Research & Design Fellow

We are recruiting a Research & Design Fellow who will work to innovate, research, and design new product offerings for BAP to bring to market. You’ll be making a real dent in BAP’s future.

This role is for 4-6 months, with a rolling start in January or June and will be based in Uganda.


About BAP:

BAP is delivering the products and services to rural farmers to unlock potentials and propel communities forward. To catalyze farmers to realize their potential BAP offers asset financing directly to the BoP. Our first product, a bicycle, connects farmers to market and other basic life needs. Our portfolio is growing with new assets that push upward mobility. We’re dedicated toserving farmers who are financially excluded and yet need access to assets on credit.

We are a socially driven business. We’re committed to our impact and the farming customers we serve, but we see the need for business opportunities in community development.

To date we’ve disbursed over 3,000 loans and are focused on reaching more than 1,000 new borrowers in 2018.


About the role:

As the Research and Designs Fellow, you will work to innovate, research, and design new product offerings for BAP to bring to market (read: you’ll be making a real dent in BAP’s future). An additional component of your work will be on our impact measurement and the systems that surround it. This role will be for 4-6 months and based in our Gulu Office, with a rolling start in January or June.


Your responsibilities will include:

  • Monitoring and Evaluation (65%)

  • Streamline and organize existing and new data collection systems.

  • Work on impact assessments for bicycle users:

  • Analyze data that is currently being collected on financial standing.  

  • Create special project evaluations for other indicators to be done on less routine basis (e.g. empowerment, healthcare access, etc.)

  • Possibly: design research to understand gender dynamics and how we can better improve in this area.

  • Develop new product customer social impact indicators.

  • Additionally test survey that tracks new product customers’ profitability and other indicators using the theory of change

  • Recruit, train, and oversee enumerators during implementation of surveys

  • Analyze survey results in SPSS or STATA or R 

  • New market and product analysis (35%)

  • Pick up where previous market and product research left off by conducting:

  • Quantitative analysis of 2-3 new potential loan products for profitability, demand, and supply chain logistics (e.g. irrigation pumps, seeds, etc.).

  • Qualitative analysis with human centered design (HCD), including co-creation sessions for those products as well as other products currently in R&D

Who we are looking for:

  • You have at least 6 months’ experience in research

  • You have lived abroad, preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • You have strong computer skills and experience with Microsoft Excel and a statistical software package such at STATA or SPSS

  • You are extremely organized and detail-oriented

  • You possess at least a bachelor’s degree in related field

  • You have the cultural fit to work with the team at BAP if:

  • You are able to work independently in an unstructured environment where systems and processes are built everyday

  • You are comfortable with traveling to the field by motorcycle, as a passenger

  • You are fast-paced and efficient

  • You are able to quickly adapt when plans change

Why work with us?

Real responsibility: The research you will conduct will directly impact the loan products and terms BAP offers. At BAP, we are constantly seeking to build the best company. This means we take your feedback seriously and you can see your individual effort in improved procedures.

Professional development and career enhancement: we believe in investing in our team. We have a strong network in the region and we will personally leverage it to help our Fellows advance professionally.

Autonomy and real field work: you will have the autonomy and freedom to run your research, try new things, and manage your own projects. Plus, when we say field work we really mean it: spending time with rural farmers in their homes and with their businesses.

Close team: While our team is result-oriented, we also have a lot of fun. We enjoy team meals, after work soccer games, and lots of laughter.

Other information

You will work out of our office in Gulu. Expect to spend about 40-50% of your time in the field. Fellows are compensated with a housing and living stipend.   

This position will report directly to the CEO and Head of Operations (depending on project).  

Want to apply?

To apply email your resume to