Policy Intern, Morocco Employment Lab (Full or Part-time)

Rabat, Morocco or Remote

Desired starting date: August 2021

Duration: 6 months, with possibility for extension

Experience: Master’s degree, ideally with some research experience

Language requirements: French and English (Arabic preferred)

Organization: Morocco Employment Lab

Location: Remote or Rabat, Morocco


I- About the Morocco Employment Lab:

Launched in September 2020 as part of a joint partnership between the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and the Harvard Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD), the Morocco Employment Lab (MEL) seeks to create a culture of evidence-based policymaking through rigorous impact evaluations and capacity building.

To strengthen existing labor market programs and improve the effectiveness of future programs and supporting policies in Morocco, the Lab works across the following four complementary components:

1. Identify policy priorities: The Morocco Employment Lab works with policymakers to diagnose key policy challenges, especially those compounded by COVID-19, identify data, highlight and prioritize knowledge gaps.

2. Build capacity for evidence use: The Morocco Employment Lab hosts training workshops and events on how to generate and use evidence in policy making. Tailored trainings are being delivered to researchers, civil service trainees, NGOs and government officials at different levels to create a broad understanding of how evidence can be used in the policy and program design.

3. Conduct impact evaluations: Together with its policy partners, the Employment Lab co-designs and implements a portfolio of impact evaluations that address the identified policy priority issues.

4. Share evidence to inform policy: The Employment Lab disseminates research results to a wide range of stakeholders through large-scale policy symposiums, policy briefs, and online communication channels.

 

II- Position Overview:

The Morocco Employment Lab seeks a qualified Policy Intern to support its work for the evidence-sharing seminar and other activities by disseminating academic evidence and research, and translating it into policy.

As a Policy Intern, your primary tasks will involve policy writing and outreach, stakeholder engagement, communications, and general policy team coordination. The policy intern will mainly support the evidence-sharing seminar for policy stakeholders in Morocco, which is a workshop that will share evidence around labor markets to inform policy making in Morocco and promote discussion between Moroccan policymakers and academics and will be an opportunity to present to a broader audience the ongoing evaluation.

The Lab is looking for candidates with an understanding of impact evaluation, familiarity with economics and statistics, knowledge about social policy, public administration, and program implementation, excellent oral and written communication skills, attention to detail, strong project management skills, and who can take ownership of their work independently and collaborate effectively with other members of the team.

 

IV- Responsibilities:

  • Stakeholder engagement: Participate in initial conversations with prospective partners to identify promising opportunities for randomized evaluations or evidence dissemination activities. Support and attend convenings designed to bring policymakers, practitioners, and researchers together to spur new research or scale-up collaborations and share policy lessons from completed research. Solicit feedback from stakeholders on evidence gaps and priorities, and help build a community of policymakers enthusiastic about evidence use(20%)
  • Policy writing and outreach: Draft evidence sharing seminar’s policy briefs on several topics related to labor markets and synthesize the policy implications of key research results. Support the Policy Team in identifying opportunities for informing policy development and strategically sharing evidence with policymakers, philanthropic partners, and other stakeholders. Provide guidance and assistance to practitioners working to scale up evidence-based programs. (60%)
  • Policy Team coordination: Provide support for general Policy Team activities such as engaging affiliated professors, special projects,and coordinating across technical assistance or research initiative projects. (20%)

 

VI- Compensation & Benefits:

The intern will receive a monthly stipend from PCNS if based in Morocco or from J-PAL or EPoD if based in the U.S.

 

VII- Professional Development:

The Morocco Employment Lab supports a culture of learning, with opportunities to attend weekly seminars, engage in small-group discussions with other J-PAL and EPoD staff, participate in workshops, and take classes for credit at MIT.

Policy Interns have the opportunity to work with J-PAL and EPoD affiliates and directors, as well as interact with policymakers and practitioners.

 

VIII- Qualifications:

  • Commitment to Mission & Values: Cares personally and deeply about policy that has the potential to reduce poverty and the rigorous research that informs it. Demonstrates interest in poverty alleviation in Moroccan context in particular. Demonstrates a commitment to the Morocco Employment Lab’s values.
  • Education: A master’s degree in economics, public policy or administration, statistics, or a closely related field is required, as is training in statistics and quantitative methods and training in effective non-technical writing.
  • Technical Skills: Demonstrates the ability to accurately explain basic concepts related to randomized evaluation, other impact evaluation methodologies, and research generalizability with minimal support. Is able to understand and communicate details on research design, study implementation, results and their implications, and/or data systems on assigned projects.
  • Ownership of Work: Takes responsibility/is accountable for effectively completing assigned discrete tasks or projects with high attention to detail under direct supervision. Produces high quality work in the time expected; identifies and follows up with stakeholders as needed to ensure assignments are completed on time.
  • Written Communication: Accurately and succinctly communicates in writing with MEL staff and stakeholders on assigned projects with minimal supervision from senior-level staff. Clearly communicates technical information to non-technical audiences.
  • Oral Communication: Demonstrates strong active listening skills and accurately and succinctly communicates information orally to staff and external partners with minimal supervision from senior-level staff.
  • Task & Project Management: Takes on a process-oriented task, plans and organizes work, delegates appropriately, coordinates with others, establishes appropriate priorities and timelines, exercises follow through, and adds overall value to the process.
  • Problem Solving/Decision Making: Demonstrates adeptness at analyzing facts, judgment, and strong decision-making ability. Responds to problems, issues, and opportunities that are identified by supervisors. Collaborates to identify a solution or response.

IX- How to apply:

If you are interested in applying for this position, please follow the following steps:

Please share your resume and cover letter with Imane Fahli at ifahli@povertyactionlab.org, following these instructions:

-In the subject line: Include your full name [first (given) name followed by last (family) name] and;

-In the email body: Copy exactly and only the following line: “Policy Intern, Morocco Employment Lab”.

 

Please note: We will begin reviewing applications on a rolling basis as we receive them. Short-listed applicants will be asked to complete a technical exercise and phone interview. Finalists will be called for a final round interview.