Research Analyst I/Research Analyst II

Job Summary:


The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Research Analyst I (RA I) or Research Analyst II (RA II) within the Markets, Trade, and Institutions Division (MTID). The position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand field and analysis experience in an international organization undertaking cutting-edge development research based in Washington D.C., with travel overseas. This is a one-year, exempt, fixed-term, renewable appointment.  Final position title will be based on experience.  The RA I/ RA II will support senior research staff in MTID with evaluations and experiments related to information and communication technologies, agricultural extension, and nutrition programs in Central America.

Essential Duties:

Specific Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Organization, 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
  • Conducting literature reviews, preparation of tables and graphs to contribute to proposals, project deliverables, briefs and papers.
  • Ability and willingness to travel overseas (including the Central American Region)
  • Assist in preparing large datasets for public access to promote transparency and openness in social science research
  • Contribute to management of research projects and coordination with partners
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • At the Research Analyst I level, Bachelor’s degree in Economics and two years of relevant work experience or a Master’s degree in related field.
    • At the Research Analyst II level, a Master’s degree in Economics and three years of relevant 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.
  • Experienced 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.
  • Demonstrated fluency in written and spoken Spanish
  • Ability and willingness to travel.

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Skilled in programming in R, Python, JavaScript, SQL, etc.
  • Strong background in applied microeconomics and knowledge of quantitative impact evaluation methods.
  • Experience in survey design, questionnaire design, and conducting and supervising household surveys in developing countries.
  • Field experience related to agriculture and nutrition, is a strong plus.
  • Experience with data entry and CAPI software packages (CSPro, Survey CTO, Survey Solutions, Epi Info, or alike).
  • Proficiency in French, for possible work in West Africa