, Education, and Training (RET) Team, to focus on J-PAL’s course portfolio and capacity building work as part of the RET team. J-PAL’s training group introduces policymakers to impact evaluation methods; builds data analysis and field research skills of J-PAL evaluation specialists/researchers/research staff and partner organizations; and disseminates policy insights through case studies and workshops. Will help train researchers, research staff, and policymakers in staff trainings, executive education programs, and online courses; build out data analysis tools and new reference and teaching materials, act as a teaching assistant or support for online courses, and support the design and organization of in-person courses for policy partners; interact with high-level government, foundation, and NGO policymakers and J-PAL affiliate researchers; and work closely with J-PAL regional offices and partner organizations. Full job description available at

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: bachelor’s (master’s preferred) in economics, political science, education, public policy, international development, or related field; training in and a strong technical understanding of randomized impact evaluations; interest in poverty alleviation policy and research as demonstrated by coursework and/or study/work abroad; knowledge of data management, data analysis, and econometrics; PowerPoint and Excel proficiency; solid command of Stata (knowledge of R, Python, or other analytics programs preferred); and strong writing skills (including clear, precise, non-technical writing, and creativity in presentation) for communicating policy lessons. Must be able to anticipate, plan, prioritize, and meet tight deadlines; organize/manage a high work volume; and self-manage a time-sensitive workflow while maintaining high quality output and absolute accuracy with details. At least four years’ relevant experience preferred, including with quantitative data analysis and economics or related discipline. Job #16310Position involves travel to liaise with partners and support or participate in courses and trainings on location. 7/19/18

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.