Agricultural Economist – Associate Scientist
The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) seeks an applied agricultural economist to join our international team of scientists working to improve
the livelihoods of maize and wheat farmers in the developing world. As a member of the CIMMYT Socioeconomics Program and in collaboration with public, private,
local, and international partners, you will explore options that open new opportunities for resource-poor farmers, help researchers and policymakers understand the social
and economic constraints to farmer technology adoption, and translate your vision into a productive and exciting research agenda. Rooted in a strong culture of high-
quality agricultural economics and social science research, the CIMMYT Socioeconomics Program has a team of qualified and motivated scientists operating in different
regions and working closely with biophysical scientists. You will be based in Bangladesh or Nepal, and considerable fieldwork and travel within the region will be part of
Primary research objectives include:
• Understanding the determinants of technology adoption, impact pathways, and differential outcomes on poverty, gender, and food security for targeting technology
and policy interventions.
• Alternative strategies for enhancing farmer access to and use of available technologies and markets for sale of surplus produce and access to improved seed,
fertilizer, and other inputs.
• Applied and strategic socioeconomics research to improve the productivity and market competitiveness of farmers in low-income countries and to reduce their
vulnerability to climate change and other shocks.
• Analysis of agricultural transformation, productivity change, resource use, sustainability, and the drivers of change in maize- and wheat-based farming systems to
improve the setting of priorities in agricultural research for development.
The job will require that you:
• Work closely with farmers, CIMMYT scientists, and partners from national agricultural research systems, including universities, to explore and understand the factors
favoring or impeding technology adaptation and adoption.
• Conduct analyses of markets and value chains to support income growth, diversification, and sustainable intensification of agricultural systems.
• Contribute to the capacity-building of partners in technology targeting, impact evaluation, and value chain analysis for national agricultural research systems.
• Publish and communicate research results through journals, policy briefs, general interest outlets, and the media.
• Develop concept notes and proposals in strategic research areas.
• Participate in center-wide and program strategy development and priority setting.
We are seeking candidates with the following qualifications:
• PhD in agricultural economics or a related applied economics discipline from an internationally recognized university.
• At least two years relevant post-doctoral experience, preferably in South Asia.
• A record as an effective, innovative, and energetic team player and the ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment, with extensive travel.
• Experience in: combining applied quantitative agricultural economics with qualitative methods; survey design and analysis; and impact assessment.
• A good understanding of the challenges of agricultural transformation and poverty.
• Demonstrated contributions to applied agricultural economics through publications in international peer-reviewed journals.
• Excellent English communication and writing skills.
CIMMYT (www.cimmyt.org) is an internationally funded, non-profit research and training organization affiliated with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural
Research (CGIAR, www.cgiar.org) and has an annual budget of approximately US$60-70 million. CIMMYT’s mission is to sustainably increase the productivity of maize
and wheat systems to ensure global food security and reduce poverty. The center is a global leader in scientific research and training related to maize and wheat, and in
biotechnology, socioeconomics, and natural resource management research. These activities are conducted in partnership with national agricultural research systems,
non-governmental organizations, and advanced research institutions, both public and private, in globally focused projects and programs. CIMMYT employs about 650
permanent staff and operates through decentralized partnership, with staff in 14 countries and projects and networks in many more.
The position is for an initial fixed-term contract of three years, renewable based on performance and availability of funds. CIMMYT offers an attractive remuneration
package paid in US dollars, with a range of benefits including housing allowance, life and health insurance, education allowance, home leave, retirement fund, and
relocation shipping assistance.
CIMMYT is an equal-opportunity employer and strives for staff diversity in gender and nationality.
Apply online no later than 15 November 2010. At www.cimmyt.org, click on “About us – Job Opportunities-2010/14 Position.” Please complete the online application,
including your cover letter, competencies, and experience for the position and a detailed CV/resume.
For further information, contact Dr. Bekele Shiferaw, director, Socioeconomics Program, email@example.com, or the Human Resources Office, jobs-