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Specialist - GIS & Remote Sensing

Posted by: International Rice Research Institute

Posted date: Nov-29-2018

Location: Bhubaneswar

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

IRRI India is implementing a livelihood security project in the State of Odisha funded by the Indian Government. The program is composed of 5 individual project interventions with different components to be implemented in 30 districts with an estimated budget of USD 12 million in 5 years. Each component is an intervention that will assist in enhancing rice productivity of Odisha State. The first component will focus on strengthening seed systems of stress tolerant rice varieties through innovative demonstration & extension approaches; the second component will validate and develop extrapolation domain mapping methodology to identify the suitability of rice base cropping systems in underutilized stress prone rice fallows areas’ of the state; the third project component intends to increase profitability and productivity by introducing the Rice Crop Manager software; the fourth component will help increase rice productivity through innovative extension methods, creating knowledge management banks, fostering partnerships and capacity building of target partners; and the fifth component will assist in reducing risk of production by working with key stakeholders in developing crop insurance for farmers considering affordability and economic viability. This component introduces the Satellite Remote-Sensing Based Rice Monitoring System to assess the loss during natural calamities. Each project component contributes to the overall goal to increase the productivity of rice-based cropping systems and farmers’ income in Odisha.

Under the supervision of Scientist - GIS and Remote Sensing, this position will manage the delivery of project objectives in Component 2 (Targeting rice fallows: a cropping system based extrapolation domain approach (GIS)) related to technology targeting ensuring that project goals, objectives and outcomes are achieved and delivered within the duration of the project. Provide technical advice to other project components related to his/her expertise (Soil Quality and Water Management) when necessary.

This position will be based out of the IRRI India Office at Bhubaneswar in Odisha, India, and may only be filled by permanent citizens of India.

Roles and Responsibilities


  • Contribute to the development, testing and validation of innovative remote sensing based methods (using SAR, thermal, multi spectral remote sensing sensors) to identify rice based cropping systems and management practices
  • Evaluate, identify and characterize rice fallow, stress prone areas (flood, drought and salinity)
  • Evaluate the research findings, and contribute to the writing of reports, research papers and other communication material


  • Collaborate with internal/external key research partner(s) including government, local NGOs, local farmer groups, and universities to create best suitable management pathway(s).
  • Assist project leaders and/or collaborating partners to define the scope of research activities and harmonize the undertakings of the team(s) assigned in districts.
  • Establish and maintain linkages with local government unit, partners, farmer groups, and universities to ensure smooth execution of field activities and work plan.


  • Recommend interventions to resolve technical errors for successful completion of the research study
  • Supervise the implementation of data management to guarantee quality data, data back up and data integrity
  • Review existing course of actions, and provide suggestions in the development work plans, milestones and implementation of research activities
  • Prepare and assure quality of project reports and papers for presentation at policy and academic forums
  • PhD Degree in Remote Sensing, GIS, Geography, Environmental Science and other related discipline with 1-year relevant experience in Remote Sensing and GIS; or,
  • Master Degree in Remote Sensing, Geography, Environmental Science, or other related discipline with 2 years’ relevant work experience of application of Remote Sensing and GIS in agriculture; or,
  • Master Degree in agriculture or allied sciences with minimum 10 months
Skills Required


  • Has extensive proven technical proficiency in remote sensing and GIS with proven skills in vegetation phenology, irrigated area mapping, land use and land cover change, climate change, ecological interactions and database management; integrated productivity analysis using physical (soil, water and climate) and farmer databases
  • Has good working knowledge of remote sensing and GIS software (ARCGIS, ERDAS, ENVI, Geomatica), Database management and Computer Languages


  • Experience of any of one statistical and scientific data analysis software - Matlab, SAS, SPSS, SPAD, and SWAT


  • 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 - GIS & Remote Sensing
Post Details
Email sandy7shashi(at)gmail.com
Employer's Website irri.org
Job Discipline Job Discipline -> Other
Job Classification Job Classification -> Specialist
Job Type Job Type -> Full-time
Location Bhubaneswar
Key Words this position will manage the delivery of project objectives in Component 2 (Targeting rice fallows: a cropping system based extrapolation domain approach (GIS)) related to technology targeting ensuring that project goals, objectives and outcomes are achi
Start Date 29 November 2018
Salary 35700 - 74300 INR per Month
Deadline Dec-16-2018