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Development Professional-Research Analyst-The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)-August 2020

Development Professional-The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a Research Analyst I (RA) for a one-year, renewable appointment in its Markets, Trade and Institutions Division.

The Development Professional-Research Analyst will assist senior researchers in implementing the research component of the Family Farming, Regional Markets and Cross border Trade corridors (FARM-TRAC) project in West Africa.

The objectives of FARM-TRAC are i) to contribute to an improved knowledge of the functioning of trade in agricultural and food products  in West Africa, ii) ensure progress on the free movement of agricultural products in West Africa and iii) contribute to the formulation and implementation of regional policies and strategies for promoting trade in agricultural and food products.  This position is based in Dakar, Senegal. Interested applicants must have work authorization to work in Senegal.

Research Analyst I

Location Dakar, Senegal
Recruitment Type Local


Essential Duties:

Specific duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • The Development Professional-Research Analyst assists with economic modeling and econometric analysis;
  • The Development Professional-Research Analyst perform various tasks involving data collection, documentation, and data cleaning of primary data and secondary data from various sources;
  • Assist with the preparation and publication of Policy Briefs, Discussion Papers, and Data Reports ;
  • Other relevant duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelors’ degree in Economics, Agricultural Economics, International Economics, Statistics, or closely related field plus two years of relevant work experience or a master’s degree in one of the above fields
  • Experience with data analysis using various statistical software packages (STATA, R) and/or mathematical programming packages (GAMS)
  • Experience in quantitative research methods and data processing and analysis
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and produce completed products on time
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work independently and effectively with colleagues from diverse cultures.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in oral and written French
  • Familiarity with issues related to trade, poverty, food security, and agricultural or rural development in Africa.
  • Experience in management, including manipulation of large datasets;



The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) provides research-based policy solutions to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition in developing countries. Established in 1975, IFPRI currently has more than 600 employees working in over 50 countries. It is a research center of CGIAR, a worldwide partnership engaged in agricultural research for development.

Vision and Mission

IFPRI’s vision is a world free of hunger and malnutrition. Its mission is to provide research-based policy solutions that sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition.

What We Do

Global, regional, and national food systems face major challenges and require fundamental transformations. More than ever, responding to these challenges will require a systems-oriented, multidisciplinary approach to reshape food systems so they work for all people sustainably. IFPRI’s Strategy Refresh 2018–2020 builds on the strong base of work developed under the Institute’s 2013–2018 strategy and focuses on five strategic research areas:

  • Fostering Climate-Resilient and Sustainable Food Supply
  • Promoting Healthy Diets and Nutrition for All
  • Building Inclusive and Efficient Markets, Trade Systems, and Food Industry
  • Transforming Agricultural and Rural Economies
  • Strengthening Institutions and Governance

Each of the five strategic research areas considers gender within all research questions and throughout the research process.

IFPRI’s regional and country programs play a critical role in responding to demand for food policy research and in delivering holistic support for country-led development.

IFPRI also leads two CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs): Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM)and Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH).

Enhancing partnerships, communicating research, strengthening partners’ capacity, and leveraging data and analytical tools are critical to implementing and achieving impact through IFPRI’s strategic research areas.

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) receives funding from national governments, private foundations, universities, non-governmental organizations, as well as from the CGIAR Trust Fund. IFPRI’s partnerships with donors are bringing us closer to a world free of hunger and malnutrition.T


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