Associate Research Fellow

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is recognized as a leading research institute in international development, focusing on strategies to reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition throughout the developing world.  In the widely used REPEC rankings of research institutions (http://ideas.repec.org/top/), IFPRI ranks #5 out of 200 institutions in development economics, #1 in agricultural economics and #2 in economics research on Africa. IFPRI’s staff of nearly 500 (from more than 65 countries) undertake rigorous research that generates evidence to help solve the most pressing problems in development. IFPRI seeks an economist to serve as an Associate Research Fellow or Research Fellow for a two-year, fixed term, renewable appointment in its Poverty Health and Nutrition Division (PHND). The selected candidate will conduct research in applied microeconomics, including conducting impact evaluations, on topics related to social protection; poverty; the interface between agriculture, health and nutrition; human capital development; and the role of gender in shaping development outcomes. Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to develop their own research projects and explore work in other areas that serve the broad research agenda of the Division and Institute, such as our work on large scale maternal and child health and nutrition programs.  This position is based at IFPRI headquarters located in Washington, D.C.

Please note that Associate Research Fellow appointments at IFPRI have a maximum term of three (3) years, inclusive of any approved appointment extensions. After the maximum appointment term, Associate Research Fellows may be considered for promotion to Research Fellow based on peer-reviewed publications and other contributions to projects and the Institute.

Essential Duties:

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Conduct innovative research on social protection; poverty; the interface between agriculture, health and nutrition; human capital development; the role of gender in shaping development outcomes; and large scale maternal and child health and nutrition programs.
  • Contribute to designing and implementing impact evaluations that support the Division’s research agenda.
  • Manage survey field work activities, working closely with senior researchers, local collaborators and research support staff and liaising with program donors.
  • Conduct empirical analysis using rigorous econometric methods. Prepare technical reports and journal articles.
  • Communicate research findings to policymakers, donors, implementing partners and the academic community at national, regional and international levels.
  • Publish research findings in top, peer-reviewed journals.
  • Maintain relationships with research program donors.

 

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Public Policy or related field
  • Demonstrated knowledge of state-of-the-art econometric techniques used microeconomic analysis and impact evaluations
  • Prior research on topics related to social protection; poverty; the interface between agriculture, health and nutrition; human capital development; the role of gender in shaping development outcomes; and large scale maternal and child health and nutrition programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high quality research suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Experience working in multicultural teams
  • Ability and experience in managing internal and external relationships with project teams, donors and collaborators
  • Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English
  • Willingness to travel and work in developing countries

At the Research Fellow Level:

  • Excellent publication record in peer-reviewed journals
  • 3+ years of post-PhD experience relevant to the job and demonstrated fundraising experience
  • Major external recognition within peer professional network due to publications and other leaderships activities
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and strong experience building and managing teams

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively design and implement survey data collection
  • Experience working with researchers from other social sciences as well as nutrition and health
  • Field experience in collecting quantitative household data in developing countries, especially in Africa or South Asia.
  • Fluency in a language other than English (especially French or Hindi, but other language abilities are also welcome)