Associate Scientist, Agricultural Markets Economist

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  • Job Title Associate Scientist, Agricultural Markets Economist


ResponsibilitiesConduct 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 assessments.Use as well as develop various econometric modeling techniques to develop forecasts.Apply models of economic behavior to agricultural markets changes and developments.Promote market development using experimental economic methods.Support the development of business plans for project and activities in commodity value chains.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.Mentor 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 other 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.

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