Internship & Training

Intern – Data Analysis/Data Science, Multiple

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Organization: Precision Development

Country: Home-based

Title: Intern – Data Analysis/Data Science

Location and work authorisation : Remote, with preference for India, with current and ongoing work authorisation

Compensation: Competitive

Position: Full-time, with option of flexible working, fixed-term 16+ weeks

Posted on: February 11, 2022

Application deadline: March 31 2022, 6pm IST (applications may be reviewed as they are submitted)

We are looking for a “Data whizz” to contribute to new and ongoing data-related workflows (e.g. data cleaning, data analysis, data modeling, data science/ML, remote sensing analysis, etc.) with the option of contributing to more tech- and data-related projects where required and if desired by the applicant (e.g. data pipelines, dashboards, etc.).

Responsibilities could include (but are not limited to):

Prepare research and/or operational data for analysis

Conduct data analysis or create predictive models/tools:

To improve existing PxD operations/systems/services

As part of research projects (e.g. ongoing RCTs, A/B testing, etc)

Prototype and conduct feasibility analysis for new services (e.g. remote sensing based advisory)

Set up and conduct short term research projects (e.g. A/B testing)

Support implementation and/or performance tuning of dashboards (R/Shiny, SQL)

Support streamlining and automation of analytics for PxD’s research and product teams

The ideal candidate for this internship placement has many or all of the following:

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Bachelors or Graduate (ongoing) degree in a quantitative or analytical field (e.g. statistic, economics, data science, engineering, computer science, international development, etc.) or demonstrable knowledge of university-level math and statistics

Proficiency in at least one of R, Python, and/or Stata (preferably both Stata and 1+ other)

Command of statistics, data analysis, and data visualization

Ability to communicate effectively in a fully remote team

Desirable/ one or more of the following:

Knowledge of Databases/SQL/etc.

Data Science / Machine Learning experience

Familiarity with working with Remote Sensing and GIS data (e.g. raster and shapefile data, GEE, geopandas or equivalent, GIS data APIs, ArcGIS/QGIS, etc.)

Familiarity with quantitative research methods (A/B tests, RCTs, etc.)

Familiarity with one or more of PxD’s program countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America

Experience working in international development

How to apply:

To apply, please visit the PxD website and use the online application form to submit a CV, a short statement outlining the motivation for applying, and brief responses to the screening questions. The position may be reviewed on a rolling basis until the application deadline of March 31 2022, 6pm IST.

PxD is committed to building an inclusive and diverse organization. We don’t make decisions based on gender, gender identity, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or any other personal characteristics that are unrelated to the role. We understand that everyone has different lifestyles and we accommodate flexible working to make sure you are as productive and happy as you can be.

About PxD:

Precision Development (PxD) is a global non-profit organization that harnesses technology, data science, and behavioral economics to empower people living in poverty to improve their lives. By providing actionable information to the right people, in the right way and at the right time, PxD empowers people to improve their livelihoods, mitigate risks, advance environmental sustainability, and adapt to a changing climate. A majority of PxDs services deliver customized digital agricultural advice to smallholder farmers via their mobile phones. This pioneering model of agricultural extension is implemented in collaboration with partner organizations to maximize scale, and we continuously experiment, iterate, and gather evidence on impact to improve service delivery and demonstrate our value. PxD currently works in eleven countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and is rapidly expanding as governments and organizations look for innovative ways to utilize new technologies to deliver actionable information to people who need it. At the end of Q4 2021, PxD and our partners were servicing 5.7 million users through a range of initiatives providing tailored digital information on crop optimization, pest management, input utilization, and environmental stewardship. PxD also leverages mobile technology to deliver information in sectors beyond agriculture, including to facilitate math education in Kenya, improving household nutrition, increasing the adoption of crop insurance and other financial services, and other interventions that advance well-being.


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