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Posting Title:Associate Scientist
Job Location: Dhaka , Bangladesh
Skill Required: Research And Analysis,
Preferred Experience: 03-06 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 28th Sep, 2022

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Job Description:

Associate Scientist will focus on conducting market and food environment research and support the senior scientist and scientist in developing and programming agricultural market studies in Nepal and South Asia. The researcher will be involved in implementing market and food environment surveys, behavioral experiments, and other related works.  The specific duties of the position also include implementing project activities in the country and building a strong network of key stakeholders, coordinating and organizing market linkage workshops, supporting research in agri-food systems, coordinating and implementing market experiments, surveys, and other project activities.

Roles and Responsibilities
  • Associate Scientist support understanding the market and value chain research on market access, affordability, food environment, and related issues of targeted agri-food systems.
  • Manage, and oversee implementation of strategies in accordance with agreed objectives, outputs, and timelines as reflected in approved impact pathway documents.
  • Support with identification of socio-economic and cultural factors that will affect the access to nutritious and healthy food and a fair share of consumer price to farmers.
  • Implement market studies, experiments, and other fieldwork.
  • Associate Scientist recommends technical input and support in the assessment, design, implementation, monitoring, analysis, and reporting of the market and value chain research.
  • Enhance and encourage participation by understanding the needs of end-users; and
  • Suggest and manage any immediate intervention to research design and implementation when necessary.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with various public and private stakeholders involved in agricultural marketing systems
  • Associate Scientist manages and coordinates with stakeholders.
  • Consult and collaborate with key stakeholders of the other work packages of TAFSSA in the integration of the implementation of the research and other project activities.
  • Actively engage and contribute to designing, planning, and implementation of the research and other project activities.
  • Coordinate market and value chain activities in Nepal and support the project lead in developing, monitoring, and implementing work plans.
  • Coordinate and organize business development workshops to link farmers and other actors to the appropriate markets in increasing their income.
  • Provide support with steering and providing strategic direction to producers, aggregators, and other actors for local aggregation and marketing of the product.
  • Build a strong network of different actors in the Agri value chain for business development in Nepal.
  • Coordinate and organize training and awareness creation programs with necessary resources.
  • Participate in Institute-wide activities and represent IRRI in events/ meetings as and when required.
  • Effective management of research design, and high-quality data collection, analytics for value chain analysis.
  • Analyze and support ensuring that socio-economically inclusive approaches are considered in the execution of the project.
  • Associate Scientist monitoring and implementation of the research activities related to market and value chain.
  • Understand the vulnerabilities and coping mechanisms of key stakeholders to the risks in agri-food systems.
  • Documentation of successful cases of business development along with challenges and reasons for the failure of other/existing cases.
  • Organize and coordinate market linkage workshops/trade fairs.
  • Scaling out success stories/cases.
  • Associate Scientist contributes to the development of reports and scientific publication of research processes and outcomes at academic and policy level forums.
  • Perform any other relevant duties as assigned by the supervisor from time to time.


  • Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, / Marketing / Agribusiness Management (ABM) or the relevant subject area with at least 3-4 years of experience in research and agricultural value chain and market analysis; OR
  • Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics, / Marketing / Agribusiness Management (ABM) or the relevant subject area with at least 5-6 years of experience in research and agricultural value chain and market analysis.
Skills Required


  • Accountable for the delivery of project outcomes.
  • Data analytics and mixed methods approach.
  • Strong collaboration skills and experience in creating long-term partnerships.
  • Proven proficiency in sustainability management aspects.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Familiar with Theory of Change.
  • Experience in project planning and implementation.


  • Experience in working in an international organization / MNCs (Multinational Companies).
  • Experience in working across different agri-food systems and locations in Bangladesh.
  • Excellent English and Bengali language skills.

This position will be based in Bangladesh and may only be filled in by permanent citizens of Bangladesh.



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