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Published: Jun 21, 2024 (2 months ago)

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  • The Research Associate will be responsible for acting on the ground and support our team in conducting user research activities, following a human-centered design approach. The successful candidate will play a key role in understanding user needs and enhancing the user experience of the Artemis suite of tools.

Requirements

  • Master's or Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Plant Sciences, Data Science, or a related field.
  • 3-5 years of experience in conducting user research, applying evaluative methods such as interviews, field observations, and diary studies.
  • Strong analytical skills for synthesizing complex information into actionable insights.
  • Full professional proficiency in Swahili and English; proficiency in other local languages is advantageous.
  • Previous experience in UX/UI design
  • Proficiency in Figma for UI/UX design tasks.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills for effective teamwork.
  • Familiarity with Agile methodologies and iterative design processes is desirable
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and attention to detail
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills, with the ability to work effectively across teams and stakeholders in the agricultural and research fields.
  • Ability to apply evaluative methods and analyze data to understand user needs and tool performance.
  • Good Organizational and time management skills: Coordinating and managing research activities, documentation, and synthesis of information to meet project deadlines
Applications MUST include reference number RFPxxxxx – Research Associate as the position applied for. Cover letter and CV should be saved as one document using the candidate’s last name, first name for ease of sorting.


Responsibilities
  • The Research Associate will be responsible for acting on the ground and support our team in conducting user research activities, following a human-centered design approach. The successful candidate will play a key role in understanding user needs and enhancing the user experience of the Artemis suite of tools.

Requirements

  • Master's or Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Plant Sciences, Data Science, or a related field.
  • 3-5 years of experience in conducting user research, applying evaluative methods such as interviews, field observations, and diary studies.
  • Strong analytical skills for synthesizing complex information into actionable insights.
  • Full professional proficiency in Swahili and English; proficiency in other local languages is advantageous.
  • Previous experience in UX/UI design
  • Proficiency in Figma for UI/UX design tasks.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills for effective teamwork.
  • Familiarity with Agile methodologies and iterative design processes is desirable
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and attention to detail
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills, with the ability to work effectively across teams and stakeholders in the agricultural and research fields.
  • Ability to apply evaluative methods and analyze data to understand user needs and tool performance.
  • Good Organizational and time management skills: Coordinating and managing research activities, documentation, and synthesis of information to meet project deadlines
Applications MUST include reference number RFPxxxxx – Research Associate as the position applied for. Cover letter and CV should be saved as one document using the candidate’s last name, first name for ease of sorting.


Plan and Conduct Context Exploration Research:

  • Apply evaluative methods (e.g., field observation, interviews, diary studies) to comprehensively understand the needs of breeding programs in different target countries.
  • Draft and translate interview scripts to facilitate effective data collection.
  • Lead the organization and coordination of research activities on the ground.
  • Document methodologies and insights derived from research activities.
  • Support information synthesis activities to transform findings into actionable insights.

Plan and Conduct Context Exploration Research for the on-farm context in Tanzania:

  • Utilize evaluative methods to understand the needs of Artemis tool users in the on-farm context in Tanzania.
  • Draft and translate interview scripts for effective data gathering.
  • Coordinate research activities on-site and ensure thorough data collection.
  • Document methodologies applied and insights gathered for reference.
  • Assist in synthesizing gathered information to inform design decisions.

Plan and Conduct Usability Testing:

  • Support the planning and coordination of usability testing sessions for the Artemis tool interface.
  • Draft and translate usability testing scripts to guide the testing process.
  • Conduct usability tests with breeding teams and on-farm users to gather feedback.
  • Measure tool performance based on user interactions.
  • Document insights gathered during usability testing and contribute to information synthesis efforts.

Support Testing and Development of Onboarding Material:

  • Assist in creating onboarding material for the Artemis tool.
  • Conduct user testing sessions with the created onboarding material to assess effectiveness.
  • Document user feedback and insights gained from testing sessions.
  • Contribute to synthesizing feedback to refine and improve onboarding materials.
  • Work with the user research group to better understand breeding and agronomic process flows as well as iterative testing of app model development


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