Job Description

Job Title: Division Director   Department: EPTD
Location: Washington, DC   Appointment Duration: 3 Year
Job Code: 17-141   Position Type: Renewable
Recruitment Type: International   US FLSA Status: Exempt
Application Deadline: Open until filled    


The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is seeking an experienced Senior Researcher and Leader to provide intellectual and managerial leadership for its Environment and Production Technology Division (EPTD). This position reports to the Director General and serves on the Senior Management Team (SMT) of the Institute. This is an exempt, fixed-term, renewable appointment based at IFPRI’s headquarters in Washington, DC.

IFPRI ( develops research-based solutions to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition in the developing world. It carries out research, capacity strengthening, and policy communications to develop those solutions and to catalyze policy action. The Environment and Production Technology Division focuses on sustainable intensification strategies at the nexus of food, land, water, energy, and environment. The division contributes to several IFPRI-wide research areas, including sustainable food production, resilience, governance, and gender, while contributing to IFPRI’s overall mission. IFPRI collaborates with partners around the world, including development implementers, public institutions, the private sector, and farmers’ organizations, and is a member of the CGIAR Consortium.

Essential Duties

  • Identify innovative research directions; design, facilitate, and publish research within the agenda of EPTD and the broader context of IFPRI’s strategy

  • Manage broad and complex projects involving multidisciplinary teams of staff and external partners

  • Raise funds to support division activities and manage the division budget (currently about $20 million)

  • Lead division staff (currently 65) to reach established goals and ensure that staff members are treated in a fair, equitable, and supportive manner

  • Coordinate research activities with an emphasis on food security and development/economic policies in developing countries

  • Interact with senior experts during international scientific conferences and with high-level policy makers (minister-level and other cabinet members) across developed, developing, and least developed countries

  • As a member of the SMT, participate in shaping the overall direction of IFPRI through activities such as setting research priorities, developing short- and long-term goals, and developing management policies

    Required Qualifications 

  • PhD in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Natural Resource Management, or closely related field

  • Minimum of 12 years of experience in conducting research related to economic development in, or for, developing countries and interaction with senior policy makers within those countries

  • Proven track record in raising funds and facilitating collaborative activities

  • At least 10 years of management experience

  • Excellent leadership and team-building skills

  • Proven expertise in leading collaborative and cross-cutting research

  • Strong publication record in relevant journals

  • Excellent skills in both verbal and written English

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills

  • Willingness and ability to frequently travel internationally

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in building and effectively managing cross-cultural, global staff and teams

  • Working knowledge of a second major language (preferably Spanish or French)



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