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Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Fellow at IFPRI

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified Postdoctoral Fellow or Research Fellow for its program on agricultural science, technology, and innovation (ST&I) policy in its Environment and Production Technology (EPTD) Division. This is a two year, exempt, fixed-term, renewable appointment based in New Delhi, India.The division’s agricultural ST&I policy program seeks to identify policies that favor economic development and the broad-based adoption of productivity-enhancing, poverty-reducing agricultural innovations, and to develop global, regional, and national capacity for ST&I policy analysis, design and implementation. Current research areas include, but are not limited to: agricultural research and development; private investment in pro-poor technology development and delivery; science, technology, and innovation policy; agricultural extension and advisory services; project monitoring and evaluation; and other topics relating to ST&I policy for developing-country agriculture.Please note Postdoctoral Fellow appointments at IFPRI have a maximum term of three (3) years, inclusive of any approved appointment extensions. The final grade level will be determined by demonstrated experience and track record of publications.Essential Duties:The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting scholarly research relating to agricultural ST&I policy in South Asia. The research will be conducted in collaboration with the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA), a project launched in 2009 in partnership with other CGIAR centers and national institutions. See: CSISA aims to decrease hunger and malnutrition and increase food security among resource-poor, small-scale farm families in South Asia through the accelerated development and inclusive deployment of new varieties, sustainable management technologies, and pro-poor public policies. The project intends to provide scientific, technical, and policy options to accelerate short- and long-term cereal production growth in South Asia’s most important grain baskets.The successful candidate will participate in a range of activities including, but not limited to:
  • Conducting literature reviews, field survey work, in-depth data analysis, and policy analysis on farm-level constraints to productivity growth and the impacts of adoption of resource-conserving technologies in the rice-wheat and related farming systems of South Asia.
  • Supporting efforts to strengthen the capacity of partner organizations and networks to conduct scholarly research and communicate evidence-based policy recommendations on ST&I policy for South Asia.
  • Supporting efforts to build an effective data management, monitoring, and evaluation system for the project.
  • Preparing project reports, research papers, presentations, and publishable journal articles in collaboration with the ST&I program team at IFPRI, CSISA project researchers, and other collaborators and partners.
The successful candidate will also be responsible for: (a) identifying new research topics and designing new research activities for the ST&I program in South Asia; (b) raising stakeholder awareness and donor funds in support of the ST&I program’s long-term research agenda in South Asia; and (c) strengthening IFPRI’s participation in national and regional networks on ST&I policy.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 South Asia.Required Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. degree in economics, agricultural economics, development economics, science and technology policy, development studies, or other appropriate disciplines.
  • Understanding of South Asian agriculture, including issues relating to smallholder farming systems, agribusiness, and technology adoption
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; Proficiency in STATA or other statistical software
  • Excellent verbal and written English, as well as strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks and produce completed products on time
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Ability to work both independently and within a multi-disciplinary and multicultural team environment
Preferred Qualifications: 
  • Proficiency in one major South Asian language other than English
  • Experience in surveys and field work is an advantage
See original announcement on IFPRI website.