Junior Scientist:Socio-economist Research Assistant

World Agroforestry Centre, Bamako, Mali

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
4th July, 2015

Job Description

About the position

• The Socio-economist Research Assistant will perform all tasks related to research activities, capacity building and dissemination of agroforestry in Mali, to enhance the uptake of agroforestry innovations developed and contribute to the visibility of ICRAF Research in the Sahel.
• The Socio-economist Research Assistant will assist in conducting research activities on agroforestry products marketing, value chain analysis, gender research and will contribute in supervising and monitoring of ongoing interventions in ICRAF’s projects sites in Mali, with special linkages with SmAT-Scaling program

To be based in Bamako (Samanko station), the incumbent will mainly be assigned to the following:

• Assist in elaborating training modules and contributing to training actors on marketing, value chain analysis, M&E, and multi-stakeholders innovation platforms modules;
• Developing data collection instruments and ffacilitate the gathering, processing and archiving of primary data in socioeconomic and biophysical analyses;
• Using advanced econometric software in quantitative and qualitative research analyses;
• Publishing scientific articles in reference socioeconomic journals;
• Supervise and monitor the field activities carried out in Mopti, Sikasso and Timbuktu with the framework of Global Climate Change and SmAT-Scaling projects;
• Provide a monthly feedback through a comprehensive report delineating updated information on the activities carried out;
• Maintain and strengthen the existing partnership between ICRAF and its partners;
• Contribute to develop concept notes for fund raising, and technical reports; and
• Carry out any other tasks requested by the Sahel Node Coordinator or the Supervisor.

Skills and competencies

• A very good knowledge of participatory learning and knowledge sharing approaches;
• Possessing excellent interpersonal and diplomacy skills;
• Very good knowledge on data collection, processing and analysis;
• Responsive, rigorous, available;
• Good reporting and writing skills in English;
• Proficient in English and French, and use of both languages to writing reports and journal articles. A third national language (spoken in Mopti, Sikasso or Timbuktu) will be an advantage;
• Be creative and able to innovatively and having experiences in using Information and Communication Technology Tools in gathering field data;
• Good familiarity with integrated management of natural resources projects (agroforestry, forestry, agricultural) research and development sectors will be an asset;
• Be familiar with statistics and econometric software. The use of Stata will be an advantage.


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