Research Fellow
IFPRI (International Food Policy Research Institute) - Washington, DC

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Job Summary:

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Research Fellow (RF) for its Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators (ASTI) program in its Environment and Production Technology (EPTD) Division. This is a two year, exempt, fixed-term, renewable appointment based in Washington, DC.

The ASTI program provides comprehensive quantitative and qualitative information and subsequent analyses on investment, capacity, and institutional trends in agricultural R&D in low- and middle-income countries. ASTI data and analyses assist research and development managers and policymakers in improved policy formulation and decision making at national, regional, and international levels. ASTI is planning to expand its scope of analytical activities beyond the descriptive examination of national and regional capacity and investment trends conducted to date . The intensification of analysis will enhance the relevance, use, and visibility of ASTI datasets and outputs.

Essential Duties:
  • Design and implement a research agenda, in close collaboration with EPTD researchers, on issues related to investments, capacities, and institutional developments in agricultural R&D as well as (agricultural) R&D policies.
  • Potential research areas could include: i) further improvements to ASTI’s methodology and data collection procedures; ii) further in-depth analyses of the quantitative and qualitative information compiled by ASTI are needed to provide further insight into the underlying trends and issues related to agricultural R&D capacity and investments, as well as the structure and functioning of agricultural R&D systems; iii) analysis of the contribution of agricultural research management systems, including scientific collaborative networks, to scientific achievement and output; and iv) broader economic analysis focusing on questions related to science policy and technology development.
  • Build a network of external analysts, which include commissioning papers on key topics, organize a series of workshops and seminars, and other creative approaches. This will also include capacity strengthening activities in countries where current capacity to analyze ASTI data is weak.
Required Qualifications :
  • Ph.D. degree in economics, agricultural economics, development economics, science and technology policy, development studies, or other appropriate disciplines.
  • More than 3 years of post-PhD experience relevant to the job and demonstrated fundraising experience.
  • Demonstrated understanding of agricultural development issues, processes, and institutions related to agricultural R&D.
  • Strong capabilities in quantitative analysis and ability to use economic theory in innovative and policy relevant ways.
  • Excellent publication record in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Major external recognition within peer professional network due to publications and other leadership activities.
  • Demonstrated leadership in developing global research programs for policy recommendations.

Desired Qualifications
  • French or Spanish as a second working language .
  • Work experience within an international organization.
  • Significant periods of travel to and work in developing countries, especially in Africa.