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Special Assistant to the Director General

Job Summary: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to fill the position of Postdoctoral Special Assistant to the Director General for a two-year, fixed-term, renewable appointment. Under the direct supervision of the Director General and in close collaboration with division directors, administrative managers, communications managers, and other staff as appropriate, the Special Assistant will assist the Director General by conducting analyses and syntheses on food, agriculture and nutrition policy issues. This position based at IFPRI headquarters in Washington, DC. Essential Duties: • Conducts research, analysis, and synthesis on food policy issues as requested by the Director General. •
Drafts and edits reports, papers, policy briefs, and journal articles. • Coordinates publication of manuscripts with Communications Division and manuscript preparation with other researchers involved in collaborative projects. • Provides research, writing, and editing support to the Director General. • Designs presentation materials including PowerPoint. • Performs other job-related tasks as assigned by the Director General. Required Skills: • PhD in Economics Agricultural Economics, International Development, International Relations with a minimum of 2 years of experience ; or Masters degree in Economics Agricultural Economics, International Development, International Relations, or related field, with 4 years of experience Please see below for additional required skills.
Required Skills:
• Familiarity with food, nutrition, agricultural and rural development issues in developing countries • Demonstrated ability to synthesize results from social science research for the development community, including policy makers, policy advisers, and researchers • Ability to handle numerous tasks simultaneously, including projects and manuscripts at different stages of research and production • Excellent writing and editing skills • Excellent computer skills • Ability to interact and communicate with diverse audiences • Attention to detail • Ability and willingness to travel nationally and internationally as necessary Preferred Qualifications: • Knowledge of the CGIAR system • Proficiency in a second language of the U.N. system.

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