Research Assistant for a study on the impacts of COVID-19 on livestock chains and food security in developing countries.

Updated: 27 days ago

At the Department of Economics, we carry out research and teaching activities in business studies and economics with application to food, agriculture and natural resources. Our largest and most popular educational programmes are the agronomist programme and the bachelor programme with specialization in economics or business administration. We have two Master's programs: Agricultural Economics and Management, and Environmental Economics and Management, both of high international standard. We offer about seventy courses each year. We carry out research in Economics and Business studies especially related to the management of natural resources and the agricultural sector. For more information about the department of economics, please visit our webpage:


We are looking for a Research Assistant (RA) who would like to work on a research project related to the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on livestock systems and food security in developing countries. Specifically, the main objectives of the project are to review and synthesize the scholarly literature on the impacts of COVID-19 on livestock chains and food security in developing countries; and to identify limitations and avenues for future research to enhance the preparedness of livestock sectors in developing countries to future pandemics and extreme events. The main duties of the RA will include the following:

  • Conduct systematic literature reviews under minimal supervision on the impacts of COVID-19 on livestock chains and food security in developing countries.
  • Collaborate with the project coordinator to draft reports, manuscripts, correspondence, policy briefs and other web content based on the project results.
  • Facilitate communication between the project team and external stakeholders, and provide outreach support.
  • Organize, coordinate, and attend project team meetings and stakeholders' events and conferences.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and skills:

  • MSc degree in agricultural economics, rural and development studies, animal and veterinary sciences, or other fields related to the project theme. 
  • Understanding of systematic literature review methods and database queries, and good critical, quantitative and analytical skills are essential.
  • Familiarity with issues related to livestock systems and sustainable development challenges in developing countries is a plus. 
  • Good academic writing skills and professional level of oral and written fluency in English.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint) is required, and familiarity with statistical packages is a plus.
  • The candidate will be a part of a research group and should positively contribute to a group environment, and have an ability to work independently.
  • Emphasis will also be given to personal suitability.

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Fixed term employment of 1-2 months 



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According to agreement. 


We welcome your application no later than 2020-11-03. Please use the Apply-button below.

Please upload i) a cover letter expressing interest and identifying the applicant’s qualifications and skill set, and ii) a recent curriculum vitae with at least two identified referees who may attest to the applicant’s qualifications for the position.

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