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Consultancy Announcement: Economist at the FAO Social Protection Team


The FAO Social Protection Team (SOCPRO http://www.fao.org/economic/social-protection/en/) is spear-heading new work on strengthening coherence between agriculture and social protection in developing countries. This is shaping country and global-level discourse on approaches to combatting poverty, hunger and malnutrition.  We generate evidence on the linkages between agriculture and social protection and use this for providing policy, programming and operational support and for engaging in advocacy. Our work stems from “The From Protection to Production Project (PtoP)”, which provided evidence on the productive impacts of social cash transfer programmes on household economic decision-making and the local economy (http://www.fao.org/economic/ptop/en/).

We are seeking an Economist to deepen and push forward the agenda on the linkages between agricultural and social protection interventions. The Economist will join a team of economists, anthropologists and policy specialists and will lead quantitative analytical work, from the design of studies (drafting concept notes and proposing methodologies) to empirical application (coordinating work of consultants, implementing the analyses, drafting reports/papers, etc.) to presenting findings and using these to provide programming and policy advice.

As an Economist on the SOCPRO team, you will

·         Provide evidence-based programming and policy advice to Governments and development partners

·         Lead advanced econometric analysis of: i) experimental and non-experimental data from innovative impact evaluations of government-led cash transfer programmes and other social protection interventions, with a primary focus in Sub Saharan Africa; ii) multi-purpose cross-sectional/longitudinal household surveys, such as those from the Living Standard Measurement Study (LSMS).

·         Lead advanced simulation analysis of: i) general equilibrium village/local economy models; ii) combining different agricultural and social protection interventions; and iii) cost of different policy options expanding coverage of social protection and/or agricultural interventions

·         Lead the preparation of i) reports to inform policy and programming discussions among  Governments and  development partners ii) journal-quality research papers.

·         Generate evidence of immediate to the design and implementation of Government-led agricultural and social protection programmes.

·         Support preparation of policy outreach material to influence regional and global discourse on the linkages between social protection, agriculture, food security and rural development.

·         Represent FAO in national and international fora to discuss analytical findings.

·         Advise and technically support FAO and external partners on methodological innovations in impact evaluation.

The suitable candidate will have:  

·         Minimum PhD in Economics or related field in development, with at least 5 years’ experience in applying quantitative methods to household survey data. We will accept applications from recent graduates, but preference will be given to more experienced researchers.

·         Experience with quantitative impact evaluation methods, panel data analysis and more generally with advanced econometric methods (GLM, Dose Response, Survival Analysis, GMM, etc.) in both coursework and practical applications

·         Familiarity with general equilibrium village models, such as local economy-wide impact evaluation (LEWIE) models and in costing policy options.

·         Experience with statistical/mathematical software such as Stata, SPSS, GAMS, etc.

·         Willingness to travel

·         Field experience in the implementation of household, business and community surveys and in providing evidence based programming support to governments and development partners.

·         Good understanding of policy and institutional issues related to agriculture and social protection, including gender dynamics.

·         Excellent writing and oral presentation skills.

Previous experience in developing countries, especially sub Saharan Africa is desirable. Advanced knolwedge of French is an asset.

Begins: as soon as possible

Duration: till end December 2016, with possibility of renewal

Salary: commensurate with experience

If interested please send your curriculum vitae and a covering letter of maximum 350 words in English to: ESP-vacancies@fao.org by 6th May 2016.