Researcher in Food Security
and trade Policy (Quantitative)

The Center for Indonesian Policy Studies is now looking for a full-time Researcher to work in the food security and trade research area. This role will be responsible for developing research and advocacy to reform food and agriculture trade policies to support food security in Indonesia. The researcher will analyze the effects of trade on food security, poverty reduction, and livelihood based on trade data and the current food trade regime.

Main Responsibilites:

  • Formulating and conducting policy research, data collection, conducting regulatory analysis (laws, ministerial regulations), analyzing and evaluating research results, designing practical policy recommendations, and presenting them in the form of policy papers, policy briefs, and other research outputs written in clear and easy-to-understand language.

  • Responding to research and policy problems, writing and disseminating research findings in policy papers, policy briefs, presentations, op-eds, press releases and other research outputs related to its research focus.

  • Refining research strategies and approaches, recommending improvements, and implementing new methods and procedures to improve research quality and team productivity.

  • Developing research objectives and research methods for grant proposals or research collaborations.

  • Managing research projects, which includes project management, ensuring projects are delivered on time and within budget, managing research personnel, and presenting the research findings internally and in public dissemination.

  • Organizing seminars, meetings, and discussions with relevant stakeholders and policymakers to advocate research results

  • Conducting both research and advocacy efforts and supporting grant reporting in accordance with the official commitments to the donors

  • Building and maintaining partnership with organizations with similar interest and focus area, including the private sector, business associations, research institutes, local community, government agencies, NGOs, etc.


  1. Indonesian national with a Master Degree in economics, public policy, political economy, international relations, sociology, law, and other related social science majors.

  2. Minimum 3 years of experience in preparing and conducting research on public policy issues.

  3. Fluent in written and spoken English

  4. Practical experience in fieldwork, interviews, and gathering/analyzing data. Sound methodological knowledge in social science research (e.g., case studies, ethnography, mixed methods) is an advantage.

  5. An analytical mindset and critical-thinking skills, and a high interest in Indonesia’s social and economic development

  6. Good leadership skills to work autonomously both as individual and in a team

  7. Able to work under pressure and meet agreed deadlines

  8. A publication history (academic articles, analyses, op-eds)

Essential Requirements:

  1. A PhD within the relevant areas is preferred.

  2. Minimum 3 years of experience in preparing, conducting, and publishing research on public policy issues particularly trade policies and to manage research projects

  3. Able to use statistical softwares (STATA/SPSS/R) for data processing

  4. Sound methodological knowledge and experience in quantitative research (e.g., regression analysis, econometric modelling, GTAP). Familiarity with trade data sets (UN Comtrade, WITS) and Indonesian statistics (Susenas, Sakernas) are preferred. 

  5. Practical experience in fieldwork and interviews are preferred

Submit your application by the latest on 22 October 2021. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.