Job Opportunity at IITA, Assistant Scientist – Market Research

Assistant Scientist – Market Research

IITA-TZ-19 – R4D-007 -NRS-DSM

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) on behalf of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) invites applications for the position of Assistant Scientist – Market Research

Background: The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is a nonprofit independent research and training organization. IRRI is a member of the Consultative Group of International Agricultural research (CGIAR) Consortium. We develop new rice varieties and rice crop management techniques that help rice farmers improve the yield and quality of their rice in an environmentally sustainable way. We work with our public and private sector partners in national Agricultural research and extension systems in major rice growing countries to do research, training and knowledge transfer.

Duty Station: The position will be based at the IITA Regional Hub for Eastern Africa in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Criteria for Success / Qualifications


  • Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural economics, marketing, agribusiness or related disciplines and 4 years of relevant work experience in implementing and analyzing market-oriented research and/or household surveys
  • Master of Science degree in agricultural economics, marketing, agribusiness or related disciplines and 1 year of relevant work experience in implementing and analyzing market-oriented research and/or household surveys
  • Has proven technical proficiency in conducting/analyzing market and/or value chain studies
  • Has strong oral and written communication skills
  • Has strong analytical skills
  • Has strong coordination and networking skills
  • Has some experience in scientific writing
  • Has good presentation skills
  • Has some experience in database management (both quantitative and qualitative documents



Responsibilities

Purpose

Consolidate, evaluate and analyze research data related to market research and value chain analysis
Assist in designing research studies based on the research outline provided, in the area of market research and value chain analysis
Contribute to design of research protocols and provide logistical support in implementation
Manage the implementation of research activities related to market research and value chain analysis
Assist in collection of primary and secondary data such as literature review and desktop research
Assist in development of data repository and assure maintenance of accurate data recording — Assist in the interpretation of results in relation to market research and value chain analysis
Summarize research findings and draft manuscripts for publication in refereed journals

Engagement

Coordinate with collaborating partners on their research requirements
Work in cross-functional interdisciplinary team within the institute and with national partners – Provide assistance and guidelines/information to internal/external research partner(s) considering the implementation of research activities including the logistics
Maintain smooth conduct of research activities by coordinating with partners and fostering a productive teamwork environment
Exchange conceptual ideas with collaborating partners (national/international) and seek feedback
Act as resource person for training courses and visitors Assist students and trainees

Delivery

Provide inputs to project reports
Verify suggested methodologies and establish parameters
Prepare posters and papers for presentation at local and international conferences
Select adequate research tools and equipment
Draft training material using readily available published information (i.e. protocols, methodology)
Prepare necessary supply; identify resource persons; make sure that the logistics are appropriate for defined purpose 3

General information:

The duration of contract for the position is two years. This is a nationally recruited position and IITA offers a competitive remuneration package.

Applications:

Applications including curriculum vitae, copies of certificates, telephone number, email address, and names and addresses of two referees should be sent to the Country Representative, IITA-Tanzania, Plot No. 25, Mwenge – Coca-Cola Road, Mikocheni Industrial Area P.O. Box 34441, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania or by email to IITA-Tanzania@cgiar.org

Applicants are requested to please indicate the reference number for the position as indicated on the heading of the announcement in your application as well as on the subject of your email if sending by email. If sending by post or hand delivery, please indicate the reference number on your application as well as on the left-hand side of your envelope. Please note that any applications without the reference number indicated will be automatically disqualified.

Closing date: Two weeks from the date of advertisement appearing in the newspaper. Please not that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted:

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