Postdoctoral Fellowship in Urban Services in Bangladesh

Location: Bangladesh

Yale University (The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale), Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), and the International Growth Centre (IGC), seek to appoint a Post-Doctoral Associate to conduct research and fieldwork in development economics and applied microeconomics. The Post-Doctoral Associate will gain experience in primary data collection, conducting and publishing on field experiments, developing a policy-relevant research agenda, and cultivating policy relationships in Bangladesh. The Post-Doctoral Associate will collaborate as co-principal investigator with Yale University Professor of Economics Mushfiq Mobarak, as well as with other scholars doing empirical research at top-tier academic institutions. During the appointment the Post-Doctoral Associate will have the opportunities not only to develop, but also to manage and publish on, these joint evaluations, paving the way for future careers in academic, private-sector, or public-sector roles.

This fellowship will focus on developing a policy-relevant research agenda for tackling urban poverty, through managing new evaluations and cultivating key policy relationships for J-PAL’s Urban Services Initiative (USI) and the IGC Bangladesh Country Program. Both programs seek to identify and rigorously evaluate innovative methods designed to improve the welfare of the urban poor in Bangladesh, covering a broad range of urban issues including water, sanitation, and hygiene; migrant integration and livelihoods; energy and the environment; transportation; housing and infrastructure; and delivery of health and education services. The successful candidate will work closely with the lead academics of USI/IGC on all activities. USI/IGC prefers that the fellow be based primarily in Dhaka, Bangladesh, although candidates based in the United States and able to travel to Dhaka frequently will also be considered.

The USI/IGC Fellow’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing—including designing, staffing, and identifying funding for—new USI/IGC evaluations;
  • Managing and overseeing a portfolio of USI/IGC projects in Bangladesh.
  • Providing technical assistance on data collection, data management, and implementation;
  • Executing econometric and statistical analyses alongside other PIs;
  • Publishing academic and policy papers on results of projects, with other PIs;
  • Liaising closely with J-PAL and IGC staff, and supporting their engagements with various partners in Bangladesh;
  • Identifying and forging partnerships with government ministries and agencies, international and national NGOs, and others in the development community that have interest in conducting randomized evaluations;
  • Organizing a policy outreach conference in Dhaka with the aim of disseminating research findings to relevant policymakers and implementing organizations as well as generating new research opportunities.


Applications for this post-doctoral fellowship should meet the following criteria:

  • Education: A Ph.D. in economics, public policy, or other quantitative social science disciplines such as demography;
  • Significant training in and a strong technical understanding of economics and econometrics required;
  • Experience conducting field research, or managing/contributing to randomized evaluations preferred;
  • Management Skills: Proven ability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously, successfully complete assigned tasks, and meet deadlines. Self-motivation and a willingness to work hard is essential for doing well in this position. Experience in managing teams and interacting with institutional partners strongly desired;
  • Quantitative Skills: Knowledge of data management, econometrics, and use of STATA or other data analysis software, required;
  • Communication Skills: Attention to detail and advanced writing and presentation skills for communicating policy lessons from academic papers in ways that policymakers understand. This requires clear, precise, non-technical writing, and creativity in presentation;
  • Language: English fluency required; Bangla a plus.


Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Complete applications must include a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, a research paper or job market paper, and contact information for three references (letters not required at application stage), and a document with either links to other research papers or a short research statement describing other ongoing research.