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Junior Researcher - Agriculture Extension

Posted by: IRRI

Posted date: Mar-26-2019

Location: Dhubri in 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 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.

Under the general supervision of Specialist - Agriculture Research & Development (Agriculture Extension) and Senior Associate Scientist II & Resident Programme Coordinator, the incumbent will assist in conducting and facilitating field activities under different project objectives. Organise data collection, coordination of 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. Assist in preparation and submission of reports.

This position will be based at Dhubri in 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 field activities of the project including organizing data collection by using appropriate and recommended tools
  • Assist in planning and organizing practical demonstrations, traveling seminars, interaction and feedback sessions, field days on different agricultural technologies and seed systems, GIS activities in collaboration with different stakeholders
  • Troubleshooting and assist service providers and progressive farmers through hands-on training for extension of technologies
  • Coordinate with the AAU project field staff, collaborators, enumerators/ contract workers on a day to day activities and guide as necessary to ensure quality standards
  • Coordinate with district agricultural officers, KVK scientists on a day to day activities and mutual activities
  • Monitor pests and diseases and make timely requests for treatments in consultation with specialists
  • Assist implementing partners for effective implementation of project activities
  • Support in preparing  presentations, technical literature, and reports


  • Meet with supervisor/project leaders/collaborators to update on the work done
  • Engagement with various stakeholders including AAU project field staff, KVKs, NGOs, Public, private sectors, suppliers, service providers, seed producers, etc.
  • Other subject project leads, subject matter experts for field experiments and data collection


  • Convert encoded data into the database
  • Contribute to the development of training materials and news letters
  • Preparation and submission of relevant reports to the supervisor


Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture or Agriculture Engineering with a minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience in seed systems, crop management, agronomy, mechanization, post-harvest, capacity building, pest disease in a project related to agriculture extension and research Or Master’s degree in Agricultural Science

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 2000/- is provided to NRS L3
  • 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 Researcher - Agriculture Extension
Post Details
Email shashidebora(at)gmail.com
Employer's Website irri.org
Job Discipline Job Discipline -> Other
Job Classification Job Classification -> Research Associate
Job Type Job Type -> Full-time
Location Dhubri in Assam
Key Words Data Collection, Field Demonstrations, Crop Monitoring
Start Date 1 May 2019
Salary 16400 - 34000 INR per Month
Deadline Apr-11-2019