Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow



Job Summary:
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow and Leader of its country strategy program in Malawi for a two year, fixed-term, renewable appointment. This position will be based in Lilongwe, Malawi and reports to the Director of the Development Strategy and Governance (DSG) Division based at IFPRI headquarters in Washington DC. Grade level will be determined by demonstrated expertise and experience.
The Malawi country strategy program aims to enhance capacity in Malawi for evidence-based policy making in the areas of agriculture, food security, and nutrition. It supports research and capacity strengthening for the implementation of Malawi’s national agricultural development strategies. It addresses policy effectiveness and coherence within the agricultural sector as well as between the agricultural sector and other sectors key to economic growth, poverty reduction, and food security. Key research and capacity strengthening activities will be carried out with a broad array of agricultural sector stakeholders, including Malawi’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Water Development, other concerned government departments, key Malawian research institutes, and selected private sector and nongovernmental organizations.
It is anticipated that about 30 percent of the job will be allocated to program management and the other 70 percent to research, capacity-building, and policy communication and outreach activities related to the country program. The Fellow will complete research projects, publish papers/books, and participate in various conferences, policy advisory forums, and capacity strengthening training programs

Essential Duties: 
  Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Conducting research.
  • Advising on policies, capacity strengthening, and policy communications in Malawi.
  • Leading IFPRI’s country strategy program in Malawi.
  • Program Management: Manages local office staff, manages program resources, updates annual work programs, reports annual performance, and maintains regular communication with the IFPRI-Washington office. Manages and monitors national collaborators and IFPRI researcher activities.
  • Research/Capacity Building. Based on an identified program of work, leads or participates in specific empirical research on special studies, organizes or provides support to targeted training programs, and coordinates with Washington-based and in-country staff on specific research and training activities that fall within the country program.
  • Policy Communication: Maintains active policy communication with national counterparts through organizing regular high-level policy symposiums and seminars, publishing policy briefs and discussion paper series; establishing active links with various national research institutions; and liaising with donors in Malawi’s agriculture sector on a regular basis.
  • Fundraising/Resource Mobilization: Through an active in-country presence, identify additional research funding opportunities, respond to in-country needs, channel donor resources to available skills and expertise in IFPRI, and liaise between non-country program IFPRI activities and local donors, if needed (and requested).

Required Qualifications:
  • PhD in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Public Policy, Public Finance or closely related field.
  • Seven or more years of post-PhD research and outreach experience in agricultural policy issues, with internationally recognized publications.
  • Experience in policy making or in a policy advisor position, and strong team-building, managerial and networking skills.
  • Proven record of fundraising success for projects
  • Demonstrated experience supervising staff
  • Knowledge and experience working in Africa.
  • Ability to work across disciplines and cultures.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of and experience working in Malawi.
  • Experience working with national Ministries of Agriculture
IFPRI provides research-based policy solutions to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition. The Institute conducts research, communicates results, optimizes partnerships, and builds capacity to ensure sustainable food production, promote healthy food systems, improve markets and trade, transform agriculture, build resilience, and strengthen institutions and governance. Gender is considered in all of the Institute’s work. IFPRI collaborates with partners around the world, including development implementers, public institutions, the private sector, and farmers’ organizations. IFPRI is a member of the CGIAR Consortium.

Go to www.ifpri.org .  Click on “Jobs” and “Research Positions” to link you to Position # 15-167 – Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow, DSGD.  Please complete on-line application, including a complete curriculum vitae and a detailed letter of interest.  Also complete section providing 3 references.

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