Survey Expert, Agricultural Economist – Abt Associates

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Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates was ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms in 2012 and also named one of the top 40 international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in nearly 40 countries.

The International Economic Growth Division conducts projects in agriculture, economic development, labor, privatization, environment, and trade. We work in developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. Our clients include the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and multilateral financial institutions such as the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank.

Job Title: Survey Expert, Agricultural Economist (Nigeria)

Job Description

Abt Associates, a global leader in research and program implementation, is recruiting a survey expert and agricultural economist as consultants to support an impact evaluation of the AgResults Aflasafe Project, a multi-year effort to stimulate the market through aflatoxin control. Consultancies will require 30-50 days in the first year and possible additional time thereafter. Work is anticipated to begin between July and September 2013.

Survey Expert
In consultation with the team leader, agricultural economist, in-country project implementer, and other relevant parties, assist in the development of survey questionnaires.
Interface with the team leader based in the US to support survey implementation, including working with the survey firm to ensure proper translation of questionnaires in local languages, monitoring of data collection and data quality control measures.

Master’s in agricultural economics, economics or related discipline with minimum 5 years of experience
2-3 years of experience conducting and/or overseeing large-sample survey implementation in developing country contexts
Excellent written and communication skills in English.
Experience in conducting surveys addressing rural livelihoods and agriculture is a plus
Knowledge of STATA or related software is a plus
Experience in conducting impact evaluations is a plus

Agricultural Economist
In consultation with the qualitative specialist, interface with the in-country project implementer and survey expert on survey development, implementation, and data analysis.
Develop survey questionnaires to support qualitative data collection.
Implement qualitative surveys with diverse respondents representing farming, agricultural input and service, trading, processing, and consumption nodes of agricultural value chains
Assist in the analysis of survey results under the supervision of the qualitative specialist and evaluation team lead.

Master’s in agricultural economics, economics, rural sociology, or related discipline with at least five years of experience
2-3 years of experience in conducting qualitative research (key informant interviews, focus groups, small-sample surveys, etc.) survey in a developing country
Conceptual foundation in subsector analysis, value chain analysis, structure-conduct-performance, industrial organization, and/or experience in conducting surveys addressing rural livelihoods, agriculture, gender, private-sector development issues
Demonstrable understanding of approaches to ensure rigor and scientific validity of data collected through qualitative methods
Excellent written and communication skills in English.

Qualified candidates, please submit your CV and summary of relevant qualifications to by June 15. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

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