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Specialist - Agriculture Research & Development (Seed Expert)

Posted by: International Rice Research Institute

Posted date: Nov-16-2018

Location: India

 
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

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

Purpose

  • Develop and implement the relevant research to optimize processes that would facilitate the delivery and adoption of stress tolerant varieties in the field of seed upscaling and dissemination
  • Identify strategies for seed distribution to meet the project goals
  • To organize varietal trials, evaluations and consolidate performance related data to help for  varietal development and promotion
  • Provide guidance and useful information in planning, designing, data collection and analysis to ensure that progress and impact are efficiently tracked
  • Analyze, pilot and incubate seed business models linking farmers to markets and improve farmers access to critical inputs of information, services and products in order to increase farmer incomes
  • Synchronize supply and demand by coordinating resources and ensuring that the production plan by private and public seed sectors are the same
  • Promote STRVs through innovative multiple partnerships to ensure seed sustainability

Engagement

  • Collaborate with Research and Development statutory bodies, government institutions, seed actors in North East India, particularly Assam, for the production and distribution of quality seed of new rice varieties and related knowledge, with emphasis on those adapted to less favorable areas
  • Secure and support networks of partners involved in production of different classes of the seed, out-scaling and marketing, including public and private sector institutions/companies, associations and extension systems.
  • Align with Monitoring and Evaluation and other concerned teams to ensure timely and periodic assessment of performance, efficiency and impact of Assam and related projects.

Delivery

  • Deliver seed road maps for newly released stress tolerant rice varieties and strategies for multiplication of different classes of the seed and rapid out scaling and implementation with NARES partners 
  • Recommend new approaches and strategies to scale up the use of new varieties in eastern India particularly Assam in a sustainable way 
  • Organize an effective process for documenting seed production and distribution through formal and informal seed systems in north east India with an emphasis to Assam.
  • Monitor, documents and assess impact for sustainability models for seed production and delivery 

 

 

Qualifications

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

Skills Required

Mandatory

  • Excellent skills in project management tools
  • Strategic planning and time management
  • Good knowledge of agriculture practices in India, specifically in North East
  • Experience in seed production, marketing, processing and postharvest management
  • Willingness to work in a wide range of project activities and be able to manage competing priorities
  • Knowledge on laying out varietal trials and evaluation methods and approaches
  • Strong English Communication
  • Proficient in computer applications such as MS Office
  • Willingness to travel extensively

Preferred

  • Has some experience with providing training on farming techniques

Allowances

  • House-Rent Allowance: IRRI provides a house rent allowance of 40% of base pay per month.
  • Transport Allowance: A monthly transport allowance is provided to NRS as below: NRS L5: INR 4,000
  • Dearness Allowance: One Hundred and Thirteen percent (113%) of employee’s base pay.
  • Leave Travel Allowance (LTA): One-month base pay per annum, on availing minimum 2 days of vacation leave
  • Education Allowance: INR 1000/- per child per month (limited 2 children)

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.

Job Title Specialist - Agriculture Research & Development (Seed Expert)
Post Details
Email b.lukhar(at)irri.org
Employer's Website irri.org
Category
Job Discipline Job Discipline -> Other
Job Classification Job Classification -> Specialist
Job Type Job Type -> Full-time
Location India
Key Words Collaborate with Research and Development statutory bodies, government institutions, seed actors in North East India, particularly in Assam, Deliver seed roadmaps for newly released stress tolerant rice varieties and strategies for seed multiplication and
Start Date November -5-2018
Salary 35700 - 74300 INR per Month
Deadline Nov-30-2018