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  • Posted: Aug 12, 2022
    Deadline: Not specified
  • Our mission is to support smallholder farmers in developing countries by providing customized information and services that increase productivity, profitability, and environmental sustainability. Precision Agriculture for Development (PAD) is working on a new model for agricultural extension: reaching farmers with personalized agricultural advice through the...
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    Research Manager

    Position description 

    At PxD, Research Managers have opportunities to work closely with PxD and affiliated researchers and substantially contribute to PxD's research programs that test new ideas and measure their impacts. 

    Responsibilities may include 

    • Identify learning objectives and resources available for one or more individual projects and manage the implementation of research activities, ensuring that projects adhere to appropriate rigor, policies, timelines, and budgets
    • Develop and implement new research ideas and projects that support PxD’s programs and partners 
    • Guide teams on the use of evidence-based approaches, and ensure that PxD maintains the standards for technical appropriateness and rigor
    • Interpret and contextualize external and internal evidence and insights for PxD programs
    • Oversee data management and analysis for research projects, and survey creation and implementation
    • Oversee documentation of research activities, research results, and rationale for decisions made
    • Develop and track research project budgets and staff resourcing needs
    • Manage relationships with partners and stakeholders
    • Responsible for developing and ensuring compliance with IRB protocols and relevant in-country research permission requirements
    • Contribute to funding proposals and project reports
    • Contribute to PxD’s institutional knowledge management and internal learning efforts
    • Contribute to internal and external communications to disseminate research findings including briefs, blogs, reports, and presentations
    • Contribute to the strategic planning and global functioning of the organization
    • Provide close mentorship and guidance to Associate level staff

    Qualification and experience in the following domains are likely to be important

    • Master’s degree in economics, agricultural economics, public policy, or a closely related field 
    • Professional experience working on at least two large projects involving design and management of rigorous research and/or evidence-based program in developing countries
    • Adept at consuming large amounts of academic and scientific literature as well as other technical information, synthesizing key findings, and applying takeaways to program and research design
    • Deep understanding of economics and randomized evaluations
    • Excellent knowledge of Stata or R or similar software for data analysis
    • Strong grasp of the research & program life cycle and ability to supervise all activities on the ground
    • Experience managing program and/or research staff
    • Experience managing partnerships with an implementing organization
    • Understanding and application of research ethics for human subjects in the social sciences
    • Excellent organizational skills, detail-oriented, and ability to work both independently and collaboratively
    • Fluency in English. Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills.
    • Ability to work under time pressure and solve problems creatively

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