Economist to work on the impact of global changes and adaptation

Job description
The purpose of this job is to identify and measure the effects of global changes in agricultural context and the impact of adaptation policies, particularly in Africa. More specifically, you will have to: (i) empirically measure the impacts of global changes and identifiable adaptation strategies, particularly in Africa; (ii) use these results in foresight exercise; (iii) measure the effectiveness, limits and conditions required for the adaptation strategies observed (including risks of maladaptation); and (iv) propose private adaptation strategies or public policies that are effective both at present and in the future.

The scientific issues involved in your job will cover understanding and assessing the different channels through which global changes are likely to affect farming households; understanding and assessing the interactions between the different components of global change; assessing adaptation strategies, their effectiveness and the risks of maladaptation[tb1] , the related costs and benefits, and the barriers to their implementation, in a context of continuous change and uncertainty about the impacts of the global changes. You will also have to take account of the limited availability of data, if necessary by using surveys and field experiments which may be cross-checked with heterogeneous data, in particular satellite data.

You will develop approaches based primarily on empirical methods adapted to tests on causal relations, in particular econometrics applied to the impact evaluation (quasi-experimental econometrics in particular), panel econometrics and global agronomy statistics, but also experimental economics in contexts where data may be limited (randomised controlled trials and lab in the field) and probability elicitation of expert knowledge.

You should also have in-depth knowledge of microeconomic modelling of impacts and adaptations to global changes to support your empirical analyses. You will thus be able to establish relationships with teams involved in the qualitative assessment of the impact of initiatives to support climate change adaptation (research and development programmes, public action, etc.).

Desired profiled
PhD in economics with proven expert knowledge in econometrics – if possible in impact assessment – and ability to develop experimental and quasi-experimental economics protocols. You should also have a good understanding of development issues, in particular mechanisms for adapting to global changes in developing countries.
Finally, you should have an opening in global agricultural science and, more generally, a capacity for exchange of information with other fields (climatology, ecology and geography in particular).

Excellent command of French and English is required.

Position constraints
– Work at a computer screen for more than 4 hours a day
– Work in tropical/humid/subtropical areas

France base salary, excluding expatriation allowances if applicable
27-37 K€

Begining date

Initially assigned to Nogent sur Marne (to be trained on the challenges of adaptation to climate change with the UMR CIRED team), with regular missions to Montpellier. Transfer to Montpellier within 2 years.

Job location : Nogent-sur-Marne, puis Montpellier
Nature of the job : Permanent position
Contact person : Brunelle, Thierry,
Application deadline : 06/03/2022