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Research Assistant in Impact Evaluation

Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice)
Location: Cotonou, Benin
Last Date: May 27, 2011

Research Assistant in Impact Evaluation Ref: GSS/09/RD/Avril 2011

The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) is seeking to recruit a highly qualified Research Assistant in Impact Evaluation at level position of GSS (General Support Staff) to be based at the temporary headquarters of the Institution in Cotonou, Benin.

About AfricaRice

The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) is an autonomous intergovernmental research association of 24 African member countries. It is one of the 15 international agricultural research Centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). AfricaRice believes that staff diversity promotes excellence in its operations, and encourages applications from women and developing country professionals.

Position: Research Assistant in Impact Evaluation

Category: GSS

Responsibilities: Under the direct supervision of the Impact Evaluation Economist, he/she will assist in the impact evaluation of rice technologies on rural households and African economies. Other tasks include: developing research and training methodologies, administering surveys with rural households, supervising field agents, data analysis, writing research reports and collaborating with other scientists in Africa.


(1) A Masterís degree or equivalent in agro-economics or economics
(2) Good capacity in quantitative analysis of data
(3) Excellent knowledge in econometrics/statistics and good mastery of administering surveys with households
(4) Good capacity in data analysis using software packages such as STATA, GAUSS, SPSS or SAS (experience in C/C++ will be a major advantage)
(5) Good knowledge of WORD, Excel, ACCESS and web publication software packages
(6) Capacity to work for a long period in rural area and be prepared to travel in the sub-region
(7) Knowledge of rice ecologies would be an advantage
(8) Excellent knowledge of English or French and good working knowledge of the other would be an advantage.

Terms and Conditions

This is a regionally-recruited position and the appointment is for two years with possibility for renewal.

AfricaRice provides an attractive salary and benefits package and a collegial and gender-sensitive working environment.



Candidates should send an application (including date of availability and a statement of any special qualifications for the position). The application should include a cover letter together with a detailed CV with the following information: Name, surname, gender, date of birth, family status, nationality, higher diploma obtained, number of years of professional experience for the position, good knowledge or not of the Institution working languages (French/English) with the names and addresses (including telephone / fax / email) of three referees to:

HR Department
01 BP 2031 Cotonou (Benin) Tel (229) 21 35.01.88
Fax: (229) 21 35 05 56

Applications will be received until May 27, 2011.

AfricaRice believes that staff diversity promotes excellence in its operations, and encourages applications from women and developing country professionals.

AfricaRice thanks all applicants but only the short listed candidates will be contacted.

To learn more about AfricaRice, please visit our website at .


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