Principal Investigator, Assessment of Child Labor in Cocoa
Production, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire
This four year grant opportunity has three objectives: (1) map interventions focusing on child labor in the cocoa growing regions of Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, along with key demographic and socio-economic indicators; (2) assess the relative effectiveness of recent projects contributing to a reduction in child labor in the cocoa sector; and (3) conduct a sectorally-representative survey during the 2018-2019 harvest season to develop population estimates for the prevalence of working children and child labor generally, but specifically the worst forms of child labor.
The Principal Investigator will be the main technical oversight and methodologist for achieving the objectives of the different grant tasks. Based on the applicant’s experience developing rigorous evaluations and research designs, s/he will operationalize the proposed approach and develop data collection instruments and analysis plans. During implementation, s/he will oversee data collection, the adherence to the assessment’s design and provide technical quality oversight. This position will likely be the main point of contact in either Ghana or Cote d’Ivoire for the assessment to Ministry officials and in country survey research partners.
- Serve as main point of contact for issues of methodology, data collection and subject matter (cocoa agriculture and child labor) to grant stakeholders in Ghana and/or Cote d’Ivoire
- Lead the development of data collection instruments.
- Lead the development of a sampling plan and train staff to implement it.
- Develop an analysis plan for the effectiveness assessment as well as the sectorally representative survey.
- Work with assessment team to systematically identify and map previous cocoa/labor interventions in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.
- Provide inputs to and review all technical documents and deliverables, to ensure high standards of quality.
- Coordinate with the assessment’s Project Director on all issues of management.
- Masters or Ph.D. in economics, sociology, statistics, survey methods, or a related field.
- More than 8 years of experience evaluating interventions in rural areas and/or agriculture sector. Research experience in the cocoa sector and child labor reductions activities and prior knowledge of policy programs. related to child labor reduction would be considered strong assets.
- At least 5 years’ experience in a leadership role regarding the implementation of evaluations, research, or surveys.
- Fluency in French – required if based in Cote d’Ivoire. Preferred but not required if based in Ghana.
- Be based in either Ghana or Cote d’Ivoire.
- Familiarity with regulatory bodies concerned with cocoa and child labor.