06
Sep

Scientist – Agrobiodiveristy and Ecosystem Services

ICRISAT seeks applications from Indian Nationals for the position of Scientist – Agrobiodiversity and Ecosystem Services. The position reports to Senior Scientist and Country Representative, Bioversity International and will based at Bioversity International Office in Bangalore, India. 

Bioversity International is a global research-for-development organization. With a vision – that agricultural biodiversity nourishes people and sustains the planet. Delivers scientific evidence, management practices and policy options to use and safeguard agricultural biodiversity to attain sustainable global food and nutrition security. Works with partners in low-income countries in different regions where agricultural biodiversity can contribute to improved nutrition, resilience, productivity and climate change adaptation. Bioversity International is a member of the CGIAR Consortium – a global research partnership for a food secure future.

For further information on Bioversity International, consult the Web page at www.bioversityinternational.org.

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. 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 of the CGIAR Consortium. For more details, see www.icrisat.org.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct and coordinate participatory and formal research on the use and conservation of agricultural biodiversity and evaluate ecosystem services in different agroecosystems of the region
  • Organize, supervise, and participate in the implementation of field activities related to ecosystem services contributing to sustainable agrobiodiversity management in agricultural and related landscapes
  • Develop farmers’ experimental and innovation networks across relevant project sites and coordinate related logistical support activities
  • Plan and carry out research to identify and test interventions to enhance the contribution of agricultural biodiversity to agricultural systems and farmer livelihoods through risk management and improved resource use
  • Oversee and monitor data gathering and data entry into databases and carry out
  • Conduct  statistical analysis such as ANOVA, Correlation and regression (both linear and non-linear), and application of ecological models
  • Develop and manage budgets for to support timely completion of research tasks
  • Develop and maintain effective relations with national partners, including from research institutes, NGOs, local institutions, communities, and farmers to implement project activities in a proactive way
  • Prepare technical reports and coordinate the compilation of financial reports and ensure their timely submission
  • Develop and implement capacity building initiatives for national partners including building and strengthening capacities in research methodologies and protocols towards the implementation of project activities
  • Author/co-author and publish articles in peer-reviewed international and regional technical journals related to research results
  • Contribute to other tasks as required and assigned 

Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in biological, environmental or agricultural sciences with specialization in pollination ecology and climate change
  • At least 5 years relevant experience, including experience in field work, with strong farmer interactions, particularly in implementing surveys and interacting with households and other actors at the community level
  • Experience in participatory research methods
  • Experience in design and pre-test of field tools for both quantitative and qualitative assessment.
  • Knowledge of basic statistical methods and tools
  • Experience curating and managing large and complex databases
  • Publication record in peer-reviewed international journals

Competencies:

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and team work skills including the ability to effectively interact with people at all levels
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment
  • Fluency in English and local language to interact with farmers and communities across project sites
  • Knowledge of additional local languages will be highly desirable.
  • Strong analytical and synthesizing skills including the ability to write clear and concise scientific documents and research proposals

General:

This is a Scientific and Managerial Group (SMG) position for two years, renewable based on the performance of the incumbent and the institute’s continuing need for the position. 

How to apply:

Applicants should apply on or before 19 September 2018, with 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

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