The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Research Analyst I in the Spatial Data and Analytics (SDA) team within the Environment and Production Technology Division. The candidate will contribute to various research, data analysis, capacity building, and communication activities led by SDA. SDA’s activities interconnect disciplines at the nexus of economics, environment, farming systems, geography and policy analysis to improve the welfare of the poor through a productive, sustainable and profitable agriculture. By taking advantage of a common data standard – from georeferenced household surveys to remotely-sensed satellite imagery and scenario modeling analyses- in regions with traditionally limited data availability, SDA bridges the divide between quantitative analysis and policy.

It is envisaged that the RA will work on various projects SDA is involved in, including Africa Research In Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation (RISING), International Dietary Data Expansion (INDDEX), and Gender-sensitive, Climate-resilient Agriculture for Nutrition (GCAN ). Through action research and development partnerships, Africa RISING aims to create opportunities for smallholder farm households in six Sub-Saharan Africa countries to reduce poverty, hunger, and undernutrition through sustainable intensification of their farming systems. The INDDEX project is designed to fill the information gap on the ability to quantify a population’s food and nutrient consumption and dietary patterns, critical factors for effective food security and nutrition policymaking and programming. GCAN aims to assist practitioners and experts in collecting and analyzing climate science and other data to improve understanding of the linkages between climate, nutrition, and gender, as well as to identify innovations and approaches for sustainably improving productivity, nutrition, climate resilience and gender equality.

This is a one-year appointment based at IFPRI Headquarters in Washington, DC.

Essential Duties:

The successful candidate will conduct a range of activities including, but not limited to:

  • Analyze various large-scale microdata collected by SDA team and other secondary sources
  • Assist with the preparation of project reports, research articles, proposals, and other outreach materials
  • Manage, aggregate, and analyze data (to be) collected through project-specific databases
  • Actively interact with various SDA partners, including by traveling to program countries and providing in-country trainings as necessary
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of various primary data collection efforts

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in international development, development economics, agricultural and applied economics or a very closely related field plus two years of relevant professional experience or Master’s degree in a relevant discipline.
  • Ability to work independently, particularly in producing research outputs
  • Pay due attention to details, and deliver with efficiency
  • Strong writing skills and capacity to analyze complex phenomena and publish findings in various forms
  • Experience in survey methodologies, data management, analysis and compilation
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Advanced knowledge of Stata software, good econometric skills, and proven familiarity with data production and collection processes
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated experience in effective interactions and negotiations in a multi-cultural environment setting with researchers
  • Willingness to travel to project countries
  • Good organizational and follow-up skills, to be able to deliver quality products and services on time under tight deadlines

Preferred Qualifications

  • Good knowledge of the state of agriculture and nutrition in developing regions (especially Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia)
  • Experience with spatially-disaggregated data analysis tools (i.e. mapping and use of GIS software)
  • Experience in analyzing complex household-level micro data, preferably related with agriculture and nutrition
  • Working knowledge of a second language of relevance to the geographic areas of research focus (e.g., French)