Researcher / analyst
The European Commission's Directorate for Sustainable Resources (Joint Research Centre) is looking for an
Economic and Policy Researcher – Economic Researcher
to join its Unit "Economics of Agriculture" based in Seville, Spain.
As the science and knowledge service of the Commission, the mission of DG Joint Research Centre is to support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle. The JRC is located in 5 Member States (Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain). Further information is available at: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/
The Economics of Agriculture Unit focuses on the analysis of (i) agricultural and trade policies in the EU, and (ii) food security and related policies in developing countries. The policy support the Unit provides is based on quantitative economic research, in particular using micro and macro-economic modelling tools.
The Unit is looking for an experienced researcher/economist to contribute to the analysis of food and nutrition security at micro level (farm-household and regional levels), with focus on low income economies (mainly Sub-Saharan African countries) using economic models, mainly based on mathematical programming techniques. Knowledge of agricultural policies and the farming sector in high income economies, mainly the EU, is an advantage.
More specifically his/her main tasks will be to:
- contribute to the development and maintenance of economic models for analysing the micro-level impacts of agricultural & development policies;
- develop and maintain programming code and databases;
- coordinate primary data collection with sub-contracted local experts (collected data will feed quantitative economic tools for the analysis of agricultural & development policies); data treatment and analysis using advanced statistical techniques;
- initiate, manage and monitor related research projects; this will include the preparation of technical specifications and validating and evaluating research results and publications; draft reports for policy makers; and
- contribute to the cooperation with policy services and development of the international network of cooperation of JRC.
Candidates must hold a PhD (doctoral diploma) in Agricultural Economics or similar subject or have minimum of 5 years professional experience in quantitative analysis and economic modelling after university studies of at least 3 years attested by a diploma.
He/she should have
- an advanced knowledge and experience in agricultural and development policy modelling;
- a solid experience in quantitative methods/tools for economic assessments, particularly mathematical programming techniques;
- a good knowledge of GAMS and/or STATA/R programming languages (essential);
- a good understanding of the poverty-environment context in Sub-Saharan Africa;
- ability to manage and monitor research projects, good cultural and interdisciplinary environment;
- a very good level of written and spoken English is essential. Knowledge of French is an asset.
Indicative duration: 3 years initial contract with possible renewals up to maximum 6 years
Location: Seville, Spain.
Rules & Eligibility
The candidate must be on a valid EPSO reserve list for Function Group IV contract staff or have applied to the permanent open call for researchers FG IV:
Note that due to the high number of applications usually received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Deadline: 27/06/2019 23:59 Brussels time.
Post reference: 2019-SVQ-D4-FGIV-011708