Zambia Agriculture Research Associate - Lusaka, Zambia
- Harare, Zimbabwe
|Job Location||Lusaka, Zambia|
|Job Role||Zambia Agriculture Research Associate|
|Employment Type||Full Time|
|Monthly Salary||Negotiable Depending on Candidate|
|Years of Experience||2|
|Residence Location||Lusaka, Zambia|
|Nationality||Open to All|
Responsibilities and duties include but are not subject to:
Conduct outsight research and liaise with other agriculture institutions in Zambia and elsewhere to inform trial questions. Many questions need more in depth research to improve trial planning and success. Some example topics include:
Reducing the cost of growing maize for organisations farmers
Moving forward with trials and scale up of reduction of weeds pressure
Developing a strategy to build soil fertility and structure for organisations farmers
Best practices for designing crop storage trials
Lead farmers’ preference tests for maize and other crops
Develop surveys, focus groups, semi-structured interview protocols and other farmer engagement strategies, and analyse data to discover and evaluate new trial ideas for improving impact along our 3 major impact categories: Farmer profit, Healthy soil, and Healthy families.
Designing and supporting execution of Research station trials
Play a leading role in trial prioritization and design for all research station trials.
Prioritize trials effectively based on research and station results
Create impact models for each product or idea to be tested throughout trials
Create crop management protocols and calendars for trials
Support the research station team in executing trials and solving problems
Gather feedback from research station teams to inform further trial ideas
Develop and deliver trainings to research station teams
<Br> Designing and supporting execution of participatory farmer field trials
Prioritize trials effectively, particularly through use of desk research and research station trials results
Create planting protocols and calendars for trials
Support the Impact field team in executing trials and solving problems
Develop and deliver trainings to Impact field team
Data audit and analysis
Analysis and reporting
Following completion of trials, the Agriculture Research Manager will: <b> Carry out statistical analyses and interpret results
Draft trial reports
Make recommendations for next steps e.g. repeat trial, add treatments, scaling-up.
Experience with agricultural research and application of findings, especially in smallholder tropical agriculture.
Experience with trial management (research station and / or participatory farmer field trials) required
Strong work experiences, which may include a demanding professional work experience, successful entrepreneurial experience, leading a conference, starting a business, etc.
Strong project management, communication, and leadership experience.
Strong data management and analysis skills. Experience with Excel required; experience with R or Stata strongly preferred.
A willingness to commit to living in East Africa for at least two years.
The ideal candidate will have at least one year demonstrated experience working in the developing world, although this is not a strict requirement.
Language: English required.
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