The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting scholarly research in collaboration with the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA). CSISA aims to decrease hunger and malnutrition and increase food security among resource-poor, small-scale farm families in South Asia. The initiative’s objective is to promote sustainable intensification of cereal cropping systems, largely through the accelerated development and inclusive deployment of new varieties, sustainable management practices and technologies, and pro-poor public policies. Focal areas for policy research in CSISA include seed systems and markets, scale-appropriate agricultural mechanization, fertilizer and soil nutrient management, and agricultural risk management. Additionally, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to other research activities throughout South Asia.

Essential Duties:

Specific duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Managing randomized control trials (RCTs) in rural India
  • Assisting with the development and implementation of quantitative surveys in developing countries, including questionnaire development, field team training and development of software applications for recording interview responses on tablet computers
  • The organization, cleaning, manipulation and analysis of large household data sets
  • Collaborating on analysis of survey data with the research team
  • Assistance in the preparation of proposals, project deliverables, briefs and papers
  • Other duties as assigned which may include literature reviews and co-authoring papers

Required Skills:

  • Master’s degree in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Statistics, Public Policy, or equivalent
  • Demonstrated experience working with large quantitative data sets (data cleaning, management, analysis, etc.)
  • Excellent STATA skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision

Preferred skills

  • Experience with data entry and CAPI software packages (ODK, Surveybe, Epi Info, etc)
  • Knowledge of regression methods
  • Demonstrated strong writing skills
  • Training and experience in methods for designing and conducting impact evaluations, including randomized controlled trials (RCT), and other methods
  • Experience in survey design, questionnaire design, and conducting and supervising household surveys in India
  • Experience working in rural India