Job Description

Job Title: Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow   Department: DSGD
Location: Islamabad, Pakistan   Appointment Duration: 2 Year
Job Code: 17-129   Position Type: Renewable
Recruitment Type: International   US FLSA Status: Exempt
Application Deadline:    


Job Summary:

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow and Program Leader of its Pakistan Agricultural Capacity Enhancement Program (PACE) in Pakistan for a two year, fixed-term, renewable appointment.  The position will be based in Islamabad, Pakistan and reports to the Director of the Development Strategy and Governance Division. Grade level will be determined by demonstrated expertise and experience.

The Pakistan country strategy support program aims to enhance Pakistan’s capacity for evidence-based policymaking in areas of agriculture, rural development and poverty reduction. The program supports capacity strengthening and research for Pakistan’s provincial development strategies and selected national agricultural and economic policy issues. It addresses policy effectiveness within the agricultural sector, and with other sectors important to economic growth and poverty reduction. Key research and capacity building activities are carried out with an array of agricultural sector stakeholders in Pakistan, including the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, the Punjab Agricultural Department, other federal and state government departments, various research institutes and universities, and private sector and nongovernmental organizations.

Essential Duties:

The Fellow will be responsible for leading IFPRI’s country strategy support program in Pakistan, which includes research, capacity strengthening and policy communications. The Fellow will allocate about 40% of time to program management and 60% to research and capacity-strengthening activities related to the country program.  The Fellow will be responsible for the timely completion of research projects, actively publishing papers/books, and participating in conferences, policy advisory fora and capacity strengthening training programs. The leadership role includes the following responsibilities:

  • Program management:  The Fellow recruits and manages local office staff, manages program resources, oversees updating of annual work programs, reports against annual performance targets, and maintains regular communication with IFPRI-Washington.  In addition, s/he will recruit national collaborators and manage and monitor national collaborator and IFPRI researcher activities
  • Research/Capacity Building.  Based on identified programs of work, the Fellow leads or participates in specific empirical research, supports targeted training and institutional capacity building programs in country, and oversees Washington-based and in-country staff on specific research and training activities that fall within the country program
  • Policy Communication and Liaison: The Fellow maintains active policy communication with national counterparts through a face-to-face meetings,  regular research seminars, policy briefs and working paper series; establishes active links with various national research institutions, universities, and government agencies; reports program outputs and results; and liaises with donors on a regular basis
  • Fundraising/Resource Mobilization:  Through an active in-country presence, the Fellow identifies additional research funding opportunities, responds to in-country needs, channels donor resources to available skills and expertise in IFPRI, and liaises between non-country program IFPRI activities and local donors, if needed (and requested).

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Public Policy, Public Finance or closely related field
  • At least five years of post-PhD research and outreach experience in agricultural policy issues, with internationally recognized publications
  • Experience in policymaking or advisory positions with national and provincial ministries of agriculture and strong team-building and networking skills
  • Strong publications record in peer-reviewed journals
  • Proven record of fundraising success for projects
  • Demonstrated strong experience supervising staff and building teams
  • Knowledge and experience working in Pakistan or other Asian countries
  • Ability to work across disciplines and cultures
  • Excellent written and spoken English.


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