The Science and Research Officer will design, coordinate and conduct research studies, including desk research on pesticides issues and in particular on PANAP’s community pesticide action monitoring (CPAM) campaign, on health issues related to pesticide exposure, and on socially and environmentally just alternatives to pesticides like agroecology. In addition, he/she will:
• Conduct extensive online literature search and reviews in support of scientific journals, conference abstracts, and project presentations, as well as other knowledge management products like CPAM reports and partners’ reports.
• Carry out desk research, using a range of methods and data sources.
• Provide technical and managerial assistance to all research and study processes, including travel to the study site, if necessary.
• Ensure that research is grounded in credible, replicable, and verifiable evidence and relevant to the programme’s objectives.
• Keep abreast of developments around research and evaluation approaches to ensure the PANAP’s research and policy briefs are relevant.
• Organise, design and carry out both quantitative and qualitative fieldwork and analysis; conduct interviews, collect and analyse data from participants (including key stakeholders and indirect stakeholders) and provide timely written reports on the survey and various pertinent issues.
• Incorporate not only scientific but also social, political, and economic analysis in written reports.
• Develop from research study reports; sound technical briefs premeditated to influence shifts in policy; practice and strategic shifts in light of health issues related to pesticide exposure and relevant alternatives to pesticides like agroecology.
• Maintain and develop the CPAM database and other relevant tools.
• Produce high-quality and varied research outputs for a range of audiences, including analysis, report writing, and presentations, where necessary.
The Science and Research Officer will also be tasked to:
• Assist in the conduct of country visits and desk research and in the drafting of policy reports, briefing papers, documentary submissions to government institutions, and web content and materials for advocacy or communications and media purposes, based on PANAP’s programme priorities.
• Represent PANAP, when necessary, at conferences at national, regional, or international level.
Other Related Tasks:
Aside from the abovementioned functions, the Science and Research Officer will also:
• Contribute to the activities and plans for the project or as required by the programme.
• Contribute to the evolution of, or expansion to, a new research focus and data gathering approaches.
• Assist in the implementation of PANAP’s activities as assigned by the Project Manager.
• Work closely with others as part of a team and with external stakeholders, in order to manage relationships and deliver work.
Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience
• A degree preferably a Master’s Degree in sciences (biology, chemistry, and environmental science), social sciences or any research-intensive discipline, with a minimum of a three-year work experience with national and international CSOs and hands-on expertise in empirical research, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and research writing, will be given preference.
• Sound knowledge of global political debates related to pesticides issues and agroecology is an advantage.
• Experience in gender analysis and knowledge management within CSOs and other sectors may constitute an added advantage.
• Background in research writing and emerging technologies and methodologies for pesticide research would also be highly desirable.
• The ability to convey complex ideas in a clear and comprehensible style is preferable.
• Fluency in English is required, both written and verbal.