Policy Manager, DigiFI (Digital Identification and Finance Initiative in Africa)

J-PAL Africa
France or West Africa
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Organization: J-PAL Africa
Location: West Africa or Paris with extensive to travel to French-speaking Africa
Education: Master’s Other advanced degree Honours
Start Date (Earliest): ASAP
Language Requirement: English French
Contract type: Fixed term (18 months), full-time
Employer: Paris School of Economics (PSE) or University of Cape Town (UCT)
Years of experience: 4+ years

Digital Identification and Finance Initiative in Africa (DigiFI), a J-PAL Africa research initiative, generates rigorous evidence on how African governments, private companies, and NGOs can leverage digital payments and identification systems to improve lives through better public service delivery, governance, and financial inclusion. We are looking for a Policy Manager to support the generation and dissemination of relevant evidence in French-speaking Africa.


Generate high-quality policy-relevant research projects on the theme of digital identification and payment systems with a focus on gendered impacts, in French-speaking African countries:

Understand the priorities and monitor the progress of reforms on digital identification and payment systems in French-speaking African countries.
Build and maintain partnerships with 2-3 key government partners in Francophone Africa, including mapping and mobilizing key champions and securing MOUs/letters of agreement.
Organize and facilitate matchmaking between governments, private sector, NGOs, and researchers in the J-PAL network to promote the generation of new randomized evaluations that answer key policy questions within the Initiatives scope.
Set up and execute regular systems of communication with partners and stakeholders.
Identify, help design and support research projects on the themes of the DigiFI initiative in French-speaking African countries.
Help governments design and implement monitoring systems on digital IDs and payments, in particular encouraging the collection of data on heterogeneous effects by gender.
Build and maintain expertise on lessons generated by random evaluations by the DigiFI initiative, and the results of evaluations carried out on the same theme in other contexts by the J-PAL network.
Write up and disseminate evidence.
Design, organize and provide training/events/workshops with our partners.

Support the development of African Scholars in French-speaking African countries:

Work with the DigiFI team to support capacity building for local researchers.
Promote the existing J-PAL training offers – MicroMasters, Evaluating Social Programs – to strengthen the knowledge of African researchers and students on the methodology of random assessments.
Design, organize and provide training events/workshops that meet the needs of African researchers including writing workshops, coaching sessions in French.
Support the initiative staff as required:Support the management of the competitive research fund and the selection of proposals by the Initiative.
Support the management of DigiFI funded research projects.
Communication of calls for proposals, results, funding opportunities and other announcements via email, social media, in-person or other channels.
Website maintenance.
Report writing.
Any other support required by the Initiative.
Minimum requirements:

Masters in economics or a related field, with a knowledge base in econometrics / statistics, microeconomics and development economics.
4 years of relevant professional experience.
Knowledge of random evaluations and public policy evaluation methodologies.
Proven experience in facilitating partnerships and developing projects, ideally with researchers and governments.
Fluent in writing, speaking and reading French and English, in particular an ability to communicate technical research content in economics to an uninitiated audience.
Excellent organization and proven ability to manage multiple projects at the same time, successfully complete assigned tasks and meet deadlines while performing high quality work.
Ability to work remotely and willingness to travel frequently in French-speaking African countries.
Proficiency in Excel, Word and PowerPoint and at least a basic understanding of statistical analysis software like Stata or R.