Econometric-Economic Analysis Specialist (Multiple Posts)
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- The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization
The Economic and Social Development (ES) stream coordinates and conducts micro- and macro- economic and policy analysis research related to all FAO’s strategic priorities and objectives. It provides data and evidence-based analytical support to national, regional and global policy processes and initiatives related to markets and trade, economic development and rural transformation, reducing poverty, employment, investment analysis and support, political economy, governance and institutions, statistics and geospatial information, social inclusion, agriculture and food systems, agribusiness and food value chains, climate change, food security, nutrition and healthy diets, and sustainable agriculture. The ES stream leads the production of several FAO flagship publications.
The ES stream also leads large programmes including the flagship FAO initiative on Hand in Hand, the 1000 digital villages and the Hand in Hand Geospatial platform.
The ES stream works with governments, intergovernmental processes, research centres, universities and other institutional partners to support efforts towards sustainable economic development, rural transformation, by using sound economic and policy analysis. The programme of work of the ES stream aims at promoting and strengthening efforts towards sustainable economic and rural development, employment, market integration and trade, poverty and food insecurity reduction through sound analysis of the costs, benefits and tradeoffs of policies, investments and other interventions.
FAO International Consultants and Call purpose
The Organization engages experts to work on short-term activities and projects as international consultants (COF.REG) or under personal service agreements (PSA.SBS) at various levels of experience (see minimum requirement below). The assignments may involve full-time or part-time functions, with duration ranging from 1 month up to 11 months. The possibility of extension is subject to satisfactory performance and dependent on the availability of resources and the needs of the Organization. Assignments may require travel, mission and/or appointment to field locations. Individuals who meet or exceed the requirements of the Call determined through an interview process will be included in the ES stream roster that will be used to resource future vacancies within the technical requirements covered by the Call.
The role will be located within the office of the Chief Economist leading the Economic and Social stream of FAO.
Selected candidates will work under the overall guidance of the Chief Economist and under the direct supervision of an Economist. They will work in close collaboration with the office of the Chief Economist team members, as well as other analysts in the Organization (but also outside FAO).
The incumbents will conduct economic/econometric analysis (including literature reviews) on a broad range of topics related to sustainable economic development and structural and rural transformation, challenges for jobs and employment, political economy and institutions analysis for developing/emerging economies, market integration and trade, and welfare (poverty and food security and nutrition).
In particular, they will contribute and undertake literature reviews, design, development, implementation and presentation, of economic/econometric analyses, including drafting working papers, reports and academic journal articles, that provide quantitative evidence on themes and issues emerging from sustainable economic development and structural and rural transformation.
Ideal candidates are familiar with micro and/or macro data, large representative multi-purpose surveys, and their analysis using advanced methods and tools based on micro- and/or macro- econometrics. They have experience in preparing, cleaning, processing, managing and analyzing data collected through household surveys (e.g. the Living Standard Measurement surveys).
They have knowledge and experience in diverse econometric tools/methods and addressing challenges in econometric analysis. They have experience in Randomized Control Trial experiments, analysis and research. They are familiar with geo-spatial databases that could be useful. They are able to manage and process large datasets, identifying and merging information from different sources, design suitable empirical strategies in order to shape, elaborate, address and analyze specific questions, on areas as described earlier.
They are able to interpret results, and communicate findings to technical and non-technical forums (simplifying for non-technical audiences as needed), and engage with experts on both the methodological approach and related or ensuing discussions on the analyzed topics and the results of the analysis.
The evidence-based support provided by the incumbents will feed into the preparation a wide range of publications (including reports, papers, peer reviewed publications, academic journal articles and policy briefs). Therefore, excellent writing skills and a good publication record are required.
Tasks and responsibilities
The assigned tasks and responsibilities related to this vacancy include, however not limited to, the following:
• Shape and develop economic research and analysis questions in thematic areas of relevance described in the technical focus section of the vacancy.
• Undertake preparatory work as needed regarding data preparation and cleaning, compilation, management and processing.
• Design and implement socio-economic/econometric micro and/or macro analysis using advanced econometric methods and tools.
• Depth of expertise in econometric methods, tools and analysis and addressing related challenges.
• Draft working papers, reports, peer reviewed academic journal articles, policy briefs, documenting and presenting the topics, analysis and results.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
• University degree in micro- and/or macro- economics, econometrics, development economics, agricultural economics, environmental economics, or a related field;
• At least five years of relevant experience in advanced quantitative socio-economic/econometric analysis of issues related to sustainable economic development, structural and rural transformation, employment (labor economics), markets and trade, political economy analysis, environmental/natural resource economics, and welfare (poverty, food insecurity, diets and nutrition);
• Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish). Working knowledge of English for PSA.SBS.
FAO Core Competencies
• Results Focus
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
• Extent of knowledge and experience in development economics, structural and rural transformation, employment, markets and trade, political economy analysis, environmental/natural resource economics, and welfare (poverty, food security and nutrition).
• Extent of knowledge and experience in advanced micro- and/or macro- economic/econometric analysis.
• Experience in managing, processing and analyzing large/diverse datasets (e.g. household surveys like Living Standard Measurement Surveys).
• Experience in analysis and research on Randomized Control Trials experiments.
• Experience in quantitative data analysis using statistical/econometric software and tools (preferred STATA and/or R).
• Tracked record of published quantitative research and policy papers.
• Knowledge of GIS and their integration into economic analysis is considered an asset.
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable.
Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency