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Research Analyst

Resources for the Future (RFF)

Job detailsSalary$50,666 – $57,134 a yearJob TypeFull-timeBenefitsPulled from the full job description401(k)403(b)Commuter assistanceOn-site gymPaid sick timePaid time offFull Job Description

Summary of Position:

The Research Analyst would work on a USDA-funded research project that explores how farmers use two of Americas largest farm support programs – the Federal Crop Insurance Program (FCIP) and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) – as risk management tools in response to extreme and variable weather, as well as the consequences of increased enrollment in these two programs for the sectors sensitivity to extreme weather, local economies, and the environment.

Research Analysts are essential members of the Resources for the Future (RFF) Research and Policy Engagement team. They are responsible for providing technical support that, under the direction of senior RFF team members, allows for the production of compelling and impactful research that aligns with RFFs mission of improving environmental, energy and natural resource decisions through impartial economic research and policy engagement.

RFFs mission is to improve environmental, energy, and natural resource decisions through impartial, evidence-based economic research and policy engagement. We are committed to being the most widely trusted source of research insights and policy solutions leading to a healthy environment and a thriving economy. We envision a future where climate change no longer threatens our well-being and where smart environmental decisions help to uplift communities around the world. Our experts bring the brightest thinking to bear on our future, while having shaped many of the worlds most successful environmental decisions and policies over the past 70 years. Our work broadly centers on the economics and design of smart strategies to reduce sectoral and economy-wide emissions of greenhouse gases, and policies that confront climate change risks and build resilience. We also increasingly emphasize issues related to equity, economic transition, and disaggregated climate and policy impacts, not solely aggregate outcomes.

This position is in person, with the option for a hybrid work schedule and is located in Washington DC.

Specific Responsibilities:

Collect, process, and analyze large geospatial datasets, including measures of weather and climate, agricultural outcomes, economic outcomes, and environmental outcomes.
Conduct quantitative analyses, largely using regression methods and other standard econometric approaches.
Identify, review, and synthesize relevant literature in agricultural economics and policy
Contribute to the writing of research publications.
Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications, Experience & Competencies

Education: Bachelors or Masters Degree in a relevant field, including economics, engineering, mathematics, computer science, or natural sciences
Work Experience: 0-3 years of related experience (can be someone right out of school), including research assistantships while in college or internships with similar organizations or academic institutions

Desirable Skills

Experience in assembling, managing, manipulating, and analyzing datasets, including large geospatial datasets
Knowledge of economics, quantitative methods, and statistics
Interest in policy assessments that relate to agriculture, the environment and/or natural resources
Experience with computational, statistical and/or GIS software programming, such as Stata, R, Python and/or Google Earth Engine

Compensation and Benefits

Salary range is $50,666- $57,134
35-hour work week
Flexible summer hours (4-day work week June-Sept)
Flexible work arrangement policy (hybrid work)
11 paid holidays
4 weeks PTO to start, increases to 5 weeks after 5 years, in addition to 13 paid sick days per year
Gym on site
Deli on site
Parking on site
RFF contributes up to 15% of your salary to a 403(b)-retirement account, depending on employee age in addition to a 401(a)
Commuter benefit plans (pre-tax metro and parking)

Physical Requirements
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, some standing, walking, sitting, bending, and carrying of light items such as books and papers is required.

Working Conditions
The work may involve everyday light risks and discomforts, which may require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, meetings, and training rooms, etc. The work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
This position description may not describe all duties, responsibilities and skills associated with this position. It is intended to portray the major aspects of the job and is not meant to be all inclusive. Other duties or skills may be required.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
RFF (Resources for the Future) is committed to the letter and spirit of diversity, equity, and inclusion. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in hiring and employment, nor in the administration and other programs. RFFs Vision for a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Future.

RFF has made the safety of our staff and community a top priority. As a part of that commitment, all staff and visitors are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as defined by the CDC. RFF will require all staff and visitors to submit proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19 to work in our office.

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