Research Assistant/Associate

  • Mid-level
  • Posted on 23 September 2020

Job Description

Salary: Research Assistant: £35,477 - £38,566 per annum

Research Associate: £40,215 - £47,579 per annum

Location: South Kensington Campus, London

Job Summary

The Malabo Montpellier Panel team at Imperial College London is seeking a Research Assistant/Associate to support its technical work. The research team works on a broad range of topics on African economic development policy, with a focus on food system transformation. In this post, you will produce high quality policy reports and support the wider evidence-based advocacy work of the Panel by participating in meetings, networking events and conferences.

The Malabo Montpellier Panel constitutes a group of leading African and international experts from the fields of agriculture, ecology, food security, nutrition, public policy and global development. Its core mission to support evidence-based dialogue among policy makers at the highest level. The Panel works with African governments and civil society organizations to provide support and evidence-based research that facilitate the identification and implementation of policies that enhance agriculture, food security and nutrition. The Panel’s reports seek to inform and guide policy choices and facilitate lesson-learning across borders to accelerate progress toward the ambitious goals of the African Union Commission’s Agenda 2063, the Malabo Declaration and the global development agenda.

To be successful in this role, you will have a background in agriculture economics, international development studies, public policy, food and nutrition security or a related field. You will be a strong communicator, able to present complex policy messages in simple ways for different audiences. It is essential that you are curious, flexible and resourceful in tackling the research of different topics within the scope of our work. Through your previous work experience, you will bring with you a good network of contacts that you can draw on for partnership development and to support the Panel’s advocacy work.

Duties and responsibilities

· Provide technical support to the team and work in collaboration with the Program Head and the other researchers

· Write easily accessible, policy-oriented reports, and other publications on food security and nutrition, agriculture, climate, environmental and development policy in Africa

· Produce complementary written outputs including briefing papers, presentations and blogs to promote the program among a wider audience;

· Help the team remain abreast of and responsive to continental and international developments and changes in relevant policymaking.

Essential requirements

At Research Assistant level: A Master’s degree (or equivalent) in agriculture economics, international development studies, public policy, food and nutrition security or a related field

At Research Associate level: A PhD (or equivalent) in agriculture economics, international development studies, public policy, food and nutrition security or a related field.

In addition, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Proven experience in applied research and policy analysis and experience in drafting reports and briefing papers for policy makers

· Excellent A sound understanding of (international) policies relevant to Africa on economic development, agricultural transformation, food and nutrition security and climate change

Further Information

This is a fixed term contract for 12 months, with a possibility of extension subject to funding.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477- £38,566 per annum.

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