Research Analyst I

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Job Summary:

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Research Analyst I within the Development Strategies and Governance (DSG) Unit. This is a one-year, exempt, renewable appointment based in Washington D.C. The successful candidate will have experience in applied political economy analysis related to different dimensions of food systems, a track record of using mixed (qualitative and quantitative) research methods, and excellent English writing skills.

Essential Duties:

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Assist in conducting detailed literature reviews on political economy and governance aspects related to food security, food systems, agriculture and nutrition policy, conflict and fragility, and international development more broadly.
  • Assist with survey design, implementation, and analysis (inclusive of sampling and questionnaire design, training and oversight of enumerators, and cleaning and processing of data).
  • Assist with semi-structure interviews, focus groups, and case study design.
  • Assist with development of political economy toolkits for research on food systems.
  • Assist in preparation of working papers and research publications.
  • Assist in preparing synthesis pieces, blogs, and other types of public communication.
  • Assist in preparing high-quality presentations for donors and the research community.
  • Assist with organizing seminars and other large-scale meetings with policymakers, researchers, and donors on governance and political economy issues.
  • Assist in preparing datasets for public access.
  • Assist with responses for internal/external data requests from researchers, donors, and government partners, and media.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree plus two years of relevant professional experience or Master’s degree in political science, government, public policy, economics, international development, or a closely related field.
  • Ability to perform quantitative data analysis, including econometrics.
  • Ability to conduct rigorous qualitative analyses and familiarity with qualitative methods such as focus groups, interviews, process tracing, and paired comparisons.
  • Excellent writing skills and analytical mind.
  • Excellent STATA and Excel skills
  • Demonstrated ability to perform in-depth statistical analysis and report the results succinctly.
  • Experienced conducting literature reviews of academic publications, research reports, etc.
  • Demonstrated fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability 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.
  • Familiarity with food security and development issues in Africa, Asia, and/or Latin America

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience conducting fieldwork in developing countries.
  • Strong background in applied policy analysis and the political economy of policy reform.
  • Skilled in programming in GIS
  • Working proficiency in French, Portuguese, and/or Spanish.

 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 activities such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing computer terminal; extensive reading.

IFPRI provides research-based policy solutions to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition. The Institute conducts research, communicates results, optimizes partnerships, and builds capacity to ensure sustainable food production, promote healthy food systems, improve markets and trade, transform agriculture, build resilience, and strengthen institutions and governance. Gender is considered in all of the Institute’s work. IFPRI collaborates with partners around the world, including development implementers, public institutions, the private sector, and farmers’ organizations. IFPRI is a member of the CGIAR Consortium.

IFPRI offers a multicultural, collegial research environment with competitive salary and excellent benefits. IFPRI is an international and equal opportunity organization and believes that diversity of its staff contributes to excellence.

IFPRI Washington D.C has a hybrid work environment that allows staff members a minimum of two days (three days strongly preferred) in-office work and two to three days remote work.

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