Friday, February 24, 2012
EMPLOYMENT: CIMMYT Agricultural Innovation Scientist
Achieving sustainable food security is a major challenge for a world facing climate change, growing populations, and changing diets. The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is looking for an innovative, results-oriented scientist with excellent skills in agricultural innovation to facilitate technology adoption and maximize CIMMYT’s impact. The scientist will work as a member of CIMMYT’s Global Conservation Agriculture Program (CIMMYT-GCAP), and will play a key role in a large multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional team. The selected scientist will work closely with CIMMYT’s research teams in the different regions where innovation approaches are implemented, and will partner with advanced research institutes, national research and extension programs, NGOs and private sector stakeholders. He/she will be responsible for reinforcing/evaluating and redesigning, if necessary, multi-stakeholder approaches for the co-development and increased adoption of sustainable agricultural practices in Latin America, East and Southern Africa, and South Asia.
Primary responsibilities include:
- Developing and implementing an analytical framework to assess, document, analyze, and refine the functioning of CIMMYT innovation approaches in its various maize and wheat systems-focused projects.
- Enhancing stakeholder participation in co-development and technology and knowledge dissemination through the implementation of sustainable participatory approaches with farmer communities, extension services, national and international research partners and the private sector.
- Guiding and assisting agricultural scientists to implement process-oriented, smallholder and gender-sensitive strategies to enhance technology adoption and transformation and to improve adaptive research practices.
- Evaluating context-specific technical and economic information/knowledge needs for farmers and other stakeholders, and contributing to the development of Decision Support Systems in partnership with project stakeholders and the private sector.
- Collaborating with CIMMYT’s Socio-Economic Program to ensure realistic input/output market-related and value chain approaches where applicable.
- Developing and delivering training modules for the implementation of innovation approaches.
- Supporting cross-regional learning in innovation methods and approaches in agriculture.
- Contributing to research proposal development.
Deadline: March 20, 2012