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  • Executive Director (CEO) Regional /Abdul LatifJameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

    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 more than 150 affiliated professors at universities around the world, J-PAL draws on results from randomized impact evaluations to answer critical questions in the fight against poverty. We build partnerships with governments, NGOs, donors, and others to share this knowledge, scale up effective programs, and advance evidence-informed decision-making. J-PAL was launched at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2003 and has regional centers in Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Our main activities include: Research; Policy and Education and Training.





    Full time



  • Descripción del cargo

    We are recruiting for the position of Executive Director (CEO) of J-PAL’s Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) regional office at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago (PUC-Chile). Since its launch in 2009, the LAC office has implemented research projects (randomized evaluations in the field), organized capacity building courses, and built high-level partnerships with key policymakers both within Chile and across the continent, including the Compass Commissions with the government of Chile, the MineduLAB with the government of Peru, and a partnership with ITAM in Mexico. A major focus of the office moving forward will be to expand our portfolio of research projects (REs), policy outreach and capacity building activities across the continent, and create and execute a targeted fundraising strategy for securing more grants for such an expansion.

    The ED of LAC provides strategic leadership for promoting J-PAL’s mission in the region, is responsible for the day-to-day management of the regional office, and leads its fundraising efforts. This is the senior most staff position in LAC and will report to the Scientific Directors for LAC (Claudio Ferraz and Francisco Gallego) who sign-off on LAC’s strategy and finances, and J-PAL’s MIT-based (Global) Directors (Abhijit Banerjee, Iqbal Dhaliwal, Esther Duflo and Ben Olken) who provide guidance to J-PAL’s offices worldwide.

    The ED of LAC is also a member of J-PAL’s Board of Directors who meet annually to set the overall strategy for the organization. 

  • Perfil


    • Strategy: Work with LAC Scientific Directors and Global (J-PAL’s Head office at MIT) to design the overall short- and long-term strategy for the office in terms of research, policy, education, training and funding. Ensure this strategy and its execution is aligned with J-PAL’s global mission, strategy and any prescribed processes or constraints.
    • Management: Recruit, mentor and supervise the senior management who handle LAC’s day-to-day operations, communications, financial planning and administration both in Santiago as well as our staff based in other countries in the region including Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. Work closely with PUC, our host university to ensure the office is doing prudent financial planning, management and control, and is in compliance with finance, HR and other administrative standards.
    • Research: Oversee the infrastructure through which researchers run randomized evaluations (i.e. one that can house grants, hire staff, contract with survey firms, clean data etc.). Be a resource to staff on project design, funding, staffing, data collection, data management, and analysis. Build relationships with our affiliated professors in the region, serving as a resource for those who are interested in conducting randomized evaluations and in matching researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and donors. 
    •  Policy Outreach and Communication: Present J-PAL’s work, disseminate research findings to policy makers and the media, and encourage the scale-up of evidence-based policies. Meet with and build relationships with key partners in governments, NGOs, foundations, multilateral aid agencies, and the private sector across the continent. Help design and execute an effective communication strategy.
    • Education and Training: Help manage and grow LAC’s portfolio of courses including a 5-day in-person executive education for senior and mid-level policymakers, advanced course for researchers, a week long training for our staff, an online course on impact evaluations in Spanish, and a Diploma with PUC-Chile on Impact Evaluation of Programs and Public Policies.
    • Fund-raising: Work with LAC Scientific Directors and Global to create a comprehensive fundraising strategy. Identify and reach out to foundations, international development organizations and other donors to secure grants for supporting and expanding the operations of the office.
    • Coordination: Collaborate with other five J-PAL regional offices and the Directors of three Global verticals - Administration & Finance, Policy & Communications, and Research, Education & Training to ensure that best practices are shared and adopted across offices, and regional mission, strategies, policies and practices are consistent with organization-wide guidelines. Advocate for LAC’s priorities at the annual meeting of the Board of Directors and with Global. Manage and grow relations with PUC-Chile, the host university for LAC by highlighting the activities of J-PAL, working on a long-term strategy, and close coordination on administration, HR and finance policies.

  • Requisitos

    Required qualifications:

    • Education: Master`s degree or higher in economics, public policy or a closely related field. Graduate level coursework in microeconomics, econometrics, and development economics is required. A strong technical understanding of economics is necessary to work with researchers and policymakers to fully understand technical papers and effectively communicate research findings in a way that is both simple to follow but also accurate and undistorted, and to advocate for evidence-based policy. Knowledge of Impact Evaluations is essential.
    • Communication: Must have strong writting and oral communication skills in both Spanish and English, with attention to detail and advanced writing and presentation skills. This requires clear, precise, non-technical writing, and confident, effective spoken communication and presentation style. Ability to adapt communication style for researchers, policymakers and participants in training courses. Knowledge of Portuguese is a plus.
    • Willingness to travel: This position requires frequent travel both across Latin America and internationally (at least a week every month). Long-term commitment: Many of our senior leaders including regional EDs have been at J- PAL for five yeras or more.
    • The ideal candidate should be willing to commit to be at this job for a minimum of at least three years. A longer time commitment would be a plus. This position is open for immediate start.
    • Experience: About 10+ years of relevant work experience, preferably in research, education and policy settings. The candidate must be comfortable engaging with high level policy contacts (e.g. senior officials, politicians, or senior staff in international organizations), and must also be experienced in interacting with and discussing research results with academics. This position requires a great deal of experience with the culture, society, and politics of countries in Latin America.
    • Experience implementing field research is a plus. Strong Management skills: Ability to manage multiple projects and both internal and external stakeholders. Strong self-motivation with skill in working under tight timelines. Must be an excellent team player with experience in managing a large number of very talented staff, including several direct report senior managers.

  • Información Adicional

    To Apply: Please email your application in a single PDF:

    - (a) a Cover Letter explaining your interest and fit for this position.
    - (b) your Curriculum Vitae (CV, ideally 2 pages, but certainly no more than 3 pages).
    - And (c) transcript of your graduate and undergraduate degrees.

    The first two documents should be in English, while the transcripts can be in Spanish as well. Applications will be considered on rolling basis, with a deadline of January 31, 2018. Shortlisted candidates will be requested to complete an online policy writing exercise that covers issues in economics and econometrics. Finalists will be invited for in-person interviews with LAC’s Scientific Directors in Santiago, and with Global Directors in Cambridge, USA. During these visits, candidates will also have an opportunity to meet with senior staff at J-PAL LAC and Global.

    This position is based in Santiago, Chile and is eligible for work visa sponsorship via PUC-Chile for non-Chilean nationals. Please email your application package as a single PDF to If you have any questions about this position, those should also be directed to this email address.

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