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  • Posted: Jun 25, 2020
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    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 Associate

    Job Details

     

    We are looking for a driven, creative and independent person to join a high-performing, flexible team as a Research Associate to support PAD’s existing operations in Kenya. You will work in a non-hierarchical team and have opportunities to work closely with PAD and affiliated researchers and substantially contribute to PAD’s programs that test new ideas, measure their impacts, and scale them up.

    Kenyan and East African citizens are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Responsibilities

    The Research Associate will be responsible to provide ongoing support to PAD’s research activities in Kenya. The Research Associate will report to the Kenya Research and Operations Manager and will work with the Director of Research and relevant Research Affiliates. The position will be located at PAD’s office in Nairobi, Kenya (alternatively, it is also possible for the position to be based at PAD’s office in Kakamega, in Western Kenya), and will temporarily be a work-from-home position due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

     

    PAD is a start-up organization and will require flexibility from all staff with regards to roles and responsibilities.

     

    The Research Associate will be responsible for the following main tasks:

    • Supervise the implementation of field operations and research activities;
    • Support and manage the development of digital platforms to disseminate information to smallholder farmers via their mobile phones;
    • Monitor and analyze usage of the SMS and IVR services;
    • Hire, train, and supervise data collection staff;
    • Supervise data management activities, clean and analyze data;
    • Work with PAD team to ensure that all projects and operations adhere to policies, protocols, and timelines;
    • Develop and update project documentation regularly;
    • Assist in managing partner relations and working with external stakeholders for implementation of field operations

    Qualifications

    Required Qualifications and Experience:

    • A bachelor's degree in economics, agricultural economics, public policy, statistics, or a closely related field.
    • Fluency in English. Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills.
    • Management and organizational skills, detail-oriented, and ability to work independently and be supervised remotely.
    • 1-2 years' work experience running or managing research projects.
    • Knowledge of Stata or R or similar software for data analysis.
    • Ability to work under time pressure and solve problems in the field.
    • Willingness to travel up to 30% to project areas nationally.
    • Good understanding of economics and familiarity with randomized evaluations.

    Desired Qualifications and Experience: Our preferred candidates are likely to have some, but not all, of the following qualifications:

    • Master's degree in economics, agricultural economics, public policy, statistics, or a closely related field.
    • Proficient in using SurveyCTO or a similar program for survey design.
    • Experience working on randomized evaluations.
    • Experience working on agricultural programs.
    • Experience managing teams and working in groups.
    • Previous work experience in Kenya or other East African countries.

     Position details

    • Full time
    • Start date: As soon as possible
    • Location: Nairobi, Kenya (temporarily work-from-home due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, until it is safe to work from PAD’s office)
    • Compensation: Commensurate with experience
    • Work authorization: This position is contingent upon the candidate being able to get work authorization in Kenya.

    To apply, please visit the PAD website and use the online application form. The job position will be reviewed on a rolling basis and open until the position is filled.

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    Research and Operations Manager

    We are looking for a driven, creative and independent person to join a high-performing, flexible team as a Research and Operations Manager to support PAD’s new operations in Kenya. You will work in a non-hierarchical team and have opportunities to work closely with PAD and affiliated researchers and substantially contribute to PAD’s programs that test new ideas, measure their impacts, and scale them up.

    Kenyan and East African citizens are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Responsibilities

    The Research and Operations Manager will be responsible to provide ongoing support to manage PAD’s research and operations in Kenya. The Research and Operations Manager will report to the Kenya Country Director, with additional support from the Africa Regional Director, and will work closely with the relevant Program Leads, Director of Research, and Research Affiliates. The position will be located at PAD’s office in Nairobi, Kenya (alternatively, it is also possible for the position to be based at PAD’s office in Kakamega, in Western Kenya), and will temporarily be a work-from-home position due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

    PAD is a start-up organization and will require flexibility from all staff with regards to roles and responsibilities.

    The Research and Operations Manager will be responsible for the following main tasks:

    • Supervise the development and rapid-iteration of PAD mobile services in Kenya, including developing protocols for monitoring our digital platform, ensuring rigorous testing and piloting of the platform, collecting feedback from the platform users, and planning the development of new features;
    • Work closely with PAD researchers and our partner organizations to identify, develop, and launch new research projects, and ensure their technical rigor;
    • Supervise from start to finish the implementation of various research projects in collaboration with our partners. This includes developing research designs and proposals, managing data collection activities, and conducting data cleaning and analysis;
    • Ensure project adherence in the field to general research design, sample selection, data quality and security, and research protocols;
    • Guide program teams on the use of evidence-based approach and contribute to the building of institutional knowledge of the evidence base;
    • Directly supervise project staff (Research Associates, Field Staff, Interns), and lead training and onboarding of new/incoming project staff;
    • Maintain excellent relationship and communication with our partners to ensure the success of our projects;
    • Develop and maintain work plans and timelines across projects to ensure optimal allocation of resources and meeting key deadlines on time;
    • Keep the Kenya Country Director appraised of all developments on the projects in their portfolio, and serve as key link between partners, project staff, and PAD researchers;
    • Support the dissemination of results via presentations and reports to our partners;
    • Contribute to general management tasks important for the organization's functioning and success including but not limited creation and monitoring of program budgets, hiring, and strategic planning.

    Qualifications

    Required Qualifications and Experience:

    • A master's degree in economics, agricultural economics, public policy, or a closely related field.
    • Strong technical understanding of economics and randomized evaluations.
    • At least 4 years' experience running or managing quantitative research projects focusing on impact evaluation.
    • The candidate must be comfortable engaging with high level policy contacts (e.g. senior officials, senior staff from international organizations).
    • Proficient in using Stata or R for data analysis.
    • Strong writing and oral communication skills in English, with attention to detail and advanced writing and presentation skills.
    • Ability to manage multiple projects and stakeholders. Strong self-motivation with skill in working under tight timelines.
    • Strong leadership and relationship-building skills with experience managing staff.
    • Willingness to travel up both within Kenya and the East Africa region.

    Desired Qualifications and Experience: Our preferred candidates are likely to have some, but not all, of the following qualifications

    • Proficient in using SurveyCTO or a similar program for survey design.
    • Experience working on randomized evaluations.
    • Experience working on agricultural programs.
    • Previous work experience in Kenya or other East African countries.

     Position details

    • Full time
    • Start date: As soon as possible
    • Location: Nairobi, Kenya (temporarily work-from-home due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, until it is safe to work from PAD’s office) 
    • Compensation: Commensurate with experience

    To apply, please visit the PAD website and use the online application form. The job position will be reviewed on a rolling basis and open until the position is filled.

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