Associate Scientist, Agricultural Markets Economist Jobs in Nigeria

Associate Scientist, Agricultural Markets Economist Jobs in Nigeria

Job Description
  • 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 IITA mandate 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.
  • He/she will report to the Senior Agricultural Economist and to Director of Western Africa Hub.

    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.
  • Devise methods and procedures to conduct different types of markets surveys and value chain assessments.
  • Create, as well as use, 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.
  • Develop 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 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 development of concept notes and proposals in collaboration with others.
  • Any other duty as assigned by the supervisor.

    Educational Qualifications
  • The candidate should possess a PhD in Agricultural Economics, Applied Economics or other relevant fields from a highly recognized university.
  • He/she will demonstrate 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/or market surveys.
  • Ability to perform thoughtful critical analysis on 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.

    How to Apply
  • Application Closing Date
    11th July, 2019.
  • For more information and job application details, see; Associate Scientist, Agricultural Markets Economist Jobs in Nigeria
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