Researcher (Various Locations)

Research and Implementation · Boston, Massachusetts
Department Research and Implementation
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced


PAD is a rapidly scaling global non-profit that harnesses the power of technology, data science and behavioral economics to provide targeted information to farmers in developing countries. Providing the right information to the right people, in the right way and at the right time, increases incomes, protects the environment and improves well-being. We are evidence-based: we test our interventions with randomised controlled trials to prove our impact and cost effectiveness, to simultaneously learn from and improve our service, and to demonstrate our value to funders and partners. There are few programmes in international development that are as demonstrably cost effective as ours. We currently work in seven countries in Africa and Asia, and are expanding as more governments and organisations look for innovative ways to use new technologies to empower people across the developing world.


We are looking for a driven, creative and independent person to join a high-performing flexible team. As Researcher, you will work closely with PAD and affiliated researchers to provide guidance to PAD country teams in designing and implementing A/B tests and experimental research projects, and contribute to analyzing data and generating research outputs, including journal articles, working papers, presentations, policy briefs, and partner/donor reports. You will also support other implementation and management tasks to ensure the quality of PAD’s work across geographies.PAD conducts 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 and works closely with leading researchers, including Shawn Cole of Harvard Business School, Nobel Laureate for Economic Sciences, Michael Kremer of Harvard University’s department of economics, and Dan Bjorkegren, a leading researcher working at the intersection of data science and development economics at Brown University.




The Researcher will be responsible for the following main tasks:


  • Work closely with PAD scientific advisors, PAD researchers, and other affiliated researchers to coauthor journal articles, working papers, and policy briefs based on A/B tests and RCTs conducted by PAD and its partners

  • Present research and represent PAD at relevant conferences and other outreach events.

  • Develop new research ideas that support Precision Agriculture for Development (PAD)’s programs and partners across geographies through research projects.

  • Oversee the lifecycle of research projects including development, proposal implementation, and review and management stages.

  • Provide guidance to PAD’s field teams to design and carry out exploratory research, A/B tests, evaluations, and data analysis

  • Provide oversight to Research Assistants, Research Managers, and Data Managers across PAD geographies.

  • Ensure data quality remains high and that documentation for research projects is properly maintained.

  • Develop or contribute substantially to proposal applications for prospective funders and partners, alongside other PAD team members.

  • Contribute to grant and funder reporting requirements.

  • Contribute to general management tasks important for PAD’s functioning and success




Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • PhD in economics, agricultural economics, public policy, or related field

  • Experience with research in developing countries

  • Experience with field experiments

  • Strong communication skills

  • Strong writing skills

  • Strong organizational and planning skills

  • Willingness and ability to work under tight timelines, and flexibility to engage in multiple projects

  • Ability to work independently in a global start-up NGO environment

  • Ability to work well with teams with diverse backgrounds and experience

  • Willingness to be based in one of PAD’s field sites, or to travel up to 40%

  • Experience in agriculture and technology for development a plus


Position Details


Locations: Boston, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Pakistan, Rwanda 

Start Date: July 2020


Application process


Interested candidates should submit an updated CV, a cover letter and contact information for 3 references on our website’s job portal by February 15, 2020. Once your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email with a request to submit your job market paper or a recent publication (preferably single-authored) for consideration. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


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  • Location
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Department
    Research and Implementation
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience