ATSAF-Job-News 32-2005

November 10, 2005.  




AVRDC - World Vegetable Center





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The International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI) undertakes, encourages

and supports research and other activities on the use and conservation of agricultural

biodiversity, especially genetic resources, to create more productive, resilient and

sustainable harvests. Our aim is to promote the greater well-being of people,

particularly poor people in developing countries, by helping them to achieve food

security, to improve their health and nutrition, to boost their incomes and to conserve

the natural resources on which they depend.

The organization is active in over 100 countries worldwide, with more than 300 staff

working from some 20 country offices. It is one of the 15 Future Harvest Centres of the

Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). IPGRI's

headquarters are located just outside Rome, Italy, in Maccarese. IPGRI is now looking

for a well-qualified candidate, to be based at its office for Asia, Pacific and Oceania

(APO) at Serdang, Malaysia, for the position of:

Coordinator, COGENT

The Coordinator of the International Coconut Genetic Resources Network (COGENT)

will take direct responsibility for the day-to-day management and further development

of a thriving multi-partner network which is dedicated to the effective conservation of

coconut diversity through its use to improve the livelihoods of people in coconut-

growing communities around the world.

Working under the supervision of the Director of IPGRI's 'Commodities for Livelihoods'

programme, and in close collaboration with IPGRI's Regional Director for Asia, Pacific

and Oceania (APO), the COGENT Coordinator will:

- Work with the COGENT Steering Committee and IPGRI management to set research

and capacity-building priorities, responding to the needs and opportunities of partners

in 38 coconut-producing member countries and in line with CGIAR and IPGRI policies

and strategy;

- Maintain close collaboration with and among partners to facilitate implementation of

COGENT's agreed research and capacity-building agenda which currently includes: ex

situ and in situ conservation of coconut genetic resources, including the development

of a multisite genebank and of supporting technologies in fields such as

characterization and information management that encourage the effective use of

these genetic resources; pilot projects building experiences in the use of diversity to

reduce poverty and enhance wellbeing in coconut growing communities; preparation

and publication of research results and public awareness materials; and organizing

workshops and other forms of capacity building to support the above-mentioned


- Work with counterparts in the Asian and Pacific Coconut Community (APCC) and the

Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le

développement (CIRAD) in

coordinating the Global Coconut Research for Development Programme (PROCORD),

through its Coordinating Committee;

- Liaise with CIRAD and IPGRI senior management to facilitate implementation of the

CIRAD-IPGRI Memorandum of Agreement on coconut research;

- Contribute to mobilization of resources and developing new research opportunities, in

full collaboration with COGENT's members, partners and its Steering Committee, and

in liaison with the CGIAR Coconut Support Group and IPGRI management, through

the preparation of high quality proposals, presentations and other media;

- Liaise closely with project partners and IPGRI management to ensure adequate

monitoring and evaluation of agreements and timely, high-quality reporting of grants;

- Collaborate closely with IPGRI's Regional Directors and relevant Programme

Directors to ensure that work on coconut is closely integrated with IPGRI's work on

other commodity crops and the Institute's overall strategy;

- Provide leadership for, and effective management of, COGENT staff within the

supporting framework provided by the APO Regional Office and IPGRI's human

resources policy. Minimum competencies and qualifications

- An advanced university degree, at master's or doctoral level, and research

experience in a biological or social science field relevant to the programme;

- Ten years' experience and a sustained record of achievement in research (ideally in

plant genetic resources, especially coconut), in research management and in

research-anddevelopment networking, especially in developing countries;

- Excellent project management skills;

- Superior inter-personal and communication skills, including the ability to work

effectively in a multicultural and multi-stakeholder work environment;

- Excellent written and spoken English; knowledge of either French or Spanish will be

an advantage.

- Experience with fund raising will be an advantage.

Terms and conditions: This is a Senior Scientist, internationally recruited position. All

benefits are denominated and paid in US Dollars. IPGRI offers an attractive

remuneration package including a competitive salary, non-contributory pension plan,

medical insurance and generous leave provisions. Initial contract will be for a period of

three years, renewable. The successful candidate will be based at the COGENT

Secretariat Office in Serdang. Malaysia.

Applications: Letter of application and curriculum vitae in English, including date of

birth, gender and nationality, with names and full contact details of at least three

referees, including telephone, fax and email address, should be sent to Ms Ingrid

Lambert, Human Resources Manager, IPGRI, Via dei Tre Denari 472/a, 00057

Maccarese, Rome, Italy; fax (39) 06/6118341 or preferably online at IPGRI-

COGEVACANCY@CGIAR.ORG no later than 9 December, 2005.

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IPGRI is an equal opportunity employer and strives for staff diversity in gender and


Women and candidates from developing countries are particularly encouraged to



2. AVRDC - The World Vegetable Center is seeking a scientist to establish an effective

cucurbit breeding program that emphasizes increased productivity, disease resistance,

and improved nutritional qualities. The cucurbit breeder will be responsible for initiating

and managing projects and must work in close collaboration with germplasm curators,

pathologists, molecular biologists and external research collaborators. Responsibilities

also include submission and implementation of successful external grant proposals

that further the Center's mission to reduce malnutrition and poverty among the poor

through vegetable research and development. The cucurbit breeder will:


1.Define global research and development (R&D) priorities for the cucurbit program,

including identification of constraints, crop choice and specific breeding objectives in

consultation with private seed companies and national agricultural research programs



2.Collect and evaluate germplasm with external collaborators and AVRDC scientists.


3.Establish regional trial systems to evaluate improved germplasm and selected

progenies for potential release and farmer adoption.


4.Develop and maintain effective R&D partnerships with researchers in target

production regions.


5.Train scientists from NARS and seed companies in cucurbit breeding and

management practices, write crop and seed production guides, and report R&D

findings in peer-reviewed journals.


Qualifications: A PhD in plant breeding, genetics, horticulture or related discipline is

required. Research experience with vegetable crops and applied plant breeding is

desirable. Demonstrated abilities to write and speak effectively in English, publish in

refereed journals, prepare successful grant proposals, and work effectively in

multidisciplinary teams are essential.


Appointment: The incumbent will be located at AVRDC headquarters in Taiwan. The

initial appointment is for two years with possibility of annual re-appointments.


Application: Submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and names, contact

addresses (phone number and e-mail) of three referees. Send to: Dr. Thomas A.

Lumpkin, Director General, AVRDC, P.O. Box 42, Shanhua, Tainan 74151, Taiwan; e-

mail:; fax: 886-6-583-0009.


Closing Date: Screening of applications will begin 1 December 2005 and continue until

the position is filled.


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