Research Analyst I/II

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Job Summary

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Research Analyst I/II within the Markets, Trade, and Institutions Unit (MTI). The position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand field and analysis experience in an international organization undertaking cutting-edge development research. This is a one-year, exempt, renewable appointment based in Washington D.C., with travel overseas. The successful candidate will support senior research staff in MTI with survey implementation, evaluations and experiments related to inclusive and efficient agricultural value chains.

Final position grade will be based on relevant experience.

 Essential Duties:

Specific Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Organizing, cleaning, management, and statistical/econometric analysis of large household data sets.
  • Assisting with the development and implementation of quantitative surveys in developing countries, including questionnaire development and programming for CAPI, field team training and development of software applications for recording interview responses on tablet computers.
  • Assisting with planning and running field operations related to survey collection, ensuring adherence to the research design, monitoring data quality, and supporting data analysis as needed.
  • Assisting with the analysis of GIS data and linking that information to survey data as needed.
  • Conducting literature reviews, preparation of tables and graphs to contribute to proposals, project deliverables, briefs, and papers.
  • Assisting in preparing large datasets for public access to promote transparency and openness in social science research.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, Agricultural Economics, or closely related degree plus two years of relevant professional experience post degree or Master’s degree in economics, Agricultural Economics, or closely related degree.
  • At the Research Analyst II level, Master’s degree in the above disciplines plus minimum 3 years of relevant, post-Master’s work experience.
  • Excellent skills in programming in Stata and in managing household databases.
  • Familiarity with quantitative research methods used in behavioral and development economics, particularly randomized controlled trials, and laboratory experiments.
  • Excellent econometric skills on cross-section and panel data analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform in-depth statistical analysis and report the results.
  • Demonstrated professional level of attention to detail evidenced by accurate and reproducible work.
  • Experience in conducting literature reviews of academic publications, research reports, etc.
  • Demonstrated fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task as needed, consistently meet deadlines and manage time well
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and to work in a team-oriented multi-cultural environment
  • Ability to work independently, with initiative and minimal supervision.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Skilled in programming in Stata, R, Python, JavaScript, SQL, etc.
  • Experience in survey design, questionnaire design, and conducting and supervising household surveys in developing countries.
  • Experience with data entry and CAPI software packages (CSPro, Survey CTO, Survey Solutions, Epi Info, etc)
  • Experience with ArcGIS and GIS data
  • Field experience related to agriculture and nutrition, is a strong plus.
  • Proficiency in Spanish and/or French

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.

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 in-office work and three days remote work.


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