Research and Operations Associate (Brazil)

· Brasilia, Fortaleza, Salvador
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

This position is not tied to a specific location in Brazil, please see at the bottom of this page for location requirements, apologies for any resulting confusion. Please submit all application materials in English.


Precision Development (PxD) is a global non-profit organization that harnesses technology, data science and behavioral economics to empower people living in poverty to improve their lives. By providing actionable information to the right people, in the right way and at the right time, PxD empowers poor people living in developing countries to improve their livelihoods, mitigate risks, and advance environmental sustainability. PxD, through its primary project, Precision Agriculture for Development (PAD), delivers customized agricultural advice to smallholder farmers via their mobile phones. PAD implements this pioneering model of agricultural extension in collaboration with partner organizations to maximize scale, and continuously experiments, iterates, and gathers evidence on impact to improve service delivery and demonstrate value. PAD currently works in ten countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and is rapidly expanding as governments and organizations look for innovative ways to utilize new technologies to deliver actionable information to people who need it. As of the end of the third quarter of 2020, PAD was serving 3.6 million farmers through a range of services providing tailored information on crop optimization, pest management, input utilization and environmental stewardship. PAD is piloting the use of mobile technology to deliver information in sectors beyond agriculture, including the use of SMS to facilitate math education in Kenya.

We are looking for a driven, creative and independent person to join a high-performing, flexible team as a Research and Operations Associate to support PxD's new operations in Brazil - our second program in Latin America. You will work in a non-hierarchical team and have opportunities to work closely with the Country Launch Manager, and Latin America Regional Director and substantially contribute to PAD’s programs that test new ideas, measure their impacts, and scale them up.  

We strongly encourage applications from women and Brazilian nationals. 


The Research and Operations Associate will support research, operations, and the scaling of activities in Brazil by overseeing implementation of operations on the ground, including: project management, data collection, monitoring and analysis of service usage, user database management, external relations, human resources & administrative tasks. The Research Associate will report to the Brazil Country Launch Manager and will work closely with the Latin America Regional Director, and Global Directors. The position will be located in either Brasilia, Brazil or a state capital in the Northeast Region such as Salvador (Bahia State), or Fortaleza (Ceara State), and will temporarily be a work-from-home position due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. When it is safe to do so, this position will be based from PxD's office in Brazil and will require frequent travel to field locations in Brazil. PxD is a start-up organization and will require flexibility from all staff with regards to roles and responsibilities.


The Brazil Research and Operations Associate will be responsible for the following main tasks:


  • Work closely with PxD team members and partner organizations to implement projects;
  • Provide support to project research and operations staff and provide overall backstopping;
  • Work closely with Country Launch Manager to track deliverables across projects, and contribute to the effective implementation of activities;
  • Plan and execute program activities, including identifying priorities, creating timelines, meeting with stakeholders, monitoring project implementation and maintaining project files on shared drives;
  • Supervise and coordinate qualitative and quantitative data collection (including farmer focus groups, interviews, surveys); 
  • Lead data management activities, monitor usage of the PxD products, clean and analyze data, support complementary monitoring and evaluation efforts, and report writing;
  • Oversee the implementation of research projects and A/B tests, including the development of research design and proposals;
  • Assist in managing partner relations, and working with external stakeholders for the implementation of field operations.




Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • A bachelor's degree in economics, agricultural economics, public policy, statistics, or a closely related field.
  • Good understanding of economics and familiarity with randomized evaluations.
  • Fluency in English and Portuguese. Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent management and organizational skills, detail-oriented, and ability to work independently and be supervised remotely.
  • 1-2 years' work experience running or managing projects in the development sector.
  • Excellent knowledge of Stata or R or similar software for data analysis.
  • Ability to work under time pressure and solve problems in the field.
  • Willingness to travel up to 30% to project areas nationally.

Desired Qualifications and Experience: Our preferred candidates are likely to have some, but not all, of the following qualifications:


  • Master's degree in economics, agricultural economics, public policy, statistics, or a closely related field.
  • Proficient in using SurveyCTO or a similar program for survey design.
  • Experience working on randomized evaluations.
  • Experience working on agricultural programs.
  • Experience managing teams and working in groups.
  • Previous work experience in Brazil or other Latin American countries.


 Position details

  • Full time
  • Start date: As soon as possible
  • Location: Brasilia, Salvador (Bahia State), or Fortaleza (Ceara State), Brazil (temporarily work-from-home due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, until it is safe to work from PAD’s office)
  • Compensation: Commensurate with experience
  • Work authorization: This position is contingent upon the candidate being able to get work authorization in Brazil.

To apply, please visit the PxD website and use the online application form. The job position will be reviewed on a rolling basis and open until the position is filled.

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