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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Cropping Systems Agronomy / Climate Change at International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

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Jobs in Tanzania 2022: New Job at The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), 2022
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)  Jobs 2022
Cropping Systems Agronomy / Climate Change
Job Description

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is 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.
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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
Climate Change impacts rice production through exacerbated and more frequent climate extremes, rising sea levels and temperatures. Understanding future trends is crucial to plan ahead and implement adaptation options to increase resilience of agricultural systems. Working with various national and international partners in different projects, IRRI develops strategies to mitigate climate change (effects) and to adapt to climate change, e.g., through the development and dissemination of climate-smart technologies in rice production.

The Sustainable Impact through Rice-based cropping Systems (SIRS) Platform aims at developing and promoting climate-smart, nature-friendly rice-based farming systems and value chains. Within the platform, the research unit Adaptive Agronomy and Pest Ecology deals specifically with cropping systems analysis, agronomy ‘at large’, soil science, and pest ecology and management. Within this unit, a research position is open in the field of ‘cropping systems agronomy and climate change’ (see ‘purpose’ below), which will be part of a multi-disciplinary team of scientists to optimize production and address climate change challenges.
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This position will be based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and is open for international applications.
Roles and Responsibilities
  • Develop novel, sustainable and climate-smart (mitigation or adaptation) management practices and farming systems in rice-based, rainfed and irrigated ecologies in Africa that boost and sustain production and income. This may involve the shift from transplanting to direct seeding, novel mechanization options, introduction of new stress-tolerant varieties and associated management practices, novel diversified farming systems, etc.
  • Develop of dissemination, scaling and partnership approaches (including digital tools), and/or business models for above-mentioed systems that will lead to impact ‘at scale’, such as improved resilience to climatic change and climatic shocks, improved food security, and reduced poverty
  • Develop and lead (scientific and managerial) of a strong multidisciplinary R4D team on climate- smart agriculture at IRRI in Africa that will execute a well defined ‘climate-smart agriculture’ R&D program
  • Resource mobilization to support the above-mentioned R4D program.
  • Contribute to developing strategic partnerships, knowledge sharing, and capacity development of various stakeholders
  • Nurture and initiate collaboration with NARES partners, private sector and development partners, advanced research institutions (ARI) and policymakers in East and South Africa and conduct joint research
  • Collaborate with governments, donors, rice R&D partners, and private enterprises to align with client and donor expectations; across CGIAR initiatives and other IRRI projects
  • Communicate key messages and project progress with donors, policymakers, and other primary stakeholders
  • Coordinate closely with project partners and build a relationship with other stakeholders to ensure research outputs are transferred effectively
  • Develop new projects together with IRRI colleagues, ARIs, and NARES in Africa
  • Supervise, and mentor junior staff
  • Demonstrate scientific leadership through publications and representing IRRI in scientific and strategy forums
  • World-class R4D agenda on development and delivery of climate-smart cropping and farming systems in rice-based ecologies in Africa;
  • Novel climate-smart cropping and farming systems
  • Effective scaling approaches, business models, and partnerships with public and private sector parties, including leading R&D entities (ARIs) in the region
  • Articles in peer-reviewed journals, proceedings, technical manuals, and training materials that highlight findings from research activities, showcasing the incumbent’s scientific leadership
  • An effective resource mobilization strategy and a well-funded portfolio of R4D projects
  • A well-functioning and effective R4D team based on principles of mutual trust and respect for gender and inclusion

Qualifications
  • PhD in agronomy, cropping systems analysis, soil science, climate change, or related fields with at least 4+ years post-PhD
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Skills Required
Mandatory
  • Strong background in field oriented research and extension activities
  • Have a mix of practical field skills, quantitative abilities; appreciation of interdisciplinary work, and a core commitment to achieving science-led agricultural development
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Strong proficiency in written and spoken English
Preferred
  • Experience with rice; work experience in a developing country environment
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IRRI offers a highly extensive employee benefits package inclusive of globally-covered medical insurance, retirement plan, life and accident insurance and other allowances. Join our team and be part of our story!

Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
This position will remain open until filled.
Please ensure that you mention www.ajiraleo.com as the source of this job advertisement.
The deadline for submitting the application is 12th October, 2022.
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