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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Agricultural Economist, Fintrac, Washington, DC

Agricultural Economist

Posted on: August 2, 2013

Application deadline: August 30, 2013

Posted by: Fintrac


Fintrac, a woman-owned international development company, develops agricultural solutions to end hunger and poverty. Fintrac is an international consulting firm implementing agricultural projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America for USAID and other donors. Fintrac has worked for over 20 years to increase incomes and improve livelihoods for the world's most vulnerable farm families, while also building sustainable commercial value-chains.

Bellmon Estimation Studies for Title II (BEST) Project

The USAID-BEST Project analyzes local markets to assess the impact of a potential food assistance program on a country's local economy. USAID-BEST recommendations include practical steps donors and private voluntary organizations can take to ensure food security program design supports local markets to reach critical food security goals. The USAID-BEST Project presents these findings and recommendations in a Congressionally mandated report often referred to as a Bellmon analysis.


A senior member of a Washington D.C.-based research and analytical team, the agricultural economist will conduct primary and secondary research on staple food markets in low income food deficit countries and relevant regional markets. As part of a close knit team, the agricultural economist will analyze agricultural markets to determine the appropriateness of different types of food assistance (in-kind, monetized, local or regional procurement, cash, or vouchers) to address food insecurity to ensure potential responses will do no harm to local markets. The team member will play a key role in both field work for individual research studies, and engaging in ongoing capacity building of junior team members and relevant external stakeholders.


•The successful candidate will have an advanced degree in a relevant field (minimum Master's degree - PhD preferred) in agricultural economics, agribusiness, or applied economics. •He/she should also have directly relevant work experience conducting analysis of agricultural markets in the context of developing countries. The successful candidate will have at least 2 years of field work experience in a developing country, and a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience overall. •Experience with major donor organizations or research institutions involved in food assistance or food security analysis (e.g., USAID, USDA, WFP, IFPRI, universities) is highly preferred. •Demonstrated superior command of data analysis and facility with technical report writing are required. •Experience with implementation or research of local and regional procurement, cash, and voucher programming highly desirable.

This is a full-time, long-term position on a project which runs through February 2015, with possible extensions. Up to 25 percent international travel required. Proficient French strongly preferred; other language qualifications are a plus. The position calls for an analytical thinker, a creative problem solver, and exceptional written and oral communication skills. The successful candidate will also function well within a close-knit and collaborative team environment.


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Fintrac is an equal opportunity employer.

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