Research Associate – Agriculture sector

Laterite

Summary

We are looking for a new Associate to join our team and focus on our portfolio of projects in the Agriculture sector. The role is based in Amsterdam or in any of our offices in East Africa (Kigali, Nairobi, Kampala, Addis Ababa, and Dar es Salaam).

In the Netherlands, candidates must have EU-EAA nationality or have an existing working permit for the Netherlands. To apply for this vacancy in Kenya or Rwanda, candidates must be Kenyan or Rwandan nationals.

About Laterite

Laterite is a data, research and analytics firm specialized in complex development challenges. We work with universities, global think tanks, international NGOs, multilateral donor organizations, and government ministries and agencies. Our clients include, for example, the World Bank, USAID, TechnoServe, Promundo, the Mastercard Foundation, and several UN agencies.

We currently have offices in the Netherlands, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, and Peru. The team brings together more than 80 full time local and international staff, as well as 1,000+ enumerators across all countries. We are proud to be a culturally diverse organization, and we welcome applications from groups currently under-represented in our team. Learn more: www.laterite.com

We work in socio-economic development research projects. We believe that impact is a long-term endeavour that requires being embedded in the local context. Delivering high-quality research requires building local teams and data collection systems, knowing the country, and establishing close working relationships.

One of Laterite’s key strategic goals is to create a collaborative and rewarding working environment for our staff, where every team member feels engaged, represented, and heard. Laterite is committed to create opportunities for learning and career development within the team and across our offices.

Laterite is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunities employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status.

What you will do:

As a Research Associate, based in one of our offices, you will:

  • Coordinate a portfolio of small research projects with a large client: coordinating the project team; ensuring implementation according to protocols; managing the budget and timeline; and working with client teams.
  • Play a hands-on role in all steps of the research process: designing the technical approach; developing protocols, research instruments, and sampling strategies; monitoring data quality; conducting quantitative and qualitative analysis; writing reports; and presenting to clients.
  • Contribute to the development of new business: proposing research ideas; writing technical proposals; and pricing.
  • Improve the way we work: researching and piloting new methodologies and technologies; standardizing and automating processes for data collection and analysis; and supporting internal operations like recruitment and IT.

You will develop skills and experience in:

  • Technical design of research projects
  • Data analysis
  • Business development
  • Managing client relationships
  • Managing a portfolio of research projects

What you will bring:

Our ideal candidates are passionate about social and economic research in East Africa. They can quickly grasp research concepts and structure their technical approach to a problem. They have strong analytical and interpersonal skills, self-motivation, and a drive to flourish in a fast-paced environment, where timelines can often be unpredictable. Our candidates have project coordination experience and can manage activities involving varying levels of stakeholders and multiple team members. They are willing to develop their professional skills, contribute to the growth of an organization dedicated to social impact, and thrive in an innovative and collaborative organization.

An ideal candidate will have:

  • A master’s degree in Education, Economics, Statistics, Public Health, Public Policy or a related field.
  • At least three years of professional experience in research (whether in a project/program or academic setting).
  • Strong analytical skills, experience working with quantitative data, and proficiency in Stata.
  • Experience communicating with external stakeholders or in a client-facing role.
  • Solid project management skills and experience coordinating projects with multiple components or teams.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

In addition, we value:

  • Experience working with primary data (data collection or cleaning and analysis)
  • Experience with Open Data Kit (ODK) or an ODK-based platform such as SurveyCTO or CommCare.
  • Previous work experience in East Africa
  • Research experience in one of Laterite’s core sectors – education, youth and labor, public health, agriculture or urbanization.
  • Knowledge of Python and/or R

What’s in it for you?

Laterite offers a competitive remuneration package, including medical insurance and 21 days of annual leave. We are also committed to supporting our staff’s learning, providing an annual learning budget of up to $500 per person and 5 days of time off for professional learning each year. We also provide remote work options in accordance with Laterite’s remote work policy.

The starting salary for this role is $2,620. The exact salary grade will be determined based on the selected candidate’s experience and performance in interviews. Salaries are pegged against the pay matrix. There is ample opportunity for growth both in terms of salary scales and roles. Promotions at Laterite are reviewed during our performance evaluations.

How to apply

What next?

1). Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Assessment

The first step is to complete a 30-minute verbal reasoning and quantitative assessment for which no special preparation is needed.

Link to the assessment: https://form.jotform.com/241093227089559

2). Submit application

Successful candidates will then be invited to upload their CV and cover letter via our online application system.

4). Analytical assessment

Candidates who meet the minimum requirements will be invited to complete an analytical assessment to gauge their capacity to perform statistical analysis on a dataset and present the findings in a short document (using STATA, R, or Python).

5). Interviews

Successful candidates will then be invited to a first interview. The interview stage will consist of three rounds of interviews.

Deadline

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Details on rolling applications can be found on the website: https://www.laterite.com/vacancies/

To apply for this job please visit www.laterite.com.

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