Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Research Root Fellow

Root Capital

Mission and History of Root Capital

Root Capital’s mission is to grow rural prosperity by investing in small and growing agricultural businesses that build sustainable livelihoods in Africa and Latin America.

Root Capital is a nonprofit social investment fund that grows rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America by lending capital, delivering financial training and strengthening market connections for small and growing agricultural businesses.

Root Capital clients include associations and private businesses that help create sustainable livelihoods by aggregating the products of hundreds, and often, thousands of farmers. Since our launch in 1999, we have provided more than $400 million in credit to over 460 small and growing agricultural businesses.

Root Capital envision a thriving financial market serving agricultural businesses that generate long-term social, economic, and environmental sustainability for small-scale farmers and their communities around the world. Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Root Capital currently has associated offices in Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru and Kenya.

Scope of Work

  • Compile poverty data for countries in which we work and evaluate the accuracy and reliability of this data. If diverging poverty line definitions are used, systematize definitions to be able to compare across countries (e.g., in terms of international poverty lines).
  • Develop easy-to-use resources in which Loan Officers can look up poverty data for clients in specific districts or sub-districts. At a minimum, this should include easy-to-use tables, and ideally will include using geomapping software to create poverty maps of several countries.
  • Test resources against poverty ratings in Scorecard databases from 2011-2012, and work with the Strategy, Knowledge & Innovation (SKI) department and Global Programs department to refine our approach to poverty assessment going forward.
  • The Root Fellow will develop the entire process initially for a subset of countries, present initial findings and recommendations, and then along with SKI team, revise approach accordingly for adoption to entire portfolio.

Other activities as specified by supervisor/manager.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Passion for Root Capital’s mission to grow rural prosperity by investing in small and growing agricultural businesses.
  • Currently in master’s program related to international development, economics, statistics, geography, or public policy, or undergraduate senior with focus in one of above fields.
  • Experience with collecting, analyzing, and synthesizing quantitative research.
  • Proficiency in GIS and/or other mapping software.
  • High level of Spanish proficiency required, French proficiency preferred.
  • Available for 10-15 hours for up to 8 weeks starting in November (with time off for holidays).
  • If not based in Boston area, must be willing to travel to Boston at least 2 times during fellowship period.
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

Applications and Nominations

More information about Root Capital is available at

Applications are due by November 15, 2012. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Applications including a resume and cover letter describing your interest, qualifications, language abilities, and how you learned of the position should be sent to: Please type “Research Root Fellow” followed by your name (Last, First) as the subject line of your email (e.g. “Research Root Fellow – Marrero, Marc”). Finalist candidates will be required to provide at least three work-related references.

Root Capital is an equal opportunity employer.

  • Managing Partners

    William Davidson Institute
  • Sponsoring Partner

    Citi Foundation
  • Content Partners


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