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 Research and Operations Manager, you will support research, operations, and the scaling of operations in Colombia, our first country in Latin America, by leading activities in collaboration with state governments, private/social enterprises, researchers and other key partner organizations. You will work closely with the Country Launch Manager and Regional Director for Latin America. You will work in a non-hierarchical team and be immersed in a start-up culture. You will have the freedom to try new ideas and will see your work pay off quickly, with a real impact on how much, and how quickly, we can reach more of the world's poorest people and help them to transform their lives.
The Research and Operations Manager will be responsible to provide support to PAD’s research operations and management in Colombia. In order to facilitate a steady stream of research and programmatic opportunities, the successful applicant will also actively contribute to fundraising, funder reporting, and research dissemination.
The Research and Operations Manager will report to the Colombia Country Launch Manager, and will work closely with the relevant Regional Director for Latin America and Global Directors. The base location of this position is in Bogota 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 out of the project’s office and will require frequent travel to field locations in Colombia. PAD is a start-up organization and will require flexibility from all staff with regards to roles and responsibilities.
The Research and Operations Manager will be responsible for the following main tasks:
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To apply, please visit the PAD 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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