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