Cropping Systems Agronomist : Detail
Fri, 03 Dec 2010
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About the Company
- Company: An I/NGO
- Industry: I/ NGO
- Agriculture + Livestock
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- Ph.D. / Doctorate
Detailed Job Description / Requirements
CROPPING SYSTEMS AGRONOMIST The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) invites applications for the position of Cropping Systems Agronomist within the Global Conservation Agriculture Program. This is a nationally recruited position at the Post-Doctoral Scientist level and will be based in Chitwan, Nepal. Frequent travel to other hill districts will be required. The position is for a fixed-term contract of two years, subject to the continued disbursement of approved funds, after which further employment is subject to performance and availability of funds. The selected candidate will engage in the following activities: • Under the guidance and in collaboration with senior CIMMYT staff, develop an applied research and outreach program for maize-based cropping systems in selected hill districts of Nepal that builds on the principles of conservation agriculture (CA). • Work closely with CIMMYT staff and partners in ongoing cropping systems research for development programs in South Asia. • Help develop innovation systems focused on the adaptation of CA practices and equipment to the circumstances of small-scale, resource-constrained farmers. • Communicate research results to diverse communities, including scientists, change agents, policy makers and farmers. • Provide practical training to local researchers and extension agents on the efficient management of agronomic research programs and on the principles and practice of CA-based systems. • We are seeking candidates with the following qualifications, skills, characteristics and interests: • Ph.D. in Agronomy, Soil Science or a closely related field. • Considerable practical agricultural research experience, including with participatory on-farm methodologies. • Record of high quality scientific publications and experience in translating research results into extension bulletins and other training materials • Computer literacy, with proficiency in common software packages (communications, data management, data analysis). • Experience with simulation models. • Proficiency in the English language. • Ability and desire to work on multi-disciplinary teams. • Capacity to thrive in a fast-paced setting and effectively manage, several tasks simultaneously. • Willingness to spend considerable time away from home, • Commitment to advances in farm productivity and poverty reduction in the developing world. CIMMYT (www.cimmyt.org) is an internationally funded, nonprofit, scientific research, training and development organization dedicated to improving the nutrition, food security and livelihoods of the world's poor. CIMMYT is a global leader in maize and wheat germplasm preservation, trait discovery, crop variety enhancement, cropping systems improvement and socio-economic analysis for the developing world. The Center has an annual budget of US$45 million and a staff of 600, including 80 internationally recruited staff. Our headquarters and four research stations are located in Mexico and we have regional centers and offices in 12 other countries, especially in eastern and southern Africa. Rapid growth is occurring in South and East Asia. CIMMYT is an equal-opportunity employer and strives for staff diversity in gender and ethnicity. The application deadline for this position is the close of business on December 3, 2010. Please send via e-mail your letter of application, CV (including full contact information), and names and contact information of three references to: Dr. Andrew McDonald CIMMYT-Nepal (Subject line in e-mail: IFAD-Maize project) Email: email@example.com For further information contact: Dr. Andrew McDonald Email: A. McDonald@cgiar.org Regional Cropping Systems Agronomist Or, Dr. Patrick Wall, Director Global Conservation Agriculture Program Email: P.Wall@cgiar.org Note: Published in the Kathmandu Post Daily Date: 12/11/2010