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Associate Scientist, Agricultural Markets Economist

Job Details

Hiring Organization International Institute of Tropical Agriculture
Post Name Associate Scientist, Agricultural Markets Economist
Qualification Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, Applied Economics, or another
Industry Private
Employment Type Full Time    
Work Hours 8 Hours
Salary NGN 300000 To NGN 350000 Per Month
Location Ibadan, Nigeria 200116

Job Description

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) invites applications for
the internationally recruited position of Associate Scientist, Agricultural Markets Economist.

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a not-for-profit institution that
generates agricultural innovations to meet. Africa’s most pressing challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and natural resource degradation.

Working with various partners across subSaharan Africa, we improve livelihoods, enhance food and nutrition security, increase employment, and preserve natural resource integrity.

IITA is a member of CGIAR, a global agriculture research partnership for a food-secure future. IITA seeks to recruit an Associate Scientist, Agricultural Markets Economist.

The overall objective of the position is to lead strategic and applied research on market economics on IITAmandate crops and related activities.

The successful candidate will work in collaboration with other social scientists and biophysical scientists as needed, such as agronomists, crop breeders, soil scientists, and IPM scientists. He/she will be a member of the IITA Social Science and Agribusiness Core Competency.

Position Responsibilities

  • Conduct market economic studies of commodities along the value chain.
  • Monitor economic changes in agriculture in relation to the markets and vice versa.
  • Apply methods and procedures to conduct different types of market surveys and value chain
  • Use as well as develop various econometric modeling techniques to develop forecasts.
  • Apply models of economic behavior to agricultural market changes and developments.
  • Promote market development using experimental economic methods.
  • Support the development of business plans for projects and activities in commodity value
  • Establish and foster relationships and linkages with partners in national agricultural research and extension systems, the private sector, and Advanced Research Institutes.
  • Provide technical backstopping and assistance in building the capacity of national programs in research on market economics.
  • Mentored and backstop graduate students involved in related research.
  • Publish scientific outputs in peer-reviewed IF journals and others (e.g., technical reports, IITA bulletins, or social media and books or book chapters).
  • Contribute to resource mobilization through the development of concept notes and proposals in collaboration with others.
  • Perform any other job-related duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Education Qualifications

  • The candidate should possess a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, Applied Economics, or another.
  • Relevant fields from a highly recognized university and have work experience of at least three years.
  • In markets economic studies relating to agricultural issues, preferably in Africa.

Core Competencies

  • Good knowledge of market studies.
  • Competence in the development of socio-economic and market surveys.
  • Ability to perform a thoughtful, critical analysis of market economics-related data.
  • Conversant with tools and approaches applied in market studies.
  • Knowledge and experience with economic evaluation of agricultural technologies.
  • Familiarity with statistical software used in market studies.
  • Track record of peer-reviewed publications in market-related journals.
  • Experience with resource mobilization.
  • Ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team in a cross-cultural environment.
  • Excellent leadership, mentoring, management, interpersonal, and team-building skills.
  • Fluency in oral and written English. Working knowledge of French is an advantage.
  • Knowledge of sub-Saharan Africa is an added advantage.

General Information: The initial appointment is for three years. IITA offers a competitive
remuneration package paid in US dollars.

Applications: Applications must include a cover letter that should address how the
candidate’s background/experience relates to the specific duties of the position applied for,
curriculum vitae, names, and addresses of three professional referees (which must include either.

The Head of the applicant’s current or previous organization or the applicant’s direct
Supervisor/Superior at his/her present or former place of work). The application should be
addressed to the Head of Human Resources

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