Research Associate

Malabo Montpellier (MaMo) Panel, Imperial College London Research associate
Location London, UK
Application deadline 19 September 2019
Contract type Fixed term
Hours Full-time
Salary GBP37,486 – GBP46,499 plus benefits
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The Malabo Montpellier Panel convenes 17 leading experts in agriculture, ecology, nutrition and food security to guide policy choices by African governments to accelerate progress toward food security and improved nutrition in Africa.

The Panel identifies areas of progress and positive change across the continent and assesses what successful countries have done differently. It then identifies the most important institutional innovations and policy and program interventions that can be replicated and scaled up by other countries. The related Malabo Montpellier Forum provides a platform to promote policy innovation by using the evidence produced by the Panel to facilitate dialogue and exchange among high-level decision-makers on African agriculture, nutrition and food security.

The role

You will work closely with Professor Gordon Conway, Senior Adviser to the Panel, the Program Head, the two Co-Chairs of the Panel, and other Researchers.

Key roles and responsibilities

The primary task of the Research Associate will include writing easily accessible policy-oriented research outputs (papers, reports, briefing papers, presentations and blogs) on food, nutrition, agriculture, climate, environmental and development policy in Africa.

Experience and skills

You must have a PhD degree (or equivalent) in agriculture economics, international development, public policy, food and nutrition security or a related field. Experience in applied research and policy analysis is essential. You will also have experience in drafting reports and briefing papers for non-expert audiences, and a good understanding of international policies and policies relevant to Africa on agricultural development, food and nutrition security and climate change. Strong analytical skills with the ability to produce high-quality research analyses, excellent IT skills, and knowledge of development databases are essential. A working knowledge of French would be an advantage.

You must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to write clearly and succinctly for publication. You must be able to deal with a wide range of people and to work as part of a team as well as independently. The ability to develop and apply new concepts and have a creative approach to problem-solving is also essential. The ability to organise your own work with minimal supervision, prioritise in response to deadlines and to set and attain research objectives in a multidisciplinary team are also essential.

Additional information

The role is based at the Centre for Environmental Policy, South Kensington Campus, Imperial College London. For more information about Malabo Montpellier Panel, please visit