Job Overview


Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.

The Economic Research Service (ERS) conducts broad programs of economic and other social science research and analysis relating to agriculture, food, natural resources and rural America for use by public and private decision makers.  ERS' clients are the executive and legislative branches; environmental, consumer and public interest groups, including farm and industry groups; and the general public.

This position is located in the Economic Research Service (ERS), Market and Trade Economics Division (MTED), Food Security and Development Branch (FDSB), in Washington, DC. 

The Market and Trade Economics Division (MTED) mission is to conduct research on U.S. and global economic factors affecting markets for agricultural products. The MTED research program includes development and dissemination of market information, analysis of domestic program and trade policy alternatives, commodity and trade forecasts and projections, and special studies of emerging developments in domestic and international markets. Data indicators, forecasts, and special studies are disseminated to the policy makers, program officials, and the public in publications, briefings, and electronic products.

The Food Security and Development Branch (FSDB) monitors, analyzes and conducts research on global food security and development, covering all four components of food security (availability, access, utilization and stability).  The Branch produces timely assessments of global food security conditions, monitors ongoing food security conditions, and analyzes developments of importance to US government policymakers and the community of food security and development stakeholders. The branch develops analytical frameworks that support research on issues that will be of interest to the United States, including forces affecting global food security (macroeconomic conditions, agricultural productivity, agricultural markets, food security and agricultural development, impacts of global climate change) as well as assessments of alternative policy options for responding to food security challenges.


The Economic Research Service (ERS) seeks a Research Agricultural Economist for a position that involves responsibility for formulating research plans, developing methodology, determining data needs, and defining resources needed to carry out complex economic research and analysis programs of great significance, difficulty, and national importance.

The incumbent’s assignment represents an in-depth investigation of a specialized area of economics, requiring expertise in development and international food security, familiarity with household level data and research, and expertise in geospatial analysis and modeling.  This research involves key issues related to development and food security in Africa, Asia or Latin America, including the relationship between agricultural development strategies and food security, the development of effective agricultural value chains and markets, the operation of national and regional food security policies, and the evaluation of alternative policies to improve food security.