Research Analyst I/II

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Job Summary:

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a Research Analyst (RA) for a one-year, renewable appointment in its Director General’s Office. The RA will prepare communications and outreach materials for the Director General and will also conduct analyses related to food security, nutrition, food systems, agricultural and rural development, poverty reduction, and environmental issues. The RA will also be assigned other duties as needed and work in close collaboration with the Director General and a small team within DGO. This position is located at IFPRI’s headquarters in Washington, DC.

Essential Duties:

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Prepare presentations, speeches, blog posts, op-eds, commentaries, and social media posts.
  • Research and analyze a variety of topics related to key development outcomes such as food security, nutrition, poverty alleviation, environmental sustainability, equality, and resilience.
  • Draft research papers, reports, policy briefs, journal articles, brochures, and internal reports.
  • Conduct literature review and syntheses.
  • Conduct trend analysis on major factors affecting global food security, nutrition, and poverty.
  • Conduct other quantitative analysis as needed.
  • Help coordinate committee meetings.
  • Manage databases.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • At the Research Analyst I level, Bachelors’ degree plus two years of relevant experience, or Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics, Economics, International Development, Public Policy, or a closely related field.
  • At the Research Analyst II level, Master’s degree in the above-mentioned fields plus three years of relevant post Master’s work experience.
  • Knowledge of issues related to global food security and nutrition, food systems, the environment, gender, and poverty alleviation.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research and strong analytical skills.
  • Excellent writing skills, including the ability to translate technical materials for lay audiences.
  • Outstanding visual presentation skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and consistently meet deadlines with minimal prompting.
  • Ability to be proactive and self-motivated.
  • Professional level of attention to detail and accuracy of work.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team-oriented multi-cultural environment.
  • Demonstrated fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Teams.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong background in development economics and applied economics.
  • Experience with infographics

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 (preference for 3 days) in-office work and the remaining two to three days remote work.

To Apply:

Internal CandidatesPlease send cover letter & resume – via email – to Layla Anthony and Elisabeth Gavin

External Applicants: Click on the following link to access the Research Analyst I/II job applications:


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