Research award: Agriculture and Food Security 2019

Deadline: September 5, 2018 

Please note that all applications must be submitted online.

IDRC is one of the world’s leaders in generating new knowledge to meet global challenges. We offer a number of research awards providing a unique opportunity to enhance research skills and gain a fresh perspective on crucial development issues. These one‐year, paid, in‐house programs of training and mentorship allow award holders to pursue their research goals and work in one of IDRC’s dynamic program or division teams.

The Agriculture and Food Security (AFS) program supports research that generates new options for equitable and productive agriculture to improve food and income security in developing countries. Research shows that appropriate food security interventions can improve household food security as well as the nutritional well‐being of vulnerable members of the population. The AFS program works with organizations to intensify and diversify small‐scale agriculture, improve nutritional quality, and increase income by developing, disseminating, and using innovations (technological, institutional, political, economic, and social) without adversely impacting societies and the environment. AFS supports research across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

AFS is looking for a research award recipient to conduct research on emerging critical trends in the agricultural sector within the context of increased productivity and reduction of post-harvest loss, rural economic development, improved food and nutrition security, and the empowerment of women. The research will contribute to knowledge on identifying emerging knowledge gaps in the agricultural sector at the national, regional, and global levels. The research will pay particular attention to bottlenecks and pathways in agri-food value chains for the integration of smallholder producers within sustainable food systems.

The successful candidate will allocate 50% of his/her time for a research project relating to the above themes under the guidance of a senior program officer. The awardee will be expected to prepare a research plan, provide progress updates during the year, and present his/her findings at the end of the year. The other 50% of the successful candidate’s time will include contributions to program operations, which may include synthesizing and disseminating project outcomes and results; participating in program and project development, monitoring, and evaluation; supporting program communications and research dissemination activities; and preparing internal and external reports. The successful candidate will support the AFS program to develop forward planning, scoping of emerging trends, and potential adaptations within the agricultural sector and they will position the work of AFS in the context of evidence-based agricultural research for improved food and nutrition security outcomes.

Applicants should clearly outline their qualifications for this position and explain how this opportunity will advance their career goals.

Who can apply?

To be eligible, you must meet the requirements stated in the IDRC Research Awards 2019 call page.

Candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • General interest in research on agriculture and food security issues in developing countries; 
  • Specific interest and some experience in the economics of smallholder farming systems; 
  • Specific interest and some experience in agricultural value chains; and
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Please note that doctoral and postdoctoral candidates, or those who have already completed a PhD or postdoc, should not apply.

It is highly desirable that the candidate is enrolled in (or has recently completed) a master’s program related to one of the following areas:

  • Agricultural economics, with a focus on agribusiness; 
  • International agriculture and/or environment, with a focus on natural resource management;
  • Rural sociology and/or development, with a focus on agriculture;
  • Business administration and/or management, with a focus on agricultural entrepreneurship.

Your research proposal should demonstrate:

  • The intention to explore emerging critical trends in the agricultural sector at the national, regional, and/or global levels;
  • Have a clear commitment to AFS’ methodological building blocks (e.g., multi-stakeholder participation, transdisciplinary approaches); and
  • Recognize the dual nature of the position (applied research activity and general program support).

Language requirements:

  • Applicants must be fluent in English
  • Proficiency in French is an asset

This position is located at IDRC’s head office in Ottawa, Canada.

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