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Expression of Interest for Research Manager at Precision Agriculture for Development (PAD). Nairobi

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Job 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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