Content Development and Translation Specialist - Part Time

Cambridge, MA / Remote

Position dates: flexible, with preference for start ASAP and availability at least through March 2021 

Pay rate: commensurate with Harvard University student pay rates and experience 


The Morocco Employment Lab, a joint collaboration between Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at Harvard Kennedy School and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is seeking a student to assist with developing and translating classroom materials for Moroccan policymakers. The content introduces key skills concepts for integrating data and evidence into policymaking. It is delivered through self-paced online courses and live sessions.

Topics to be covered are outlined below: 

  • Aggregating Evidence  
  • Commissioning Evidence 
  • Cost-Benefit Analyses 
  • Descriptive Evidence 
  • Impact Evaluations 
  • Systematic Approaches to Policy Decisions 
  • Using Data Systems 

The position will be responsible for the following: 

  • Working with a second student, translate content for 3-4 digital modules (about 90 minutes of content each) from English to French, including helping re-record video scripts in French and back-checking other translations.  
  • Work within a learning management system platform (Canvas) to ensure that translated content is consistent with the original learning design; this could include editing and organizing pages with a course as well as editing in-line questions, responses, and instructions.  
  • In close collaboration with the EPoD training team and MEL team, write 3-4 case-style exercises of 3-5 pages total each using research examples from the Moroccan context. Content development may include desk research, stakeholder interviews, data analysis, and writing. 

Preferred Requirements: 

  • Fluency in English and French, with strong technical vocabulary related to statistics and economics 
  • Working familiarity with at least 1-2 areas of Moroccan policy (e.g., labor markets, or education) 
  • Graduate-level coursework in statistics, economics, and public policy issues 
  • Experience drafting case exercises, slide decks, worksheets, and other classrooms, preferably for adult learners 
  • Strong communication skills and willingness to identify and interview case protagonists 
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to self-direct 
  • Experience conducting economics research (especially in the MENA region)  
  • Experience completing literature reviews and data analysis 

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to In the subject line, please put “Content Development and Translation Specialist  –  ” followed by your first and last name (e.g “Content Development and Translation Specialist  – Jane Doe”).