Global Research Lead

Arizona, United States
Apply by 30 October 2018
Full-time staff position
Posted on 20 July 2018

Job Description


Arizona State University (ASU) is seeking a Global Research Lead for the Feed the Future Innovation Lab Food Security Research, Capacity, and Policy Influence (FSRCPI) program with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Through the FTFIL for FSRCPI, USAID seeks to influence global, regional, and national policy that advances food security through high quality, relevant research from credible and sound policy research institutions in partner countries and in the U.S. The program will work to improve credibility of country and regional policy research institutions, and greater application of global research to guide food security policies; with strengthened organization effectiveness of country and regional policy research institutions. This full-time position is based in Washington DC, Tempe AZ, or in a key Feed the Future region, and requires frequent travel to ASU’s campus in Tempe, Arizona, and to the locations of institutional partners in Feed the Future priority countries worldwide.

Key Responsibilities:

Global Research Lead (Leadership on Research Quality and Integration) will be responsible for assuring quality of and integrating country, regional, and global research findings:

  • Identifying key consortium, USAID, and other external stakeholders to identify and prioritize among key global food security policy research topics.
  • Managing consultative and coordination mechanisms to ensure synergies between country/regional policy research funded by Missions and global policy research funded by BFS.
  • Working with COP in putting in place a process to identify key national/regional policy research institutions to benefit from project capacity strengthening and partner in/lead on in-country research
  • Working with Research Capacity Building Lead in coordination with the project’s global and country/regional research staff to ensure that research planning, implementation, analysis, and presentation are all done in ways that maximize both the capacity the individual local/regional researchers involved and the capacity of the institutions that employ them.
  • Identifying and communicating the most important global policy and strategy implications of such research and key global policy audiences.
  • Identifying and coordinating with key BFS, USAID Mission, and local/regional research institutes on a range of key policy research topics.
  • Putting in place mechanisms to enhance (a) local policy researchers’ ability to translate/communicate research findings into actionable policy options and (b) local policy research institutes’ participation/presence at key regional/international meetings to present research findings.
  • Identifying and coordinating with key BFS, USAID Mission, and local/regional research institutes on a range of key policy research topics.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD and track record in applied research and policy analysis/research
  • At least 15 years’ experience leading, managing and implementing research in multiple complex developing country settings.
  • Specific significant experience in strengthening capacity of national or regional organizations as part and parcel of, and during the conduct of research
  • Specific and significant experience interacting with a range of donor country offices
  • Experience overseeing university faculty or other research staff.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Expertise in policy analysis and research related to food security, food systems, agriculture, nutrition, and/or climate resilience
  • Expertise in gender-responsive policy research
  • Expertise in translation of research into policy

About the Organization

Our mission at Arizona State University is no less than revolutionizing the model for public higher education. We call it the New American University, and we began our transformation in 2002, led by President Michael Crow. Six years later, Newsweek hailed ASU as “one of the most radical redesigns in higher learning since the modern research university took shape.” By 2016 and again in 2017 and 2018, U.S. News and World Report named ASU the most innovative university, ahead of Stanford at #2 and MIT at #3. The ASU model has relevance for developing countries seeking to meet escalated expressions of challenges that we face in the United States. In 2015, ASU established ASU International Development to support cross-university pursuit of development projects. ASU ID provides a single point of contact for donors and partners seeking to access the university’s myriad resources. Since 2015, ASU has successfully implemented projects for USAID, the State Department, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, the Inter-American Development Bank, and private sector donors including foundations such as MasterCard and Gates. Countries of work include Brazil, Barbados, Haiti, India, Pakistan, West Bank, El Salvador, Vietnam, Indonesia, Peru, Mexico, Kenya, Nepal, Jamaica, Aruba and the Pacific Islands. ASU provides strong back-office support to its partners as one of the few university research enterprises to be ISO 9001-compliant.

ASU is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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