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Data Science For Sustainable Agriculture Internship

[INTERNSHIP] – 6 months/ Full time

Starting date: Q1-Q2 2021

Location: FairAgora Asia - Bangkok office & travels in Thailand. Potential field trips in SEA countries.

1. Introduction

FairAgora Asia is a Bangkok-based consultancy firm supporting agricultural operators on certification process. The company created VerifiK8, a technology verification system to improve social and environmental performances of agricultural operators. The objective of the Verifik8 website platform is to promote efficiency, productivity and sustainability in the entire supply chain. The Verifik8 software platform provides a real-time data collection, and an analysis of the data to foster better farming management while doing a benchmarking against the most relevant sustainability standards existing. 

Verifik8 is ready to be used by shrimp’s and sugarcane’s farmers, but seeks to be extended to other type of farms (rice, other seafood commodities, rubber,etc.) 

The intern would benefit from a unique exposure to the key sustainability issues in Southeast Asia food and agro supply chain, working on environmental and social compliance and contributes to the discussion in a proactive way. 

The sustainable data scientist for sustainable agriculture intern is based in Bangkok and is responsible for Verifik8 technology implementation in alignment with the iterative feedback loop done by the farmers engagement team at farms and processing plants. The intern will mostly work on sustainability specific projects and shall also contribute to emerging FairAgora projects in other commodities as per FairAgora Asia clients’ needs. 

The below activities are done under the IT manager and  in close collaboration both with both the IT team and the farmers engagement teams,

2. Major functions

2.1 VerifiK8 data model and standards

  • Understand the VerifiK8 data model to prepare data mining processes

  • Understand the different standards and the needs for data analysis to assess level of compliance

  • Participate in the selection and adjustment of the metrics chosen to monitor environmental and social performances of the farms.

  • Propose improvements to the VerifiK8 data model 


2.2 Platform development:

  • In close collaboration with the IT team, develop R scripts to analyze Verifik8 data for standard compliance

  • Develop a set of R script to enrich the different system dashboards

  • Develop a set of R script to enrich Verifik8 reporting system.


2.3 Technical reports & dashboard

  • In close collaboration with the agronomist experts and farmers’ engagement teams, co-design dashboard and technical reports to show performance against industry standards 

  • Develop algorithms to design improvement steps to guide farmers’ sustainability improvement

  • Work with IT team on creating dynamic dashboards


2.4 Support sustainable agriculture models

  • Modelize algorithms

  • Support development of Artificial intelligence modules ex: how to evaluate a fair labor and address this into complex estimation

  • Support creation of dynamic dashboards

  • Explore potential blockchain use scenario to be piloted with dedicated IT team


If travel and sanitary conditions permit, support the VerifiK8 deployments in piloting with strategic group of farmers:

  • Identify supply chain short term and long term needs for compliance and incentives toward sustainability;

  • Strategize and articulate supply chain needs to develop VerifiK8 features in direct relation with industry requirements, more specifically for sugar cane and aquaculture;

  • Coordinate the activities related to Verifk8 deployment such as farmers training and advisory, workshops, surveys., etc. 

  • From those field experience, prepare related documentation for IT development teams to proceed with VerifiK8 adaptations (specs);

  • University degree in a field related to agriculture and or aquaculture;

  • Field experience in the agricultural or aquaculture sector will be an asset;

  • Knowledge of R is required; knowledge of I

  • Strong interest to work in a start-up environment;

  • Strong interest in sustainability impact and technology related;

  •  Interest in working in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment, (Government, NGO’s, Donors, Civil Society), 

  • Strong skills or keen to learn in project planning, financing, management, implementation, and evaluation;

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written); 

  • Local language of Verifk8 pilot countries would be an advantage (Thai, Vietnamese, Bahasa, Pilipino).

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to adapt and develop strong relationships at all levels

This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organizational needs.

  • Reports to Verifik8 IT manager and FairAgora Asia's Country Manager on a daily basis

You may apply by writing to (CV and Cover Letter; Subject title: Data Science for Sustainable Agriculture Internship)

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