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Senior Specialist - GIS & Remote Sensing

Posted by: International Rice Research Institute

Posted date: May-02-2018

Location: Guntur/Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh

About IRRI

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is the world’s premier research organization dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger through rice science; improving the health and welfare of rice farmers and consumers; and protecting the rice-growing environment for future generations. IRRI is an independent, nonprofit, research and educational institute, founded in 1960 by the Ford and Rockefeller foundations with support from the Philippine government. The institute, headquartered in Los Baños, Philippines, has offices in 17 rice-growing countries in Asia and Africa, and over 1,000 staff.

Working with in-country partners, IRRI develops advanced rice varieties that yield more grain and better withstand pests and disease as well as flooding, drought, and other harmful effects of climate change.

Job Purpose

In collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Acharya Nayukulu Gogineni Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU), and sarmap, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)  is establishing a satellite-based rice monitoring system (SRMS) for the state of Andhra Pradesh for the purpose of (i) facilitating regular crop condition updates to promote greater market stabilisation and improved food security, (ii) strengthening the preparedness of the state government to respond to flood, drought, cyclone and other natural disasters affecting rice production in the state by supporting policy planning and relief effort,  and (iii) improving efficiency of the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana(PMFBY) crop insurance schemes for rice farmers in Andhra Pradesh. For effective establishment and application of the SRMS, dedicated effort must be made to collect and analyze high quality in-situ data for parameters calibration and for products verification and validation. Likewise, provision and processing of secondary data is critical for the system to capture locally relevant land use information. This position will coordinate in-situ data gathering and secondary data gathering for the project and data processing for products generation. The Specialist will participate and overseas data collection, cleaning, and quality control focusing on data use for GIS and remote-sensing applications.  The incumbent will work closely with the supervisor (Scientist, Crop Modeller) in capacity building activities to equip NARES partners with remote-sensing and GIS technology to generate and adapt and make use of rice information products to achieve project goals on food security, resilient, and crop insurance.

This position will be based at Guntur/Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.

Current IRRI staff are encouraged to apply and will be prioritized.

Roles and Responsibilities

Purpose

  • Manage data collection activites by the local team  and verify the quality of field data for remote-sensing products calibration and validation
  • Review and Organize GIS data input and output and synthesize rice monitoring observation on a regular and systematic basis
  • Recommend application of findings to help prioritize, guide and identify future research for development needs
  • Contribute in publishing research papers in international peer-reviewed journals.

Engagement

Establish, coordinate and maintain linkages with project team members, local government, partners, farmer groups and universities to ensure smooth execution of field activities and work plan;

Delivery

  • Supervise the collection of data to guarantee quality data, data back up and data integrity;
  • Manage direct reports, develop work plan, set milestones and supervise the implementation of research activities;
  • Review and monitor monthly and annual financial reports;
  • Prepare and assure quality of project reports and papers for presentation at policy and academic forums and publication in the impact peer review journals
Qualifications

Master Degree in Agronomy, Soil Science or other related discipline with at least 3  years relevant work experience in GIS and remote-sensing; or

Recent PhD in Agronomy, Soil Science, and other related discipline with relevant experience in GIS and remote-sensing- at least 1 year experience

Skills Required

Mandatory

  • Has extensive proven technical proficiency in GIS and remote-sensing
  • Has experience in writing research papers and/or reports
  • Has excellent analytical  and computer kills
  • Has experience with implementing data management tools
  • Has experience with  Quality assurance
  • Has experience leading/supervising a team
  • Has excellent written and communication skills
  • Excellent verbal and written English language skills

Preferred

  • Has experience in Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) remote-sensing
  • Has knowledge on equal opportunity, cultural, and gender diversity
  • Has knowledge on occupational health and safety
  • Can speak local language - Telegu

Allowances

House-Rent Allowance IRRI provides a house rent allowance of 40% of base pay per month.
Transport Allowance A monthly transport allowances are provided to NRS as follows:
Job Level 6-7: INR 5,000
Dearness Allowance One hundred and thirteen percent (113 %) of employee’s base pay
Leave Travel Allowance (LTA) One month base pay per annum1, on availing minimum 2 days of annual/home leave
Education Allowance INR 1,000/- per child per month

To Apply

Please visit:

http://irri.org/talentlink/details.html?id=Q7LFK026203F3VBQB79QWQWAS&nP ostingID=902&nPostingTargetID=1727&mask= irriext&lg=EN
 
Job Title Senior Specialist - GIS & Remote Sensing
Post Details
Email n.tokas(at)irri.org
Employer's Website http://
Category
Job Discipline Job Discipline -> Geoscience
Job Classification Job Classification -> Senior Scientist
Job Type Job Type -> Full-time
Location Guntur/Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
Key Words GIS & Remote Sensing
Start Date 02/05/2018
Salary 49700 - 103300 INR Per month
Deadline May-16-2018