Consultant – Research Technician (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe)

from 3 to 8 year(s) of Experience
Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Bulawayo, Other

Job Description

Roles and Responsibilities

ICRISAT seeks applications for the position of Consultant-Research Technicians under East and Southern Africa Program. This position is based at ICRISAT- Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

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 Consultant-Research Technician should have strong organizational and analytical skills in research and development, and experience in farmer participatory research and on-farm data collection.


Responsibilities:


Major Activities and Responsibilities: Supports the implementation and supervision of research leading to increased smallholder farm level productivity, and sustainable natural resources management, including climate smart agricultural practices such as conservation agriculture, microdosing, etc. promotion in the semi-arid areas of southern Africa. Specifically;

Supports the designing and organization of agronomic trials and surveys

Supports the implementation of on-farm field experiments in soil fertility and water management

  • Field data collection
  • Supports in the training of extension staff and farmers on climate smart agricultural practices
  • Works with and advises farmers on appropriate soil/crop management practices through participatory studies.
  • Trains and provide technical support to extension staff on improved soil and crop management options for dissemination to farmers.
  • Supports documentation, report writing and presentation of results Requirements:

  • BSc Agriculture (Agronomy, Soil Science or Crop Science)
  • Minimum of 3 years post graduate experience in research and/or development with extensive experience in field work.

Desirable

  • Knowledge on smallholder crop-livestock production systems, production technologies and market development, climate variability and change in the dry lands of southern Africa
  • Minimum of 3 years post graduate experience in research and/or development with extensive experience in field work.
  • Experience in designing and implementing agronomic field experiments and on-farm trials.
  • Knowledge of crop-soil models is an added advantage
  • Experience in farm surveys and farmer participatory research
  • Experience with Government and NGO activities is an advantage
  • Strong field work experience and willingness to travel is essential
  • Conversant with computers and related statistical software (SAS, Excel, STATA, GENSTAT etc)
  • Good writing and communication skills
  • Capable of working with limited supervision and self-motivated
  • The position will be based in Bulawayo and requires national traveling.
  • Fluency in English and good working knowledge of Ndebele and Shona

General:

This is a consultancy position for one years, renewable based on the performance of the incumbent and the institute’s continuing need for the position.


How to apply:


Applicants should apply on or before 31-January-2021, 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 shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Please visit career section of www.icrisat.org to apply for this job.


ICRISAT is an equal opportunity employer




Salary: Not Disclosed by Recruiter

Industry:Agriculture / Dairy

Functional Area:Other

Key Skills

Desired Candidate Profile

Please refer to the Job description above

Education-

UG:Graduation Not Required

Company Profile

INTERNATIONAL CROPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR THE SEM I 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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