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IFPRI Vacancy: Research/Senior Research Fellow
Nigeria Strategy Support Program
30 September 2011

Acknowledgements: FANRPAN acknowledges International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) as the source of this information

Position Title:
Research/Senior Research Fellow, Nigeria Strategy Support Program

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Position Location:
Abuja, Nigeria

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

The Nigeria country strategy support program aims to enhance Nigerian capacity for evidence-based policymaking in the areas of agriculture and rural development and poverty reduction. It supports research and capacity strengthening for the implementation of Nigeria's national and state development strategies. It addresses policy effectiveness and coherence within the agricultural sector as well as between the agricultural sector and other sectors key to economic growth and poverty reduction in that country. Key research and capacity strengthening activities will be carried out with a broad array of agricultural sector stakeholders, including Nigeria's Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, other concerned federal and state government departments, key Nigerian research institutes and universities, the National Assembly, and selected private sector and nongovernmental organizations.

Essential Duties:

The Fellow will be responsible for a) conducting research, policy advice, capacity strengthening and policy communications in Nigeria and b) leading IFPRI's country strategy support program in that country. It is anticipated that the Fellow will allocate about 50% time to program management and 50% of time to research and capacity-building 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 various conferences, policy advisory forums, and capacity strengthening training programs. The leadership role includes the following responsibilities:

Program management: The Fellow recruits and manages local office staff, manage program resources, oversees the updating of annual work programs, reports against annual performance target, 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 program of work, the Fellow leads or participates in specific empirical research, supports targeted training programs, 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 seminar series, policy briefs and working paper series; establishing 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.
  • Five or more years of post-PhD research and outreach experience in agricultural policy issues,with internationally recognized publications.
  • Experience in policymaking or advisory position, and strong team-building and networking skills.
  • Knowledge and experience working on gender issues.
  • Knowledge and experience working in Africa, preferably Nigeria.
  • Ability to work across disciplines and cultures.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
To Apply:

Applicants should email a detailed letter of interest and resume to

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