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SCIENTIST - (Climate Services Project Coordinator)

ICRISAT seeks applications from Potential candidates for the post of SCIENTIST- (Climate Services Project Coordinator) to be based at Darkar- Senegal

ICRISAT is a non-profit, non-political organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world. Covering 6.5 million square kilometers of land in 55 countries, the semi-arid tropics is home to over 2 billion people, with 650 million of these being the poorest of the poor. ICRISAT and its partners help empower those living in the semi-arid tropics, especially smallholder farmers, to overcome poverty, hunger, malnutrition and a degraded environment through more efficient and profitable agriculture.

ICRISAT is headquartered in Patancheru near Hyderabad, India, with two regional hubs and five country offices in sub-Saharan Africa. ICRISAT, established in 1972, is a member 6of the CGIAR Consortium. For more details, see www.icrisat.org.

The climate services project coordinator, Senegal – specialist on climate services, is sought to support the management and implementation of the project. The incumbent will work under the West Africa Program of the CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), which is a strategic collaboration between the CGIAR and Future Earth that seeks to promote a food-secure world through the provision of science-based efforts that support sustainable agriculture and enhance livelihoods while adapting to climate change and conserving natural resources (www.ccafs.cgiar.org). West Africa is one of the five CCAFS implementing regions. As one of the five implementing regions, the CCAFS West Africa Program focuses on pathways for out scaling climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices and seek to support risk management through enhanced prediction of climate impacts on agriculture, and enhanced climate information and services. 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide overall intellectual leadership and ensure delivery of outputs and outcomes for the CINSERE-Senegal project; including oversight of the Project M&E specialist, coordination and documentation of action research and innovations within the project, and ensure high quality and timely manner project reporting to USAID.
  • Works effectively with ANACIM, the Senegalese national met agency and with the USAID Feed the Future projects in Senegal to ensure that the project builds upon national capacity and incorporates globally recognized innovations into climate service products in Senegal
  • Coordinate and foster synergies, interactions and communication with all key project partners (ANACIM, Naatal MBay, Yaajeende, COMFISH, ERA) and other stakeholders, to enable the delivery of climate services for agricultural and food security decision-making, including smallholder farmers
  • Document research and innovations within the project and advance knowledge and publish research on relevant communication and/or institutional aspects of climate services, in the context of existing climate services projects.
  • Support the development of M&E framework to assess impact of climate services for farmers & oversight of evaluation activities on the ground
  • Perform other duties as recommended by CCAFS (e.g. donors’ and partners’ meetings and initiatives relevant to climate services).

Eligibility and Qualification:

  • PH.D in a relevant field of agricultural or climate science, or a closely-related discipline, with at least 5 years of post-Ph.D. experience, including work on relevant aspects of climate services or climate adaptation for smallholder agriculture.
  • Demonstrated expertise in research and implementation of climate services for agriculture, potentially including communications and institutional aspects. Experience in participatory action research with farming communities in West Africa is desired.
  • Publication record demonstrating innovative contributions to academic literature in relevant areas potentially including, but not limited to: climate services, farmer participatory research, agricultural advisory services, and climate resilience of farmers.
  • Demonstrated capabilities in project or program management, including: supervision of project-based personnel, ensuring collaboration and coordination of project activities among partners, monitoring managing project resources, and reporting project results.
  • Excellent communication skills in both French and English (oral and written), with demonstrated ability to communicate complex information to a range of audiences. Experience in conducting training for agricultural extension staff or other farmer intermediaries desired.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop partnerships and collaborate effectively with national and local institutions.The Reward: This is an internationally recruited staff (IRS) position with competitive salary and benefits package. The position is initially for three years, and renewable depending on performance of the incumbent.

Last date to submit application: 26th May2016

Please CLICK HERE to submit your application.

ICRISAT is an equal opportunity employer and is especially interested in increasing the participation of women on its staff.

SCIENTIST - (M&E Specialist)

ICRISAT seeks applications from Potential candidates for the post of SCIENTIST-(M&E Specialist) to be based at Darkar- Senegal

ICRISAT is a non-profit, non-political organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world. Covering 6.5 million square kilometers of land in 55 countries, the semi-arid tropics is home to over 2 billion people, with 650 million of these being the poorest of the poor. ICRISAT and its partners help empower those living in the semi-arid tropics, especially smallholder farmers, to overcome poverty, hunger, malnutrition and a degraded environment through more efficient and profitable agriculture.

ICRISAT is headquartered in Patancheru near Hyderabad, India, with two regional hubs and five country offices in sub-Saharan Africa. ICRISAT, established in 1972, is a member 6of the CGIAR Consortium. For more details, see www.icrisat.org.

The scientist– M&E specialist, is sought to lead, design and implement the project M&E plan in order to document the impact of the use of climate information and services on the livelihoods of beneficiaries. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the CINSERE project coordinator and the overall overseeing of the West Africa Program of the CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), which is a strategic collaboration between the CGIAR and Future Earth that seeks to promote a food-secure world through the provision of science-based efforts that support sustainable agriculture and enhance livelihoods while adapting to climate change and conserving natural resources (www.ccafs.cgiar.org). West Africa is one of the five CCAFS implementing regions. As one of the five implementing regions, the CCAFS West Africa Program focuses on pathways for out scaling climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices and seek to support risk management through enhanced prediction of climate impacts on agriculture, and enhanced climate information and services.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead, design and implement the CINSERE project component on Monitoring and evaluation of the uptake, use and resulting production and livelihood benefits from the climate information and services by beneficiaries in a scaling up perspective
  • Develop an effective collaboration with ANACIM, the Senegalese national met agency, with the stakeholders of the USAID Feed the Future projects in Senegal and with any other relevant stakeholder to implement the M&E strategy.
  • develop guidance and tools for designing, monitoring, and evaluating climate information services impact, especially building from existing results and frameworks of the Feed the Future projects M&E systems (e.g. the PMEP of Naatal Mbay)
  • design, implement, and analyze qualitative and mixed-method research to further the evidence based impact of CIS use, and leading analysis of qualitative data (experience in analysis of quantitative data desirable)
  • Lead the documentation of the lessons learnt from the CIS use through writing of timely reports, journal articles, technical briefs, and other deliverables related to CINSERE project activities.

Eligibility and Qualification:

  • PH.D in development field, agriculture economics, social science, or a related field
  • Sound trainings and minimum of 3 years of experience in: developing and implementing monitoring systems for field based programs, qualitative and/or quantitative research methods, operations and/or formative research, Minimum of three years field-based agriculture data collection experience, essential.
  • Demonstrated ability in data analysis, project design, monitoring, and evaluation of development activities. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in monitoring and evaluating programs—including indicator development, study design, and data analysis—in multiple sectors.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop partnerships and collaborate effectively with national and local institutions. Strong initiative and self-motivation required, with a commitment to teamwork and effectiveness within a participatory management environment.
  • Publication record demonstrating ability to documenting lessons learnt from ground evidences of ground cases on including, but not limited to: climate services, farmer participatory research, agricultural advisory services, and climate resilience of farmers.
  • Excellent written and oral communications in English and French

The Reward:

This is an internationally recruited staff (IRS) position with competitive salary and benefits package. The position is initially for three years, and renewable depending on performance of the incumbent. 

Last date to submit application: 26th May 2016 

Please CLICK HERE to submit your application.

ICRISAT is an equal opportunity employer and is especially interested in increasing the participation of women on its staff.

Scientist – Cereals Improvement

ICRISAT is seeking applications from a dynamic and highly innovative Cereal Breeder to work in sorghum and millets improvement in a multi-disciplinary team comprising both biological and social scientists. The Scientist will be based at ICRISAT station in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The position is within the Dryland Cereals Research Program. It will report administratively to the Country Representative and technically to the Research Program Director-East & Southern Africa.

 

ICRISAT is a non-profit, non-political organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world. Covering 6.5 million square kilometers of land in 55 countries, the semi-arid tropics is home to over 2 billion people, with 650 million of these being the poorest of the poor. ICRISAT and its partners help empower those living in the semi-arid tropics, especially smallholder farmers, to overcome poverty, hunger, malnutrition and a degraded environment through more efficient and profitable agriculture. ICRISAT, established in 1972, and is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. For more details, visit www.icrisat.org 

 

The Job and Responsibilities:

 

  • Lead the ICRISAT’s research on cereal improvement, including cereal breeding, seed systems and development targeting Southern African countries, to improve sorghum and millets productivity and income generation for smallholders in the region.
  • Work with interdisciplinary team of scientists including molecular geneticists, pathologists, entomologists, agronomists, socio-economists, seed systems specialists and technology transfer experts from ICRISAT both at Headquarter and in the East and Southern Africa Region, National Agricultural Research Institutes and development partners.
  • Develop strategy on the use of genetic resources management of sorghum and millets.
  • Analyse, summarize and interpret the data of the experiments conducted.
  • Prepare reports and research papers for publication in the reputed journals.
  • Lead project development and resource mobilization for ICRISAT and partners involved in sorghum and millets improvement and associated crop management in Southern Africa.
  • Contribute to the sorghum and millets R4D agenda and to the development of strategic partnership.
  • Enhance capacity building of partners in the region through degree and non-degree training

 

The Person:

 

Essential

 

  • PhD degree in genetics and/or plant breeding with 3-5 years post-doctoral experience in crop breeding research, with an interest in both basic research and development-oriented and on-farm research
  • Experience with variety development and release as well as effective seed dissemination, including sound knowledge of recurrent population improvement and hybrid breeding procedures.
  • Knowledge of quantitative genetics for optimizing selection programs, for refining heterotic grouping and performing combining ability analyses.
  • Knowledge of molecular marker applications for improving selection efficiency and enhancing targeted use of genetic diversity in the breeding program
  • Good publication record, as evidenced by research papers in refereed journals
  • Statistical skills, knowledge of computer applications and software for data collection, management and analysis
  • Fluency in spoken and written English

 

Desirable

 

  • Working experience with sorghum, pearl millet and finger millet or other cereals
  • Experience in working with a wide range of Stakeholders and interest to work in interdisciplinary team, and knowledge of Eastern and Southern Africa
  • Aptitude to work collegially and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural environments.
  • Understanding of Portuguese is an asset.

 

The Reward:

 

This is an Internationally Recruited Staff position (IRS) with a competitive salary and benefits package. The position is initially for three years, and extendable depending on performance of the incumbent. An attractive compensation will be offered for the right candidate.

 

How to apply:

 

Applicants should apply on or before 20-May-2016, with a letter of motivation, latest curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable about your professional qualifications and work experience. All applications will be acknowledged, however only short listed candidates will be contacted.

 

Please CLICK HERE to submit your application.

 

ICRISAT is an equal opportunity employer and is especially interested in increasing the participation of women on its staff.

 

Senior Scientist – Digital Agriculture

 

ICRISAT seeks applications for Senior Scientist to lead the theme, “Digital Agriculture”, to be based at ICRISAT’s Headquarters in Patancheru. The position reports to the Research Program Director, Innovation Systems in the Drylands.

 

ICRISAT is a non-profit organization that helps empower poor people in the rural drylands of Africa and Asia to overcome poverty, hunger and malnutrition, through making agriculture profitable and sustainable.  We achieve this through scientific advancements and working in partnership. ICRISAT, established in 1972 is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. For more details, see www.icrisat.org 

 

The Job

 

      • Establish ICRISAT as the leading provider of research for development in the digital space that shows how information and communication technologies (ICT) might be leveraged to create new services for smallholder farmers, value chains and communities.
      • Conduct leading-edge and applied research on the technical and social dimensions of digital agriculture, specifically how and what information is delivered that leads to impacts on rural livelihoods – ensure that learnings are documented using rigorous, scientific techniques.
      • Support the Institute’s effort to build new partnerships for enhanced development impact using ICT platforms and tools, particularly through connections with leading private sector innovators.
      • Connect within the CGIAR and other research networks to ensure ICRISAT is at the forefront of research on digital agriculture.
      • Mentor and manage early and mid-career researchers in the fast-evolving technical and social fields of digital agriculture.
      • Source funding support from diverse sources to support the aims of the Digital Agriculture theme

 

Candidate Profile & Qualifications/Skills

 

      • Ph.D. in Natural Science, Agriculture or related field
      • Work experience of at least 5 years in areas related to applying digital technologies to agriculture
      • Experience in a range of digital applications that may include: mobile platform applications, geo-spatial datasets and GIS or remote sensing, application of simulation models and decision support tools to agriculture
      • Significant exposure to the business sector with sound acumen in partnering for mutual benefits
      • Demonstrated success in identifying and sourcing resources to undertake proposed projects

 

Desirable Criteria: 

 

      • Work experience in a research related role in applying digital technologies in agriculture and evidence of documenting successes in peer reviewed media.
      • Aptitude to undertake research on leveraging ICT and social media for large scale communication and networking.
      • Demonstration of an entrepreneurial spirit with aptitude for innovation.

 

Employment Conditions:

 

This is an internationally recruited staff (IRS) position with competitive salary and benefits package. The position is initially for three years, and renewable depending on performance of the incumbent. 

 

How to apply: 

 

Applicants should apply on or before 20-May-2016, with a letter of motivation, latest Curriculum Vitae, and the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable about your professional qualifications and work experience. All applications will be acknowledged, however only short listed candidates will be contacted

 

Please CLICK HERE to submit your application.

 

ICRISAT is an equal opportunity employer and is especially interested in increasing the participation of women on its staff

 

Scientist – Digital Agriculture

 

ICRISAT seeks applications for Scientist to work for the theme, “Digital Agriculture”, at ICRISAT’s Headquarters in Patancheru. The position reports to the theme leader “Digital Agriculture” under the global research program “Innovation Systems in the Drylands.”

 

ICRISAT is a non-profit organization that helps empower poor people in the rural drylands of Africa and Asia to overcome poverty, hunger and malnutrition, through making agriculture profitable and sustainable.  We achieve this through scientific advancements and working in partnership. ICRISAT, established in 1972 is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. For more details, see www.icrisat.org.   

 

The Job

 

      • Contribute to ICRISAT’s research for development efforts in exploring how information and communication technologies (ICT) can be leveraged to create new services for smallholder farmers, value chains and communities.
      • Support the Theme Leader “Digital Agriculture” in undertaking applied research on the technical and social dimensions of digital agriculture, specifically how and what information is delivered that leads to impacts on farmer’s livelihoods.
      • Support the Institute’s effort to build new partnerships for enhanced development impact using ICT platforms and tools, particularly through connections with leading private sector innovators.
      • Identify and pursue opportunities for project based funding to support ICRISAT’s role in the fast-evolving technical and social fields of digital agriculture.

 

Candidate Profile & Qualifications/Skills

 

      • PhD. in ICT, Engineering, Natural Science or a relevant field.
      • Work experience of at least 5 years in areas related to applying digital technologies in agriculture or business.
      • Experience in a range of digital applications that may include: the development of mobile platform software; the application of geospatial data, simulation models or decision support tools in agriculture or business related settings.
      • Demonstration of an entrepreneurial spirit with aptitude for innovation.

 

Desirable Criteria:

 

      • Work experience in applying digital technologies for agriculture in a research related role in either public or private sector.
      • Experience in Cloud-based computing.
      • Aptitude to undertake research and documenting learnings on leveraging ICT and social media for large scale communication and networking.

 

Employment Conditions:

 

This is a Scientific and Managerial Group staff (SMG) position with competitive salary and benefits package. The position is initially for three years, and renewable depending on performance of the incumbent. 

 

How to apply:

 

Applicants should apply on or before 20-May-2016, with a letter of motivation, latest Curriculum Vitae, and the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable about your professional qualifications and work experience. All applications will be acknowledged, however only short listed candidates will be contacted.

 

Please CLICK HERE to submit your application.

 

ICRISAT is an equal opportunity employer and is especially interested in increasing the participation of women on its staff

 

National Recruitment

Research Associate For International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

ICRISAT seeks applications from Indian nationals for the post of Research Associate for IRRI to be based in Hyderabad. This is a nationally recruited position

ICRISAT is a non-profit, apolitical, international organization for science-based agricultural development. Established in 1972, it is an Alliance of centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and supported by more than 48 governments, foundations, and development banks. To reduce poverty, enhance crop productivity and food security and to protect the environment, ICRISAT research focuses on farming systems and crop improvement, management and utilization of sorghum, pearl millet, pigeon pea, chickpea, and groundnut in the semi-arid tropics.

About IRRI:

International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), is a nonprofit scientific research organization, one of the 15 International Institutes under the consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), with it’s headquarter at Los Banos, Philippines. IRRI is engaged in different aspects of rice research and has its offices in sixteen countries including India.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct field and laboratory research on marker assisted introgression of different genes/QTLs for traits important for yield under dry direct seeded situation and biotic stress to develop high yielding water and labor saving rice varieties for dry direct seeded aerobic conditions.
  • Conduct field and laboratory research on screening of breeding lines, segregating generations and mapping populations for tolerance to rice blast, bacterial blight, to develop new generation rice varieties,
  • Contribute to the preparation of reports, publications, and presentations by summarizing research findings and draft manuscripts for publication in refereed journals, provide inputs to project reports, prepare posters and papers for presentation at local and international conferences.
  • Collaborate with partners to obtain progress report as well as keep participating institutes as well as DBT updated on marker development, crosses attempted
  • Supervise the work of Research Technicians and/or contract workers, contribute to the professional development of Research Technicians and assist students and trainees.

Competencies:

  • Preference will be given to candidate having experience in conducting field experiments, handling of breeding trials and marker assisted introgression of genes/ QTLs, field screening for different biotic stresses;
  • Experience on working with rice is desirable

Requirements:

  • Ph.D. (Ag) in discipline of Plant breeding & Genetics, Plant Pathology or related streams;

The Reward:
This is a staff position in the Locally Recruited Staff (LRS) Cadre with an attractive & competitive salary and benefits package. The position is initially for two years, and extendable depending on performance of the incumbent and continued funding. The compensation, terms and conditions will be as per DBT guidelines.

 Last date to submit application: 27thJune, 2016

How to Apply: Click on the link.

“ICRISAT strongly welcomes women candidates to apply”

Technical Officer – Farm Services For AVRDC –The World Vegetable Center

ICRISAT is a non-profit, apolitical, international organization for science-based agricultural development. Established in 1972, it is an Alliance of centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and supported by more than 48 governments, foundations, and development banks. To reduce poverty, enhance crop productivity and food security and to protect the environment, ICRISAT research focuses on farming systems and crop improvement, management and utilization of sorghum, pearl millet, pigeon pea, chickpea, and groundnut in the semi-arid tropics.

About AVRDC: The World Vegetable Center (the Center) is a nonprofit, autonomous international agricultural research center with headquarters in Taiwan.  Its South Asian Regional headquarters are based in Patancheru and hosted by ICRISAT.  Both Centers conduct research and development programs that contribute to improved incomes and diets in the developing world. AVRDC’s Regional headquarters is seeking an Indian national for the position of Technical Officer –Farm Services.

Responsibilities:

  1. To work effectively with senior scientists to implement field, net house and glasshouse trials, to allot field sites and to design and implement a seasonal plan for all experiments and demonstrations.
  2. To supervise and train staff to complete field operations including cultivation, trickle irrigation, spraying and harvesting and to ensure safe operations.
  3. To manage the purchasing and maintenance of all field equipment, including sowers, sprayers, cultivators and poly net houses and stocks of experimental field supplies.
  4. To ensure good pest and disease management in trials with the use of appropriate IPM practices.
  5. To ensure that all field sites and especially demonstration garden are well presented and maintained and to supervise the collection and storage of seed of all demonstration vegetables
  6. To assist in running research trials and maintaining seed stores as needed.

Competencies:

  • Excellent knowledge of regional vegetable production practices, crop protection and seed production;
  • Demonstrated mature and responsible management of field staff and the ability to liaise effectively with scientists and input suppliers;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage timely field operations to ensure successful trial results;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English, Hindi and/or Telugu;
  • Proficiency in the use of various software applications (Word, Excel);

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture/horticulture with 5-7 years practical experience in vegetable production

The Reward:

This is a staff position in the Locally Recruited Staff (LRS) Cadre with an attractive & competitive salary and benefits package. The position is initially for one year, and extendable depending on performance of the incumbent and continued funding. 

Last date to submit application: 15th June, 2016

How to Apply: Click on the link.

“ICRISAT strongly welcomes women candidates to apply”

Technical Officer – Communication Officer For AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center

ICRISAT is a non-profit, apolitical, international organization for science-based agricultural development. Established in 1972, it is an Alliance of centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and supported by more than 48 governments, foundations, and development banks. To reduce poverty, enhance crop productivity and food security and to protect the environment, ICRISAT research focuses on farming systems and crop improvement, management and utilization of sorghum, pearl millet, pigeon pea, chickpea, and groundnut in the semi-arid tropics.

About AVRDC: The World Vegetable Center (the Center) is a nonprofit, autonomous international agricultural research center with headquarters in Taiwan.  Its South Asian Regional headquarters are based in Patancheru and hosted by ICRISAT.  Both Centers conduct research and development programs that contribute to improved incomes and diets in the developing world. AVRDC’s Regional headquarters is seeking an Indian national for the position of Technical Officer – Communication officer.

Responsibilities:

  • Design and develop training and promotional videos
  • Facilitate communications between regional project teams using social media;
  • Design, develop and distribute project training and extension publications;
  • Assist in writing project news stories;
  • Liaise with communication staff in the headquarters of AVRDC and ICRISAT.

Competencies:

  • Proven ability to design and develop videos
  • Excellent graphic design and writing skills;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and skilled in social media use;
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills with the ability to work in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Experience in developing and managing websites;
  • Demonstrated understanding of agriculture in South Asia, especially in relation to vegetables.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, IT, advertising, social sciences or a related field;
  • At least five years’ experience in organizational communications or event support services

The Reward:

This is a staff position in the Locally Recruited Staff (LRS) Cadre with an attractive & competitive salary and benefits package. The position is initially for one year, and extendable depending on performance of the incumbent and continued funding. 

Last date to submit application: 15th June, 2016

How to Apply: Click on the link.

“ICRISAT strongly welcomes women candidates to apply”

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