International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) 

Assistant Scientist – Socioeconomic, Gender & Market Research

About IRRI

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger through rice science; improving the health and welfare of rice farmers and consumers; and protecting the rice-growing environment for future generations. IRRI is an independent, nonprofit, research and educational institute, founded in 1960 by the Ford and Rockefeller foundations with support from the Philippine government. The institute, headquartered in Los Baños, Philippines, has offices in 17 rice-growing countries in Asia and Africa, and over 1,000 staff.

Working with in-country partners, IRRI develops advanced rice varieties that yield more grain and better withstand pests and disease as well as flooding, drought, and other harmful effects of climate change.

Job Purpose

Under the minimum supervision of the Supervisor, will undertake Socio-economic Market and Gender research studies related to IRRI-PPP and publish and communicate results. He/ She will actively integrate socioeconomic, Market, and Gender research within the PPP project partners in Bangladesh. The position will contribute to supporting the partners in developing gender-responsive product profiles through the generation and validation of socioeconomic and Market data and consultations with private partners.

This position will be based at the IRRI Country Office, Dhaka, Bangladesh, and may only be filled by permanent citizens of Bangladesh.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Work with the project management team and private partners and specialists to ensure strong integration of Socio-economic Market and Gender research with a coherent approach to achieving the strategic objectives of the project.
  • Facilitate the planning, designing, and implementation of qualitative and quantitative surveys and other activities related to PPP Partners.
  • Perform and teach data analysis using the most appropriate and advanced statistical tools to support Partners.
  • Contribute to developing scientific publications, communication products, and research proposals, including review of related literature, selecting adequate research tools and sampling methods, verifying suggested methodologies, and establishing parameters.
  • Assist in strengthening the technical capacity of IRRI and its partners to use advanced tools and methods for Socio-economic Market and Gender research.
  • Communicate with internal and external project partners and collaborators to gather feedback and exchange conceptual ideas and other research-related requirements for the project's advancement.
  • Maintain regular contact with the HQ and other Country Office specialists and partners to ensure activities are implemented as planned and reporting deadlines are regularly met.
  • Organize regular meetings with partners and stakeholders to discuss, streamline, and implement activities.
  • Provide assistance and guidelines to internal and external partners considering the implementation of surveys and other research activities, including logistics.
  • Monitor, evaluate and provide recommendations to improve research activities/tasks performed by survey enumerators and partner staff to maintain the smooth conduct of mixed-methods surveys and foster a productive working environment.
  • Coordinate with required IRRI services and supplies to ensure smooth implementation of surveys.
  • Assist implementing partners in organizing pieces of training or demonstrations.
  • Undertake literature reviews, prepare contextual analysis based on the program/project research needs.
  • Prepare and submit updated research outputs in a timely manner.
  • Evaluate, validate, and contribute to interpreting results and writing manuscripts for reports/publications and presentations/posters for national and international conferences.
  • Contribute to publishing research results in high-quality disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals.
  • Supervise and lead the maintenance of accurate data recording and update database for efficient storage and retrieval of information
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the supervisor from time to time


  • Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Economics, development economics, or social sciences; preferred disciplines include applied economics, sociology and rural sociology, anthropology, market research, and or gender studies, which provides suitable basic knowledge; and a minimum of five years relevant work experience. or,
  • Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics, development economics, or social sciences; preferred disciplines include applied economics, sociology and rural sociology, anthropology, market research, and or gender studies, which provides suitable basic knowledge; and three years of relevant work experience
  • A PhD degree in socio-economic, market, or gender research and experience working in an international work environment

Skills Required

  • Has strong knowledge and extensive experience in research on socioeconomic, market, and gender
  • Has a deep understanding of mixed methods research
  • Has strong knowledge and experience in designing questionnaires, planning and implementing surveys, and conducting focus group discussions.
  • Has strong knowledge and experience in collecting and managing survey data and analyzing socioeconomic data using appropriate and advanced statistical methods and tools
  • Has strong knowledge and experience using online survey tools such as SurveyBee, KoboCollect, etc.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Computer literate and proficient in qualitative and quantitative data analysis using software such as SPSS and STATA.
  • Has good presentation skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Can multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Can effectively establish priorities and meet deadlines
  • Excellent technical report and journal article writing skills.

Basic salary ranges: (54,883 – 101,167) BDT per month

In addition to the base salary mentioned above, IRRI also offers the following benefits:

  • House-Rent Allowance: 30% of base pay per month.
  • Transport Allowance: BDT 12,000
  • Contributory Provident Fund (CPF): IRRI contribution of 15% of base pay to the fund
  • Returning Mother Allowance: BDT 2000 up to nine months on post-delivery of baby
  • Globally-covered medical insurance, life and accident insurance, and other allowances. 

Apply Instruction

Interested & eligible candidates are requested to submit their application through the link:

IRRI regrets that only shortlisted applicants will be notified and any kind of persuasion in the selection process will lead to cancellation of candidature. Join Us to Deliver Rice Science for a Better World. Join Us to Deliver Rice Science for a Better World.

IRRI is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: 15-Aug-2023

Company Information
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Bangladesh Office, House-103, Road-1, Block-F, Banani, Dhaka-1213, Bangladesh.
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Business : International Agricultural Research