Senior Associate Scientist II - Programme Coordinator
Posted by: International Rice Research Institute
Posted date: Jun-27-2018
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.
With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and U.S. Agency for International Development, the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) has worked as an eco-regional initiative to support agricultural development in South Asia since 2009. CSISA’s aim is to use sustainable intensification technologies and management practices to enhance the productivity of cereal-based cropping systems, increase farm incomes, and reduce agriculture’s environmental footprint. By engaging with a network of partners, CSISA is built on the premise that transformative development typically requires not one single change, but the orchestration of several. CSISA in year 3 onwards proposes to continue the strong emphasis on ensuring that partners in the public and private sector are better poised to contribute to change on a sustaining basis by addressing areas of systemic weakness.
Under the minimal direction of the Senior Scientist I (IRRI CSISA Coordinator), manage the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) project activities at various locations across India ]. The incumbent will strategically lead and plan for implementation and monitoring of CSISA project activities to achieve the overall project goal. S/he will work with the hub teams for developing the annual work plans and monitor the implementation and finalize reports for submission to various stakeholders, sustain existing partnerships and create new associations. S/he will explore a better integration of agronomic research and development within broader topics of high relevance to donors (e.g. gender issues, climate change etc) in view of future proposals.
Roles and Responsibilities
Lead, plan on implementation & monitoring of CSISA project activities to achieve the overall project goal and agreed milestones
Develop & Review annual work and budget plans based on program objectives to define team activities, plan specific outputs in coordination with the program management unit
Act as the Operational Head for CSISA project staff in Odisha and other IRRI CSISA staff based at various locations in India to manage operational activities across sites
Develop,oversee implementation of agreed objectives, outputs & time lines as reflected in approved impact pathway and result framework documents
Manage, monitor expenditures. Liaise with IRRI financial office to ensure adequate financial reporting that operations follow the principle of full cost recovery.
Coordinate activities to conduct participatory science, technology evaluations and research across various CSISA sites, especially with KVKs in India.
Help to conceptualize, build a dynamic advisory and intelligence systems related to decision agronomy in collaboration with partners including state departments.
Manage, guide implementation of research support activities to ensure timely data collection, management, analysis, dissemination of result and information.
Finalize reports for submission to supervisor and stakeholders and technical literature to disseminate results.
Ensure oversight of risks and mitigation strategies to ensure delivery of the Project in line with agreed objectives.
Develop and maintain partnerships with various stakeholders including NARES partners, CSISA project staff in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal (CIMMYT, IFPRI, and IRRI), and CSISA management to implement activities to meet the agreed CSISA project outputs and time lines
Engagement with public, civil & private sectors for development and delivery of technologies for improved cereal production
Coordinate with collaborators and partners regarding implementation of CSISA
Participate in Institute wide activities and represent IRRI at various meetings or events
Organize and coordinate workshops, conferences and training (national and international) for CSISA capacity building of partners
Collaborate within country partners and IRRI team including objective leaders, and other scientists to achieve project milestones
Oversight of the Project in liaison with IRRI India and HQ finance to ensure compliance
Identify, develop & implement models & tools for promoting modern system intensification technologies/interventions
Organize & coordinate workshops, conferences, training (national and international) & exposure visits for capacity building of partners
Manage implementation of communication strategies & promote dissemination of project findings through workshops & popular communication channels
Publish & contribute to articles in peer-reviewed journals/digests that highlight findings from research and experiment activities showcasing scientific leadership
Contribute to development of training modules and outreach materials for rice and rice-based cropping systems in southern and eastern India
Identification & creation of new associations and investment opportunities
Ensure risk management & control
PhD in Agronomy/ Soil Science and a minimum 8 years of experience in working on crop and natural resource management, precision agronomy, alternative crop establishment methods, and related mechanization. Knowledge of use of advanced statistical tools and programs such as use of R for exploratory data analysis and regression; geo-statistics with R/gstat (variograms, kriging); spatial regression; CART and Random Forests, etc.
Has experience in managing a team or unit
Has experience in developing strategies
Has strong collaboration skills and has experience in creating long term partnerships including investment opportunities
Has excellent leadership skills
Has excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
Has management skills for implementing complex projects at national level
Has strong report and paper / manuscript writing skills
Knowledge of advanced statistical tools and programs including use of R for exploratory data analysis and regression and CART and Random forest, etc.
Has worked in an international organization
House Rent Allowance
IRRI provides a house rent allowance of 40% of base pay per month.
A monthly transport allowances are provided to NRS as follows:
· Job level 8: INR 10,000
One hundred and thirteen percent (113 %) of employee’s base pay
Leave Travel Allowance
One month base pay per annum1 on availing minimum 2 days of annual/vacation leave
INR 1,000/- per child per month (limited to 2 children