Title: Research Manager J-PAL Office: J-PAL LAC

Country: Chile

Region: LAC

Earliest Start Date: July 15, 2021

Latest Start Date: August 1, 2021 Commitment length: One year Sector: Labor Markets

Position type: Research Manager


Applicant Requirements

Education requirement – Bachelor’s. Master’s is a plus. Language requirement – Spanish, English


Job Description


J-PAL office for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is recruiting a Research Manager to work in Chile on a project portfolio in topics of labor market inclusion, disabilities, and entrepreneurship. The position requires working directly with local counterparts, J-PAL affiliated professor Claudia Martínez A., and other J-PAL LAC Staff to coordinate impact evaluations for different projects that answer critical research questions in the labor agenda. This position is based in Chile.


The Research Manager is expected to coordinate the PI’s research agenda. The Manager will be responsible for the coordination of the workflow of other three team members (Research Associates) and the administrative processes and activities. The Manager will perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to: managing and oversee the PI’s research team, elaborating reports to donors and partners, developing financial analysis, coordinating fundraising activities, assisting in the preliminary data analysis, cultivating relationships within the Chilean government and other important local stakeholders, supporting the incubation of projects, comply tasks requested by the PI, and representing J-PAL LAC on events.


The person is expected to work remotely for now and in Chile after the end of the Covid-19 crisis.


Our commitment to diversity and inclusion


Embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion is essential to address the complex causes and consequences of poverty. To advance our mission, J-PAL LAC must draw on diverse experiences from our staff and affiliated researchers in order to ask better questions and identify better solutions. We are working to increase the limited representation of individuals from underrepresented backgrounds in the economics profession. We are committed to engaging in self-reflection, learning, and dialogue to nurture understanding across differences. Together, we will build an equitable, inclusive culture where everyone is respected, empowered, and heard.


As our Research Manager, you will be involved in hiring other staff for the J-PAL team. We expect you to identify with our commitment to diversity.


Responsibilities include (but are not limited to)


  • Facilitate, strengthen, and maintain effective and efficient communication with key partners in governments, NGOs, foundations in Chile as the primary contact point with the
  • Supervise the PI’s research team on everything from research activities and writing tips, to career growth and professional
  • Ensure that project activities are on schedule and prepare project update reports according to agreements with
  • Managing the budget including tracking all expenses to ensure costs are within project
  • Lead the development of grant
  • Hire, train, and manage the research team members that will conduct the research activities and data
  • Supervise data collection and apply protocols to ensure the good quality of the
  • Assist with data cleaning and preliminary data
  • Prepare documentation regarding IRB protocols of the
  • Provide periodic updates on project activities to PIs, manager, and J-PAL LAC staff in
  • Any other work assigned by Principal


Desired Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in economics, public policy, international development, or related fields;
  • Two or more years of working experience, preferably in a research setting and data analysis;
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills; meticulous attention to detail; ability to work independently;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage relationships with partner organizations;
  • Strong quantitative, organizational, data analysis, and communication skills are necessary;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills in Spanish and English, including ability to effectively communicate;
  • Advanced knowledge and experience of Stata required; programming and other technical knowledge is a plus;
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials and impact evaluation methodologies is required;
  • Capability to manage multiple tasks efficiently;
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude and providing exemplary customer service;


  • Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments to completion within parameters of instructions given, prescribed routines, and standard accepted



This is a consultant position based in Chile. The person is expected to work remotely for now and in Chile after the end of the Covid-19 crisis.


Work permissions – Yes (Chile)


How to Apply

If you are interested, please follow the next steps:

Send an email to, and , following these instructions exactly:

  1. In the subject line: Include your full name: first (given) name followed by last (family)
  2. Attachments: Please attach in a single PDF:
    1. One-page cover letter clearly stating your qualifications for the various responsibilities and reasons for your interest in J-PAL (in Spanish);
    2. Your curriculum vitae (resume), and
    3. Transcripts of your undergraduate and graduate courses (including course names and grades).
  3. In the email body: Copy exactly the following line: Research Manager, Labor Markets,


Please do not include any text besides the position line(s) in the body of the e-mail. Adding extra text will interfere with the processing of your application. Given the volume of applications received, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

PI/Supervisor: Claudia Martínez A.

Name of person requesting job posting followed by all reviewers who are to be notified of the job posting and who will have review access in the J-PAL/IPA Jobs Database, if applicable. *

Email of recruiter (and all reviewers listed above) * Application deadline: June 30, 2021


Descripción en español:

La oficina de J-PAL para América Latina y el Caribe (LAC) está contratando una Gerente de Investigación para trabajar en Chile en una cartera de proyectos en temas de inclusión laboral, discapacidades y emprendimiento. El puesto requiere trabajar directamente con contrapartes locales, la profesora afiliada a J-PAL Claudia Martínez A. y otro personal de J-PAL LAC para coordinar evaluaciones de impacto para diferentes proyectos que buscan responder preguntas de investigación clave en la agenda de mercados laboral. Esta posición tiene su sede en Chile.


Se espera que la Gerente de Investigación coordine la agenda de investigación de la Investigadora Principal. La Gerente de Investigación será responsable de la coordinación del flujo de trabajo de los otros tres miembros del equipo (Analistas de Investigación) y el coordinador administrativo de la cartera de investigación. La Gerente realizará una variedad de tareas que incluyen, entre otras: administrar y supervisar el equipo de investigación de la IP, elaborar informes para donantes y socios, llevar y actualizar el análisis financiero, coordinar actividades de levantamiento de fondos, ayudar en el análisis preliminar de datos, cultivar relaciones con actores clave en el gobierno y otros actores locales importantes dentro del país, apoyar la incubación de proyectos, cumplir con las tareas solicitadas por la IP y representar a J- PAL LAC en eventos.