Research Associate (Closing date May 10, 2024)

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The objectives of the project are: (1) To identify barriers to adoption of conservation agriculture (CA) practices, including biophysical, socioeconomic, and institutional and policy constraints; (2) To identify labor-efficient mechanization options for smallholder farmers; and (3) To identify approaches and strategies for inclusive scaling of CA practices. The project will go beyond bio-physical science (agronomic benefits) to encompass social and scaling science to understand not only the bio-physical performance but also the socio-economic and institutional drivers and barriers to adoption of CA technologies and practices.

Under the guidance of the Socio-economist for the ACASA project, the Research Associate will:

  • Design and conduct household surveys.
  • Conduct focus group discussions and key informant interviews.  
  • Develop a database and conduct a meta-analysis of available data from surveys and on-station/on-farm experiments on adoption and benefits of conservation agriculture practices in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  • Conduct high-quality, scholarly literature reviews.
  • Analyze data and contribute to the writing of research reports, journal articles, policy briefs, and other publications of relevance to the project.
  • Assist with the organization of stakeholder workshops and consultations.   
  • Participate in scientific workshops and conferences.
  • Train survey supervisors and enumerators.
  • Carry out any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Requirements

  • MSc degree in Agric. Economics or Agribusiness from a recognized university.
  • Experience conducting economic analysis and familiarity/proficiency with various statistical software packages, such as Stata
  • Demonstrated ability to write research reports and journal papers.
  • Familiarity with both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.
  • Proficiency with computer assisted personal interview (CAPI) software such as ODK, CSPro, etc.
  • An active interest in socio-economics research.
  • Excellent spoken and written English.
  • Ability to work independently.

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