Associate Research Fellow
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as an Associate Research Fellow (ARF) in its Markets, Trade and Institutions Division. This is a two (2) year, fixed term, renewable, exempt appointment based at IFPRI’s Washington, DC Office. The Associate Research Fellow will conduct research on issues related to applied microeconomics. The fellow will perform various tasks, ranging from analysis of household surveys, design and analysis of mixed methods research. S/he will work on impact evaluations with a major emphasis on evaluation infrastructure projects and agricultural interventions, using empirical micro-econometric modeling, and household and intra household analysis. The ARF will also help to research and test ways in which applied mechanism design can help to promote factor markets development in developing countries, through the use of experimental economics methods. It is anticipated that about 80 percent of the job will be dedicated to applied research, and the remaining 20 percent will be allocated to capacity-building, policy engagement, and outreach activities supporting evidence-based policy analysis. Please note that ARF appointments at IFPRI have a maximum term of three (3) years, inclusive of any approved appointment extensions. The final grade level will be determined by demonstrated experience and track record of publications. Essential Duties: The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting scholarly research in collaboration with the local partners and other CGIAR centers. The successful candidate will participate in a range of activities including, but not limited to: Conducting microeconomic research through designing, implementing, and analyzing household surveys, lab-in-field experiments, experimental and quasi-experimental r evaluations, etc.; in-depth agricultural sector data analysis; and conducting policy analysis of potential interventions to improve market access of farmers, and the impact of improved access to technologies and institutional innovations. Supporting efforts to strengthen the capacity of partner organizations and networks to conduct scholarly research and communicate evidence-based policy recommendations. Preparing project reports, research papers, presentations, and peer-reviewed journal articles in collaboration with researchers at IFPRI, and other collaborators and partners. Regularly communicating research outputs via policy seminars, policy briefs, and peer-reviewed publications to a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including researchers, academics, policymakers, and government officials. The successful candidate will work with a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team of researchers, and is expected to engage in a broad range of research projects and activities in all regions of operations of the Markets, Trade, and Institution Division with a major focus in Central America and Africa. Required Qualifications: PhD in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Development Economics, Applied Economics, or closely related field. Demonstrated capabilities in quantitative analysis and ability to use economic theory and methods in innovative and policy-relevant ways to examine agricultural development issues. Significant experience on impact evaluation of infrastructure projects Significant experience on household survey design and the processes behind data collection Experience with the collection of data and analysis using a range of applied econometric techniques. Demonstrated experience on panel data analysis and panel data collection. Expertise in the use of Stata, R or other statistical software for cross-sectional and panel data Familiarity with agricultural and economic development issues in Central America related to poverty, economic growth, and food security. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well both with a team and independently. Ability to multi-task, work in a dynamic environment, take initiatives to resolve issues and effectively work with minimal supervision. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Willingness to travel extensively (including internationally) as required. Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing household surveys especially in rural areas in Latin America. Specifically, proven knowledge on mobile data collection software programming (preferred knowledge on SurveyToGo, Survey CTO and ODK) to implement Computer-assisted personal interviews (CAPI) Demonstrated experience on designing and implementing impact evaluations in infrastructure, agricultural extension programs, and other interventions to increase market access of farmers. Demonstrated ability to produce high-quality written reports, journal articles, oral presentations, blog posts, and other forms of written and oral communications associated with scholarly research outputs Familiarity with a broad range of quantitative methodologies, including – but not limited to – randomized evaluations, discrete choice experiments, and quasi-experimental techniques Excellent written and oral Proficiency in a second language: Spanish Proficiency in French for potential work on West Africa.