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Researcher Vacancy

IITA-TZ-2021 – IRRI-004 -NRS- DAKAWA -MOROGORO
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) on behalf of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) invites applications for the position of Researcher.

Background: The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is a nonprofit independent research and training organization. IRRI is a member of the Consultative Group of International Agricultural research (CGIAR) Consortium. IRRI develops and promotes new rice technologies such as high yielding varieties, climate and stress resilient varieties and technologies that offer the promise of increased productivity with optimum resources and hence ensure the welfare of farmers.

Duty Station: The position will be based Dakawa – Morogoro, Tanzania.
Criteria for Success / Qualifications
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture
    Minimum 2 years of relevant work experience in plant breeding

Skills and knowledge
    Familiarity with quality control tools
    Proven technical proficiency in conducting research experiments preferably in the field
    Strong analytical skills
    Strong oral and written communication skills
    Strong organizational and interpersonal skills

Responsibilities
    Plan the implementation of routine experiment(s) in the field of Plant Breeding to support projects goals of the Organizational Unit’s (OU’s) research objectives related to breeding
    Coordinate with collaborators on their research activities as required
    Plan the support/manpower needed and set up work schedule
    Prepare the material and equipment needed based on research outline provided
    Assist in applying methods/techniques that guarantee the success of the experiments
    Assist in supervising the implementation of experiments in the field of Plant Breeding
    Oversee the work of research technician and/or contract workers to ensure that research activities are implemented according to plan and specific standards
    Coordinate with collaborating OUs the timely supply of material needed
    Contribute to the preservation of research areas and direct the maintenance of technical equipment (repair and replacement)
    Collect and analyze research data in the field of Plant Breeding
    Collect and process data to its required form
    Identify inconsistencies in the data collection and/or missing information
    Carry out graphical and basic statistical data analysis
    Update database for storage and retrieval of information/data
    Contribute to the preparation of reports and publications, and presentations in the field of Plant Breeding
    Provide appropriate data and information about experiment(s)
    Contribute to manuscripts/write —ups for annual reports and publications in referred journals as well as presentation/posters for national and international conference
    Support the training of scholars, partners and on-the-job trainees as required Act as resource person for training courses and visitors

People Management
    Supervise the work of Research Technicians
    Provide feedback on performance of Research Technician to immediate supervisor
    Assist Students and Trainees
    7 Perform any other duties as assigned by Supervisor from time to time

General information:
The duration of contract for the position is two years. This is a nationally recruited position and IITA offers a competitive remuneration package.


Seed Systems Specialist


IITA-TZ-2021 – IRRI-003 -NRS-M0R0G0R0

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) on behalf of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) invites applications for the position of Seed Systems Specialist

Duty Station: The position will be based Morogoro, Tanzania.
Criteria for Success / Qualifications
    Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture/ Agri business/Rural development with minimum 4 years of relevant work experience around agriculture extension, rural livelihoods, sustainable agriculture/development and project management.
    Master’s degree in Agriculture/ Agri business/Rural development with minimum 2 years of relevant work experience around agriculture extension, rural livelihoods, sustainable agriculture/development and project management.

Skills and knowledge mandatory
    Knowledge and extensive experience in the field of agriculture extension, agri-business planning, rural development
    Strong oral and written communication skills and scientific documentary skills
    Strong organization and interpersonal skills
    Experience of working with government stakeholders (Ministries, nationals partners)
    Experience of extensively working with and managing partners
    Experience with gender and rural development approaches
    Experience on data analysis and relevant statistical tools Preferred
    Working experience in stakeholder management, development research, and applied agri-economics
    Work experience with international organizations
    Good understanding of rural livelihood systems

Responsibilities

Purpose

    Monitor and manage the strategic collaboration around seed systems and extension research. Conceptualize, design, execute collaborative research to evaluate and improve good quality seed demand creation approaches across various regions in Tanzania
    Promote, manage various rural development and innovation models around extension/seed systems/climate smart technologies engaging various institutions, change agents and stakeholders
    Identify gender- and market-responsive seed systems interventions and extension approaches for enhancing livelihoods, including demonstration of new varieties to generate demand and capacity building of local institutions
    Recommend approaches for promoting seed entrepreneurship amongst women and youth and their collectives
    Design, manage and monitor research activities including necessary protocols, research tools, data collection, analysis and interpretation
    Establish and promote strategic partnership, innovation forums and partner management for key projects

Engagement
    Consult and collaborate with NARES/ Govt and non-Govt extension agencies, and private sector partners for strengthening seed systems and extension research and new approaches in seed and delivery systems
    Work closely with partners, facilitators, enumerators for executing surveys and various research-oriented interventions
    Collaborate with NGOs, Community based institutions, women’s groups for innovation in extension approaches, gender-responsive interventions and piloting seed entrepreneurship models
    Engage with knowledge agencies, training institutions and experts for stakeholder capacity building and strengthening partnership
    Monitor and manage field technical staff for strengthening outreach programs, monitoring, evaluation, action research and experiments

Delivery
    Research studies designed, managed, analyzed and interpreted
    Documentation of research findings including data collection, analyses and reporting, measured outcomes, impacts
    Technical literature and publication in scientific joumals/websites
    Knowledge and communication products including website, blogs, newsletters, etc
    Various extension models and interventions for farmers, women farmers and key stakeholders executed, monitored and evaluated
    Contribute to the development of concept notes and projects for funding or technical collaborations for research and development jointly with relevant IRRI staff
    Develop and contribute towards documentary outputs like knowledge products and research document/ publications/scientific writing/policy briefs

General Information:
The duration of contract for the position is two years. This is a nationally recruited position and IITA offers a competitive remuneration package.

Applications:
    Applications including curriculum vitae, copies of certificates, telephone number, email address, and names and addresses of two referees should be sent to the Country Representative, IITA-Tanzania, Plot No. 25, Mwenge – Coca-Cola Road, Mikocheni Industrial Area P.O. Box 34441, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania or by email to:

    IITA-Tanzania@cgiar.org

Applicants are requested to please indicate the reference number for the position as indicated on the heading of the announcement in your application as well as on the subject of your email if sending by email. If sending by post or hand delivery, please indicate the reference number on your application as well as on the left-hand side of your envelope. Please note that any applications without the reference number indicated will be automatically disqualified.

The deadline for submitting the application is 24 March 2021

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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