Teaching At Right Level Africa Post Doctoral Fellowship

TaRL Africa is a new initiative jointly led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and the NGO Pratham.

Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL), an approach developed by the Indian NGO Pratham, aims to build foundational skills in math and reading for all children. At the instructional level, the approach works by assessing children’s learning levels using a simple tool, grouping children based on learning levels rather than age or grade, using a range of engaging teaching and learning activities, focusing on foundational skills, and tracking children’s progress. When TaRL is implemented within government systems, teachers receive strong academic support through mentors who are part of the government system. Ongoing, onsite monitoring and support, as well as reviews at different levels of the school system, all contribute to the effectiveness of the program.


  • The postdoctoral fellow will work to start new studies on the TaRL approach, focusing on those which can inform the program’s ability to cost-effectively reach the most children.


  • A Ph.D. in economics, public policy, or a related field
  • Demonstrated interest in education policy
  • Strong STATA or R programming skills
  • Demonstrated experience in starting new, policy-relevant research projects
  • At least one working paper, with published journal articles an added advantage
  • Excellent communication skills in English including writing, conversing and presenting
  • Advantageous:
  • Experience researching primary education interventions in Africa
  • Experience working in Africa, preferably in one of the countries scaling TaRL
  • French language ability
  • African nationality

DEADLINE: March 22, 2020.

To apply and for more information visit here.


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