Tuesday, May 28, 2013
EMPLOYMENT: CIMMYT Social Scientist, Latin America
The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is seeking a dynamic, innovative, self-motivated, and results-oriented social scientist (Scientist/Senior Scientist) to work on improving the livelihoods of maize and wheat farmers in the developing world and particularly in Latin America.
The position focuses on social science research to raise agricultural productivity, profitability and sustainability, particularly through improved seed and crop husbandry. You will explore technological and institutional innovations that increase productivity and improve access to markets for resource-poor farmers. You will also help CIMMYT and policy makers understand the key constraints to agricultural development. You will support the innovative Sustainable Modernization of Traditional Agriculture (MasAgro) initiative in Mexico and will work as a member of CIMMYT’s Socio-Economics Program in close collaboration with CIMMYT’s Global Maize Program and Global Conservation Agriculture Program and with local and international partners.
The position will be based at CIMMYT’s Main Campus (located 45 km northeast of Mexico City, Mexico) and will work mainly in Mexico and Central America but will interact with CIMMYT´s regional offices world-wide on a regular basis.
Duties and responsibilities of the position are to perform applied and strategic social science research for development to enhance technology and policy interventions. Specific research topics include:
- Improving the productivity and market competitiveness of farmers in Mexico and Central America and reducing their vulnerability
- Understanding the determinants of technology development, adoption and adaptation by farmers.
- Institutional innovations to enhance farmers’ access to and use of improved seeds and crop husbandry along with access to output markets.
- Understanding impact pathways and differential impacts of agricultural productivity intensification on income, poverty, gender equality, food security and nutrition.
- Analyze agricultural transformation, productivity change, resource use, sustainability and the drivers of change and uncertainty in maize and wheat-based farming systems to inform investment and policy decisions.
Deadline: June 21, 2013