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The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations is seeking candidates to fill a vacancy for an Economist (Policy Modelling) within the Agricultural Development Economics Division (ESA). The contract is primarily based in Rome, Italy, and for a duration of 11 months, with possibility of renewal.
The Agricultural Development Economics Division (ESA) conducts economic research and policy analysis related to all five of the Organization's strategic objectives (food security and nutrition, sustainable agriculture, poverty reduction, inclusive food systems and resilient livelihoods). ESA provides evidence-based analytical support to national, regional and global policy processes and initiatives related to food security and nutrition and sustainable agriculture.
The chosen applicant will support analyses of economic and agricultural policies in developing countries with the aim of understanding their macroeconomic and sectoral effects and as well as their distributional repercussions.
Tasks and responsibilities will include:
- Contributing to the development and operationalization of single-country CGE models in GAMS;
- Developing and expanding microsimulation techniques to study the distributional impacts of agricultural and food policy reform options;
- Contributing to the development of macro-micro techniques with different degrees of integration to combine macro and household/farm level micro modelling frameworks;
- Conducting analytical studies to assess agricultural policy issues;
- Developing technical products to support evidence-based policy reform processes with a focus on input, trade, markets, and price policies and investment priorities in the context of national agricultural investment plans; and,
- Supporting capacity development activities benefiting government counterparts and other selected national partners.
- Advanced university degree in economics, agricultural economics, development economics, applied economics or related field (PhD desirable)
- At least three years of relevant experience in economic analysis of food and agricultural policies through modelling techniques
- Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian.
The candidate should
- Have work experience in one or more developing countries preferably in Sub Saharan Africa and/or Asia
- Have extended experience in using and developing (single-country) CGE models or microsimulations for the analysis of agricultural and food policies
- Have experience in combining microsimulations with CGE models is desired
- Have extended and relevant experience in providing policy advice to governments in developing countries
- Be familiar with analytical methods and tools for food and agricultural policy analysis and evaluation, particularly:
- Economy-wide modelling, preferably Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) models
- Microsimulation techniques based on household/farm surveys
- Ideally have knowledge of and experience in working with both types of methods and tools, in order to contribute to the development of integrated macro-micro modelling approaches.
- Be able to work in close coordination with the other members of the responsible Team and/or the Division to support activities of the regular programme.
Apply by September 23, 2019
For more information about this career opportunity and how to apply, visit the careers section of the FAO website.
For information or questions about this opportunity and the event, please contact the organizers directly.