Research Associate – Monitoring and Evaluation

International Potato Center

The Research Associate (Monitoring and Evaluation) will contribute to the Irish funded project on Root and Tuber Crops for Agricultural transformation in Malawi (RTC-Action Malawi). Under this project, CIP is promoting the development, production, utilization and marketing of improved potato, orange-fleshed sweetpotato and cassava varieties in Malawi. The Research Associate (Monitoring and Evaluation) will be based at Bvumbwe Research Station reporting to the Project Manager.

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop appropriate forms to supervise data collection and prepare data entry program to effectively manage and archive information;
  • Design, implement and lead in project monitoring activities that will provide informative analyses of baseline and impact studies;
  • Assist in the design and implementation of monitoring systems with appropriate tools for various quantitative and qualitative components;
  • Perform data cleaning and data analysis of different socio-economic research embedded in the CIP project;
  • Train staff in data entry, database management, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Conduct relevant data analyses to effectively interpret data and summarize results;
  • Actively participate in report writing, proposal preparation and brief/flyer writing as needed by different CIP research programs to most effectively communicate results;
  • Assist and support other CIP researchers in different sweetpotato related research;
  • Publish research articles and reports in collaboration with CIP staff and project research partners;
  • Assist in the organization and preparation for relevant technical meetings, including the preparation of presentations;
  • Carry out any other function assigned by the supervisor


  • Masters in Agricultural Economics/Agribusiness/Economics or any other related field;
  • Minimum of 6 years hands on experience working in the field of M&E at senior management level;
  • Advance level in MS Office, Excel, Power Point, Access and Word, SPSS, Stata and CSPro data packages.;
  • Fluency in English and excellent writing and editing skills with proven skills in writing project documents;
  • Experience in designing and managing M&E systems for a number of donor funded projects;
  • Strong data analytical skills and experience in managing large data base with the latest software;
  • Proven knowledge of the modern impact evaluation methodologies for agricultural projects;
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision;
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines


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