Associate Research Fellow

Aug 17 2022

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as an Associate Research Fellow (ARF) or Research Fellow (RF) for a two-year, renewable appointment in the Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division (PHND). The selected candidate will conduct research under the new OneCGIAR initiative, “Transforming Agri-Food Systems in South Asia” (TAFSSA). The candidate will work with the team on Work Package 1 (facilitating agrifood systems transformation through inclusive learning platforms, public data systems, and partnerships) and Work Package 4 (tackling behavioral and structural determinants of sustainable healthy diets) of the TAFSSA initiative.

This position will include engaging in and leading key research activities related to food systems and nutrition in South Asia, with a focus on Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan. The candidate will design and manage large surveys and evaluations, contribute to peer-reviewed publications and other dissemination of research findings, and support technical reporting. The candidate will also collaborate with national research partners in focus countries.

This position is based in New Delhi, India or other CGIAR hosting location and will require international travel.

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.

Engaging in and leading key research activities related to food systems and nutrition in South Asia under the OneCGIAR initiative, with a focus on working with large-scale datasets on diets and dietary determinants. 

Conducting research to understand food value chains for both healthy and unhealthy foods in South Asia.

Designing and managing large surveys and evaluations: selection and recruitment of data collection firms; development of study protocols, surveys and qualitative instruments, and training manuals; and training and supervision of field staff.

Collaborating with national research partners in focus countries.

Designing, implementing, and analyzing data from rigorous evaluations using experimental designs.

Data management and analysis; publication of peer-reviewed papers, briefs, and slide decks; research communication and dissemination.

Supporting technical reporting for work packages on food systems data and on diets and nutrition

PhD in International Nutrition, Food Systems, Public Health, or closely related field

High, demonstrated proficiency in quantitative research methods and data analysis, and in rigorous evaluations

Prior research on topics related to nutrition and diets in LMICs, preferably South Asian countries

Familiarity and previous work on healthy diets, programs, and policies to address multiple forms of malnutrition

High degree of comfort with quantitative data analysis

Demonstrated ability to publish in highly ranked peer-reviewed journals

Demonstrated ability to effectively design and implement large scale survey data collection

Ability and experience in managing internal and external relationships with project teams, donors, and collaborators

Excellent publication record in peer-reviewed journals

3+ years of post-PhD experience relevant to the job and demonstrated fundraising experience

Demonstrated management skills and experience with staff supervision, building and managing teams

Familiarity with tools, methods, and metrics for measuring diets

Familiarity with food systems and food and nutrition policy research and analysis in LMICs

Experience with assessing characteristics of markets and food environments

Understanding of multi-sectoral programs and policy design and implementation, and experience working and engaging with program implementers and policy makers such as governments, non-governmental organizations, and United Nations institutions

Source: IFPRI | Jobs