**Please note that this is position is hired through our partner, J-PAL. The selected candidate will be an employee of J-PAL.   

Location: India

Education: Bachelors or Masters 

Language requirements: English and Hindi

Length of commitment: One year

Start date: April 1, 2017 or ASAP 

Project Description

Precision Agriculture for Development (PAD) is developing a platform to provide customized agricultural recommendations to small-holder farmers in the developing world. We develop and deliver individualized agricultural recommendations based on a combination of agricultural expertise, user feedback and machine learning.  India is central to our strategic vision. The Research Associate will be responsible for overseeing the development, testing, refinement, and scaling of our own service, as well as managing partnerships to implement the PAD service in a variety of additional settings. Our vision is to enable poor farmers to earn more, manage or avoid risks, and farm in a more environmentally sustainable manner.

The founding team includes senior professors at Harvard University, as well as experienced management, development and technology professionals, who have decades of combined experience creating impact at scale in the developing world. PAD is a very young social enterprise headquartered in Boston, USA and currently operates in India and Kenya and explorations in Ethiopia.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Research Associate will oversee the implementation of on-ground operations for PAD India including: project management, data collection activities, monitoring and analyzing usage of the service, managing the user database, external relations, human resources & admin. The candidate will report directly to the PAD India Director, The Research Associate will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Supervise the implementation of field operations
  • Hire, train, and supervise local staff; responsibility for office and physical infrastructure
  • Supervise data management activities, monitor usage of the PAD product, clean and analyze data, support complementary monitoring and evaluation efforts
  • Assist in developing and implementing sales and marketing strategies including online and offline marketing campaigns

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’sdegree in Economics, Statistics, Public Policy, Business Administration, or related fields
  • 0-2 years of work experience, prior work experience in a developing country context preferred
  • Familiarity with STATA a plus
  • Excellent communications, written and presentation skills
  • Excellent management and organizational skills
  • Commitment to agriculture based sustainable rural development and transformation
  • Fluency in English; Hindi and Gujarati preferred
  • Willingness to travel 

How to Apply

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application.

After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Research Associate - Precision Agriculture for Development”. Applications require you to include two letters of recommendation, statement of purpose (cover letter), CV, and transcripts.

Note:  you are able to submit your application without the recommendation letters. However, please be advised that we will be requiring them should you be invited for an interview.  Applications with incomplete submissions will not be considered. 

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for a written exam and interview(s).

About J-PAL

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) J-PAL was established in 2003 as a research center at the Economics Department at MIT. Since then, it has grown into a global network of researchers who use randomized evaluations to answer critical policy questions in the fight against poverty. J-PAL is propelled by a first-rate team dedicated to research, policy, training, and other vital work, supporting J-PAL's mission to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence.

J-PAL South Asia, which is based at the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) in India, analyses and disseminates research results and builds partnerships with policymakers to ensure that policy is driven by evidence, and that programs proven effective are scaled up. We have a growing number of partnerships in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.