Consultant for Data Analysis and Paper-Writing

Website International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)



The 3-year program titled “Accelerating aquaculture development in Ghana through sustainable Nile Tilapia seed production and dissemination,” (TiSeed in short) was launched in February 2019 to address issues in the tilapia seed and extension system to improve productivity and profitability of tilapia cage and pond farming in Ghana, with particular focus on women and youth small-scale fish farmers.

This multicomponent program covers research, effectiveness analysis, and process and impact evaluation surrounding specific interventions on broodstock development and management, seed distribution, seed quality monitoring, certification system, and extension services. The program runs from 2019 to 2022 and is being implemented by a consortium of international and local research institutes, led by IFPRI, supported by the Water Research Institute (WRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Ghana, KIT Royal Tropical Institute in the Netherlands, and WorldFish. Other partners are Fisheries Commission (a government institution) and two private hatcheries (S-HOINT Ltd. and Crystal Lake Ltd.). The program is a research grant funded by the Government of Netherlands and the CGIAR Research Programs on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM) and Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH). This program is among the nine (9) research proposals selected and awarded through the Netherlands-CGIAR research programme on seed systems development.

This program aims to generate and share knowledge on (1) how to best develop the public and private hatchery sector and the systems to disseminate sustainable high-quality Nile Tilapia seed to small-scale cage and pond tilapia farmers, and on (2) how to improve adoption of quality seeds and good aquaculture practices among small-scale farmers to improve their productivity and profitability.

The project has multiple components including diagnostic study, capacity assessments of actors, household surveys, characterization of fingerling and tilapia genetic make-up and productivity performance via on-farm trials; interventions design via randomized control trials, and impact evaluation.

Scope of Work

The project is its final stages and is now focusing on the last set of data analysis and paper writing. The Consultant will support the project in data analysis and writing 1-2 papers related to fish seed systems in Ghana, in comparison with other countries where there is available dataset (Myanmar, Malawi). In particular, the Consultant will write country-specific reports and 1 cross-country synthesis paper, which is ready for journal submission. The paper will build on these two papers: Lock-ins to the dissemination of genetically improved fish seeds – ScienceDirect and 6c987a41de256654dbdba027a48d802a.pdf (

The Consultant will be guided by a Senior Research Fellow / Project Leader and provided inputs from several project team members. Co-authorship will be shared among the Consultant and project team members who are contributing.

The specific tasks are as follows:

  1. Conduct descriptive analysis of data from in-depth interviews and household survey
  2. Conduct regression analysis and writing the results
  3. Conduct farm budget and profitability analysis across different types of farmers/households
  4. Conduct literature review
  5. Write sections of the papers
  6. Format tables and paper according to the journal standards
  7. Addressed reviews and lead the revisions

Required qualifications:

  1. PhD in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Food Policy, Human Geography, Sociology
  2. Proficiency in statistical packages including Stata and R
  3. Demonstrated ability to conduct literature reviews, synthesize research findings, and draft policy briefs and research papers
  4. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team-oriented multi-cultural environment
  5. High level of attention to detail and accuracy of work
  6. Excellent English writing, speaking, and editing skills



This assignment is for 30 days, from June 15 to August 31, 2022, with the potential of extension depending on performance.



The Consultant will closely work with Project Leader, Dr. Catherine Ragasa.


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