Research Assistant / Research Analyst I (19-118)

Job Summary:

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Research Assistant / Research Analyst I for a one-year, exempt, renewable appointment in its Development Strategies and Governance Division (DSG). The RA will work with and assist senior researchers in analysis of various data sets, including household and market surveys and secondary data on prices, trade and macro-economic variables. This position is based in Washington, D.C. Final title and grade will be determined by education and experience.

Essential Duties:

The selected candidate will:

  • Assist with data collection, compiling, and data cleaning of primary and secondary data from various sources.
  • Assist with the development and documentation of constructed datasets.
  • Assist with economic modeling and statistical analysis.
  • Conduct literature reviews.
  • Assist with the drafting of research papers and project reports. 
  • Other relevant duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications:

  • At the Research Assistant level, Bachelor’s degree in economics, agricultural economics, development studies, public policy, public administration or a relevant discipline.
    • At the Research Analyst I level, Bachelor’s degree and two years of relevant professional experience or Master’s degree in a relevant discipline.
  • Experience conducting and writing up literature reviews for academic publications.
  • Experience working in an international setting abroad doing research, capacity building or other development related activities.
  • Experience with data analysis using statistical software packages (e.g., Stata).
  • Experience in quantitative research methods and data processing, analysis, and management, including manipulation of large datasets.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and produce completed products on time.
  • Knowledge of issues related to poverty, economic transformation, agricultural development and governance in Africa or South Asia.
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills in English.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in interdisciplinary and cross-cultural teams.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Background in macroeconomics, microeconomics and econometrics.
  • Experience with simulation modeling software (e.g. GAMS).

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.

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