International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Posted Job
over 1 year ago

Research Associate (Socio-Economics Program)

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), on behalf of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Zambia invites applications from suitable dynamic and self-motivated Zambian nationals to fill up the following position in the EU-SIFAZ project:

Research Associate (Socio-Economics Program) – Ref No: SARAH/RASEP/05/19

Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager and the Socio economic Scientist, the Research Associate (Socio-economics program) will carry out socio-economic research in three regions of Zambia.

Major duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide research and coordination support to the socio-economic programs and other programs
  • Perform various tasks involving data collection, data maintenance, data analysis, statistical analysis, and econometric analysis
  • Conduct literature review and synthesis
  • Assist in the drafting and editing of discussion papers, policy notes, donor reports, project briefs, presentations, etc.
  • Assist in organizing trainings, workshops and conferences
  • Assist with responses for internal/external data and information requests
  • Perform all other related duties that may be assigned from time to time by the supervisor


  • BSC Degree from a recognized university in agricultural economics or any other related field in applied economics
  • Excellent econometric skills and demonstrated ability to perform in depth statistical analysis and report the results
  • Experienced in conducting literature reviews of academic publications, research reports, etc.
  • Ability to multi-task, consistently meet deadlines, and work independently with minimal supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team-oriented multi-cultural environment
  • Professional level of attention to detail and accuracy of work
  • Excellent English writing, speaking, and editing skills
  • Experience using major statistical software packages such as STATA and SPSS
  • Duty Station: Lusaka, Zambia:
  • General information: The contracts will be for an initial period of three years. Renewal is dependent on performance and availability of funds.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should forward their detailed curriculum vitae and covering letter which should address how the candidate’s background/experience relates to the specific duties of the position applied for in MS Word format as One Document stating in the subject line clearly the position being applied for by email to:

Application deadline
15 Feb
Email applications to

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