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Decision and Policy Analysis Research Area – DAPA

Young Researcher Wanted LFM-DAPA, Colombia

The «Linking Farmers to Markets (LFM)» unit of Decision and Policy Analysis (DAPA) of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) is seeking a young researcher for an upcoming project related to agricultural policy analysis.

DAPA group is a growing research area of CIAT that works towards CIAT’s mission of eco-efficient agriculture for the tropics by ensuring improved decision making by a range of stakeholders on the themes of climate change, linking farmers to markets and ecosystem services.

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Project Background

Colombia is a country marked by contrasts. While modern sectors of urban centers enjoy a relative boom, urban marginal neighborhoods and rural areas with agricultural economies continue to suffer from a lack of public services, limited income and employment opportunities and violence that leaves many families mired in poverty. This situation is especially dire for marginal populations such as the internally displaced, indigenous peoples, afro-colombians and communities located in areas of conflict or post-conflict. Against this backdrop, the Colombian Government seeks to promote an increasingly open economy that can compete globally. Major policy questions remain as how to best achieve both global competitiveness and social inclusion.

Through an existing grant with the Ford Foundation, LFM unit has explored the role of a major linking farmers to markets project, the Productive Alliance, of the Colombian Ministry of Agriculture, and its effectiveness on competitiveness and poverty reduction for ethnic minority, internally displaced peoples or communities located in post-conflict regions of the country.

Under this context candidate project responsibilities are:

  • Finalize on-going analysis and produce policy-relevant publications, presentations and other communications materials such as technical reports, working papers and policy briefs;
  • Organize public events to promote high-level discussion of these findings with stakeholders; these include national governmental bodies and international organizations;
  • Explore and develop impact pathways on public policy based on project research lessons learned; and
  • Incorporate lessons learned from current project in others starting in Latin America and beyond.

The requirements are:

  • Interested candidates should be postgraduate students such as MA, MSc, and MPhil in Economics, Economics for Development, Development Studies or other related fields.;
  • Candidates should have a firm grasp of econometrics, a basic level of statistical software (Stata preferred);
  • An excellent command of the English language (Native or 95% and above fluent); and
  • Outstanding writing skills (research papers, blogs, in English) and be fluent in Spanish.

The position is based in Cali, Colombia for 6 months with the possibility to extend to a year and/or to incorporate dissertation work. It is included travel to and from Colombia and monthly living expenses.  To apply please send your CV and a brief cover letter to Rafael Isidro Parra-Peña S.: r.i.parra-pena@cgiar.org

Application Deadline: March 20th, 2015

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