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Agricultural Economist Cotonou, Benin

Agricultural Economist Cotonou, Benin

Deadline: 20 July 2020

The World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) seeks to employ an Agricultural Economist to strengthen the ability of the Center to provide evidence-based solutions for exploiting the nutritional and economic power of vegetables in lower-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

The incumbent will be based at the Center’s regional office for West and Central Africa – Coastal and Humid Regions in Cotonou, Benin. The work will focus on Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali and Nigeria.

1. Key job responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement mobile project monitoring tools to track project implementation and the adoption of innovations of projects across the region. In addition, train WorldVeg staff and partners in use of mobile data collection tools.
  • Design and implement ex-post impact evaluations of the Center’s technologies and interventions using scientifically rigorous methods of impact evaluation, including randomized controlled trials.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of projects aimed at improving the functioning of vegetable value chains and empowerment of women, youth and other disadvantaged groups.
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative studies to identify opportunities and constraints to technology adoption (particularly including vegetable seed) and food systems change.
  • Contribute to the design of sound scaling methods for technologies and interventions by instituting a continuous process of reflection and learning and ensuring that lessons learned are documented and shared.
  • Publish research in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Contribute to, and occasionally lead, the writing of grant proposals.
  • Provide guidance to colleagues on issues of agricultural marketing, impact evaluation, gender, intervention designs and scaling and help build the capacity of partners in these areas.
  • Perform any other duties as required by the needs of the Center.

2. Eligibility:

  • Candidates must have a PhD degree in Agricultural Economics, Development Economics, Development Studies or a related discipline with a strong focus on applied research and at least 3 years of postdoctoral work experience.
  • The candidate needs to have experience in conducting farm household surveys and in the use of econometrics to analyze such data.
  • Skills in qualitative research methods will be an important advantage.
  • She/he must have strong communication skills in spoken and written English and French.
  • The candidate must be able to work with multidisciplinary teams in a multicultural and multinational environment.

3. Benefits:

This is an Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) position with competitive pay and benefits. The appointment is for three years, renewable after performance review and the availability of resources.

4. How to Apply:

Applicants should submit a letter of application explaining their suitability for and interest in the position along with a curriculum vitae, a recent passport size photograph, names and addresses (including telephone/fax/e-mail) of three referees, and date of availability to [email protected]   before 20 July 2020. Please mention the position title in the subject line.

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