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 with specialization in diversification, risk management and risk coping strategies.  The fellow will perform the research using qualitative and quantitative research methods, as well as both parametric and non-parametric estimation techniques to assess the impact and effectiveness of innovative insurance mechanisms and other risk management instruments designed for farmers and other producers in food supply chains facing varieties of risks and shocks, including price volatility and weather variability. The ARF will also contribute to policy assessments of the conditioning factors and complementary support measures to make insurance and other risk management instruments effective in developing country contexts. 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 research on risk coping analysis and evaluation of risk coping tools through designing, implementing, and analyzing household surveys, lab-in-field experiments, experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations, etc.; in-depth agricultural sector data analysis; and conducting policy analysis of potential interventions to improve market access of farmers and other producers along food value chains, and the impact of improved access to new 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. Significant expertise in the analysis of agricultural and food value chain-related risks and uncertainties and in relevant qualitative and quantitative analyses of insurance mechanisms and risk management strategies 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 household survey design and the processes behind data collection Experience with the collection of data and analysis using a range of applied econometric techniques. Expertise in the use of Stata. 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 insurance mechanisms and other risk-coping instruments for agriculture and food value chains. Relevant research experience as applied to developing country contexts in Africa, Asia, and/or Latin America. 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