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Post-Doctoral Fellow – Agricultural Economist (DIIVA Impact Assessment)

Africa Rice Center
Location: Cotonou, Benin
Last Date: August 31, 2011



Ref: IRS/17/RD/August 2011

Post-Doctoral Fellow – Agricultural Economist (DIIVA Impact Assessment) 

The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice, ex-WARDA) is seeking for a highly qualified PDF - Agricultural Economist to be based at the temporary headquarters in Cotonou, Benin. He/she will be part of a multi-disciplinary research team with a common goal and responsible for working to sustain and improve the productivity and competitivity of rice-based production systems in Africa consistent with the mission and mandate of AfricaRice.

About AfricaRice 

The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) is an association of 24 African member states and one of the 15 international agricultural research Centers supported by the Consortium on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). The Center’s mission is to contribute to poverty alleviation and food security in Africa, through research, development and partnership activities aimed at increasing the productivity and profitability of the rice sector in ways that ensure the sustainability of the farming environment. AfricaRice is temporarily headquartered in Cotonou, Benin.



Under the supervision of the Program Leader of the Policy, Innovation Systems and Impact Assessment, the Post-Doctoral Fellow – Agricultural Economist (DIIVA Impact Assessment) will perform the following tasks: 1) Coordinate the overall implementation of the DIIVA (Diffusion and Impact of Improved Varieties in Africa) project activities in the countries involved, 2) Conduct research activities on the impact of rice technologies and policies on various household and community welfare and environmental outcomes including poverty, food security, nutrition, health and biodiversity.  

He/she will conduct activities within the team with the specific tasks that include, but not limited to: 

·         Provide up-to-date information on the diffusion and impact of improved varieties in Africa,

·         Conduct economic impact assessments of the diffusion and impact of improved rice varieties on the livelihoods and welfare of rice farmers and communities and on the economies of sub-Saharan African countries,

·         Develop impact assessment methodology, survey design and implementation,

·         Elaborate donor and technical reports relating to major research outputs, 

·         Publish research findings in international refereed journals,

·         Contribute to the development of individual and institutional capacity in Impact Assessment of NARS in the region through sharing of experiences and expertise,

·         Develop concept notes and proposals in strategic research areas and contribute to resource mobilization efforts

·         Undertake any other duties as required by the needs of the Center.


·         PhD degree or equivalent in Economics or Agricultural Economics

·         Long experience in impact assessment methodology

·         Good knowledge of econometric analysis tools and experience in advanced quantitative analysis

·         Strong oral and written communication skills in French and/or English with a good working knowledge of the other language.

·         Ability to work with other scientists and partners

·         Ability to work under minimal supervision  

Terms and Conditions: 

·         This is an Internationally Recruited position.

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

·         The appointment is for two years with possibility for renewal

Application procedure: 

Candidates should send an application (with a statement of any special qualifications for the position). The application should include a covering letter together with an up-to-date detailed curriculum vitae with the names and addresses (including telephone / fax / email) of three referees to:

Human Resources Department, AfricaRice
01 BP 2031 Cotonou, Benin

F: + (229) 21 35 05 56; T: (229) 21 35 01 88


Applications will be considered up to August 31, 2011 or until the position is filled.

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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