Job Description

Job Title: Associate Research Fellow/Research Fellow   Department: DSGD
Location: Accra, Ghana   Appointment Duration: 2 Year
Job Code: 17-108   Position Type: Renewable
Recruitment Type: International   US FLSA Status:
Application Deadline:    


Job Summary:

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as an Associate Research Fellow or Research Fellow to work under Ghana Strategy Support Program (GSSP) for a two-year, fixed-term, renewable appointment. The program has a focus on strategy and policy issues in relation to agriculture, the food system, rural change, and poverty reduction. The position reports to the Director of the Development Strategy and Governance Division (DSGD) and is based in Accra, Ghana.

Please note that Associate Research Fellow appointments at IFPRI have a maximum term of three (3) years, inclusive of any approved appointment extensions.

Essential Duties:

The Fellow will be responsible for:

a) Conducting research, policy advice, capacity strengthening and policy communications in Ghana on the strategic issues of agricultural and rural development and poverty reduction, and

b) Support the GSSP leader to coordinate IFPRI’s country strategy program in that country. The Fellow would be responsible for timely completion of research projects, actively publish papers/books, and participate in various conferences, policy advisory forums, and capacity strengthening training programs.

More specifically, it includes the following responsibilities:

  • Research and Capacity-Building: Leading or participating in specific empirical research and synthesis on special studies based on identified program of work; organizing or providing support to targeted training programs; and coordinating with Washington-based staff on specific research and training activities that fall within GSSP;
  • Research Coordination:  Assisting the GSSP leader to coordinate research related to the country strategy program with IFPRI research and outreach staff (both local and Washington-based); liaising with donor and government stakeholders; recruiting and managing national collaborators on a need basis;
  • Policy Communication and Liaison:  Maintaining active policy communication with national counterparts through a regular policy seminar series, policy briefs, and other fora; establishing active links with various national research institutions; and liaising with donors on regular basis.


Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Public Policy or closely related field
  • Demonstrated experience in research on policy issues, related to agricultural production, natural resources, the roles of the state, civil society, and markets and trade
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working in Africa
  • Survey design and field data collection experience desired
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Demonstrated ability in effective interactions in a multicultural and multi-disciplinary setting with a variety of stakeholders, including government and civil society actors.
  • Demonstrated ability to publish in high-ranking peer-reviewed journals.
  • Ability to multi-task, work in a dynamic environment, take initiatives to resolve issues and effectively work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to travel extensively
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.


At the Research Fellow Level:

  • 3+ years of post-PhD experience relevant to the job and demonstrated fundraising experience
  • Excellent publication record in peer-reviewed journals
  • Major external recognition within peer professional network due to publications and other leaderships activities
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and strong experience building and managing teams

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