Research Capacity Building Lead

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 20 July 2018

Job Description


Arizona State University (ASU) is seeking a Research Capacity Building 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:

The Research Capacity Building Lead (Leadership, Expertise, and Advice on Research Capacity-Building) is responsible for developing and overseeing BFS-funded global research, including:

  • Working with COP in putting in place a process to identify key national/regional policy research institutions to benefit from (a) project capacity strengthening and (b) partner in/lead on in-country research.
  • Working 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 capacity of both the individual local/regional researchers involved and the capacity of the institutions that employ them.
  • Identifying best practice, alternative approaches, key challenges, and most useful consortium staff and organizational resources for capacity building to be done under Mission funded AAs and buy-ins.
  • Working with COP in identifying and putting into place a mechanism to ensure that consortium staff as well as country/regional institutions have access to capacity strengthening best practice and alternative approaches and also feed their own experiences, needs, and learning into that mechanism.

Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in management, agriculture, international development, or a related field
  • At least 15 years’ experience leading, managing and implementing capacity-strengthening activities and/or relationships, especially of national or regional research and/or policy organizations.
  • Specific and significant experience working with or overseeing university faculty or other research staff

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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