Saturday, May 24, 2014

Foresight & Targeting Economist - CIMMYT (Apply by: Not Mentioned)


Posted Date:        5/16/2014

Job Category:       Socio-Economics Program

Position Title:       Foresight and Targeting Economist

Type of Contract: Internationally Recruited Staff

Location:               Mexico

Desired Skills:

Description:


We are seeking an experienced, dynamic, innovative, self-motivated, and results-oriented social scientist to develop and lead CIMMYT’s Foresight and Targeting research strategy and team. CIMMYT’s research-for-development (R4D) aims to improve the livelihoods of poor maize and wheat farmers and consumers across the developing world in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The position focuses on developing and using applied social science foresight and targeting tools to help prioritize, guide and target R4D investments for maximum impact for CIMMYT and the MAIZE and WHEAT Consortium Research Programs. You will explore future wheat and maize needs and translate these into innovation investments needs and innovation adaptation requirements. You will also explore current innovation investments and opportunities and assess their likely future impact. The position contributes to and draws on the experiences of a large multi-disciplinary R4D team working for CIMMYT across the target continents. You will work as a member of CIMMYT’s Socio-Economics Program in close collaboration with CIMMYT’s other programs and with local and international partners.

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, known by its Spanish acronym, CIMMYT®, is a not-for-profit research and training organization with partners in over 100 countries. Please refer to our website for more information:www.cimmyt.org/en/who-we-are/job-opportunities

The position will be based in Mexico at CIMMYT’s headquarters (located 45 km northeast of Mexico City, Mexico). Frequent travel to rural intervention areas in Africa, Asia and Latin America is required.

Specific duties of this position include:

·         Assess future wheat and maize needs (production, consumption, value chains) in the developing world and translate these into innovation investments needs and adaptation requirements.
·         Analyze agricultural transformation, productivity change, resource use, sustainability and the drivers of change and uncertainty in maize and wheat-based farming systems to inform investment needs and policy.
·         Assess potential impacts of wheat and maize pipeline technologies for such a future dynamic world.
·         Enhance targeting by disaggregating future wheat and maize needs and potential impacts – both spatially and by socio-economic strata (including poverty, gender and socially disadvantaged groups).
·         Develop and use applied social science foresight and targeting tools to help prioritize, guide, target and update R4D investments for maximum impact in a dynamic setting.
·         Develop a global strategic research agenda for foresight & targeting.
·         Lead CIMMYT’s Foresight and Targeting research strategy and team and build up the associated funding base.
·         Publish findings in international peer reviewed journals.

We are seeking candidates with the following academic qualifications, skills and attitudes:

·         PhD in agricultural economics, development economics, or a related field from a recognized institution.
·         At least 10 years of relevant foresight and targeting research, including the development and use of one or more associated tools and processes (including investment prioritization, ex ante impact assessment, medium-to-longer term scenario development, spatial analysis, and stakeholder analysis).
·         Extensive experience with quantitative research approaches, including modeling skills and relevant software use.
·         Experience in developing and leading a research strategy and team and mobilizing R4D funding.
·         Proven leadership-, interpersonal-, and cross-cultural skills, including ability to effectively interact with diverse audiences, stakeholders, colleagues and disciplines and to work with and motivate multi-disciplinary teams and to develop strong and effective working relationships with partners.
·         Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
·         A high degree of personal organization and the ability to multi-task and work under pressure, as well as travel extensively.
·         Established publication record in international peer-reviewed journals.

The position is for an initial fixed-term contract of 3 years, after which further employment is subject to performance and the continued availability of funds. CIMMYT’s internationally competitive salary and benefits include housing allowance, car, comprehensive health and life insurance, assistance for children’s education, paid vacation, annual airfare, contribution to a retirement plan, and generous assistance with relocation shipment.

CIMMYT is an equal opportunity employer. It fosters a multicultural work environment that values gender equality, teamwork, and respect for diversity. Women are encouraged to apply.

To apply for this position, please email cover letter and CV to HR, CIMMYT (Email:irsrecruitment@cgiar.org / Please indicate Position Reference number: 12339 in the header of your email). In your application, please specify where you saw this position advertised.

The position will remain announced until filled.

For further information on the selection process, please contact Guillermo Flores, atg.flores@cgiar.org


Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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