Value Chain Economist – International Development – Plant & Food Research

Plant & Food Research believe science can create a better world. By working together, we can create the world’s most sustainable food production systems, delivering economic, environmental, and social prosperity. Day-to-day, this looks like a team of 1,000 people working across Aotearoa New Zealand and the world to improve the way we grow, fish, harvest and share food. With partners in the agrifood sector, Plant & Food Research are working to deliver a smart green future.

The Plant & Food Research’s International Development Unit (IDU) partners with government, NGOs, and commercial organisations to support sustainable development to reduce poverty and improve lives. Their current portfolio of projects in horticulture and seafood is concentrated in SE Asia and the Pacific but extends to Africa and the Caribbean. This role will complement the Institute’s strong technical skills, bringing value chain analysis experience within a development context.

What you’ll be doing

As a seasoned international development professional, you will provide leadership and value chains expertise in the design and implementation of the international development programs. As their leading economist, you will identify strategic opportunities for PFR to leverage economics and social science capabilities in the development of new projects and programs, together with playing a key role in impact evaluation.

What you’ll need

To be successful in this role, you will have a PhD or Masters by Research in economics or agricultural economics, preferably undertaken in an international development context. You will bring a substantial amount of experience leading and collaborating on international development projects, be a collaborative team member and have an ability to demonstrate an understanding of best practice approaches to international development.

What you’ll get

The opportunity to apply your leadership capability and unique value chain expertise; combining your interests in people, leadership, and social science/economics to foster a positive, collaborative culture and deliver on research and development projects creating real-world solutions. Joining a passionate team at the Head Office in Auckland, your benefits include access to additional leave entitlements, health insurance and a generous superannuation contribution.

Job Details

Crown Research Institute – Plant & Food Research
Reference # 40973
Posted on: 19 November 2020
Closes on: 29 January 2021 23:55
Location: Auckland
Expertise: Business Management & Support
Job level: Experienced, Management
Works type: Permanent

SCIENTIFIC PROJECT OFFICER – Crop yield forecasting with machine learning

The Food Security Unit (European Commission – Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy) is opening a Contract Agent position on machine learning and deep learning for yield forecasting in Africa using Earth observation and meteorological data.

The successful candidate will develop yield forecasting methods using machine learning and compare them, in terms of accuracy and timeliness, against current state of the art (mostly multiple regressions using remote sensing and meteorological data). The position is for one initial year (renewable up to six) and open for citizens of EU member states and associated countries.

More information on eligibility, the application process, and contact details.


ILRI Research Fellowships: Veterinary Public Health in low and middle-income countries

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The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) are seeking applicants for two research fellowships in VPH in LMICs:

  1. Research fellowship in Veterinary Public Health in low- and middle-income countries (one year based at ILRI Ethiopia) – link 1
  2. ECVPH joint residency – Veterinary public health in LMICs and Europe (one year based at ILRI Ethiopia and 2-3 yrs University of Bern, Switzerland) – link 2

Application deadline 30 Nov 2020