Social Scientist

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Company:International Potato Centre
Category:Research, Quality Control/ Quality Assurance
Job Type:Permanent

Job details

Key responsibilities:

  • Provide science leadership across CIP’s program portfolio for the application of qualitative social science to addressing strategic research questions related to human and institutional behavior change and benefits and risks from agri-food system transformation.
  • Work closely with science leaders and research and project teams to identify key social science research priorities in current and evolving projects and develop research strategies and plans for addressing these.   
  • Implement high quality and impactful social science research, in coordination with other science disciplines as appropriate, that generates significant new knowledge of international relevance.
  • Produce peer-reviewed publications as lead author and contributing author in high quality journals, based on this research.
  • Present research findings at international conferences.
  • Develop new and innovative research projects or program components on cutting edge social science questions and mobilize resources for their implementation
  • Develop and manage productive research partnerships with universities and research institutes of international stature.
  • Contribute to program reporting and communications with development partners to ensure that findings from qualitative social research help strengthen CIP’s credibility and influence





  • PhD in a relevant social science discipline with a strong focus on qualitative methodologies.
  • At least 02 years of relevant work experience in qualitative research methods pertinent to addressing strategic questions for CIP in the wider context of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Excellent track record of original research and peer-reviewed publications based on qualitative social science methodologies.
  • Sound understanding of current literature on behavior change, gender, youth, social inclusiveness, resilience and systems approaches.  
  • Excellent leadership skills to promote effective collaboration within research teams and across research partnerships.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. Proficiency in French or Spanish is an advantage.
  • Willingness and ability to travel and work in resource-poor, rural areas.



  • Exciting career opportunity in an international organization.
  • Internationally competitive salary, paid in US dollars, and commensurate with experience.
  • Comprehensive international insurance coverage.
  • Attractive retirement plan.
  • Three-year term contract with the possibility of renewal.
  • Work in an equal and diverse workplace.





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Research, Quality Control/ Quality Assurance International Potato Centre 9 months ago