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Junior Specialist - Plant Protection

Posted by: IRRI

Posted date: Mar-26-2019

Location: Guwahati, Assam

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 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 Senior Associate Scientist II & Resident Programme Coordinator, the incumbent will be responsible for supporting with monitoring field activities and integrated pest and disease management in crops under different project objectives. Organize a collection of data, coordinate transfer of knowledge through different means, including training, demonstrations, and exposure visits. Work closely with AAU project field staff, KVKs, ATMA, district administration, and other stakeholders including CG centers for achieving agreed project milestones. Monitor the performance of all programs, prepare and submit reports.

This position will be based at the IRRI Hub Office at Guwahati, 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


  • Support in organizing field demonstrations, traveling seminars, interaction and feedback sessions, field days in collaboration with different stakeholders
  • Assist in developing and implementing appropriate methods for all pest and disease management
  • Organize data collection by using appropriate and recommended tools
  • Document progress and impact of demonstrated technologies in the field and help in report and technical materials preparation
  • Promote participatory approaches in IPM for farmers to learn, test, select and implement “best-bet” IPM options to reduce losses due to pests, diseases, and weeds.


  • Engagement with various stakeholders includes AAU led field staff, KVKs, NGOs, Public, private sectors, suppliers, service providers, seed producers,
  • Coordinate with district agricultural officers, KVK scientists on a day to day activities and mutual activities
  • Other subject project leads, subject matter experts for field experiments and data collection


  • Coordinate with AAU project field staff, collaborators, enumerators/ contract workers to manage field activities
  • and guide as necessary to ensure quality standards
  • Identify the cause and severity of all fungal and bacterial infestations on field crops.
  • Monitor &analyze nature, the cause of plant diseases and determine symptoms of the diseased condition and recommend control measure
  • Support in conducting study to determine the losses due to pest/disease infestation and develop practices to prevent or reduce losses
  • Troubleshooting and assisting service providers and progressive farmers through hands-on training on IP&DM
  • Provide assistance to the project team and partners to resolve all issues related to plant protection for all sites.
  • Assist implementing partners for effective implementation of project activities
  • Prepare presentations and reports
  • Convert encoded data into the database
  • Contribute to the development of training materials and news letters


Master’s degree in Agricultural Science with specialization in plant pathology or Entomology with a minimum of 2 year of relevant work experience in plant protection, IPM, and crop management in a project related to agriculture extension and research Or PhD in Plant Pathology or Entomology

Skills Required


  • Has Basic knowledge of MS Office and related software
  • Has a working knowledge of sophisticated equipment and processes for its efficient use
  • Has some knowledge of the latest techniques on rice farming
  • Is able to be active with associates in field condition, to work independently and with little guidance
  • Has some experience with monitoring and documentation of fields activities


  • Has some experience with providing training on farming techniques


  • 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 L4
  • 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 Junior Specialist - Plant Protection
Post Details
Email shashidebora(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 Guwahati, Assam
Key Words Pest Management, Data Collection, Disease Management
Start Date 1 May 2019
Salary 23800 - 49400 INR per Month
Deadline Apr-10-2019