Research Coordinator at IFPRI Africa


International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)


Friday, March 31, 2017

Start Date

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified Research Coordinator I for the West and Central Africa Office for a two-year, fixed-term appointment. This position will be based in Dakar, Senegal.

The successful candidate will work on a broad range of topics in international food security policy, reporting to the Program Leader and supporting the work and reach of the Montpellier Malabo Panel. The Research Coordinator will work closely with the Program Leader, other Researchers, as well as with the two co-chairs of the Panel and the Senior Adviser to develop high quality policy reports and technical briefs.

The Montpellier Malabo Panel is a group of African and European experts in the area of food security and agricultural development. Over the past years the Panel had worked to disseminate its findings publicly and in particular to convey its messages and recommendations to European and African decision makers through high-level dialogue events, meetings with policymakers, and media outreach. The Panel is now entering a new phase and will expand its reach in Africa to enhance its bridging and guidance role in direction of high level policy makers on both sides.  During the next five-year period, the Panel plans to deepen its interactions with African policymakers and other agenda setting stakeholders, working in particular in conjunction with ongoing Africa-wide efforts, to inform and organize high level dialogue around key current and future strategic issues around agricultural transformation, growth, and food and nutrition security, based on sound evidence.  The coordination and management of the Panel is based out of Dakar, Senegal, where it is hosted by the West and Central Africa Office of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). The Panel’s operations are supported, alongside IFPRI, by the Center for Development Research of the University of Bonn (ZEF) in Germany and Imperial College London in the UK.

Essential Duties:

  • In collaboration with the other research assistants and the Program Leader;

  • In collaboration with other research staff, carry out policy-oriented research and write policy-oriented research papers and reports;

  • Support the dissemination and publication of research results including shorter briefing papers and presentations and blogs on policy-related issues;

  • Help to ensure that the team and the Panel remains abreast of and responsive to continental and international developments and changes in policy-making;

  • Help to maximize the external impact and visibility of the Panel

  • Provide technical support to the team and in collaboration with the other researchers

  • Writes and edits reports, papers, policy briefs, and journal articles.

  • Design presentation and outreach materials

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in agriculture economics, international development, public policy, food and nutrition security or a related field.

  • Knowledge and/or experience in applied research and policy analysis

  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to produce high-quality research and research analysis in a timely manner and in a fast-paced environment, including the ability to analyse and research complex ideas and apply appropriate methodologies

  • Experience in drafting reports and briefing papers

  • Experience in writing blogs, also for non-expert audiences

  • Good understanding of international policies on agricultural development, food and nutrition security and climate change

  • Ability to work in English, independently and within a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary matrix team

  • Excellent IT skills, including MS Office, and development of databases

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral, with the ability to communicate clearly with colleagues, members of the Panel and external stakeholders

  • Ability to communicate complex ideas and technical issues to a range of non-technical audiences

  • Excellent presentation skills

  • Fluency in English.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, often under pressure and conflicting deadlines

  • Ability to prioritize

  • Ability to self-learn and keep pace of developments in a complex and fast-moving area

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with international or multi-stakeholder organizations and institutions or governments is a plus

  • Experience in assisting in the preparation of high-level events, conferences and private meetings

  • Experience working on or in Africa or another developing country is desirable

  • Working knowledge of French and any other languages is highly desirable.


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.

IFPRI offers a multicultural, collegial research environment with competitive salary and excellent benefits. IFPRI is an international and equal opportunity organization and believes that diversity of its staff contributes to excellence. Women and developing country professionals are encouraged to apply.


Go to Click on “Jobs” and “Research Positions” to link you to Position # 17-103– RESEARCH COORDINATOR/WCAO. Please complete on-line application, including a complete curriculum vitae and a detailed letter of interest. Also complete section providing 3 references.