Policy Manager/ Senior Policy Associate

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, Africa
  • Location
    Cape Town, South Africa
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 27

Position description

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) consists of a global network of academics who specialize in conducting randomized evaluations of social policies/programmes to generate scientific evidence about what works in the fight against poverty. J-PAL’s policy group analyses and disseminates research results and builds partnerships with policymakers to ensure that policy is driven by evidence, and effective programmes are scaled up.

J-PAL Africa, the Africa Hub of J-PAL Global, is located in the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) in the University of Cape Town School of Economics. We seek a Policy Manager (or a seasoned Senior Associate) to support our mission of promoting evidence-based policymaking by assisting in the design and execution of J-PAL’s policy outreach across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Responsibilities include:

  • Identify policy priorities and design strategies to apply policy lessons of effective interventions in new places in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Manage policy staff including recruitment and training of new staff, performance management and development
  • Maintain expertise and command over the evidence in J-PAL subject areas, especially finance and agriculture
  • Identify, design and support opportunities for scaling up effective programmes/ policies across Africa including distilling the relevant evidence, building appropriate relationships with policymakers and implementing partners, designing and implementing pilots and supporting transition to scale
  • Support the implementation of effective policy training events through contributing to design, presentations and relationship building with key stakeholders
  • Fundraise to support new projects/ programmes and new policy outreach activities
  • Track and manage policy budgets
  • Develop and maintain relationships with policy partners, especially with key government officials


  • A Master’s Degree in Public Policy or Economics or another similar social science including graduate level courses in econometrics/statistics, microeconomics and development economics
  • A minimum of three years of relevant work experience
  • Demonstrated ability to analyse randomised evaluations, particularly in behavioural economics
  • Advanced writing and oral presentation skills in English, particularly the ability to communicate technical research to policymakers in a non-technical manner
  • Demonstrated leadership and management experience, including hiring, training, and management of staff
  • Experience organising, managing and presenting at events which discuss policy lessons from randomised evaluations
  • Experience writing and managing budgets
  • Proven ability to handle multiple diverse assignments at one time, successfully complete assigned tasks and meet deadlines while conducting high-quality work
  • Ability and willingness to travel internationally frequently and flexibly to support policy outreach, scoping research and training events. Most travel will be in sub-Saharan Africa.

Highly advantageous:

Demonstrated experience doing policy / research work in a range of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa is strongly preferred 

Experience in identifying, designing and supporting opportunities for scaling up effective programs/ policies

Experience leading policy outreach including strategically identifying and mobilizing appropriate policymakers and developing and maintaining these relationships

Field experience running randomised evaluations of social policies/programmes

Experience fundraising and writing fundraising proposals

Data analysis skills, particularly in Stata

French language ability

Application instructions

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