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Agricultural Economist Job in Gaborone Botswana

Vacancy Number: AE/BTS/MK03/08/11 

Total salary & benefits package: circa USD 90,000(tax free*) Base salary from USD 45,000 per annum plus benefits

ILRI is to implement a research project in Botswana, supporting the enhanced competitiveness of that country’s smallholder livestock sector.

Reporting to the Project Manager, the Agricultural Economist will lead major components of the research from design through to implementation, analysis and communication.

S/he will be responsible for day-to-day management of project activities in-country, including support to national stakeholders and project partners, in close coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture’s nominated project coordinator.

The Agricultural Economist will conduct quantitative analysis and lead the development and publication of research outputs for multiple audiences and fora, including peer-review journals, establish and maintain a communication and dissemination network and advocacy process, manage project databases, and report on project progress. 

Specific Qualifications
  • Strong capabilities in econometric and other forms of quantitative analysis demonstrated in written outputs;
  • Experience with survey design and field data collection and management, and econometric analysis of survey data.
  • Strong analytic and communication skills in multiple media are required, particularly in disseminating results and employing them in evidence-based advocacy to a variety of stakeholders.
  • Experience with extension and agricultural education in a developing country context is desirable.
  • A Ph.D. or equivalent in Agricultural Economics, Economics, Agribusiness, or related discipline
  • Proven analytical and research skills through a track record of scientific publications, policy documents and related correspondence.
  • Experience of working in developing countries, especially sub-Saharan Africa, with strong preference given to livestock-related experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, and strong interpersonal and partnership management skills
  • Strong English language skills, both written and spoken (proficiency in other languages is an advantage);
  • A passion for the generation of scientific knowledge that advances pro-poor development.
Post location: The position is to be based in Gaborone, Botswana.

Position level:
 The position is Scientist/Research Level 1. 

 ILRI offers a competitive international salary/benefits package. Base salary from USD 45,000 per annum. *Tax free but subject to compliance with the tax regulations of country of citizenship. 


Include: pension, Life Insurance, International Medical Cover for staff and dependents, Education Allowance for dependent children, Housing Allowance, Relocation Allowance, Annual Home Leave Travel allowance, Annual Holiday Entitlement of 30 days + 11 public holidays.

Applicants for any of the above positions should send a cover letter identifying the position for which they are applying, and explaining their interest, what they can bring to the job and indicating earliest availability.

They should also send a curriculum vitae and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s
professional qualifications and work experience to email: by 30th September, 2011. 
ILRI is an equal opportunity employer. Suitably qualified women and developing country citizens are particularly encouraged to apply. 

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