Friday, November 2, 2012

Impact Assessment Senior Associate

Root Capital


Impact Assessment Studies (70%):

1. Support the Impact Assessment Officer in designing and implementing a portfolio of qualitative and quantitative impact assessment studies. Responsibilities will include:

2. Establishing and building partnerships with universities and research institutions in Central America and Mexico

3. Managing recruitment, training, and oversight of research consultants, with substantial support on contracts, payments and accounting, logistics (travel, housing, insurance, etc.) and tracking of deliverables

4. Active on-site monitoring of research consultants and partners to ensure consistent implementation of study methodology and to verify data quality; accompanying consultants in field, auditing their work, and regularly liaising with client enterprises and Root Capital staff

5. Submitting regular progress reports based on field visits and identifying potential challenges related to study content or logistics

6. Developing interview guides

7. Conducting background research and writing literature reviews on core impact themes as necessary

8. Analyzing and synthesizing data collected by consultants and writing materials for internal and external publication

9. Translating between English and Spanish as necessary

10. Planned studies include:

11. A cluster of 4-6 mixed-method impact studies at coffee clients in Guatemala or Nicaragua.

12. Mobile data collection and analysis of prices paid to farmers by our clients versus prices offered by other local buyers and intermediaries.

13. An ethnography of gender in coffee farming communities in Central America.

Quantitative Analysis (15%):

1. Analysis of Root Capital’s database of historical data on the financial and social performance of our clients.

2. Analysis combining data about Root Capital’s clients with external datasets on poverty levels, weather and environmental conditions, and other issues.

3. Other analyses to be determined.

Writing (15%):

Work collaboratively with other members of the Strategy, Knowledge & Innovation department and the Communications department to develop original content for Root Capital’s publications and presentations; this will include significant secondary research, writing, and editing, including translation between English and Spanish.

This position description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work of this position, and is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of individuals in this role.

Qualifications and Experience

· Passion for Root Capital’s mission to grow rural prosperity by investing in small and growing agricultural businesses.

· Four or more years of professional experience in sustainable agriculture, impact investing, social finance, international development, agricultural finance, or a related field.

· Four years in an applied research role in one of the above fields, preferably with some experience in socio-economic, environmental and/or agricultural research, OR two years plus a Master’s degree in economics, economic development, environmental science, agriculture, sociology, anthropology, or statistics strongly preferred.

· Experience with quantitative and qualitative research, data collection, and analysis. Advanced Microsoft Excel skills and experience with Stata or other statistical software.

· Superior oral and written communications skills, including experience synthesizing research findings.

· Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with a wide variety of audiences, including funders, academics, and smallholder farmers.

· Highly motivated individual who is intellectually curious, adept at multi-tasking, and eager to work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment.

· Willingness to travel within Central America 60% of the time or more, often in rural and remote areas, and less frequently to Cambridge, Massachusetts.

· Strong project management skills and experience; ability to coordinate activities of an international team of staff and external consultants.

· Collaborative team player with a good sense of humor.

· Basic familiarity with finance is helpful.

· Native fluency in Spanish and fluency in English are required.

· Applicants must be authorized to work in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico, or Costa Rica.

More information about Root Capital is available at

Applications are due by November 30, 2012. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

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

  • Managing Partners

    William Davidson Institute
  • Sponsoring Partner

    Citi Foundation
  • Content Partners


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