Research Associate- Monitoring and Evaluation

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    Audit and Oversight, Evaluation, Research and data science
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The Organization

The Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) delivers research-based solutions that harness agricultural biodiversity and sustainably transform food systems to improve people’s lives. Alliance          solutions address the global crises of malnutrition, climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental degradation. (


With novel partnerships, The Alliance generates evidence and mainstreams innovations to transform food systems and landscapes so as to sustain the planet, drive prosperity, and nourish people.


The Alliance is a member of the CGIAR Consortium ( ) a global research partnership for a food-secure future.


About the position

Alliance is seeking to recruit a Research Associate- Monitoring and Evaluation. The Research Associate will support overall coordination and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) functions of the Accelerated Interventions Delivery Initiatives (AID-I) in Malawi. The position reports to the Coordinator for the Southern Africa Bean Research Network (SABRN).

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Regularly review existing and develop new data collection and reporting tools.
  • Build capacity of project partners in M&E data collection and data management.
  • Coordinate the collection and sharing of monitoring data by project staff and implementing partners.
  • Training farmers and extension staff in common bean agronomy and seed business skills.
  • Develop trial plot protocols and support partners in setting up on-farm common bean trials.
  • Organize and facilitate participatory technology evaluations with all actors in the common bean value chain.
  • Support organization and coordination of project planning and review meetings with partners.
  • Collect and analyze data on common bean production, productivity, prices, grain and seed demand.
  • Contribute to writing project proposals, scientific reports, newsletters, policy briefs and website blogs.     
  • Prepare and coordinate data entry and cleaning and provide preliminary data analysis and results write up.
  • Any other duties as assigned by the SABRN coordinator.




  • Bachelor’s degree in Crop Science, Agricultural economics, Agri-business, Agricultural Extension or any social science field.
  • At least two years of relevant work experience including practical application of M&E methods and tools, preferably in research-for-development programs.
  • Experience in training farmers and frontline staff in crop production.
  • Experience in organizing and facilitating participatory technology evaluations with farmers.
  • Experience planning and organizing stakeholder workshops.
  • Proficient in statistical tools and software (e. g. STATA, R or SPSS).
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to communicate to a variety of audience.
  • Good interpersonal skills, and ability to work effectively in a highly dynamic, interdisciplinary, and multi-cultural team.
  • Strong ability to co-ordinate, prioritize and organize workload; take initiative and work under pressure.
  • Commitment to Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT’s mission and core values. 

Terms of employment

This is a nationally recruited position based in Lilongwe, Malawi. The contract will be for a period of one year, subject to a probation period of three (3) months and is renewable depending on performance and availability of resources. The Alliance offers a multicultural, collegial research environment with competitive salary and excellent benefits; we believe that the diversity of our staff contributes to excellence. The Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and strives for staff diversity in gender and nationality.


Applicants are invited to visit to get full details of the position and to submit their applications. Applications MUST include reference number Ref: 103087 Research Associate as the position applied for. Application and CV should be saved as one document using the candidate’s last name, first name for ease of sorting.


Note: The Alliance does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). The Alliance also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

Applications closing date: 7th June 2023


Please note that email applications will not be considered.


Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


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