The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as an Associate Research Fellow/Research Fellow for a two-year, renewable appointment with its Innovation Policy and Scaling Unit. The position is based in Nairobi, Kenya and reports to the Director of the Innovation Policy and Scaling Unit.
The Associate Research Fellow/Research Fellow will conduct research aligned with the Innovation Policy and Scaling Unit’s research goals, agenda, and portfolio. The unit’s goal is to advance the generation, exchange, and application of science and technology for agriculture, food, and nutrition to improve both policy and practice that shape decision-making by governments, private enterprises, and civil society in global and local food systems. IPS’ research agenda and portfolio focus on data-driven, evidence-based solutions to accelerate innovation at scale and advance inclusive and sustainable systems transformation.
In pursuing this goal, the unit aims to produce and communicate policy-relevant research that improves agricultural productivity, climate resilience, incomes, welfare, nutrition, social inclusion, and gender equity. The unit does so by combining applied research with strategic partnerships and capacity development to inform and support key policy, regulatory, and investment choices in partner countries and organizations. Topics covered by the unit range from global policy regimes governing genetic innovation in agriculture, to private sector investment strategies in the crop sciences, to the behavioral dimensions of technology adoption choices in farmers’ fields.
The Associate Research Fellow/Research Fellow will participate in scholarly research on topics such as the evaluation of programs to accelerate technical change among small-scale, resource- poor farmers in low- and middle-income countries with the adoption of improved crop varieties, production inputs, and management practices for soil, water, and biodiversity conservation; innovation bundles that combine technologies, inputs, and practices with digital and financial services; novel encouragements designed to influence household decision-making and individual behaviors; and gender-transformative interventions that engage men and women together as agents of change in food systems.
The Associate Research Fellow/Research Fellow will specifically contribute to key aspects of the design and implementation of impact evaluations with experimental and quasi-experimental research designs, lab-in-field experiments, cost-effectiveness studies, and other types of research to help inform innovation and scaling programs and policies. The Associate Research Fellow/Research Fellow will engage in both the collection and analysis of primary data (both quantitative and qualitative) as well as the analysis of secondary data, to contribute to the unit’s portfolio.
Please note that ARF appointments at IFPRI have a maximum term of three (3) years, inclusive of any approved appointment extensions. After the maximum appointment term, ARFs may be considered for a promotion to the next level.
The final grade level (ARF or RF) for this position will be determined by demonstrated experience and track record of publications.
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The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is an equal employment opportunity employer - F/M/Disability/Vet/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.