IPL Seeks a Program Associate for GeoMatch Research Program

Interested in joining us in advancing immigration policy worldwide? Read on for details about an opportunity with IPL’s GeoMatch team.

The Immigration Policy Lab at Stanford University is seeking to hire a full-time Program Associate to work on its GeoMatch research portfolio. In partnership with governments, these projects study and implement an algorithm-based matching tool to connect refugees and immigrants to locations within a host country where they are most likely to thrive. This global research initiative combines high-quality academic research with the work of a tech startup: product design, strategic partnerships, and advances in artificial intelligence.

About Us

The Immigration Policy Lab (IPL) at Stanford University evaluates and designs policies surrounding the integration of immigrants and refugees worldwide. By producing new evidence and translating it into creative solutions, we seek to improve the lives of these newcomers and strengthen the communities receiving them. We engage with community-based organizations as well as local, state, national, and international governmental agencies to test the effectiveness of current policies. We also design new policies, programs, and tools that ultimately affect millions of migrants, as well as the economic and social prosperity of the countries in which they live. Our talented team of faculty, staff, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students is creating an innovative research model that combines the quality and rigor of an academic unit with the efficiency and innovation of a civic-tech lab.

To meet our team and get a sense of our culture and values, watch this video:

About the Role

Reporting to and working closely with the Program Director (GeoMatch), the Program Associate will work on the day-to-day operations of our wide range of GeoMatch research projects, while continuing to expand the research portfolio and projects across multiple countries. The Program Associate will support in building and maintaining relationships with IPL’s external partners, which include governmental and non-governmental agencies, as well as in the identification and development of new areas for innovation and collaboration. The Program Associate will coordinate and manage various research protocols, from large-scale evaluations of AI tools in partnership with governments to surveys for administrative data collection and analysis. The Program Associate will work closely with the Program Director, faculty, postdocs, students, and staff to ensure that research is adequately funded and completed effectively and efficiently. As part of our collaborative teams, the Program Associate can receive co-authorship on papers resulting from projects that she or he manages.

We are looking for candidates who have the ability, experience, and enthusiasm to manage and continue to grow a diverse international research portfolio focused on improving integration outcomes for immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers worldwide using innovative methods and data-driven tools.

To learn more about GeoMatch and IPL, visit our website: https://immigrationlab.org/geomatch

This is a one-year fixed term position with possibility of renewal for up to three years.

If you believe that this opportunity is a match for your knowledge, skills and abilities, we encourage you to apply.

Your responsibilities will include:
  • Project management: Oversee and administer research project management activities by synthesizing policy and research documents, making recommendations that shape policies and programs, and coordinating and implementing changes.
  • Program management: Create complex reports and spreadsheets related to research program and project management that may utilize specialized software and systems.
  • Administrative coordination: Act on behalf of the supervisor, department manager, or chair in regards to establishing priorities and identifying and resolving problems that are administrative in nature.
  • Policy analysis: Review complex policy and programmatic documents and materials and provide internal synthesis reports and/or briefings to support research projects.
  • Content creation: Write and edit content for proposals, peer-reviewed publications, and other program activities under the general direction of the PI and Program Director.
  • Data analysis: Collect and analyze data, create reports, review and explain trends to determine program and process effectiveness; formulate and evaluate alternative solutions and/or recommendations to achieve the goals of the research program.
  • Financial analysis: Monitor expenses, budgets, and finances of the program. Make recommendations on funding needs based on program spend.
  • Fundraising support: Assist with the pursuit of research grants, (i.e., may suggest new funding opportunities, write portions of grants, and/or summarize data for grant support).
  • Outreach and facilitation: Organize and/or participate in outreach activities such as events, partnerships, fundraising, training, and conferences. Lead workshops and facilitate meetings.
  • External engagement: Represent the program or function as the key contact and subject matter expert within the department, unit or school and develop communications for internal and external constituencies.
To be successful in this role, you will bring:
  • Bachelor’s degree and at least two years of relevant experience or combination of education, training, and relevant experience.
  • Program management and/or research experience.
  • Exceptional skills in reading, writing, presentation, and synthesis of complex content
  • Demonstrated interest and/or experience in public policy and research.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage work across many different projects simultaneously, learn skills quickly and efficiently, work well within collaborative team settings, and be highly accountable to deadlines and partner needs.
  • Commitment to and alignment with GeoMatch research goals and IPL’s mission.
In addition, preferred requirements include:
  • Demonstrated experience working in or with large, complex, multi-stakeholder projects and/or organizations (private sector, government, academia).
  • Demonstrated experience handling a multitude of highly detailed and complex tasks.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage and interact with diverse research partners (e.g., government agencies, nonprofits, universities).
  • Experience and/or interest in working with refugee populations or agencies/organizations that serve them.
  • Experience and/or interest in social science research involving experimental methods.
  • Experience and/or interest in machine learning/AI.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a region outside the U.S. (e.g., MENA, sub-Saharan Africa).
  • Ability to communicate at a professional level in a second language.
Ready to apply? Go here to submit your application.


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