Senior Research Fellow/Research Fellow - Agriculture, Water and Rural Development Multisector Research Group

Department: The Center for Policy Research and Outreach (CPRO)

Reports to: Director of CPRO

Duty station: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Opening date: 06.05.2024

Deadline: 30.06.2024

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities

The SRF/RF will help CPRO influence public policy as a leading think t  in the greater Central Asia region. The SRF/RF will engage stakeholders in applied high-quality, evidence-based research, policy analysis, public outreach and capacity building applying futures research and tools.The SRF/RF will strengthen WIUT as an international research university, and grow its portfolio of research.


  • As a CPRO team member, increase its ‘think-tank’ footprint connecting research with practice to inform policy and policy implementation, through interdisciplinary research. Include WIUT lecturers extensively in this process.
  • Design, plan and perform research on agriculture, water, and rural development. This broad multi-sector area includes the unique challenges of areas in transition, from migration to quality of services, to agricultural innovation, productivity, and services. Research should have local, regional, and international relevance; using quantitative and qualitative approaches as appropriate, collecting primary or using secondary data.
  • Strengthen and develop new research streams and enabling CPRO to impact research, policy and outreach based on internationally rigorous standards.
  • Leverage existing links with the CAREC Institute, the UN-Sustainable Development Solutions Network, CPRO’s International Advisory Group, and the Central Asian Futures and Foresight Association.
  • Develop complementary products, (a) short rapidly responding policy research and outreach with (b) rigorous, internationally recognized and peer-reviewed publications
  • Publish research findings in reputable journals and present at conferences and workshops. Provide policy recommendations based on research findings to support evidence-based decision-making.
  • Contribute to the development of research proposals and secure funding for new projects.
  • Strengthen and form relationships with different national and international stakeholders, including government agencies, NGOs, and research institutions. Generate external sponsorship for research and outreach activities.
  • Engage with external partners (agencies, government, academe, private sector, etc) in executive sessions, workshops on research training or topics related to agriculture, water, and rural development. 



  • Earned international doctorate (or nearing completion of degree) in a relevant discipline such as development economics, public policy, labor, education, or health sector specialist;
  • Five years of relevant professional and research experience on Central Asia;
  • Writing to inform decision-making and develop practical policy, in addition to academic publications;
  • Capacity in public policy research and analysis. Including interdisciplinary and regional research to influence policy leaders and development partners;
  • A publication record in international peer-reviewed publications in English;
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholders within and outside Central Asia;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and representational skills, including fluency in English and Russian;
  • Strong experience revising, editing, and correcting their own work ready for submission to international publications;
  • Extensive quantitative methods experience, including surveys, and with qualitative data methods and analysis;
  • Capacity to raise external funding using a network of academic, foundations and development partner contacts.


  • Flexible and able to work independently and effectively in a fast-paced work environment;
  • Entrepreneurial disposition, innovative mindset, and drive for results;
  • ICT and project management skills;
  • A positive mindset encouraging performance and constructively criticizing

Appointments are for one year with the possibility of renewal pending satisfactory performance and continued funding. 


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