Under the academic leadership of Rodrigo Canales, the Yale of School of Management and IPA are recruiting a Post-Doctoral Fellow to support research, field work, data analysis and drafting of papers related to a 3-year multimillion dollar research project focusing on police organization in Mexico.

Crime, violence, and a weak rule of law jointly present some of the most pressing issues for Latin America. They affect citizen behavior and relations at every level of society, so these shortcomings impose a significant cost on the economy and constitute a severe threat to economic development and political stability. This project seeks to explore how to design local police forces in Mexico (and Latin America more broadly) that can rise to the challenge of reducing violence, increasing institutional legitimacy and trust in institutions, and strengthening the rule of law. The project thus focuses on three sets of questions:

  1. The specific organizational capabilities and structural characteristics that are systematically proven to deliver better results (or questions of basic organizational design);
  2. The process and sequence through which these organizational capabilities should be incorporated into new or existing police organizations (or questions of organizational construction and change);
  3. How, given an organizational design, police organizations can build citizen engagement, participation, and trust through their protocols, practices, and interactions with citizens (or questions of the enactment of practices). This includes an understanding of how police organizations in Mexico should implement evidence-based interventions that have been proven to effectively reduce violence and build institutional legitimacy.

To address these questions, the ongoing project is developing two parallel streams. The first, in close collaboration with the National Security Commission (CNS), focuses on questions of organizational capabilities and design—(a) and (b) above. The second, in partnership with the Mexico City Police (SSPCDMX), has focused on questions of the enactment of practices and interactions with citizens—(c) above.

The Postdoctoral Fellow could be based at Yale University in New Haven, Ct. and travel with some frequency to Mexico, or could also be based in Mexico City and travel with some frequency to New Haven. The successful candidate will work closely with the academic lead, Rodrigo Canales and other researchers such as Amy Wrzesniewski, Tom Tyler, or Jim Baron, depending on the specific topics of interest to the selected candidate. The Post-Doctoral Fellowship is designed to pave the way for future careers in academic, private-sector, or public-sector roles.

This is designed as a one-year fellowship, with possibility of renewal for one additional year. Thus, we hope to attract the very best candidates who are interested in academic positions. If you have an offer from such an academic institution, and are interested in this Postdoctoral Fellowship, we will be happy to support discussions with your home institution for either deferring your start date or for starting in your position but going on unpaid leave to take this opportunity to build your research pipeline.

  • Managing and overseeing different components of projects;
  • 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 IPA staff, and supporting their engagements with various partners.

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

  • Education: Candidates should be on track to complete a PhD in sociology, economics, political science, public policy or a related discipline by June 2019, or have completed their PhD after April 2017.
  • Significant training in and a strong technical understanding of econometrics required;
  • Experience conducting field research or managing/contributing to randomized evaluations preferred;
  • 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: Advanced writing skills to develop academic papers from complex data. Attention to detail and advanced writing and presentation skills for communicating policy lessons from academic analyses in ways that policymakers understand. This requires clear, precise, technical and non-technical writing, and creativity in presentation;
  • Language: English fluency required, working level in Spanish is desired.
Application Instructions 

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About IPA 

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA brings together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor. In recent decades, trillions of dollars have been spent on programs designed to reduce global poverty, but clear evidence on which programs succeed is rare, and when evidence does exist, decision-makers often do not know about it. IPA exists to bring together leading researchers and these decision-makers to ensure that the evidence we create leads to tangible impact on the world. Since its founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 575 leading academics to conduct over 650 evaluations in 51 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 


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