Research Assistant/Research Analyst

Job Summary

The Development Strategy and Governance Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks qualified candidates to fill ten  Research Assistants/Research Analysts openings.  The successful candidates will work on several research projects, involving household survey data collection and analysis. This is a one-year renewable appointment based in Yangon, Myanmar, with frequent travel and extended stays in different parts of rural Myanmar. Interested applicants must be authorized to work in Myanmar.

Essential Duties:

Specific duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Collection, cleaning and analysis of primary and secondary data.
  • Assist with field implementation of survey activities (scoping, pretesting, training survey enumerators, etc.).
  • Assist in handling household survey data (including survey design, sampling & questionnaire).
  • Assist in preparing large datasets for public access.
  • Assist with development of research instruments and analytical tools.
  • Assist in developing data documentation manuals or other learning materials, as needed.
  • Conduct literature reviews & synthesis.
  • Assist in preparation of discussion papers, donor reports.
  • Other duties as assigned.

At the Research Analyst level:

  • Conduct data analysis, statistical analysis, econometric analysis.
  • Conduct literature reviews & synthesis.
  • Contribute to the writing of discussion papers, donor reports, and other scholarly publications.
  • Coordinate field implementation of survey activities (scoping, pretesting, training survey enumerators, etc.).
  • Prepare large datasets for public access.
  • Develop data documentation manuals or other learning materials, as needed.
  • Help develop & coordinate technical workshops.
  • Interact with collaborators and project partners.

    Required Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Agricultural Economics, International Development or related field plus two years of relevant professional experience.
    • Demonstrated experience working with large quantitative data sets (data cleaning, management, analysis, etc.).
    • Demonstrated ability to perform in-depth statistical analysis and report the results.
    • Demonstrated fluency in written and spoken English and Myanmar language.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and to work in a team-oriented multi-cultural environment.
    • Demonstrated ability to multi-task as needed, consistently meet deadlines and manage time well.
    • Demonstrated professional level of attention to detail and accuracy of work.
    • Ability to work independently, with initiative and minimal supervision.
    • Ability to travel.

    At the Research Analyst level:

    • Master’s degree in Economics, Agricultural Economics, or International Development or related field.
    • Experienced in conducting literature reviews of academic publications, research reports, etc.
    • Demonstrated experience in coordinating activities in the field.
    • Demonstrated experience in effective interaction and coordination with collaborators and project partners.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Skilled in programming in Stata, GAMS and in managing household databases.
    • Experience with data entry and CAPI software packages.
    • Proficiency in Shan, Karen, Kachin, Chin, and/or Mon language.

    At the Research Analyst level:

    • Excellent econometric skills on cross-section and panel data analysis.

    Physical Demand & Work Environment:

    • Employee will sit in an upright position for a long period of time.
    • Employee will lift between 0-10 pounds.
    • Employee is required to have close visual acuity to perform activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing computer terminal; extensive reading.  

    The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is an equal employment opportunity employer – F/M/Disability/Vet/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.