At Plant & Food Research, we believe science can create a better world. By working together, we can create the world’s most sustainable food production systems, delivering economic, environmental, and social prosperity. Day-to-day, this looks like a team of 1,000 people working across Aotearoa New Zealand and the world to improve the way we grow, fish, harvest and share food. With our partners in the agrifood sector, we’re working to deliver a smart green future.
Our International Development Unit (IDU) partners with government, NGOs, and commercial organisations to support sustainable development to reduce poverty and improve lives. Our current portfolio of projects in horticulture and seafood is concentrated in SE Asia and the Pacific but extends to Africa and the Caribbean. This role will complement our Institute’s strong technical skills, bringing value chain analysis experience within a development context.
What you’ll be doing
As a seasoned international development professional, you will provide leadership and value chains expertise in the design and implementation of our international development programs. As our leading economist, you will identify strategic opportunities for PFR to leverage economics and social science capabilities in the development of new projects and programs, together with playing a key role in impact evaluation.
What you’ll need
To be successful in this role, you will have a PhD or Masters by Research in economics or agricultural economics, preferably undertaken in an international development context. You will bring a substantial amount of experience leading and collaborating on international development projects, be a collaborative team member and have an ability to demonstrate an understanding of best practice approaches to international development.
What you’ll get
The opportunity to apply your leadership capability and unique value chain expertise; combining your interests in people, leadership, and social science/economics to foster a positive, collaborative culture and deliver on research and development projects creating real-world solutions. Joining a passionate team at our Head Office in Auckland, your benefits include access to additional leave entitlements, health insurance and a generous superannuation contribution.