SPIA is excited to announce the expansion of the National Data Systems team with two Bangladesh-based positions. This is the fourth country-focused recruitment initiated, following Ethiopia, Uganda, and Vietnam. Bangladesh completes a set of high-priority countries for CGIAR in which SPIA works with national partners to identify opportunities for integrating data collection protocols in nationally-representative household surveys. The 2020 synthesis report on Ethiopia shows the template for this work – the team integrated new data collection protocols into the 2018/19 Ethiopia Socioeconomic Survey, a dataset that has since been downloaded over 20,000 times and is being used in numerous research projects.

The liaison officer will be supporting the development of the relationships with national partners. The position is an international recruitment that does not require a PhD - the post-holder would join a cohort of SPIA pre-docs across different country postings and would be given technical and managerial guidance from senior colleagues (Professor Karen Macours; Dr James Stevenson) that will allow them to gain field experience while contributing meaningfully to SPIA’s work program.

As for almost all positions in CGIAR, it is hosted by one of CGIAR’s 15 research centers around the world. In this case, SPIA is fortunate to be supported in Bangladesh by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). The post-holders will be IRRI employees and benefits and conditions are those of internationally-recruited staff at IRRI. The local administrative team for IRRI stand ready to provide full logistical and administrative support to these positions, and SPIA will provide technical and managerial direction through our weekly team Zoom calls and by email.


Please see the vacancy announcement here for more information.

Closing date: 4 March 2022

Start date (negotiable): 1 July 2022

This is a two-year appointment, potentially renewable depending on performance and funding availability.