ATSAF - Job News 18-2008


July 04, 2008.  

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1. ICARDA, Assistant Director General

2. ICARDA, SENIOR BIOMETRICIAN

3. ICARDA, IRRIGATION AND WATER MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST

4. ICARDA, Lentil Breeder

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1.

 

Assistant Director General

International Cooperation and Communication

 

ICARDA, Aleppo, Syria

 

Organization

Established in 1977 as an autonomous, non-profit, international research center, ICARDA is

one of the 15 international research centers supported by the Consultative Group on

International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), which is co-sponsored by the World Bank, the

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Fund for

Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the United Nations Development Programme.

ICARDA´s mission is to contribute to the improvement of livelihoods of the resource-poor in

dry areas by enhancing food security and alleviating poverty through research and

partnerships to achieve sustainable increases in agricultural productivity and income, while

ensuring the efficient and more equitable use and conservation of natural resources. With its

main research station and headquarters in Aleppo, Syria, and a staff of over 500 scientists

and support personnel, ICARDA works through a network of partnerships with national

agricultural research systems (NARS), regional and international institutions, universities,

advanced research institutes, and non-governmental organizations. In addition to its

headquarters programs, ICARDA operates throughout the non-tropical dry areas through

regional programs and country offices.

 

The Position

The Assistant Director General for International Cooperation and Communication (ADG-ICC)

reports directly to the Director General and is responsible for strategic resource mobilization,

external relations with the Center´s partners and donors, and oversight of the Center´s

outreach program. He/she will also provide leadership and direction to the Center´s regional

coordinators and country managers, the Resource Mobilization and Project Development

Unit, the Communications and Public Awareness Unit and the Capacity Development Unit.

 

He/she will be a member of the Executive Committee of ICARDA and will work in close

collaboration with the other members of the committee, including the Deputy Director

General for Research and the Assistant Director General for Corporate Services.

 

Specifically, the ADG-ICC will be responsible for:

 

International Cooperation and Outreach Program:

· Develop an international cooperation and public awareness strategy.

· Maintain and promote relations with national research programs in the countries with

which ICARDA collaborates and with other partners.

· Serve as ICARDA´s primary point of contact with national partners through visits,

coordination meetings, development of collaborative agreements, etc.

· Identify opportunities for collaboration and develop collaborative activities and

projects with NARS.

· Oversee and coordinate ICARDA´s activities aimed at strengthening of NARS

partners through capacity building, training and institutional development.

· Provide leadership to ICARDA´s outreach program and define and strengthen the

role of the Center´s regional offices in project management, collaboration with national

partners, resource mobilization and public awareness.

· Assist in developing policies and procedures related to international cooperation and

the operations of ICARDA´s outreach programs.

· Ensure effective functioning of ICARDA´s research continuum from headquarters to

outreach by providing feedback from regional offices and national programs to ICARDA´s

research programs and facilitating and monitoring the joint implementation of collaborative

projects.

· Work with the DDG-Research in implementing ICARDA´s Strategic Plan

 

Resource Mobilization and Donor Relations:

· Develop a resource mobilization and donor relations strategy

· Develop appropriate in-house policies and procedures to support resource

mobilization.

· Assist the Director General in mobilizing funding from various sources and develop a

broader donor base to maintain and expand funding for the Center

· Serve as ICARDA´s primary point of contact for donors and build donor interest and

support through global promotion of ICARDA´s activities and achievements.

· Develop and oversee a communications and public awareness strategy that

effectively supports the Center´s resource mobilization objectives.

· Work closely with the DDG-Research in identifying priority areas to be funded.

· Develop innovative approaches to mobilizing resources, identify new sources of

funding and develop specific strategies and operational plans to target different funding

sources.

· Contribute to resource mobilization by exploring opportunities for funding and

notifying the Directorate and staff of such opportunities.

· Oversee and monitor the development of projects and grant proposals and

followup with donors.

· Strengthen and coordinate reporting of results and achievements to donors and

stakeholders.

· Monitor progress in resource mobilization.

 

Qualifications and Experience

Earned Ph.D. in agriculture or other related subject; a minimum of 10 years experience in

agricultural research and development, preferably in the dry areas, and at least five years

international experience in a leadership position; proven experience in donor relations,

communications, resource mobilization and project management; demonstrated ability to

communicate and work effectively with cooperating organizations and institutions; excellent

communication skills and fluency in spoken and written English. Knowledge of Arabic and/or

French will 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 relocation, housing allowance, paid

annual 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-Grade 12), which has an international baccalaureate

program.

 

Living in Syria

ICARDA´s headquarters are situated 30 km south of Aleppo, Syria´s second largest city and a

world heritage site. 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. Aleppo has an international airport served by major international

airlines. All ICARDA staff lives within the city of Aleppo. The Center has its own sports and

social club, located on the same site as the international school, which offers various sports

facilities and social rooms. Syria is an extremely safe country in which to live and work and

the level of personal security is very high. Many of ICARDA´s internationally recruited

personnel are long-term residents accompanied by their families.

 

Application

Qualified applicants are invited to send:

1) a cover letter of interest, including recent salary history,

2) curriculum vitae,

2) names, addresses, fax numbers and e-mail addresses of three professional

referees, and

3) photocopies (non-returnable) of other relevant supporting documents,

 

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 INT-P/8082/08 on the application (or in the subject line if applying by e-

mail).

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications must be received by 10 August 2008 or until suitable

candidates are identified.

 

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

 

 

29 June 2008

 

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2.

 

SENIOR BIOMETRICIAN

Computer and Biometrics Services Unit

 

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

ICARDA has an immediate vacancy for the position of a Senior Biometrician. The Senior

Biometrician reports directly to the Head, Computer and Biometrics Services Unit. The

principal duty of the Senior Biometrician is to work closely with the Center´s scientists to

assist them in the design and analysis of their experiments and surveys, as well as making

important contribution to training of National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS)

scientists. The incumbent is expected to make significant contribution to scientific

publications and to the statistical robustness of scientists´ publications.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

· Assists ICARDA scientists in the planning, design, analysis and interpretation of

results of a broad range of agricultural field and fieldrelated trials and surveys

· Develops an effective biometrics and computing biometrics services through the

implementation of advanced applied statistical techniques

· Coordinates for continuously improving biometrics software resources, testing and

evaluating new software and recommending new acquisitions of software packages

· Provides support on Bioinformatics to scientists

· Plans and conducts biometrics training programmers for both ICARDA´s scientists

and scientists from the national agricultural research programmers

· Participates in the preparation of operational and strategic plans of the CBSU

· Reviews statistically scientific manuscripts

· Supervises the activities of the Scientific Software Engineer

· Assists the CBSU Head in other tasks as requested

 

Qualifications and Experience:

· Earned PhD degree in statistics;

· Broad training in biometrics and statistical computing

· Minimum of 10 years experience in biometrics and statistical computer software, with

at least three years of experience in agricultural biometrics

· Excellent knowledge of statistical software

· Excellent command of English

 

Terms of Appointment

The appointment will be for an initial period of 2 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-Grade 12).

 

Living in Syria

ICARDA´s headquarters is 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:

2) 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 INT-P/8023/08 on the application (or in the subject line if applying by e-

mail).

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications must be received by 7 August 2008

 

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

 

 

30 June 2008

 

 

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3.

 

IRRIGATION AND WATER MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST

 

 

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 40 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

sustainable management of water and land resources, improved water productivity, 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. More information can be found in

the center web site below.

 

The Position

Water is a scarce natural resource in the dry areas. With population increase, changes in

patterns of food consumption and improved living standards, the demand for water in the dry

areas is increasing. The share of water for agricultural use is, therefore, decreasing due to

competition and increased allocation to domestic and industrial uses. Thus, there is a need

for improvements in the efficiency of water use in agriculture. This is a major aim of the water

research group of ICARDA. The group is part of the Integrated Water and Land Management

Program (IWLMP) and is conducting integrated research to improve water productivity at the

plant, the field, the farm and the basin levels while at the same time protecting the resource

and the sustainability agroecosystems. Capacity building of NARS and out and up scaling of

research outputs using innovative methods are important features of the program.

 

As part of this effort ICARDA is seeking an Irrigation and Water Management Specialist to

research and promote efficient, productive and sustainable use of scarce water resources in

irrigated and rainfed agricultural production systems. He/she will work with a multidisciplinary

research team at IWLMP and other research programs of ICARDA to develop strategies,

methodologies and technologies that can be adapted and adopted by the farmers in the dry

areas. The main activities of the position include:

1. Conducting research to promote the optimal use of rainfall and other water resources

in supplemental irrigation and water harvesting systems; and

2. developing viable options for improved irrigated agricultural systems to sustainably

maximize water productivity.

3. contribute to enhancement of the human capaity of NARS associated with water and

irrigation management.

 

In addition, the position will contribute to a larger group of experts focusing on areas of

agronomy, soils, hydrology, germplasm and marginal-quality water by interacting closely with

teams of scientists based at ICARDA, NARS and other centres of the CGIAR. There will be

opportunities to interact with other water specialists worldwide as part of the global challenge

to use water more efficiently and with other specialists who are developing and implementing

integrated approaches to natural resource management. The position will be expected to

contribute to the fund raising and public awareness activities of the Center by developing

research proposals and public awareness materials.

 

The position will be based at ICARDA´s headquarters in Aleppo, Syria with activities

conducted at ICARDA´s collaborative sites in the dry areas.

 

Qualifications and Experience

1. Earned PhD degree in irrigation science/engineering, agriculutral water

management, or soil-water-plant relations,

2. At least 5 years of post PhD experience, part of which at international level, of

managing water resources and irrigation field research especially with NARS and farmers.

3. Strong background in dry areas agriculture with demonstrated capacity for producing

high science quality and ablility to use models of soil-water-plant-atmospheric relations and

principles to research the improvement of crop water productivity.

4. Fluency in written and spoken English is essential where knowledge of Arabic and/or

French language and of GIS and remote sensing is desirable.

5. Knowledge of participatory research methodologies and a proven ability to work in

multi-cultural teams will be an advantage.

 

Terms of Appointment

The appointment will be for an initial period of two 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-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:

3) 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 INT-P/0313/08 on the application (or in the subject line if applying by e-

mail).

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications must be received by 24 July 2008

 

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

 

29 June 2008

 

__________________________________________

4.

 

Lentil Breeder

Aleppo, Syria

 

The Organization

The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) is a non-profit

international agricultural research center, one of 15 centers worldwide, 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). ICARDA has a staff of over 400 scientists and support

personnel, representing more than 45 nationalities. Research addresses 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

ICARDA holds the world´s largest collection of lentil germplasm and has a vigorous pre-

breeding program exploiting this variability. The breeding program is based at ICARDA

headquarters in Aleppo, Syria, with close links to national programs. ICARDA is seeking a

lentil breeder to manage its breeding program.

 

The main responsibilities include:

· Responsibility for leading the lentil breeding program at ICARDA

· Maintenance of lentil breeding activities in partnership with national programs and

advanced research institutes

· Conduct of original research on lentils and publication of results

· Cooperation with scientists in other disciplines such as pathology, biotechnology,

agronomy and socio-economics in food legume research

· Participation in setting the Center´s priorities in lentil research.

· Providing training in lentil breeding to NARS scientists, including provision of training

materials

· Development of research proposals for potential donors and of technical research

reports

· Representing ICARDA on lentil breeding in regional and international fora

 

The position is within the Biodiversity and Integrated Gene Management Program, reports to

the Program Director, and is based at ICARDA´s modern headquarters and main research

station located near Aleppo, Syria.

 

 

Essential Qualifications and Competencies

· PhD in plant breeding;

· A minimum of 5 years experience in research and training, preferably on food

legumes;

· Ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary and multicultural environment and to

establish good working relationships with scientists in national programs;

· Fluency and good communication skills in written and spoken English;

· Willingness to undertake considerable international travel

 

Desirable Qualifications and Competencies

· Work experience in developing countries;

· Experience in aspects of biotechnology, particularly the application of marker

assisted selection;

· Knowledge of Arabic, or a second language such as French.

 

Terms of Appointment

The appointment will be for an initial period of three years (including one year´s probation),

renewable thereafter annually. 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 is situated in a rural setting 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:

4) A 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

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 INT-P/8506/08 on the application (or in the subject line if applying by e-

mail).

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications must be received by 7 August 2008

 

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

 

 

3 July 2008

 

 

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