UPDATE (January 2021): In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, we believe that helping smallholder farmers ensure their food security and livelihoods is more important than ever. Because PAD's advisory services are digital, we are able to continue and even expand most of our services while our staff work remotely from their homes. We are actively hiring for the role below, and we encourage qualified applicants to apply.
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 nine countries in Africa and Asia, is launching operations in 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. PxD 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 Post-Doctoral Researcher, you will work closely with PAD and affiliated researchers, as well as PAD country teams, to conduct research to inform program designs, identify market and behavioral failures, and test potential solutions using latest technologies and data, as well as insights from behavioral economics and data science. PAD works closely with leading researchers, including Shawn Cole of Harvard Business School and Nobel Laureate for Economic Sciences, Michael Kremer of the University of Chicago’s department of economics and new Development Innovation Lab
The Post-Doctoral Researcher will be responsible for the following main tasks:
Required Qualifications and Experience:
Interested candidates should submit an updated CV with contact information for three references, a cover letter and their job market paper or recent working paper on our website’s job portal by February 28, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
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