Researcher Agricultural Economics

International Rice Research Institute

Manila, Philippines

To ensure the successful implementation of IRRI projects in alignment with approved proposals and the achievement of their metric indicators, which ultimately benefit the target beneficiaries, effective monitoring, evaluation, learning, and impact assessment (MELIA) activities are of paramount importance. However, these activities requires additional human resources to collect, validate, process, and analyze data, ensuring that the projects reach their milestones and make a meaningful impact on the intended beneficiaries.
This role, under the guidance of the Senior Associate Scientist I, will play a pivotal role in collecting, managing, processing, and analyzing primary data at both household and field levels. The primary objective is to contribute to the development of data collection tools, the validation and cleaning of data, data management and analysis, and the preparation of reports for projects related to monitoring, evaluation, learning, and impact assessment.
This position will be based at the IRRI Headquarters, Los Baños, Philippines and may only be filled by permanent citizens of the Philippines.
Roles and Responsibilities:
  • Under the guidance of Senior Associate Scientist I, design data collection tools using Survey Solutions, perform data validation and quality checks, execute data cleaning algorithms, manage data, conduct analysis, and provide support for report writing and other project-related documentation
  • Play a key role in coordinating and overseeing field-level data collection efforts
  • Support in organizing and delivering training sessions related to data collection, management, and analysis
  • Engage in effective communication with internal partners and collaborators to streamline data collection and validation planning
  • Offer valuable insights into strategic planning and tools that enhance data collection, management, and analysis
  • Foster close collaboration with interviewers and field supervisors to ensure the seamless execution of data collection and validation.
  • Actively coordinate with fellow IRRI staff and external collaborators in the facilitation of training programs related to data collection, management, and analysis
  • Offer valuable support in the execution of data collection, validation, management, and analysis processes
  • Contribute to the comprehensive collection, validation, management, and analysis of household and field-level data while actively contributing to the development of manuscripts for reports, publications, and presentations or posters for national and international conferences
  • Efficiently coordinate and prepare training sessions by ensuring that materials, logistics, and resource personnel align with the defined objectives
  • Maintain the organization of collected data, analysis results, and manuscripts, including the commands and do-files used for data validation, cleaning, management, and analysis
  • Timely prepare and submit research outputs to Senior Associate Scientist I
  • Assist in the development of questionnaire guides and training manuals under the guidance from Senior Associate Scientist I
  • Bachelor's degree in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Statistics or other related studies with at least 2 years of relevant work experience
Skills Required:
  • Has proven technical proficiency in developing questionnaire in computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI) software and conducting household-level data collection, validation, cleaning, analysis and report writing
  • Has good oral and written communication skills
  • Has good presentation skills
  • Is able to work independently
  • Has experience in using Stata, Survey Solution, and GitHub softwares
  • Has some experience in supervising staff and conducting training