Thursday, September 15, 2011
EMPLOYMENT: Agricultural Economist and Climate Change Scientist Opportunities at CIMMYT
The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is an internationally funded, non-profit research and training organization affiliated with the CGIAR and has an annual budget of about US$ 90 million. CIMMYT’s mission is to sustainably increase the productivity of maize and wheat systems to ensure global food security and reduce poverty. The center is a global leader in maize and wheat breeding, biotechnology, socioeconomics, and natural resource management research. CIMMYT employs about 700 permanent staff and operates through decentralized partnership, with staff in 14 countries and projects and networks in many more.
CIMMYT seeks two highly trained individuals to join their international team of scientists working on improving the livelihoods of farmers and the poor in the developing world.
- Agricultural Economist – Associate Scientist or Scientist. As a member of the CIMMYT Socioeconomics Program and in collaboration with national and international partners, you will undertake socioeconomics research on strategies for sustainable intensification of mixed farming systems in Eastern and Southern Africa. You will lead the targeting of innovations and collection and analysis of socioeconomic and value chain data to study options for technology adoption, sustainable productivity and income growth in maize based crop-livestock systems. The position will be based at the CIMMYT regional office for Southern Africa (Harare, Zimbabwe).
- Scientist or Senior Scientist – Climate change. As a member of the CIMMYT Socioeconomics Program and in collaboration with national and international partners, you will lead and coordinate the project on climate change, agriculture and food security and undertake strategic research on adaptation options, mitigation strategies and impacts of climate change in maize and wheat based systems at the global level. This is supported by the CGIAR Research Program (CRP7-CCAFS) and others donors. You will play a pivotal role in coordinating the interdisciplinary work, synthesizing lessons and liaise with a wide network of partners and donors. The position will preferably be based at any of the CIMMYT offices in Africa (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia or Nairobi, Kenya). Posting at any of the other major CIMMYT locations in Mexico, India or Zimbabwe is negotiable.
Deadline (both positions): September 30, 2011