Freelance Editors

The Communications and Knowledge Management Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks freelance editors to support its publications work. Our publications are geared to policy, academic, NGO, and other audiences. The work involves the following:

  • Edit, copyedit, write, and proofread text and data for a wide variety of publications, including annual reports, briefs, brochures, reports, journal articles, and more.
  • Ensure consistency of style and clarity of thought.
  • Offer well thought-out and concise editorial comments to improve the publication.
  • Collaborate with authors, editors, and design team.
  • Meet deadlines provided by assigning editor.

Required qualifications

  • B.A. in agriculture, economics, public policy, international affairs, journalism, or humanities
  • At least five years' experience in substantive editing, line editing, copy editing, proofreading, and writing publications
  • Demonstrated ability to edit and write for academic and nonacademic audiences and to understand the intention and nuances of different authors
  • Knowledge of and experience working on international development issues related to agriculture, nutrition, poverty, economics, and public health
  • Knowledge of Chicago Manual of Style

Preferred qualifications

  • M.A. in international affairs, journalism, or publishing
  • Experience interpreting data for presentation in figures and tables
  • Knowledge of Adobe InCopy, Adobe Acrobat (for markup), Microsoft Office SuiteĀ 

To apply, send the following to

  • A cover letter that highlights relevant experience
  • A resume
  • One editing sample (in tracked changes) /If this is not possible, you can take our editing test.


Our vision
A world free of hunger and malnutrition.

What we do
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) provides research-based policy solutions to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition in developing countries. Our research focuses on six strategic areas, ensuring sustainable food production, promoting healthy food systems, improving markets and trade, transforming agriculture, building resilience, and strengthening institutions and governance.