Project Associate

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Precision Agriculture for Development (PAD)
PAD is a small, but fast-growing global non-profit that uses tech, data science and behavioural economics to provide targeted information to farmers in developing countries. Providing the right information to the right people, in the right way and at the right time, increases incomes, protects the environment and improves well-being. We are evidence-based: we test our interventions with randomised control trials to prove our impact and cost effectiveness, to simultaneously learn from and improve our service, and also to demonstrate our value to funders and partners. There are few programmes in international development that are as demonstrably cost-effective as ours. We currently work in eight countries in Africa and Asia, and we are expanding as more governments and organisations look for innovative ways to use new technologies to get information to people across the developing world.
Precision Agriculture for Development, Inc. (PAD) seeks an Ethiopia Project Associate to support PAD operations in Ethiopia by supporting multiple projects with government and other key partner organizations. PAD was established with a keen eye towards rigorous evaluation and constant experimentation.
Applicants must be Ethiopian citizens. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.
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Job Description
The Project Associate will support the implementation of on-the-ground operations for PAD  Ethiopia in partnership with the government of Ethiopia. The Project Associate will be responsible for the following tasks: 
  • Work closely with PAD team members and partner organizations to implement projects;
  • Provide project implementation support to project technical staff and provide overall backstopping;
  • Work closely with Project Managers to track deliverables across projects, and contribute to the effective implementation of activities
  • Plan and execute program activities, including identifying priorities, creating timelines, meeting with stakeholders, monitoring project implementation and maintaining project files on shared drives;
  • Supervise and coordinate qualitative and quantitative data collection (including farmer focus groups, interviews, surveys), data cleaning and analysis, and writing reports;
  • Maintain excellent relationships and communication with partners to ensure the success of our projects;
  • Support the dissemination of project results via presentations and reports;
  • Develop and document project protocols and processes. 

Start date:

  • Flexible but will review CVs on a rolling basis


  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with frequent travel to rural areas  


  • We offer competitive benefits
Job Requirements:


Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in development or agricultural economics, public policy, international development, business administration or closely related fields.
  • At least 2-3 years’ work experience
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills in English
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Willingness and ability to work under tight timelines, and flexibility to engage in multiple projects
  • Willingness to travel upto 30% to project areas nationally
  • Ability to work independently and with minimum supervision

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

  • Master’s degree in any of the following fields; development or agricultural economics, public policy, international development, business administration or closely related fields
  • Ability to work in multicultural settings
  • Experience working on implementation of smallholder agricultural projects
  • Private sector consulting experience a plus 
How To Apply:
Submit a CV including and contact information for three references and cover letter via PAD’s website no later than March 10, 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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