Specialist - Agriculture Research & Development (Post Harvest & Rice Value Chain)
Posted by: IRRI
Posted date: Mar-26-2019
Location: Jorhat, Assam
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 aims to increase 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.
Under the general supervision of the Senior Specialist - Agricultural Research and Development (Post Harvest & Rice Value Chain) and Senior Associate Scientist II cum Resident Project Coordinator Assam/IRRI Scientists, this position will provide technical assistance to identify and assess improved post-harvest, value chain, and mechanization options and improve income of farmers and other actors in cereal crops (rice, wheat, maize). The incumbent will assist in developing the work plan and get involved in 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 the project region for awareness creation and knowledge sharing on key sustainable intensification technologies/interventions related to the project. The assignment includes working at the field with farmer groups, agro machinery fabricators, service providers, and processors; test/operate machines; train NGO’s and community based organizations at the grass roots level and awareness creation to support research and extension outreach.
This position will be based at the IRRI Hub Office at Jorhat, Assam in India and will only be filled by permanent citizens of India.
Current IRRI staff are encouraged to apply and will be prioritized.
Roles and Responsibilities
Assess and recommend improved options of post-harvest, rice value chain and agro-machinery practices used for different operations in rice based systems for Assam
Identify possible sources of agro and post-harvest machinery supply, fabrication of components and after sales services and maintenance.
Plan for service test and adapt machinery to suit local conditions of farmers and other actors
Independently lead on promotion of verified technologies for adoption by farmers, contract service providers, and other actors
Independently coordinate field activities and training on post-harvest management and mechanization, and exposure visits for extension officers, service providers and farmers within and outside state.
Develop close linkages with stakeholders including project partners, farmer organizations, NGOs, Community organization, service providers, distributors, suppliers, etc.
Report writing, preparation of technical literature, success stories, training materials and publish articles in magazines and journals.
Demonstrate improved post-harvest options for safe operation, proper maintenance and inculcate best practices of using machines
Planning and implementation of capacity building of NARES partners on improved post-harvest options
Designing and developing of training module and product promotional material
Plan and organize exposure visits and training for research/extension officials, farmers, NGOs, contract service providers within and outside the state
Organize/facilitate farmers’ field days, farmers fair and demonstration of equipment and machinery
Provide support to local partners in developing plans for disseminating technologies and best management practices
Oversee, review and analyse collected and compiled data on field operations, training, source and suitability of equipment/machinery, etc for submission to supervisor
Efficient documentation of field activities, visits, training, and learning activities regularly
Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering or related field with minimum 2 years of relevant experience in working on machinery and post-harvest practices, including rice value chain; Or Master’s degree in Agriculture Engineering
Hands-on experience working with fabrication, service, and repair of agri-machinery
Basic ability to read and work with engineering drawings
Strong interpersonal and written and oral communication skills
Team player, able to organize work independently
Data analysis and report writing
Experience of working with fabricators, service providers and farmer groups to test, demonstrate and train farmers and other value chain actors
House-Rent Allowance:IRRI provides a house rent allowance of 40% of base pay per month.
Transport Allowance:A monthly transport allowance of INR 4000/- is provided to NRS L5
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.