Within the specialization Economics of Development, Rob took optional courses on topics like food security and sustainable food production and consumption. His focus on the theme of food security and his strong methodological skills helped him to land this job.
“While writing my thesis, I received a job description for research at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The research was to evaluate the Dutch Food Security budget, a topic that I got interested in during my master’s. I evaluate Dutch policies and activities with regard to global food security, and measures the impact of implemented projects. I am preparing a baseline study on country and household level to assess the impact of Dutch interventions on household food insecurity and child malnutrition. This is to measure the impact of the Food Security Budget of 2012-2015 in the Dutch partner countries, in particular Bangladesh, Rwanda, Uganda and Ethiopia.
My daily activities include reviewing food insecurity indicators, determining appropriate sample sizes and budgeting field studies, analysing project documents and organising tender procedures to contract consultants that will help collect field data in order to evaluate the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of the Food Security programme. Field visits are also part of the job, to get a feeling for the local context.”
Rob’s knowledge of econometrics and other research methods proved useful during his internship in Uganda where he evaluated an education project, and in turn this exact experience became crucial in finding a job. “I use the skills and knowledge I acquired during this master on a daily basis and the opportunity to do an internship to gain practical experience turned out to be invaluable when looking for a job.”