Research and Operations Manager at Precision Agriculture for Development (PAD)

  • Research / Data Analysis
  • Full time
  • 8 months ago
  • Abuja
  • Job Qualifications MSC/MBA/MA
  • Number of vacancies 1 opening
  • Job experience 2 years

Job Description

Location: Abuja, Nigeria (temporarily work-from-home due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, until it is safe to work from PAD’s office)
Start date: As soon as possible

Job Description

  • We are looking for a driven, creative and independent person to join a high-performing, flexible team as a Research and Operations Manager to support PAD’s new operations in Nigeria.
  • You will work in a non-hierarchical team and have opportunities to work closely with PAD and affiliated researchers and substantially contribute to PAD’s programs that test new ideas, measure their impacts, and scale them up.


  • The Research and Operations Manager will be responsible to provide ongoing support to manage PAD’s research and operations in Nigeria. 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 Africa Regional Director and will work closely with the relevant Program Leads, Director of New Programs, Director of Research, and Research Affiliates.
  • The position will be located in Abuja, Nigeria 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 PAD’s office in Abuja, Nigeria and will require frequent travel to field locations in Nigeria.
  • 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:

  • Supervise the implementation of PAD mobile services in Nigeria, including developing protocols for monitoring digital platforms, ensuring rigorous testing and piloting of our platforms, collecting feedback from the platform users, and planning the development of new features;
  • Work closely with PAD researchers and our partner organizations to identify, develop, and launch new research projects;
  • Develop and maintain close relationships with key Government institutions;
  • Supervise from start to finish the implementation of various research projects in collaboration with our partners. This includes developing research designs and proposals, managing data collection activities, and conducting data cleaning and analysis;
  • Ensure project adherence in the field to general research design, sample selection, data quality and security, and research protocols;
  • Directly supervise project staff (Research Associates, Project Associates, Agronomists, Field Staff, Call Center Staff, Interns), and lead training and onboarding of new/incoming project staff;
  • Maintain excellent relationship and communication with our partners to ensure the success of our projects;
  • Develop and maintain work plans and timelines across projects to ensure optimal allocation of resources and meeting key deadlines on time;
  • Keep the Africa Regional Director appraised of all developments on the projects in their portfolio, and serve as key link between partners, project staff, and PAD researchers;
  • Support the dissemination of results via presentations and reports to our partners;
  • Contribute to project financial management, including creation and monitoring of program budgets;
  • Support the administrative registration and set-up of PAD in Nigeria.

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • A Master’s degree in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Public Policy, or a closely related field.
  • Strong technical understanding of economics and randomized evaluations.
  • At least 2 years’ experience running or managing quantitative research projects focusing on impact evaluation.
  • The candidate must be comfortable engaging with high level policy contacts (e.g. senior officials, senior staff from international organizations).
  • Proficient in using Stata or R for data analysis.
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills in English, with attention to detail and advanced writing and presentation skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and stakeholders. Strong self-motivation with skill in working under tight timelines.
  • Strong leadership and relationship-building skills with experience managing staff.
  • Willingness to travel up to 30% within Nigeria and potentially within the West Africa region.

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

  • Proficient in using SurveyCTO or a similar program for survey design.
  • Experience working on randomized evaluations.
  • Experience working on agricultural programs.
  • Previous work experience in Nigeria or other West African countries.

Work authorization:

  • This position is contingent upon the candidate being able to get work authorization in Nigeria.


  • Commensurate with experience

Method of Application

Work Authorization

  • This position is contingent upon the candidate being able to get work authorization in Nigeria.

Note: The job position  will be reviewed on a rolling basis and open until the position is filled.

Interested and qualified? Go to Precision Agriculture for Development (PAD) on to apply

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