ATSAF - Job News 22-2008


August 01, 2008.  

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1. ICARDA, Director of Diversification and Sustainable Intensification of Production

Systems Program

2. TU Berlin, wiss. Hilfskraft (82,5 h/Monat)

3. Universität Hohenheim, Post-Doc Position in Rural Development Economics

4. Cassava Breeder/Geneticist (Ref: DDGR4D/CBG/07/08)

5. Outcome and Impact Analyst (Ref: DDGR4D/OIA/07/08)

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1.

International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Aleppo, Syria

 

 

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

 

 

Director of

Diversification and Sustainable Intensification of Production Systems Program

Aleppo, Syria

 

 

The Organization

ICARDA is a non-profit international agricultural research center in a worldwide

consortium of 15 centers, supported by the Consultative Group on International

Agricultural Research (CGIAR). The CGIAR is co-sponsored by the World Bank, the

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International

Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the United Nations Development

Programme (UNDP). With a staff of over 400 scientists and support personnel,

representing more than 45 nationalities, ICARDA addresses two key areas of

agricultural research: germplasm improvement (cereals and legumes) and natural

resource management. The Center has a global mandate for barley, lentil and faba

bean improvement, and a regional mandate for the improvement of wheat, chickpea,

and forage and pasture legumes. A major emphasis is placed on the conservation

and management of land and water, and improved productivity of small ruminants in

integrated farming systems in dry areas. The Center's research and training

programs are implemented in partnership with national programs and, in most cases,

with other CGIAR centers as well as advanced research institutes in both developing

and industrialized countries.

 

 

The Position

The Director leads the ICARDA program which focuses on enhancing income

generating options for the rural poor from horticulture and protected agriculture, crops

and livestock, especially small ruminants, by improving and diversifying current

agricultural production systems, sustaining the resource production base (e.g.

conservation agriculture), increasing and diversifying outputs, improving the safety,

quality and marketability of produce, and adding value through agri-processing of

primary products. The position combines research with administration and reports to

the Deputy Director General (Research). The position is based at ICARDA's

headquarters and main research station located 30 km from Aleppo, Syria.

 

 

Duties and Responsibilities

§ Develop Program strategy and research plans, and ensure the

implementation of approved work plans

§ Supervise the quality of research of the Program and ensure that research

results are published internationally

§ Supervise the design of pathways for impact for research outputs

§ Prepare proposals for funding, and reports as requested by senior

management

§ Coordinate with other staff for capacity building in the Program

§ Establish linkages and coordinate collaboration with relevant institutions in

developing and developed countries.

 

 

Qualifications and Experience

Earned PhD in a relevant subject; a minimum of 10 years experience in agricultural

research; proven record of experience in a relevant scientific domain; at least three

years of international experience in a leadership position; ability to lead a multi-

disciplinary, multi-cultural team, innovativeness and experience in the developing

world, a track record in donor relations, fund raising and project development,

excellent communications skills in English. Knowledge of Arabic and/or French would

be an advantage.

 

 

Terms of Appointment

The appointment will be for an initial period of three years, renewable thereafter on an

annual basis. The salary is paid in US dollars. Benefits include housing allowance,

paid home leave travel, a pension scheme, life and health insurance package, vehicle

for business and personal use, and free enrollment for dependent children in the

ICARDA-administered International School (KG to Grade 12).

 

 

Living in Syria

ICARDA's headquarters are situated 30 km south of Aleppo, Syria's second largest

city. In addition to the internationally-accredited School, ICARDA runs a Sports and

Social Club for the staff. Syria has many historical and archaeological sites, some a

short drive from Aleppo. There are four distinct seasons and the terrain varies from

desert to mountains to fertile fruit orchards. Major international airlines fly into

Damascus and Aleppo

 

 

Application

Qualified applicants are invited to send:

1) Cover letter of interest (no more than 2 pages) highlighting the candidate's

experience against the criteria listed under Qualifications and Competencies,

including salary expectations and noting where the candidate saw the advertisement.

2) Curriculum vitae, with a recent photo

3) Names, addresses, fax numbers and e-mail addresses of three professional

referees (they will not be contacted without the candidate's permission),

to: Personnel Services

ICARDA, P.O. Box 5466, Aleppo, Syria

Telephone: (963-21) 2213477, 2225112, or 2225012

Fax: (963-21) 2213490, 2225105, or 5744622

E-mail: ICARDA-JOBS@CGIAR.ORG

Website: www.icarda.cgiar.org

(If sending by e-mail, please do not include graphics or other large file attachments.)

 

 

REFERENCE: quote RE-INT-P/0416/08 on the application (or in the subject line if

applying by e-mail).

 

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications must be received by 10 September 2008

 

 

ICARDA is an equal opportunity employer, and encourages applications from women.

 

 

 

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2.

An der Technischen Universität Dresden, Fakultät für Forst-, Geo- und

Hydrowissenschaften, Fachrichtung Forstwissenschaften, Institut für Internationale

Forst- und Holzwirtschaft, Professur für Tropische Forstwirtschaft wird ab September

2008 für die Tätigkeit einer

 

 

wiss. Hilfskraft (82,5 h/Monat)

 

 

ein/e Akademiker/in gesucht. Die Beschäftigungsdauer richtet sich nach dem

WissZeitVG.

Aufgaben: Tätigkeiten im Rahmen des Tutorates Tropical Forestry and Management;

Vorbereitung integrierter Projekte im internationalen Kontext.

Voraussetzungen: HSA, sehr gute Englischkenntnisse

Bei Interesse für ein Thema der internationalen Forstwirtschaft kann eine Promotion

erfolgen. Frauen sind ausdrücklich zur Bewerbung aufgefordert. Selbiges gilt auch für

behinderte Menschen.

Ihre Bewerbung richten Sie bitte mit den üblichen Unterlagen an: TU Dresden,

Fakultät für Forst-, Geo- und Hydrowissenschaften, Institut für Internationale

Forstwirtschaft, Herrn Prof. Dr. Jürgen Pretzsch, PF 1117 01735 Tharandt bzw. per

E-Mail an das Sekretariat: frisch@forst.tu-dresden.de

 

 

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3.

UNIVERSITÄT HOHENHEIM

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS

AND SOCIAL SCIENCES IN THE TROPICS AND SUBTROPICS

Chair of Rural Development Theory and Policy

Prof. Dr. Manfred Zeller

Universität Hohenheim (490 A) D - 70593 Stuttgart .

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Stuttgart-Hohenheim, 30.07.2008

Telefon: +49-(0)711- 459-22175

Telefax: +49-(0)711- 459-23934

Post-Doc Position in Rural Development Economics

The Department of Agricultural Economics and Social Sciences in the Tropics and

Subtropics,

Chair of Rural Development Theory and Policy (Prof. Dr. Manfred Zeller), University

of

Hohenheim, has an opening for a post-doctoral position.

The post-doctoral researcher will devote 50% of his or her time on a research project

implemented

in cooperation with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in

Washington, D.C.

This research project identifies and tests - using experimental research designs -

alternative

contracts for smallholders producing high-value crops for agribusiness companies in

Tanzania. In

addition, the successful candidate is expected to teach courses at M.Sc. and Ph.D.

level in

agricultural development economics (e.g. with respect to impact assessment using

experimental

research designs, institutional economics related to agribusiness and environmental

issues in

developing countries, applied econometrics). The post-doctoral fellow will initiate,

guide and

successfully raise funds for research projects in the field of agricultural and rural

development in

Africa, Asia or Latin America. The position can be filled on September 1, 2008 or

later. Depending

on qualifications of the candidate, the position can be offered for an initial period of up

to 5 years,

with the possibility of extension.

Successful candidates should have an outstanding Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in

agricultural

economics, economics or related discipline, experience with statistical and

econometric modelling

and/or with empirical experimental research in the social sciences, preferably in a

developing

country context, and substantive field research experience in rural areas of

developing countries,

proven interest in rural development policy issues, excellent command of the English

language

(preferably also German), and very good computer skills. Proficiency in other

languages (e.g.

Spanish or French), and teaching experience, are welcome additional qualifications.

The University of Hohenheim strongly encourages qualified women to apply.

Applications (CV, publication record, scanned M.Sc. and Ph.D. transcripts) should be

sent by

e-mail to Ms Contag at contag@uni-hohenheim.de before August 13, 2008.

Applications after this

date may be considered in the case that the position is not yet filled.

 

 

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4.

 

 

Cassava Breeder/Geneticist (Ref: DDGR4D/CBG/07/08)

 

 

Background: The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) with

headquarters in Ibadan, Nigeria, invites applications for a Cassava

Breeder/Geneticist.

IITA is non-profit organization with over 130 internationally recruited scientists. The

Institute has programs in many countries of sub-Saharan Africa. IITA scientists from

about 35 countries work in partnership with national agricultural agencies to increase

food production in tropical Africa, and ultimately to raise the productivity and income

of small-scale farmers in an ecologically sustainable way. More information on IITA is

available on www.iita.org

Over 50% of the world's cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) is produced in SSA

where it is a major crop grown mainly by smallholder farmers particularly in the humid

and sub humid zones. Cassava accounts for approximately one-third of the total

staple food production and provides over 50% of the energy for about 240 million

people. Virtually all production is used for human consumption. About 70% of the

storage root production is processed into a wide variety of pastes, flours, etc., serving

both rural and urban populations as a basic daily source of dietary energy. Roots are

also consumed freshly boiled or raw as a snack. The leaves are eaten as a

vegetable, providing a cheap and rich source of protein, minerals, and vitamins.

Women are heavily involved in its production and for almost all the post harvest

processing.

Although constraints differ with agroecology and specific crops, all root and tuber

crops suffer severe yield losses due to a wide range of pests and diseases (fungal

and bacterial, viruses, insects, mites, nematodes and rodents), low nutrient

availability, inappropriate germplasm, field management and post harvest

technologies. Root and tuber crops are largely produced by small holders who rely on

traditional and labor-intensive practices that do not allow for optimal exploitation of the

crops' productive potential. Increasing cassava production will have measurable

positive benefit on the economy and on the lives of the millions of people for whom

cassava is the major starchy staple food, especially in West and Central Africa.

IITA has been a world leader in the development of improved varieties of cassava.

This position will provide essential oversight and leadership to the on-going cassava

breeding research program across IITA and within SSA, with a focus on a priority on

target traits and breeding approaches, as well as establishing appropriate external

and internal partnerships.

 

 

Responsibilities: The primary responsibilities for the Cassava Breeder/Geneticist will

include:

· Development of high productivity cassava varieties or breeding populations,

combining multiple disease and pest resistance, nutritional quality and other value

addition traits for various end uses, and physiological and agronomic traits for

adaptation to different agro-ecozones of sub-Saharan Africa.

· Use of creative approaches for the exploitation of genetic diversity and

genomic data in germplasm enhancement and improvement of the cassava crop.

· Integrating conventional breeding cassava with MAB in collaboration with

biotechnologists.

· High quality research in the area of biotic and abiotic stress tolerance,

nutritional and end use quality traits, and their genetics.

· Publishing and communicating research primarily on cassava genetic

improvement

· Establishing and fostering relationships and linkages with national partners

and Advanced Research Institutes, including providing technical backstopping and

assistance in promoting breeding capacity of national programs and private partners.

· Mobilizing and managing research funds effectively.

 

 

Duty Station: Ibadan, Nigeria. Frequent travel is expected and candidates should

be willing to work in farm settings in Africa.

Professional Qualifications: The candidate should have a PhD degree in plant

breeding or genetics and good working knowledge of molecular genetics and use of

statistical software and genetic tools.

· At least 10 years experience in a field-breeding program, and adequate

molecular biology experience to interface with molecular research programs.

· A strong Peer-reviewed publication record

· Minimum of 5 years of organizational, planning and budget management

experience.

· Minimum of 5 years of donor relations experience including presentation of

concept notes, proposal writing and oversight of compliance matters resulting in

continuously donor funded projects.

Core Competencies: Ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team in a

cross-cultural environment.

· Excellent leadership, mentoring, management, interpersonal, and team

building skills.

· Demonstrated strong statistical data analysis capabilities.

· Fluency in oral and written English. Working knowledge of French is an

advantage.

· Knowledge of sub-Saharan Africa is an added advantage.

 

 

General information: Initial appointment is for three years. IITA offers a competitive

remuneration package paid in US dollars.

 

 

Applications: Applications including curriculum vitae, names and addresses of three

referees should be addressed to the Human Resources Manager. Please complete

our online application form using this link:

www.iita.org/cms/details/job_application.aspx

 

 

Applications deadline: The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is

found.

 

 

IITA is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from

women candidates

 

 

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

 

 

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5.

 

 

Outcome and Impact Analyst (Ref: DDGR4D/OIA/07/08)

 

 

Background: The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) with

headquarters in Ibadan, Nigeria, invites applications for an Outcome and Impact

Analyst.

IITA is non-profit organization with over 130 internationally recruited scientists. The

Institute has programs in many countries of sub-Saharan Africa. IITA scientists from

about 35 countries work in partnership with national agricultural agencies to increase

food production in tropical Africa, and ultimately to raise the productivity and income

of small-scale farmers in an ecologically sustainable way. More information on IITA is

available on www.iita.org

 

 

The Outcome and Impact Analyst will conduct empirical research as part of a

multidisciplinary team on the outcome and impact of IITA agricultural research for

development on the outcome, adoption, scaling out/up and impact of agricultural

innovations and policies.

 

 

Responsibilities: Main duties and responsibilities include:

· Undertake adoption and both ex-ante and ex-post impact assessment

studies of technologies developed through IITA's research for development projects

and programs.

· Lead analysis of outcomes and impact in relation to institutional and gender

dimensions

· Contribute to outcome and impact mapping for IITA projects.

· Contribute to project-related capacity building in M&E and impact

assessment for key partner

· Contribute to the documentation, packaging and dissemination of lessons

learned from IITA outcome and impact studies

· Participate with other IITA's social scientists in the analyses of production

systems and market dynamics for agricultural products of Sub-Saharan Africa

whenever necessary

· Training of graduate students through supervision of thesis research in

collaboration with universities

1. Leading a team of support staff

Duty Station: Ibadan, Nigeria. Frequent travel is expected and candidates should be

willing to work in farm settings in Africa

Educational requirements: PhD in socio-economics

· At least 10 years experience in quantitative Socio-economic studies,

Institutional analysis, gender analysis, human ecology, and/or political analysis.

· At least 5 years experience in both ex ante and ex post impact assessment.

· Strong scientific publication record

· Minimum of 5 years of organizational, planning and budget management

experience.

· Minimum of 5 years of donor relations experience in particular in presentation

of concept notes, proposal writing and oversight of compliance matters resulting in

donor funded projects.

Core Competencies: Ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team in a

cross-cultural environment.

· Excellent leadership, mentoring, management, interpersonal, and team

building skills.

· Familiarity with new paradigm for Agricultural research for development.

· Computer literacy and strong statistical data analysis capabilities.

· Fluency in oral and written English. Working knowledge of French is an

advantage

· Knowledge of sub-Saharan Africa is an added advantage.

 

 

General information: Initial appointment is for three years. IITA offers a competitive

remuneration package paid in US dollars.

 

 

Applications: Applications including curriculum vitae, names and addresses of three

referees should be addressed to the Human Resources Manager. Please complete

our online application form using this link:

www.iita.org/cms/details/job_application.aspx

 

 

Applications deadline: The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is

found.

 

 

IITA is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from

women candidates

 

 

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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