Scientific Officer †Digital Agriculture (Coordination)

2 - 6 Years
Hyderabad

Job Description

ICRISAT seeks applications for a Scientific Officer - Digital Agriculture (Coordination) position to be based at ICRISATs Headquarters, Hyderabad India.

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.

In the semi-arid agro-ecologies, empowering smallholder farmers to achieve food security and create cash earning agricultural enterprises requires a deep understanding of the tradeoffs and risks farmers face in managing their highly resource constrained systems. ICRISAT works with the national agricultural research and extension agencies, NGOs, private sector and higher education institutions locally and abroad to develop farm technologies and management systems, create markets and value chains based around a set of mandate crops and technologies that are well adapted to the semi-arid tropics.
With an increased focus on the concept of innovation systems driving the creation of inclusive market orientated development (IMOD), ICRISAT is retooling to undertake multidisciplinary research for development and systems approaches. Digital Agriculture theme under the Research Program - Innovation Systems for Drylands (ISD) aims to drive innovation and enable IMOD through innovative use of ICT and achieved through extensive partnerships with private sector.

Digital Agriculture theme requires SO to provide oversight and co-ordination that are typical to any agriculture based development projects. A typical Digital Agricultural development project will have activities spanning requirements of visiting fields to help in primary data collection, conducting surveys, use tools to capture data since ICRISAT is a science driven organization, the projects must necessarily embed the scientific edge and thinking around all such engagements. While each of these activities are undertaken by specialists and the incumbent is expected to co-ordinate all these field activities and provide the much needed glue to ensure cohesion across all these specialists. Coordinating with other development partners including NGOs, Government staff, Farmers, Farmer Groups and tracking the progress is an essential daily activity. The incumbent is expected to divide his/her time across geographies. Additionally, the incumbent is also expected to undertake ownership of documentation requirements of these projects.


Responsibilities:

Coordinate and support the management and implementation of Digital Agr projects including agriculture development projects based in district headquarters
Travel and support any other evolving requirements during project cycle management
Support Project Teams in coordinating with stakeholders and partners in all geographies
Support Project Teams in organizing meetings, workshops and events in India/ Africa
Take ownership of necessary documentation part of the agreed project deliverables list including user manuals etc.
Support activities within ICRISATs Digital Ag themes including organizing meetings and events with stakeholders
Design and develop learning and other PR materials for Digital Ag team

Essential criteria:

Masters degree in Agriculture/ Horticulture/ Bio-Technology and related subjects
Good written and oral communications skills in English and Telugu
Willingness and aptitude to quickly learn and use new technologies
Prior experience in agriculture or allied sectors and working directly with farmers and farmer groups (up to 5 years)

Desirable:

A proactive and independent approach to work with good experience in multi-stakeholder project coordination
Experience in organizing capacity building programs especially digitization related in Agriculture
Hands on experience of on-farm farmer participatory action research trials
Expertise in MS word, power points, excel, Share Point is desirable
Knowledge on how the application of Digital Agriculture may enhance productivity, logistics or market access for smallholder farmers and value chain actors

General:

This is a Locally Recruited Staff (LRS) position for two years renewable based on the performance of the incumbent and the institutes continuing need for the position.

How to apply:

Applicants should apply on or before 30-April-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.
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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 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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