Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cash Transfers for Child Health (CaTCH) - J-PAL South Asia
Country India Education Other advanced degree Language Requirement English Length of Commitment Two years Start Date June 01, 2020
The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) South Asia, is pleased to announce a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship supporting the Cash Transfers for Child Health (CaTCH) research initiative.
The successful candidate will be based in India and work with the initiative’s co-chairs Pascaline Dupas and Seema Jayachandran, other J-
PAL affiliated researchers, and the J-PAL South Asia Policy team to help synthesize and disseminate evidence on the role of cash transfer and pay-
for-peformance programmes for improving child health outcomes generated through the CaTCH initiative. The fellowship can lead to the writing of a meta-
analysis and review papers on cash transfer evidence. This fellowship is designed to help the selected candidate launch a successful academic or non-
academic research career by allowing him or her to gain experience working with government stakeholders and donors. The fellow will also have opportunities to participate in J-
PAL policy dissemination, capacity-building, and mentoring activities.
Roles and Responsibilities :
The primary responsibility of the postdoctoral fellow will be to help synthesize and disseminate the results and policy lessons from CaTCH funded studies to the research community, policymakers, funding organisations, and practitioners.
The Post-Doc will also be expected to participate in the initiative’s dissemination workshops, and help organize a research conference.
The selected candidate will dual-report directly to the initiative co-chairs and J-PAL South Asia Associate-Director of Policy and Training.
Fellowship responsibilities include :
analysis and review papers.
Terms and Tenure
The position will be based in New Delhi, but will require moderate travel throughout India. The ideal starting date for this position is June 2020.
The compensation package is highly competitive with positions at leading peer institutions in India.
About J-PAL and CaTCH
The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a network of affiliated professors around the world who are united by their use of randomized evaluations to answer questions critical to poverty alleviation.
J-PAL’s headquarters is a center within the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with regional offices around the world hosted by local universities.
J-PAL South Asia was established in August 2007 at the Institute of Financial Management Research (IFMR), in order to expand J-
PAL’s research and policy outreach in South Asia. The J-PAL South Asia initiative on Cash Transfers for Child Health (CaTCH), funded by BMGF, aims to improve child health by generating policy-
relevant rigorous evidence on the design and delivery of cash transfer programmes in India. A 5-year initiative, the multi-
million-dollar grant conducted a review of evidence and identified research gaps related to cash transfers and their effects on child health outcomes.
Subsequently, the initiative has conducted three competitive rounds of requests for proposals, and funded five full evaluations and eight pilot studies.
Summaries of funded projects can be viewed on the initiative website. The CaTCH initiative’s co-chairs are Pascaline Dupas (Stanford University) and Seema Jayachandran (Northwestern University).