Research Assistant/Research Analyst 1

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Job Summary

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a Research Assistant/ Research Analyst I for a full time, one-year, renewable appointment in its Markets, Trade and Institutions Division. The Research Assistant/Research Analyst I will work on multiple ongoing projects in Central America related to impact evaluation, agricultural markets, food security and nutrition, migration, and rural development, and will provide assistance on data collection and analysis, research papers, briefs, reports, and presentations. This position is based at IFPRI headquarters located in Washington, DC and may involve travel.


Essential Duties

Specific Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with fieldwork activities, survey training, data collection and cleaning.
  • Assisting with statistical and econometric analysis.
  • Assisting in drafting reports, presentations, papers, and briefs.
  • Performing literature reviews.
  • Other relevant duties as assigned


Required Qualifications

  • At Research Assistant; Bachelor’s degree in Economics or a closely related field.
    • At the Research Analyst I; Bachelor’s degree in Economics or a closely related field plus 2 years of relevant experience or Master’s degree in Economics or a closely related field.
  • Familiarity with household data collection, management, processing, and cleaning.
  • Experience with quantitative research methods and statistical analysis of databases.
  • Significant working knowledge of STATA.
  • Excellent econometric skills on cross-section, panel data, and/or time-series analysis.
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills.
  • Experience preparing literature reviews, synthetizing research findings, and preparing research presentations.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, along with the ability to work independently and with initiative, and with colleagues from diverse cultures.
  • High level of attention to detail and accuracy of work.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks and produce completed products on time.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Sound knowledge of microeconomics and applied econometrics.
  • Experience implementing and analyzing household survey data in developing countries.
  • Experience with conducting quantitative and qualitative research in developing countries.
  • Experience with data entry and CAPI software packages (SurveyCTO, SurveyToGo).
  • Basic working knowledge of ArcGIS.
  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish.
  • Willingness to travel internationally, if needed.


The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a CGIAR Research Center, is an equal employment opportunity employer – F/M/Disability/Vet/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

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