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Regional Co-ordinator (ILRI)

ICRISAT invites applications from dynamic and young Indian nationals for the position of Regional Co-ordinator – Senior Manager for ILRI. This position is based at New Delhi.

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 International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Regional Coordinator (RC) to provide the Livestock Systems Innovation Lab (LSIL) programmatic, operational and logistical support in the LSIL focus countries which include Ethiopia and Rwanda in East Africa, Burkina Faso and Mali in West Africa, and Nepal and Cambodia in Asia. One RC will be recruited for each of the three regions.

ILRI works with partners worldwide to enhance the roles that livestock play in food security and poverty alleviation, principally in Africa and Asia. The outcomes of these research partnerships help people in developing countries keep their farm animals’ alive and productive, increase and sustain their livestock and farm productivity, find profitable markets for their animal products, and reduce the risk of livestock-related diseases. www.ilri.org

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2016, an operating budget of about USD 83 million. A member of the CGIAR Consortium working for a food-secure future, ILRI has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, a principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and offices in other countries in East, West and Southern Africa and in South, Southeast and East Asia. www.cgiar.org

The Regional Coordinators will be working for the the “Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems”, which is led by the University of Florida (UF) in partnership with ILRI. With a focus on smallholder farmers, particularly women, the US government’s Feed the Future initiative supports partner countries in developing their agriculture sectors to spur economic growth and trade that increase incomes and reduces hunger, poverty and under nutrition.

The vision of the Livestock Systems Innovation Lab (LSIL) is to intensify sustainably smallholder livestock systems through groundbreaking research, technology application, significant capacity building, and co-production of knowledge in order to increase productivity and incomes and improve nutrition and food safety. This vision will be achieved with country-focused research programs with priorities set in a gender-informed, participatory manner with key local and national stakeholders (producers, traders, processors, national research and extension systems, government ministries and development partners) to address the complex interactions among livestock, human, and environmental systems.

The objectives of the LSIL will be to achieve measurable and sustainable improvements in livestock productivity as well as incomes and nutrition of livestock holders through appropriate improved technologies, capacity building, and policies. Additional objectives include increasing the resilience of vulnerable populations; reducing the environmental impact of livestock systems; and advancing understanding of evolving livestock systems and their roles in food security, nutrition, and health. 

The Job

  • Facilitate and support prioritization of research and capacity building activities for each country, ensuring responsiveness, realism, and added value.
  • Develop stakeholder platforms (“innovation platforms”) in each country and possibly at sub-national level, including considering linkages to and learning lessons from other innovation platforms. Ensure broad membership (policy, research, development and education; different disciplines, including the cross-cutting concerns; representation of local, national and regional concerns) and buy-in by partners, and organize annual platform meetings to facilitate review of research progress and results by the country and regional stakeholders.
  • Facilitate contacts between country and regional stakeholders and the LSIL Management Entity (ME) at UF, sub-awardees and others affiliated with the Innovation Lab, to ensure successful missions and research. Support and accompany missions as requested.
  • Continually assess stakeholder priorities and concerns as well as the evolving research-development agenda and propose future directions, modifications and contributions of the Innovation Lab.
  • Working with the Innovation Lab Director, respond to the requests of the USAID Missions and represent the Innovation Lab in USAID, country and regional meetings, as requested.
  • Participate in the weekly meetings of the ME, bimonthly meetings of the IAC, quarterly meetings of the IAC and annual regional and global meetings of the Innovation Lab.
  • Review country work plans and biannual and annual reports, performance indicator reports and environmental reports.
  • Support processes of Monitoring and Evaluation, including environmental compliance, mitigation, and monitoring. Conduct monitoring visits as requested.
  • With the Communications Specialist, develop and or support the development of effective and regionally-appropriate communication materials for the Livestock Systems Innovation Lab, and develop specific knowledge generation, submission, and translation plans with sub-awardees prior to initiation of and during the research and/or HICD activities.
  • Working with the Deputy Director and the Communications Specialist, ensure seamless capture of data and knowledge arising from various projects for subsequent dissemination to all stakeholders and that messages reach a wide group of stakeholders in a culturally sensitive manner.

Candidate Profile & Qualifications/Skills

  • Advanced degree in animal science, agricultural economics, agriculture or business management;
  • Livestock or agriculture research experience, with a demonstrated record of publications
  • 8-10 Years’ experience in management of agricultural research and/or development projects in developing countries
  • Experience with project monitoring and evaluation systems and tools and results based management
  • Experience in management of partnerships, and good facilitation skills;
  • Good communication skills, and excellent spoken and written English
  • Willingness to travel frequently, sometime to rural settings

Employment Conditions:

This is a position in the Scientific and Management Group Staff (SMG) Cadre with competitive salary and benefits package. The position is initially for three years, and extendable depending on performance of the incumbent will be offered for the right candidate 

How to apply:

Applicants should apply on or before 30th June 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

Visiting Scientist-Entomologist 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, pigeonpea, chickpea, and groundnut in the semi-arid tropics.

AVRDC-The World Vegetable Center is a nonprofit, autonomous international agricultural research and development center with headquarters in Taiwan and regional offices around the globe. AVRDC conducts research and development to contribute to improved incomes and diets in the developing world. AVRDC is seeking an Entomologist, who will be based at its Regional Office in the ICRISAT Campus, Hyderabad, India to work in an ACIAR funded project. This position is open for Indian nationals only.

The job:

  • Conduct laboratory, glasshouse and field experiments on screening for pest resistance/tolerance in legumes
  • Coordinate multi-locational field trials on screening for pest resistance in legumes
  • Data collection and collation and maintenance of databases
  • Preparation of research reports and papers
  • Conduct research work activities as part of a multidisciplinary team

Qualifications and experience:

  • PhD in Entomology or a related field with a good academic record;
  • At least five years of extensive experience in laboratory, glasshouse and field screening for pest resistance;
  • Sound knowledge of experimental designs;
  • Excellent communication and computer skills, with fluency in written and spoken English, and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.

The appointment: The position will be initially for two years with the possibility of extension depending upon work performance, and funding availability. An attractive all-inclusive lump sum compensation will be offered with medical and accidental insurance coverage.

How to Apply: Applicants should apply on or before 30th June,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/Principal Scientist – Markets, Institutions, Nutrition and Diversity

ICRISAT seeks applications for a senior or Principal Research Scientist to lead the Theme – Markets, Institutions, Nutrition and Diversity (MIND) to be based at one of ICRISAT’s regional sites in Africa (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Bamako, Mali; Nairobi, Kenya). The position reports to the Director of the Research Program, Innovation Systems for the Drylands (ISD) which is one of the two global programs that support the three regions where ICRISAT works (South Asia, West and Central Africa, East and Southern Africa). These global programs collaborate with the regional programs to bring further disciplinary depth in applying modern research methodologies, analytical tools, innovative, integrative and systems thinking into the research for development agenda of ICRISAT and its partners.

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.

Job responsibilities:

  • Lead the Theme Markets, Institutions, Nutrition and Diversity (MIND) to undertake and support the institute in designing and implementing high impact and scientifically sound research for development.
  • Act as a thought leader for enhancing and directing the socio-economic research efforts of the Institute in understanding the challenges faced by farmers and communities of the semi-arid tropics and to help develop a coherent research for/in development agenda.
  • Lead research on existing and potential markets and institutions for the commodities grown by the farmers of the semi-arid tropics with special emphasis on overcoming market failure and on finding solutions to the constraints faced by value chain participants.
  • Ensure that gender and nutrition are at the forefront of the Institute’s research for development programs and enable an exploration of pathways of women and youth empowerment in agriculture.
  • Lead, coordinate, review and monitor the research activities of the Research Program, including resource mobilization, annual budgeting, research planning, priority assessment, proposal development, partnership relations, staff evaluation and research reporting.
  • As part of ICRISAT’s broad partnering programs, represent the Institute in engagements within the CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) to ensure mutual benefits to all participants.  

Essential criteria:  

  • PhD in Resource or Agricultural Economics, Development studies or related fields.
  • Work Experience (10+ Years) in the area of agricultural research for development with high quality research outputs including an excellent record of publication in high impact journals.
  • Capacity for strategic thinking about the role of smallholder agriculture and its potential contribution to economic growth and poverty reduction
  • Experience in conducting innovation systems research with multiple stakeholders, including public policy makers, the private sector and agribusiness, to create the enabling environment for profitable and sustainable smallholder agriculture.
  • Demonstrated leadership in one of the key research domains of resource or development economics, market development, institutional arrangements, nutrition and health, and/or gender diversity.
  • Proven capability to manage a research program, including all aspects of project management, building and managing partnerships, fund raising and leading a diverse team.

Desirable criteria:

  • A knowledge of modern approaches to value chain analysis and systems modelling to identify key levers of market supply/demand.
  • Experience in considering the role of governance and institutions in creating successful and equitable development.
  • A deep understanding of how gender and the behavioral aspects of farmer decision making may influence the adoption and scaling up of agricultural interventions.
  • A proven background in using quantitative tools and approaches to minimizing tradeoffs in market orientated opportunities in agriculture.
  • Fluency in a language other than English. The French language would be particularly desirable.

The Reward: This is an internationally recruited staff (IRS) position with an attractive and competitive salary and benefits package payable in US dollars. An attractive compensation will be offered to the right candidate.

How to apply: Applicants should apply on or before 15 July 2016, with a letter of motivation, latest Curriculum Vitae, and names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable of the candidate’s 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. ICRISAT has a flexible approach to international appointments and welcomes dual-career couples.

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 French and English is required.

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: 10th July 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.

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