Senior Research Fellow I/II

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Job Summary:

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Senior Research Fellow (SRF I or SRF II) for a two-year, renewable appointment for its Nutrition, Diets and Health Unit. This position is based at IFPRI headquarters located in Washington, D.C but would involve travel to any of the countries in which IFPRI carries out its research. The SRF I/II would manage complex, multi-partner surveys and evaluations, mentor junior research staff, lead the development of new research activities, including developing proposals for the evaluation of multisectoral programs and food systems approaches to improving diet, nutrition and health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. In addition, the SRF I/II would lead research activities related to the CGIAR Research Initiative on Fruit and Vegetables for Sustainable Healthy Diets (FRESH) which would include leading the co-development of programmatic activities (with program implementation partners) to increase intake of fruit and vegetables.

Essential Duties

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Conducting research related to diets, nutrition, health, and well-being in low-and middle-income countries and the impact of multisectoral programs and/or food systems approaches on these types of outcomes.
  • Developing and managing large/complex research projects and/or programs including developing workplans, coordinating research activities, monitoring and reporting on progress and sharing research findings with diverse audiences.
  • Design and supervise large-scale data collection activities such as household surveys, food environment surveys, dietary assessment surveys and nutritional status assessments.
  • Supervising the work of various research support staff and providing professional mentoring to others.
  • As part of multisectoral program and/or food systems evaluation activities, work closely with program implementation partners and other key stakeholders, to identify and oversee the design of programmatic activities to address constraints to sustainable, healthy diets.
  • Recruiting and managing national collaborators.
  • Developing and monitoring of the project or program budget.
  • Publishing research in peer-reviewed publications.
  • Providing strong research leadership in developing new ideas into proposals.
  • Preparing donor and other project/program reports.
  • Liaising with donor & senior government and other types of stakeholders on projects
  • Communicating research to a broad spectrum of stakeholders (researchers, academicians, policy makers, local partners.

Required Qualifications:

  • At the Senior Research Fellow I level:
    • PhD in Nutrition, Public Health, Epidemiology, International Development, or closely related field and a minimum of 7 years of post-PhD experience.
  • At the Senior Research Fellow II level:
    • PhD in Nutrition, Public Health, Epidemiology, International Development, or closely related field and a minimum of 10 years of post-PhD experience
    • Major external recognition within peer professional network due to publications and other leaderships activities.
    • Extensive publication record in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Strong skills in quantitative data analysis
  • Demonstrated ability to perform critical analyses of own & others’ research.
  • Sustained and consistent excellent publications record in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and strong experience building and managing teams.
  • Demonstrated leadership in developing global research programs with policy recommendations.
  • Demonstrated experience in effective interactions in a multicultural setting with other researchers and with policymakers, donors, and civil society, facilitating impact of research & capacity strengthening.
  • The ability to effectively contribute to IFPRI’s overall institutional value through demonstrated participation and support for organization-wide programs and activities.
  • Willingness to travel extensively as required.
  • Excellent written and spoken English communication skills with demonstrated excellence in written and oral presentations.
  • Demonstrated computer literacy (PC and Microsoft Applications).
  • Proven record of fundraising success for broad and complex programs and projects.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in a second language of the U.N. system
  • Dietary assessment and analysis expertise
  • Experience with qualitative assessment methods and associated analytic techniques and software.

Physical Demand and 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.

IFPRI provides research-based policy solutions to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition. IFPRI’s strategic research aims to foster a climate-resilient and sustainable food supply; promote healthy diets and nutrition for all; build inclusive and efficient markets, trade systems, and food industries; transform agricultural and rural economies; and strengthen institutions and governance. Gender is integrated in all the Institute’s work. Partnerships, communications, capacity strengthening, and data and knowledge management are essential components to translate IFPRI’s research from action to impact. The Institute’s regional and country programs play a critical role in responding to demand for food policy research and in delivering holistic support for country-led development. IFPRI collaborates with partners around the world and is a CGIAR Research Center.

IFPRI offers a multicultural, collegial research environment with competitive salaries and excellent benefits. IFPRI is an international and equal opportunity organization and believes that the diversity of its staff contributes to excellence. Women and developing country professionals are encouraged to apply.

IFPRI Washington D.C has a hybrid work environment that allows staff members a minimum of two days (preference for 3 days) in-office work and the remaining two to three days remote work.


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