Research Officer I

  • 25 Jan 2021
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Full-time
  • International Food Policy Research Institute,IFPRI

The position:  The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks to hire a Research Officer I for its Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESAO) Division in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

  General: IFPRI is one of the international agricultural research institutes organized under the CGIAR Consortium. The mandate of IFPRI is to identify and analyze alternative national and international strategies and policies for meeting world food needs in ways that conserve the natural resource base, with emphasis on low income and on the poorer groups in the countries. With a vision for a world free of hunger and malnutrition, IFPRI’s mission is to provide sustainable solutions for ending hunger and reducing poverty.

Job Purpose:

The overall purpose of the Research Officer I position is to support IFPRI researchers within an agricultural and economic research environment and contributing to research design and empirical analysis of primary and secondary data in IFPRI’s research areas:  ensuring sustainable food production; promoting healthy food systems; improving markets and trade; transforming agriculture; building resilience; and strengthening institutions and governance. The Research Officer is expected to provide support to ongoing research activities on agricultural water management, water-energy-food nexus, sustainable land management, irrigation nutrition-health-gender linkages, efficiency and productivity analysis, and seed systems. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Managing and conducting primary and secondary data collection on rural household, institutional, and value chain studies;
  • Managing focus group discussions, key informant interviews, and other qualitative data collections;
  • Conducting statistical and econometric analyses;
  • Writing literature review, research reports, concept notes, and funding proposals;
  • Drafting, editing, and transcribing reports, manuscripts, proposals, and other documents;
  • Organizing seminars, workshops, and other learning events;
  • Assisting in the preparation of reports and presentations, ensure timely and accurate dissemination of research findings to the relevant government authorities and donor agency;
  • Communicate research findings to external audiences as appropriate;
  • Any other responsibilities that will be assigned by supervisor or management.

Minimum Requirements:


  • Master’s degree in economics, agricultural economics, or related discipline


  • Proficiency in using statistical packages like STATA, R, and SAS.  In our working environment, STATA is most commonly used
  • Excellent quantitative analytical skills
  • Thorough knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, and data management
  • Excellent knowledge of both written and spoken English
  • A prior knowledge of GIS and Remote Sensing would be advantageous
  • Previous work experience on agricultural water management, sustainable land management, nutrition, or energy related research would be preferred


  • At least 3 years’ experience after Masters’ degree
  • Broad / specialized knowledge of methods, techniques and processes

Duty Station:  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Job Grade:   HG 13

Monthly Base Salary:  birr 24,599 to birr 38,898 (negotiable depending on salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment:  This is a National Staff (NS) position, initial appointment is for three years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding. The ILRI remuneration package for nationally recruited staff in Ethiopia includes very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc. The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus in Addis Ababa. Dining and sports facilities are located on site.

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number: RO/02/21 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: by clicking on the "Apply Now" tab above before 25 January 2021.

To find more about IFPRI, visit our Website at

To find out more about working at ILRI visit our website at     

Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

More ILRI jobs

Subscribe by email to ILRI jobs alert

Apply Now