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Specialist - Agriculture Research & Development (Seed Expert)Posted by: International Rice Research Institute
Posted date: Nov-16-2018
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.
The World Bank supported APART project is aim to increasing productivity and profitability of small and marginal farmers in rice-based cropping systems and facilitate agri-business investments, market access, and enable smallholder farmers and agro-entrepreneurs to produce crops resilient to recurrent floods or droughts in 16 districts of Assam. The incumbent will assist in developing work plan and facilitate the execution of planned activities in close coordination with Assam Agriculture University, Department of Agriculture and other stakeholders. S/he will be representing IRRI at various platforms within project region for knowledge sharing on key sustainable intensification technologies/interventions related to the project.
Under minimum supervision of IRRI Lead, Seed System and Senior Associate Scientist II and Resident Programme Coordinator, the incumbent will oversee the development activities of the seed project by providing guidance for proper planning, designing, data collection and analysis and information dissemination ensuring that progress and impact are efficiently tracked. Collaborate with Research and Development statutory bodies, government institutions, seed actors in North East India, particularly in Assam, for the sustainable production and delivery of new rice varieties and related knowledge with emphasis on those adapted to less favorable areas. Deliver seed roadmaps for newly released stress tolerant rice varieties and strategies for seed multiplication and rapid out scaling and implementation with NARES partners.
This position will be based out of the IRRI India Office at Guwahati in Assam, India and may only be filled by permanent citizens of India.
Roles and Responsibilities
PhD in Plant Breeding with at least 1 year of relevant work experience in seed sector, or;
Master’s degree in Plant Breeding discipline with at least 5 years of experience in working in seed or relevant sector
In addition to these allowances, we offer a highly extensive employee benefits package inclusive of globally-covered medical insurance, retirement plan, life and accident insurance. Join our team and be part of our story!
Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.