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Research Associate

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, known by its Spanish acronym, CIMMYT®, is a not -for-profit research and training organization with partners in over 100 countries.  Please refer to our website for more information: www.cimmyt.org

We are seeking a highly skilled and motivated candidate for the position of Research Associate to be based in our Southern Africa Office in Harare, Zimbabwe. This is a nationally recruited position and is open to all Zimbabweans with excellent academic records. This position will support on-going research activities in Zimbabwe and collaborating projects in the Southern Africa region as needed. The incumbent will work under the supervision of scientists in implementing various socioeconomics research projects and play an important role in implementing field surveys, curating and analyzing data under the direction of CIMMYT economist,  collecting and processing secondary data, developing research reports, policy briefs, communication materials in the area of technology, policy, market and institutional enablers of agricultural sustainable intensification, resilience and sustainable development. The specific research agenda will include but not limited to adoption and market studies, analysis of resilience and impact estimation.

Specific duties:

  • Lead field data teams in field data collection in large research projects involving large household surveys.
  • Collect, collate and organize survey data (household level and community level), and other information (e.g., adoption patterns, impacts etc.) as directed. Analyze such collected household survey data using advanced and most recent statistical and econometric techniques.
  • Develop computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI) programs, train and supervise field data collection teams for the efficient deployment of large surveys for real and near-time data capture.
  • Under the guidance of scientific supervisor, run statistical and econometric models on large socio-economic datasets to identify adoption and impact pathways for sustainable intensification including but not limited to conservation agriculture methods.
  • Conduct literature reviews and assist in preparing strategy documents, research reports and policy briefs to strengthen research and publication efforts.
  • Maintaining high standards and ensuring impeccable quality control of data sets and maintaining such datasets in accessible and replicable format.
  • Process, consolidate, and transform data sets within and between databases using advanced data management tools to ensure efficient data sharing, findability and inter-operability.
  • Locate, assemble and analyze secondary data relevant for socioeconomics and policy research in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa.
  • Present socioeconomic and farm production data in spatially explicit formats to facilitate visualization, synthesis and communication with a broad range of stakeholders.
  • Perform other relevant qualitative analyses, as directed.
  • Establish and maintain contacts with collaborating organizations and partners.
  • Assist in organizing project and stakeholder’s meetings and participate in scientific workshops and conferences.
  • Any other duties and miscellaneous tasks as required and as assigned from time to time.

Required academic qualifications, skills and attitudes:

  • Master’s degree (or above) in economics, computer science, statistics, math, or any other field (e.g., natural sciences) with an emphasis on computational analysis and a minimum work experience of 3 years.
  • Expertise with computer-based quantitative analysis (e.g., statistics, econometrics, Python and related) and a proficiency with STATA platform is required.
  • Experience with household survey design, implementation, data entry, cleaning and analysis.
  • Formal training in econometrics, statistics and/or probability theory.
  • Familiarity with Geographic Information Systems is desirable.
  • Familiarity with agriculture and rural development is essential.
  • The selected candidate must be able to demonstrate the following competencies: Communication, Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking and Teamwork.

Submit your applications to the following e-mail address:  CIMMYT-Zimbabwe@cgiar.org

Cover Letter should refer explicitly to the essential qualifications, skills, and competencies stated above providing clear and concrete examples of where, when, and how the experience was gained and expected remuneration. Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration. The closing date for receipt of applications is 31st December 2020. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

CIMMYT is an equal opportunity employer.  Women are encouraged to apply.

To apply for this job please visit cgiar.org%20 .