The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL; povertyactionlab.org) 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.
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.
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 ED_LAC@povertyactionlab.org. If you have any questions about this position, those should also be directed to this email address.