Project Team Leader, Jharkhand- World Vegetable Center

5 - 10 Years
Jharkhand Other

Job Description

ICRISAT seeks applications from Indian nationals for the post of Project Team Leader to lead the vegetable research, training and extension activities of the JOHAR project in the state of Jharkhand, India. Increasing incomes from vegetables will play a major role in the 5 year JOHAR comprehensive rural development project funded by the World Bank. The vegetable activities will focus on improving seed and seedling systems, promoting good agricultural practices and improving postharvest handling and marketing. This is a nationally recruited position that will work closely with the other WorldVeg projects and will have strong support from the research team at WorldVeg regional headquarters in Hyderabad, India.

WorldVeg is the worlds largest international non-profit research and development center focused on alleviating poverty and malnutrition in developing countries through the increased production and consumption of nutritious and health-promoting vegetables. Founded in 1971 with headquarters in Taiwan, the Centers global work covers East and Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Central Asia. For more information please visit our website: worldveg.org.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership in coordinating on-farm demonstrations of improved varieties and seedling production systems, good agricultural practices, integrated pest management and post harvest management in close coordination with state institutions
  • Lead a team of eight people including a senior scientist, two Scientific officers, a finance officer and four field officers serving districts across Jharkhand to implement on-farm trials, run training programs and to scale up innovations across the state
  • Organize and coordinate training programs to strengthen the capacity of local partners in carrying out research and extension activities for vegetable growers
  • Establish and maintain good communication links between the JOHAR project management team, WorldVeg regional headquarters and other project partners to ensure effective field implementation of improved vegetable cultivation practices
  • Develop extension training materials, regular seasonal progress reports, annual work plans, financial reports and presentations as needed by project stakeholders

Competencies:

  • Proven experience in effectively leading teams, and working closely with public and private sector partners to implement vegetable research and development projects
  • Extensive experience in running training and extension programs for farmers
  • Extensive experience in commercial vegetable research and extension work
  • Keen analytical skills and the ability to conduct, monitor and evaluate experimental trials.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Hindi (knowledge of regional languages would be an advantage) and an excellent team player
  • Proficiency in the use of various software applications (MS Word, MS Excel) and good knowledge and practical experience in managing on-farm and on-station trials
  • Energetic, entrepreneurial and enthusiastic personality with an urge to improve agricultural systems for the benefit of smallholder farmers

Requirements:

  • PhD degree in agriculture/horticulture with at least five years experience working in vegetable crops. However, a Masters degree in horticulture and extensive practical experience in vegetable would also be very favorably considered

General:

This is a consolidated position for one year, renewable based on the performance of the incumbent and the institutes continuing need for the position. An attractive compensation is offered for the right candidate.

How to apply:

Applicants should apply on or before 5 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.

Salary: Not Disclosed by Recruiter

Industry:Agriculture / Dairy

Employment Type:Permanent Job, Full Time

Key Skills

Desired Candidate Profile

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Education-

PG:MS/M.Sc(Science) - Agriculture, Other

Doctorate:Ph.D - Agriculture, Other

Company Profile

INTERNATIONAL CROPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR THE 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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