Expression of Interest for Research Associate Positions

Research · Multiple, Multiple
Department Research
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

This is an expression of interest (EOI) process, rather than recruitment for a position we've formally opened yet. Submissions will be assessed on a rolling basis. If we see a potential match, and when a position becomes available, identified candidates through this process who meet the selection criteria will be contacted. Unfortunately, we are unable to respond to specific EOI inquiries.

Position description

At PxD, Research Associates 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 

  • Support the implementation of research activities for one or more workstreams with moderate oversight
  • Carry out day-to-day basic data management, including cleaning and merging datasets to prepare them for analysis 
  • Produce accurate and organized summaries of data including basic analysis for descriptive statistics and simple regression analysis 
  • Support primary data collection, including enumerator training and running high frequency data checks
  • Maintain project documentation, including experiment registry entries
  • Carry out literature reviews and other desk research when research questions and basic structure are provided
  • Fill in frameworks provided with specific information to identify program insights
  • Draft survey and focus group discussion instruments when structure and concepts are provided
  • Support 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
  • Support IRB protocol development
  • Contribute to funding proposals and project reports
  • Assist with partner relations and working with external stakeholders for implementation of field operations

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

  • A bachelor’s degree in economics, agricultural economics, public policy, statistics, or a closely related field
  • Strong understanding of economics, econometrics, and familiarity with randomized evaluations
  • Excellent knowledge of Stata or R or similar software for data analysis
  • Experience working on field research in economics in developing countries
  • Experience in using SurveyCTO or a similar program for survey design
  • Understanding 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

Successful candidates must have a strong interest in and commitment to PxD's mission to leverage technology to improve the lives of the poor at scale.

We are particularly interested in candidates who are located in Kenya, India, Pakistan, Nigeria and Ethiopia.

How to submit an expression of interest

Please visit the PxD website and use the online form to submit a CV, a cover letter, and brief responses to the screening questions.

PxD is committed to building an inclusive and diverse organisation. We don’t make decisions based on gender, gender identity, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation or any other personal characteristics that are unrelated to the role. We understand that everyone has different lifestyles and we accommodate flexible working to make sure you are as productive and happy as you can be. We will use any personal data you provide for recruitment purposes only.

About PxD

Our vision is to end information poverty by delivering personalized information to households via mobile phones. By providing actionable information and advice to the right people, in the right way and at the right time, we enable poor people in low- and middle-income countries to make better-informed decisions to enhance their livelihoods and well-being. PxD mainly provides customized digital advice to smallholder farmers, but we are expanding into new informational fields, including environmental sustainability education, financial services, and nutrition. We collaborate with partners to achieve scale, and continuously experiment, iterate, and gather evidence to improve our services and demonstrate value. As of Q1 of 2022, PxD reached 6.1 million users across ten countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. We are rapidly expanding as governments and organizations look for innovative ways to use technology to provide services at scale and at a very low cost per person.

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