USAID FEWS NET Agricultural Economist (Consultant) Employment Opportunity – Chemonics International Inc

Organisation: Chemonics International Inc
Project: Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET
Funding Source: USAID
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) is a leading global provider of
objective, evidence-based food security information and analysis. FEWS NET
collaborates with international, regional and national partners to provide
timely and rigorous early warning and analysis of potential, emerging, and/or
evolving food security issues in order to inform decisions and guide response.
Chemonics International Inc., based in Washington, DC, has been contracted by
USAID to manage FEWS NET technical and field activities. In an effort to
understand current and to foresee future market anomalies, the FEWS NET project
relies on a broadly defined Markets and Trade Knowledge Base, which includes
market context documents (Market Fundamentals Reports), special reports, and
databases of historical market information (including production, food balance
sheets, and prices). The Markets and Trade Knowledge Base largely serve as
baselines, against which to assess the existence and extent of market-based
anomalies that could contribute to food insecurity. Most recently, FEWS NET has
been tasked with also providing USAID with market response decision support,
including but not limited to assessing the impact of potential food assistance
programs on a given country’s local economy. Over the remainder of the current
contract, FEWS NET III plans to produce Market Fundamentals Reports for up to
10 countries, globally.
Job Summary: The Agricultural Economist (Consultant) will be
tasked with finalizing a field assessment agenda, methodological approach, and
assessment tools; acquiring knowledge of past and current conditions in the
focus country relevant for food aid programming; reviewing any market
assessments in the focus country conducted in the past five to ten years;
compiling data on food aid deliveries; and reviewing and carrying out markets
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Keen review existing guidance and
    methodologies used to assess market structure, conduct, and performance.
  • Regularly review and analyze all existing
    secondary data (including price data, agricultural production and trade
    statistics, and other market data) and reports (including existing market
    studies) on selected commodity markets and country (or countries) of
  • Carry out in-depth meetings with key
    informants about the current state of the commodity markets of interest.
    This will include but will not be limited to facilitating 2-3 day
    workshops with groups of key informants of specific geographic or thematic
    expertise related to the commodity markets of interest to USAID.
  • Compile available data on any food aid deliveries
    in the past five years.
  • Assure that local consultants obtain relevant
    data (including price data, agricultural production and trade statistics,
    and other market data) and reports (including existing market studies)
    from government and non-government offices for use in research by the team
    in a timely fashion.
  • Identify remaining information gaps and
    develop field assessment plan to fill those gaps through interviews with
    key informants and focus groups.
  • Draft sections of the Market Fundamentals
    report, with guidance from the Home Office Technical team.
  • Provide general support to the team to ensure
    the successful completion of the Market Fundamentals and market response
    analysis reports. This may involve making phone calls to set up
    interviews, data entry, as well as other forms of ad hoc logistics and
    technical support over the duration of the contract.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicants should hold at least a Master’s
    Degree in Economics or a closely related field and should possess
    extensive experience in agricultural market analysis and/or food security
  • The applicants should have prior experience in
    the implementation or research of local and regional procurement, cash,
    and voucher programming is highly desirable. (USAID Food for Peace, USDA,
    WFP, etc.)
  • Previous experience conducting external
    evaluations of food assistance programs is highly desirable.
  • Significant 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
  • Prior exposure and experience facilitating
    technical workshops and/or focus group interviews.
  • Proficiency in the assessment focus country
    official language and English is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with
    international and multidisciplinary team members with minimal supervision.
  • Past professional experience in the
    assessment focus country is highly desirable.
How to Apply: 
suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their updated CVs and
cover letter in English to: Please note the
position title in the subject line (Ex. “Logistics Assessment Specialist Market
Analysis Consultant”).
Deadline: 6th March, 2016
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