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Data Scientist in Burundi or Rwanda , Burundi

Postdoctoral Fellow, CIALCA Data Scientist

Background:
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) invites applications for the internationally recruited position of Postdoctoral Fellow, Data Scientist to operate under the Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa (CIALCA - www.cialca.org). The Data Scientist is supposed to support Research for Development activities across the CIALCA region, which includes Burundi, Rwanda and eastern DR Congo.

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a not-for-profit institution that generates agricultural innovations to meet Africa’s most pressing challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty,
and natural resource degradation. Working with various partners across sub-Saharan Africa, we improve livelihoods, enhance food and nutrition security, increase employment, and preserve natural
resource integrity. IITA is a member of CGIAR, a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. Please visit http://www.iita.org/ for more information on IITA.

Position Responsibilities

The Postdoctoral Fellow will undertake the following activities:
• Assemble existing experimental and household agronomic, socio-economic and health data in a searchable, web-based repository.
• Improve and maintain relational databases for storing experimental and survey-based agronomic, socio-economic and/or health data.
• Develop, improve and maintain scripts to transfer data collected through mobile app- and webbased tools to databases.
• Develop and implement procedures for data verification and curation.
• Liaise with software developers and/or SharePoint managers to implement procedures to avail data to/collect data from end-users.
• Collaborate with scientists and mobile app developers to improve data collection tools (ODK) and others.
• Conduct statistical analyses of experimental and survey-based agronomic, socio-economic and/or health data.
• Collaborate with GIS specialists and geospatial information analysts to develop prediction models.
• Interact with crop modelling specialists to integrate crop models into predictions.
• Implement procedures for validation of prediction models and determine prediction error.
• Liaise with software and app developers to integrate prediction models into decision support tools.

Educational Qualifications
The candidate should have a completed PhD in data science, geospatial information systems, statistics or related, preferably applied in the field of agronomy, nutrition and/or soil science.

Core Competencies
• Thorough knowledge and demonstrated expertise in developing and managing relational databases. Knowledge of MySQL is a plus.
• Expert knowledge in applied statistics, including geospatial data analysis and experimental design.
• Strong programming skills in R.
• Applied knowledge, and experience in food and agricultural sciences.
• Proven capacity in contributing to the documentation of scientific research.
• Strong analytical skills.
• Excellent communication skills, able to interact with a multi-cultural and interdisciplinary team of scientists and development partners on IT and statistics in layman language.
• Proactive and independent problem solver, and excellent team player.

Duty station: Kigali, Rwanda or Bujumbura, Burundi.

General information: The contract will be for an initial period of two years. IITA offers an internationally competitive remuneration package paid in US Dollars.

Applications: Applications must include covering letter which should address how the candidate’s background/experience relates to the specific duties of the position applied for, curriculum vitae,
names and addresses of three professional referees (which must include either the Head of the applicant’s current or previous organization or applicant’s direct Supervisor/Superior at his/her present or former place of work). The application should be addressed to the Head of Human Resources.

IITA is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from women candidates.
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Are you interested in becoming a Data Scientist in Burundi? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but are not further involved in the recruitment for this particular vacancy.

Expiring: Mar 30, 2018
Data Analyst in Rwanda or Burundi , Rwanda

Background:
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) invites applications for the internationally recruited position of Data Analyst to operate under the Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa (CIALCA - www.cialca.org).

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a not-for-profit institution that generates agricultural innovations to meet Africa’s most pressing challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and natural resource degradation. Working with various partners across sub-Saharan Africa, we improve livelihoods, enhance food and nutrition security, increase employment, and preserve natural resource integrity. IITA is a member of CGIAR, a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. Please visit http://www.iita.org/ for more information on IITA.

The Data Analyst supports Research for Development activities across the CIALCA region, which includes Burundi, Rwanda and eastern DR Congo. The perfect candidate will have a background in a quantitative or technical field, will have experience working with developing data management and data collection systems, analysing large data sets, and will have some experience in data-driven decision making. He/She will focus on results, be a self-starter, and have demonstrated success in using analytics to drive the understanding, growth, and success of our agricultural research products.

This position is based full time in our office in Bujumbura, Burundi or Kigali, Rwanda.

Position Responsibilities
The Data Analyst will work across the following three areas:
Research Design and Implementation
• Interact with a wide variety of people and teams to identify opportunities for, design, and assess improvements to research and development design and implementation.
• Optimize experimental design and sampling frames.
• Collaborate with scientists and mobile app developers to improve data collection tools (ODK and others).
• Support the development of big datasets to empower operational and exploratory scientific analysis.
• Develop, improve and maintain scripts for automating analysis and transfer of data collected through ODK tools to databases.

Exploratory Data Analysis
• Develop and implement procedures for data verification and curation.
• Liaise with database engineers to develop a searchable, web-based repository assembling existing experimental and household agronomic, socio-economic and health data.
• Conduct statistical analyses of experimental and survey-based agronomic, socio-economic and/or health data.
• Use data analysis results to support science and development teams in improving data collection, analysis and reporting.

Decision Support Tools
• Collaborate with geospatial information specialists to develop spatial prediction models.
• Communicating experimental results and implications to research and development teams.
• Support scientists in influencing government, public and private policies through visualization and presentation of data-based recommendations.
• Liaise with software and app developers to integrate prediction models into decision support tools.

Educational Qualifications
The candidate should have a completed MSc in data science, mathematics, physics, bioinformatics, engineering, computer science, statistics or related.

Minimum qualifications:
• 2 years of relevant work experience in data analysis or related field. (e.g. as statistician / data scientist / computational biologist / bioinformatician).
• Advanced experience with statistical software (e.g. R) and database languages (e.g. SQL).

Core Competencies
• Thorough knowledge and demonstrated expertise in managing relational databases. Knowledge of MySQL is a plus.
• Expert knowledge in applied statistics including data analysis and experimental design.
• Experience in developing generic scripts to processes and aggregate data from several sources through programming and statistical software (e.g. R) or other methods.
• Applied knowledge, and experience in food and agricultural sciences.
• Proven capacity in contributing to the documentation of scientific research.
• Strong analytical skills.
• Excellent communication skills, able to interact with a multi-cultural and interdisciplinary team of scientists and development partners on ICT and statistics in layman language.
• Proactive and independent problem solver, and excellent team player.
• Experience communicating the results of analyses with science and development audiences and government, public and private clients to influence their strategies.

Duty station: Kigali, Rwanda or Bujumbura, Burundi.

General information:
The contract will be for an initial period of two years. IITA offers an internationally competitive remuneration package paid in US Dollars.

Applications:
Applications must include covering letter which should address how the candidate’s background/experience relates to the specific duties of the position applied for, curriculum vitae, names and addresses of three professional referees (which must include either the Head of the applicant’s current or previous organization or applicant’s direct Supervisor/Superior at his/her present or former place of work). The application should be addressed to the Head of Human Resources.

Closing Date: 15th June 2018

IITA is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from women candidates.
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Are you interested in becoming a Data Analyst in Rwanda or Burundi? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but are not further involved in the recruitment for this particular vacancy.

Expiring: Jul 14, 2018
Research Associate CIALCA Burundi , Burundi

Background:
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) invites applications for the nationally recruited position of Research Associate to operate under the Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa (CIALCA - www.cialca.org).

The Research Associate implements and executes/supervises field activities, collects scientific data and reports to the supervisors. He/she will work closely with other CIALCA staff in Burundi. The perfect candidate will have a background in a quantitative or technical field, will have experience working with field data collection, data analysis, training and supervision of field data collectors. You are focused on results, you are ambitious, and you have demonstrated success in supporting timely and effective scientific research implementation, data collection and reporting. This position is based full time in our office in Bujumbura, Burundi and reports to the CIALCA Systems Agronomist and the IITA Burundi Country Representative. It is of 02 years.

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a not-for-profit institution that generates agricultural innovations to meet Africa’s most pressing challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and natural resource degradation. Working with various partners across sub-Saharan Africa, we improve livelihoods, enhance food and nutrition security, increase employment, and preserve natural resource integrity. IITA is a member of CGIAR, a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. Please visit http://www.iita.org for more information on IITA.

Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Research assistance to CIALCA
• Lead effective data collection using ODK-surveys and tablets, interviews, workshops, participatory observation and other methods;
• Assist CIALCA scientists and staff in basic data cleaning and analysis;
• Support the implementation and quality control of multi-locational experiments (agronomy, nutrition, economic, social);
• Facilitate the development, testing and use of ICT-based tools with extension providers and farmers.

2. Support training and capacity development
• Lead training and supervision of data collectors and enumerators;
• Execute training of agricultural extension providers and/ or farmers in the use of ICT and smart-phone based tools;
• Ongoing facilitation and follow up with agricultural extension providers and/ or lead farmers engaged in the program

3. Reporting and administration backstopping:
• Ensure timely and effective administrative and project technical reporting.
• Liaise with IITA staff on administrative issues related to the projects.

Criteria for Success:
• Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision, but also participate as a team member in accomplishment of duties.
• High level analytical thinking capacity.
• Understanding of and experience in working in banana- and cassava-based farming systems.
• Possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, good judgment and a high level of respect for confidentiality.
• Works proactively and takes initiative and has an eye for detail and perfection.
• Is willing to learn and develop as part of the IITA team in Burundi.
• Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
• Is able to communicate fluently in Kirundi, French and English both orally and in writing.
• Commitment to IITA’s mission and core values.
• Driver’s license for car or motorbike is an advantage.

Requirements:
• MSc-degree in Agricultural Science, Agronomy, Economics or other relevant study with proven data collection and reporting skills.
• At least 2 years of relevant work experience with an (international) organization engaged in agricultural research.
• High level of computer and ICT skills (MS Office Word and Excel) and ability to learn new applications quickly.
• Candidates have proven experience in digital data collection (e.g. using ODK tablet-based surveys) and developing and testing mobile (smart) phone applications with extension officers and farmers.
• Experience in training and supervising field enumerators, and ensuring quality data collection.

For applications (only electronic), please send your cover letter, CV and Diploma & Certificates if any. The cover letter and CV should clearly and convincingly respond to expected (i) duties and responsibilities, (ii) criteria for success, and (iii) requirements. The cover letter should also express the motivation of the candidate for the position, as well as the added value that the candidate will bring to the CIALCA team. Candidates should provide the names and contact details of 3 referees, including the supervisor of their current/ last employment.

For further information please contact to Dr Kokou Kintche (k.kintche@cgiar.org) with cc to IITA-Burundi@cgiar.org .
Selected candidates will have to do a written test and an oral interview.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Are you interested in becoming a Research Associate CIALCA Burundi? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but are not further involved in the recruitment for this particular vacancy.

Expiring: Jul 13, 2018