Research Assistant

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Job Summary:

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a Research Assistant / Research Analyst 1 (RA/SRA) for a one-year, renewable appointment in its Markets, Trade and Institutions Division. The Research Assistant/Research Analyst 1 will work primarily (80%) on the EC-funded Food Security Portal and the Africa Food Security Portal, providing research and project-related support to the EC-funded Food Security Portal (FSP) and to the USAID-funded African Growth and Development Policy (AGRODEP) Modeling Consortium project. This position is based in Dakar, Senegal. Interested applicants must have work authorization to work in Senegal.


Essential Duties:

Specific duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Provide assistance in data management, display, and documentation.
  • Assist in content migration to the new FSP site.
  • Provide assistance in FSP-related events (e.g. webinars, dialogues, tools) and outreach and in AGRODEP-related events (e.g. trainings, research collaborations) and outreach, including through social media
  • Perform literature reviews and assist in drafting reports and presentations
  • Assist in the development of FSP e-learning courses.
  • Assist with communications with FSP and AGRODEP research collaborators and partners
  • Other relevant duties as assigned by the supervisor.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelors’ degree in Economics, Agricultural Economics, International Economics, Statistics, or closely related field.  
  • At the Research Analyst level, a master’s degree in one of the above fields is required.
  • Experience with data processing, analysis, and management using various statistical software packages (Excel, STATA, R);
  • Experience with presenting data and results graphically using data visualization software (e.g. Tableau, BI, R Shiny);
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and produce completed products on time;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and French;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work independently and with initiative, with colleagues from diverse cultures.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with issues related to poverty, economic growth, food security, and agricultural or rural development in Africa.
  • Experience with delivery of e-learning courses.
  • Experience with website content-management (for AGRODEP).
  • Experience with using social media (Twitter, Facebook).

Apply here.

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