Researcher (foods team)

8 October 2019
Shaping Sustainable Markets research group
Contract type: 
Fixed term
£31,433 - £34,589 p.a. plus benefits
Closing date: 
Midnight on Sunday, 27 October 2019

The Shaping Sustainable Markets research group (SSM) at IIED is looking for a researcher who will support research and policy influence in food systems in the global South.

IIED is a policy and action research organisation promoting sustainable development and linking local priorities to global challenges. We are based in London and work on five continents with some of the world’s most vulnerable people to strengthen their voice in the decision-making arenas that affect them. With more than 130 members of staff working with associates and partners around the world, IIED has been at the forefront of evidence-based policymaking in sustainable development for nearly 50 years.

SSM, in conjunction with partners, seeks to secure an equitable deal for the poorest communities in developing countries who are exposed to increasingly severe and unpredictable weather events that can devastate communities, destroy livelihoods and exacerbate poverty. IIED emphasises capacity strengthening through collaborative research with individuals and organisations in the South.

The primary functions of the postholder include supporting research on food systems, writing up research and developing both internal and external networks. The role has a focus on contributing to the successful implementation of ongoing projects related to food and informal markets, and on contributing to new research linking climate change and food systems.

The post also has a strong fundraising component, and the researcher will be expected to contribute to writing and scoping proposals. The success of these projects involves management of collaborative working relationships with not only colleagues in IIED but also existing partners in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa and/or Asia.

To apply for this role, you must have a relevant degree in social or natural sciences. Your knowledge will include excellent understanding of issues and concepts relating to food systems and experience in fundraising.  

With a solid research background, you will have an understanding of working with partners in developing countries. You will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills – both written and verbal – and an ability to convey clear, concise messages to a variety of audiences.

The role involves some overseas travel, so willingness and ability to travel is important.

For further information about the requirements of the role and how to make an application please see the job description.

Closing date: midnight on Sunday, 27 October 2019.

Interviews: Thursday, 7 November 2019.

We would encourage applications to be sent in early, as should we receive a high number, we may bring forward the closing deadline.

IIED aims to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all areas of the community.

This post is not open to sponsorship; we will only accept applications from those who can prove eligibility to work in the UK.

How to apply: 

IIED is committed to diversity and equal opportunities. Applications are welcome from all duly qualified candidates who meet the stated criteria.

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