Call for Applications for Offering Training

 

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Haramaya University
Building Ethiopia’ Research capacity in Economics and Agribusiness (BERCEA)
Call for Applications for Offering Training
Background

In collaboration with the Global Development Network (GDN), Haramaya University has been implementing a research capacity building program titled Building Ethiopian’s Research Capacity in Economics and Agribusiness (BERCEA). It is supported by the GDN under the capacity building program named ‘Building Research Capacity in Least Developed Countries’. The general objective of BERCEA program is to produce outstanding researchers in economics/agricultural economics/agribusiness.

The BERCEA Program is specifically designed to

  1. improve the quality of MSc theses and PhD dissertations in economics and agribusiness;
  2. enhance skills of PhD and MSc students in problem-solving research;
  3. improve mentoring skill of academic staff;
  4. improve research skills and expertise of staff; and
  5. develop networking and collaborations nationally and internationally.

BERCEA undertakes three research capacity building interventions: small research grants, training workshops, and staff exchange programs for mentoring skills. Small research grants for PhD and MSc students are intended to partially alleviate the research budget constraints of students in undertaking quality thesis and dissertation research. In addition to the small research grant, training workshops on relevant applied courses are believed to build research capacity of graduates. Moreover, mentoring skill in universities plays a very decisive role to produce capable and efficient postgraduates. It is a powerful professional development and empowerment tool in developing solutions to scientific and professional issues.

The training workshops have been organized on four thematic areas or courses:

  1. Empirical Research Methods in Economics;
  2. Analysis of Cross-sectional, Timeseries and Panel Data Using Stata and EViews;
  3. Analysis of Multidimensional Poverty and Inequality Using DASP (Distributive Analysis Stata Package); and
  4. Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Modeling and Analysis Using GAMS (Generalized Algebraic Modeling System).

Within its first-year of the program period, BERCEA has effectively organized the first two training workshops and has prepared suitable training modules. The current call for applications is, therefore, to invite applications from qualified and experienced professionals for the last two trainings, which are planned to happen in January and February 2016 in Haramaya University.

Content of the Training

The current invitation is to invite applications for one or both of the following training workshops:

  1. Analysis of Multidimensional Poverty and Inequality Using DASP (Distributive Analysis Stata Package):

The demand for theoretical, conceptual, and quantitative skills on poverty and inequality is overriding in least developed countries like Ethiopia. In this regard, there is a serious shortage of professionals on the concepts of contemporary frameworks, quantitative techniques, and applications of relevant statistical and econometric software packages on poverty and inequality. This training is expected to build the research capacity of doctoral students in conceptualizing, analyzing, and reporting multidimensional poverty and inequality. In collaboration with the GDN, professionals skilled in multidimensional poverty analysis and application of DASP software package will be selected for preparing the training modules and for offering this training. If required, applicant may hire additional experts assisting data management and analysis from within Ethiopia whose costs will be included to the trainer’s daily remuneration rate indicated on the application letter.

The content of the training workshop will include, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Basics of multidimensional poverty and inequality;
  • DASP and distributive analysis;
  • Variables for distributive analysis;
  • DASP and multidimensional poverty indices;
  • Marginal poverty impacts and poverty elasticities;
  • DASP and decompositions;
  • DASP and curves;
  • Dominance and distributive tools; DASP and pro‐poor growth; and DASP and benefit incidence analysis.
  1. Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Modeling and Analysis Using GAMS (Generalized Algebraic Modeling System):

Macroeconomic modeling and analysis is the other important quantitative skill for designing national development policies in all economies. However, professional skills in this area are limiting factors in many developing countries including Ethiopia. This training workshop is, therefore, expected to familiarize PhD students and participants of equivalent status on conceptualizing and analyzing CGE using GAMS for policy analysis in Ethiopia. In collaboration with the GDN, professionals skilled in CGE and GAMS software package will be selected for this training workshop. If required, the applicant may hire additional experts assisting data management and analysis from within Ethiopia whose costs will be included to the trainer’s daily remuneration rate indicated on the application letter.

This training workshop will cover, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Theoretical foundations of general equilibrium;
  • Tools and data frameworks for CGE models;
  • Formulation, calibration and solution of a CGE model;
  • Basic features of GAMS;
  • The structure of a GAMS model;
  • GAMS programs;
  • Set definitions;
  • Data entry and manipulations with parameters;
  • Variables and equations; Model and solve statements; and GAMS output.

Selected trainers of both courses are expected to prepare standard training modules as per the description of contents of the courses outlined above. As required, outline of the training modules prepared by the applicant may be commented by the BERCEA program and be accordingly revised by the applicant. The training will be offered to a maximum of 20 trainees in accordance to the revised training modules prepared by the trainer.

Dates, Duration and Place

Each training course will be offered for 8 days during January-February 2016, at Haramaya University, Ethiopia. Facilities required for the training will be fulfilled by BERCEA program. However, selected trainers will sign a contractual agreement containing the exact dates, duration, and place of the training workshops and payments for the training.

Qualifications

Qualifications for preparing the training modules and for offering the training based on the modules include a PhD in Agricultural Economics, Economics or relevant disciplines; and demonstrated expertise in teaching, training and/or research in the two software packages (DASP and GAMS), as well as a commitment of availability for the period of the training workshops indicated above. Qualified female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Remuneration

The BERCEA program at Haramaya University will finance the costs of travel and remuneration commensurate with qualification and experience. Applicants are required to indicate the country of departure and a quote for daily remuneration rate (including costs of module write-up and 8days training), up to a maximum of USD 500 per day. Costs of subsistence, accommodation and related expenses will be covered by the applicant.

Documents and Application Deadline

Applicants interested in contributing to this training and further networking with Haramaya University and the GDN can forward application documents in soft copies (PDF) to:

The BERCEA Program Coordinator,

Haramaya University,

P.O. Box 48 or 05, Haramaya University, Ethiopia

Email: mengistuket@gamil.com degyeabgos@yahoo.com

The application should include:

  1. Application letter indicating the motivation to offer the training, the training course which the applicant wishes to offer, the period (date and month) the applicant is available to offer the training in Ethiopia, and the daily remuneration rate (including module preparation and training).
  2. Current curriculum vitae (CV) clearly indicating teaching, training and research experience at graduate/post graduate;
  3. A tentative outline of the training modules and Training Workshop Programs;
  4. Two written references; and
  5. Valid e-mail, postal and telephone contacts.

The deadline for applications is September 15, 2015. Selectedapplicants will be announced before October 15, 2015.


 

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