The Food Security Group of AFRE is recruiting a fixed term Research Associate to serve as the Markets and Trade Advisor under FEWS NET 7.The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) is a leading global provider of objective, evidence-based food security information and analysis. FEWS NET monitors data and information on factors that affect food security and livelihoods, such as weather conditions and climate, crop production, pasture conditions, markets and trade, and nutrition. FEWS NET produces regular reports—for example the Food Security Outlook and Outlook Updates, emergency alerts, and market and price updates—and, in the next phase of the program, will include analysis and basic research on food security drivers and crosscutting issues such as climate change and resilience. FEWS NET also contributes to strengthening the institutional and individual capacities of partner countries to advance and strengthen early warning capacity and systems.FEWS NET relies on close collaboration with international, regional, and national partners on food security analysis and reinforcement of food security networks.
Doctorate -Agricultural Economics or Economics
PhD in Agricultural Economics or Economics.
Minimum of five years’ international experience providing technical assistance for activities in related areas above or MS plus 10 years.
Excellent analytical, communication, editing and writing skills with the ability to conceptualize the evaluation and to understand the strategic implications of findings of other team members.
Familiarity with humanitarian assistance programs and relief agencies that work in food security and/or disaster risk management.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated project management and leadership skills.
Fluent English required; fluent in French or Spanish desirable.
The Markets and Trade Advisor will be based in Washington, DC with some travel to field offices and to the MSU campus. The Markets and Trade Advisor will provide technical support in the area of markets and trade to support early warning monitoring, analysis, and reporting.Specific responsibilities include:
Develops guidance and supports field staff to monitor, analyze, and incorporate markets and trade concepts into their monitoring, analysis, and reporting.
Reviews and provides feedback and guidance to field staff on monthly reports, alert statements, food security assessments, and trip reports.
Participates in the production of key FEWS NET information products and briefings, including reviewing and providing technical feedback and guidance.
Supports field staff to develop and implement in-depth studies and assessments (as needed).
Collaborates with network partners at local, national, regional and global levels to strengthen and improve institutional capacity to monitor and analyze food security and livelihoods issues.
Contributes to the strengthening of existing information products and the development of new ones targeted to specific decision makers.
Integrates new approaches, tools, and methods developed in other FEWS NET 7 task orders in the core monitoring, analysis, and reporting; and
Contributes to the technical direction of the project.
Coordinates with other MSU faculty and graduate students involved in the work and draws on their expertise as appropriate to ensure timely delivery of high quality analysis.
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