Scientific Officer †Malawi

5 - 8 Years
Blantyre, Malawi

Job Description

ICRISAT in partnership with ILRI and SSLLP seeks application for the position of Scientific Officer for the project on
Improved Livelihoods through Sustainable Intensification and Diversification of Market Oriented Crop Livestock Systems (CLIM2 Project). This position is based at Blantyre, Malawi.

ICRISAT is a non-profit, non-political organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world. ICRISAT and its partners help empower those living in the semi-arid tropics, especially smallholder farmers, to overcome poverty, hunger, malnutrition and a degraded environment through more efficient and profitable agriculture.
ICRISAT is headquartered in Patancheru near Hyderabad, India, with two regional hubs and five country offices in sub-Saharan Africa. ICRISAT, established in 1972, is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. For more details, see www.icrisat.org.

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and Small Scale Livestock & Livelihoods Program (SSLLP) are partnering in an EU funded project under the grant component of Farm Income Diversification Program (FIDP). The project aims at increasing income and livelihoods for smallholders, rural poor, youth and women through sustainable intensification and diversification of plant and animal production. Through an Innovation Platform approach the project will:

1. Improve farmers access to resources, technologies, information and markets
2. Increase production and productivity of smallholder crop-livestock farming systems by identifying and adapting suitable technologies, and management and marketing practices.
3. Improve value chains at all levels through targeted capacity-building and stimulation of micro, small and medium scale enterprises.

Scope of work

The Scientific Officer (SO) position requires a qualified Socio-Economist with agribusiness knowledge and strong facilitation and project management skills. The SO will be key for establishing and facilitating Innovation Platforms (IPs) and develop and implement agro-business plans around crop and livestock production. Specific fields of work include coordination, facilitation and research support in order to:

Major activities and responsibilities:

Coordinate on-farm activities of ICRISAT, SSLLP and ILRI on the ground and communicate activities among the wider project stakeholders;
Supervise implementation of on-farm project activities and associated data requisition through regular field visits and document findings;
Support creation and monitoring of IPs, broker information, knowledge, contacts, initiatives, partnerships among farmers, private sector, government support services, development community;
Organize and facilitate capacity development and training of IP members, with specific emphasis on farmers;
Coordinate, implement and document multi-stakeholder meetings, coordinate visits of researchers and support data collection;
Clear and timely communications that carry the momentum of activities and support instant learning and planning
Report writing


Educational Qualifications:

MSc (Agricultural Economics; Rural Sociology; Communication Sciences; Development Studies or related discipline).
Other Skills and Requirements:

Excellent communication and facilitation skills, strong ability in networking with multiple actors, private sectors, NGOs, government, are crucial.
Knowledge on smallholder crop livestock production, notably technologies and market development, collective action, institutional development, innovation systems, climate variability and change in the agro-ecological zones of Southern Malawi.
Minimum of five years post graduate experience in research and/or development. Practical experience in stakeholder engagement and value chain development would be advantageous.
Strong organizational skills, client orientation and an ability to work effectively in multicultural and multidisciplinary teams.
English language (spoken and written) is a requirement, local language is an advantage.
Conversant with computers and related statistical software (SPSS, Excel, STATA, etc)
Capable of working with limited supervision and self motivated
The position will be based in Blantyre city and requires frequent traveling. Driving license is required.


General:

This is a Nationally Recruited Staff position for two years and renewable based on the performance of the incumbent and funding availability, and the Institute's continuing need for the position.

How to apply:

Applicants should apply on or before 29-March-2018, with latest Curriculum Vitae, and the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable about your professional qualifications and work experience. All applications will be acknowledged, however only short listed candidates will be contacted.


ICRISAT is an equal opportunity employer

Salary: Not Disclosed by Recruiter

Industry:Agriculture / Dairy

Employment Type:Permanent Job, Full Time

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INTERNATIONAL CROPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE FORTHE SEMI ARID TROPICS (ICRISAT)
ICRISAT is a non-profit, non-political organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world. ICRISAT and its partners help empower those living in the semi-arid tropics, especially smallholder farmers, to overcome poverty, hunger, malnutrition and a degraded environment through more efficient and profitable agriculture.
ICRISAT is headquartered in Patancheru near Hyderabad, India, with two regional hubs and five country offices in sub-Saharan Africa. ICRISAT, established in 1972, is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. For more details, see www.icrisat.org.
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