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Agricultural Economist (Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support) Job in Nairobi Kenya

Vacancy Number: AE/BTWS/MK04/08/11 

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

The Agricultural Economist will be part of the team leading the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) program for Eastern and Central Africa (ECA), reporting to the ReSAKSS Coordinator.

The objective of ReSAKSS is to provide analysis, data, and tools to promote evidence-based decision making, improve awareness of the role of agriculture for development in Africa, fill knowledge gaps, promote dialogue, and facilitate the implementation of the CAADP of the NEPAD programme of the African Union Commission and other regional agricultural development initiatives in Africa.

The Agricultural Economist will undertake analytical work based on regional priorities in agriculture and rural development. Areas of research may include regional trade analysis, food security research, agricultural investment analysis, vulnerability assessments and risk analysis, and impact assessment. 

Tasks will also include the generation of policy relevant messages and communication of ReSAKSS’ work through a variety of publications, conference papers and presentations at policy fora.

Specific Qualifications
  • At least 3 years post-Ph.D. working experience in research and policy analysis in developing countries, preferably in Africa.
  • Familiarity with deep understanding of agricultural and rural development issues in Africa, particularly in the COMESA region.
  • A good understanding of policy processes in the COMESA region.
  • Proven econometric and other quantitative analytical skills in areas of regional trade analysis, food security research, agricultural investment analysis, vulnerability assessments and risk analysis, and impact assessment demonstrated in written outputs.
  • Strong analytical skills and demonstrated ability to apply tools such as Computable General Equilibrium, Spatial Equilibrium Analysis, Gravity models and other Economic Impact Assessment Models
  • 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.
  • 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 at ILRI’s Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. 

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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