Job Description

Job Title: Associate Research Fellow   Application Deadline: Open until filled
Job Category: Research   Department: DSGD
Location: Washington, DC   Appointment Duration: 2 Year
Job Code: 13-180   Position Type: Renewable
Recruitment Type: International   US FLSA Status: Exempt


The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as an Associate Research Fellow for its Development Strategy and Governance (DSG) Division. The position is a two-year, fixed-term appointment, and is renewable depending on performance and funding. This position is based at IFPRI headquarters located in Washington, D.C.

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

Essential Duties:

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Conducting research and in-depth analysis of macro, sectoral or household data broadly related to structural transformation, employment, trade, agricultural development and food security in Central Asia.
  • Supporting efforts to strengthen the capacity of partner organizations and national research collaborators to conduct scholarly research and communicate the results of empirical research to a broad spectrum of stakeholders.
  • Maintain a high level of research output for publication outlets both within IFPRI, for peer-reviewed journals within the wider scientific community.
  • Creating linkages to external collaborators and research groups, when possible to further IFPRI’s work.
  • Establishing active links with various regional and national research and government institutions in Central Asia;
  • Maintaining active policy communication with national policy-makers and researchers in the region through individual consultations, regular policy seminars, policy briefs, etc.
  • Reporting or assist in reporting on program/project activities by preparing project reports, research papers, etc.     

The successful candidate will work with a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team of researchers, and is expected to engage in a broad range of research projects and activities in Central Asia.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Economics, Agricultural Economics, International Development, or related field.
  • Strong capabilities in quantitative data analysis including applied econometric analysis.
  • Proficiency in STATA and other econometric/computational software packages.
  • Understanding of issues related to structural transformation, agricultural development, poverty reduction and food security in transition countries.
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills with demonstrated excellence in written and oral presentations.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work both independently and within multi-disciplinary and multicultural team environment.
  • Willingness to travel frequently as required.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience with applied policy and research activities in transition countries of Eurasia region.
  • Interest in economic transition, poverty reduction, agricultural development and food security in Central Asia.
  • Proficiency in Russian.

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