The Africa Rice Centre (AfricaRice) is seeking a highly qualified ‘Agricultural Economist –Marketing and Consumer Preference’ to be based at AfricaRice’s 700 ha experimental station at M’bé, near Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire.


About AfricaRice

AfricaRice is a leading pan–African rice research organization committed to improving the livelihoods in Africa though strong science and effective partnerships. AfricaRice is one of the 15 international agricultural research centers that are members of the CGIAR System Organization (CSO). It is also an intergovernmental association of African member countries. Its membership comprises 26 countries, covering West, Central, East and North African regions.



Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Director of Research for Development; theAgricultural Economist – Marketing and Consumer preference will conduct strategic and applied research that contribute to the development of efficient and profitable rice value chain in AfricaRice through the improvement of rice post-harvest handling and marketing processes, the increase in the quality of local rice and rice - based products. He or she will perform the following tasks that include but are not limited:

  1. Contribute to better understanding of global and regional rice market dynamics and analyze alternative strategies and policy options for the integration of national and regional rice market.

  2. Conduct research on the profitability and efficiency of the value chain of local rice through analysis of marketing margins and cost.

  3. Conduct research on rice consumers preferences and product profiles.

  4. Lead the rice marketing and consumer preference research activities as a result of the improvement of rice post-harvest handling, processing and the development of new rice-based products.

  5. Contribute to capacity building activities for national agricultural research system staff and students in African Universities through training, mentoring and thesis supervision.

  6. Develop and maintain active policy with national and regional counterparts.

  7. Publish research results in peer-reviewed journal and other relevant outlets.

  8. Develop concept notes and proposal and contribute to resource mobilization efforts.

  9. Undertake any other duties as required by the needs of the center.


For more information about qualifications, competencies and application procedure, click here

Expiry date: Thursday, 14 June, 2018
Countries: Côte d'Ivoire
Institution: Africa Rice Centre (AfricaRice)