Position Description

Associate Research Fellow
Location Washington, DC or Nairobi, Kenya
Recruitment Type International
Position Code 21-144
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The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as an Associate Research Fellow for a two-year, renewable appointment for its Markets, Trade and Institutions Division. The position is based in either Washington, DC or Nairobi, Kenya, and reports to the Director of the Markets, Trade, and Institutions Division. 

The Associate Research Fellow will conduct research aligned with the Markets, Trade, and Institutions divisional research portfolio with a focus on climate information services and insurance for rural households, particularly from an empirical micro-econometric perspective. The goal of the portfolio is to accelerate the adoption and impacts of innovations that can help improve climate adaptation, incomes, nutrition, social inclusion and gender equity. The researcher will primarily help design and execute lab-in-the-field experiments and impact evaluations, to help design programs and policies for scaling, and to inform cost-benefit analysis for future investment prioritization. Much of this work includes primary data collection.

Essential Duties

  • Collaborate on research related to climate information services, insurance and other innovations to help improve climate adaptation, incomes, nutrition and gender equity for rural households.
  • Execute innovative, policy-relevant economics research using data on rural households in developing countries to work to reduce poverty and/or malnutrition and improve adaptation to climate change.
  • Publish papers in top, peer-reviewed journals and IFPRI outlets (books, policy briefs etc.)
  • Support efforts to strengthen the capacity of partner organizations and networks to conduct scholarly research and communicate evidence-based policy recommendations

Required Qualifications  

  • PhD in Economics, Agricultural Economics or closely related fields
  • Excellent econometric/statistical skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of state-of-the-art techniques used in microeconomic and panel data analysis
  • Demonstrated ability to use economic theory in innovative and policy relevant ways
  • Demonstrated capacity to produce high-quality research for publication in top, peer- reviewed journals
  • Strong team player, self-motivated and ability to work with people from different social and cultural backgrounds
  • Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English
  • Willingness to travel for projects and/or team meetings

Preferred Qualifications

  • Field experience in collecting quantitative project and household data in developing countries
  • Knowledge of French or Spanish
  • Willingness to relocate to Nairobi, Kenya

Please note that Associate Research Fellow appointments at IFPRI have a maximum term of three (3) years, inclusive of any approved appointment extensions.

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

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