Job Vacancies At International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) – Consultant for project that assesses the gendered impact of rural development programs in Tanzania, Kenya, and Djibouti The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is looking for an expert for a short-term consultancy to work on a project that assesses the gendered impact of rural development programs in Tanzania, Kenya, and Djibouti. The consultancy will last between December 15, 2020 and June 30, 2021**. The consultant will work closely with IFPRI staff in Rome and Washington DC, as well as with the donor – International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) staff and maybe required to travel to project countries if COVID-19-related travel restrictions are lifted. Planning and implementation of data collection activities for impact assessments are scheduled until March 2021 for Tanzania, between December 2020 and July 2021 for Kenya, and between December 2020 and August 2021 for Djibouti. Data collection for Tanzania and Djibouti will be based on face-to-face interviews, while for Kenya it will most likely be based on phone surveys.
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) provides research-based policy solutions to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition in developing countries. Established in 1975, IFPRI currently has more than 600 employees working in over 50 countries. It is a research center of CGIAR, a worldwide partnership engaged in agricultural research for development.
Vision and Mission
IFPRI’s vision is a world free of hunger and malnutrition. Its mission is to provide research-based policy solutions that sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition.
**Dates may vary depending on acceptance of consultancy.
- Oversee the overall planning and implementation of household surveys data collection including selection of potential survey firms, development of sampling frame, design of impact assessment, and questionnaire development and programming.
- Review various documents on design and implementation of the projects to be evaluated (written in English for Kenya, and in French for Djibouti), and draft Impact Assessment (IA) plans.
- Prepare 1-2 project summary documents for Djibouti to guide virtual scoping missions to be held with project implementers
- Join IFPRI and IFAD during virtual scoping missions with Kenya and Djibouti teams and prepare scoping mission reports, update IA plans for the two countries based on scoping mission outcomes and recommendations
- Actively liaise with the project management units (PMUs) in Kenya and Djibouti to build a database of project beneficiaries and interventions to inform the IA design.
- Collaborate with the team to develop appropriate IA design for Kenya and Djibouti and incorporate feedback from team members.
- Oversee the adaptation of existing survey tools (on PAPI and CAPI) and/or development of new survey tools for implementation in the three project countries
- Support survey firms to be identified during staff trainings
- Supervise the work of the survey firms to ensure the production of clean microdata
Adapt existing Stata codes and prepare new codes for data analysis and aggregation and contribute to report writing for Tanzania.
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- A database of project beneficiaries (Kenya and Djibouti)
- IA plans (Kenya and Djibouti)
- Updated survey tools (PAPI and CAPI version). CAPI versions will be developed in collaboration with a programmer to be identified (Tanzania, Kenya, Djibouti)
- Enumerator training (Tanzania and Kenya)
- Draft and final version of IA plans (Kenya and Djibouti)
- Stata script for checking data quality during the field work (Tanzania and Kenya)
- Cleaned raw microdata (in collaboration with the local survey firm) (Tanzania)
- A database of processed socio-demographic and agriculture-related variables (Tanzania) survey
- Draft IA report (Tanzania)
- At least a Master’s Degree in international development, development economics, agricultural and applied economics or a very closely related field
- At least two years of experience in analyzing complex household-level micro data, preferably related with agriculture and nutrition
- Experience in survey methodologies, data management, analysis and compilation
- Fluency in written and spoken English and French
- Advanced knowledge of Stata software, good econometric skills, and proven familiarity with data production and collection processes
- Strong writing skills and capacity to analyze complex phenomena and publish findings in various forms
- Ability to work independently, particularly in producing research outputs
- Careful attention to details, and efficient submission of deliverables
- Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated experience in effective interactions and negotiations in a multi-cultural environment setting with researchers
- Good organizational and follow-up skills, to be able to deliver quality products and services on time under tight deadlines
- Ability to travel internationally for a considerable amount of time (for a maximum of 2 months, provided COVID-19-related travel restrictions are lifted)