Global Research Program Director Enabling Systems Transformation

from 20 to 27 year(s) of Experience
₹ Not Disclosed by Recruiter

Job Description

Roles and Responsibilities

The Global Research Program Director, “Enabling Systems Transformation” will lead a multi-disciplinary team of scientists working in the area of nutrition for sustainable diets, technology adoption, impact assessment, market, institution and policy, gender, youth, agribusiness innovations and capacity development.
The position will report to the Deputy Director General - Research. This is an Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) position for three years with attractive compensation and benefits package payable in US dollars. A new contract may be offered at the end of the present tenure based on the performance of the incumbent, funding availability and the Institute's continuing need for the position. The suitable candidate will need to be able to act fast, engage professionally and build relationships across multiple cultures, besides working closely with the Institute’s Leadership Team and scientists across all our locations in Asia and Africa.
The successful candidate will be an exceptional leader who is a passionate, dynamic, and collaborative individual and is highly motivated to achieve excellence supporting smallholders farm and food systems transformation in the semi-arid tropics.
Primary Responsibilities
Lead the Global Research Program “Enabling systems transformation” across Asia, East and Southern Africa and West and Central Africa in the area of nutrition, technology adoption, impact assessment, market, institution and policy, gender and youth, agribusiness innovations and capacity development.
Provide effective leadership to the research team placed in six different research clusters to deliver high quality research for development outcomes from the Program.
Inspire research teams and individual scientists to deliver high quality scientific outputs. Contribute to the ICRISAT efforts for resource mobilization and work with multi-disciplinary teams to develop research proposals and follow-through for successful funding.
Work with other global research program directors as well as regional directors and demonstrate comprehensive output delivery as a team.

Qualifications and Experience - The ideal candidate will have most, if not all, of the following skills, knowledge, experience, and personal characteristics:
A Ph.D. degree in agricultural economics/social sciences/ relevant field.
Relevant work experience of at least 20 years in the area of agricultural research for development with high quality research outputs including an excellent record of publication in high impact journals.
Demonstrated ability to build research networks and partnerships required for research for development in the area of systems transformation Demonstrated ability to write proposals and resource mobilization in the area of agricultural research for development or similar areas.
Well connected with institutions, organization in the relevant areas of research.
Experience of leading multicultural, multi-disciplinary scientific teams and ability to work across diverse environments and cultures.
Exceptional communication skills and the ability to deliver a compelling picture of the ICRISAT mandate across stakeholders.
Knowledge of the context of smallholder farmers in the highly vulnerable climates of the semi-arid tropics and agronomic knowledge of the major crops and cropping systems of the South Asian, sub
Saharan African region.
Excellent written and oral skills in English. Knowledge of other international languages, especially French, will be an advantage.

Skills and Knowledge
Demonstrated leadership abilities and strong interpersonal skills.
A deep understanding of agricultural science and its critical role in tackling issues such as climate change, natural resource management, malnutrition, gender issues and rural poverty across developing countries that impact the UN SDGs.
Insights into solutions in agricultural science, ranging from plant breeding technologies to digital solutions and agribusiness.
Proactive and achievement oriented.
Strategic and innovative in business development strategy and execution.
Established networks and skills to establish and strengthen industry partnerships.
Ability to write impactful pitches and to follow these through personally or with support from others
Excellent written and oral skills in English. Knowledge of other international languages, especially French, will be an advantage.

Salary: Not Disclosed by Recruiter

Industry:Agriculture / Forestry / Fishing

Functional Area:Other

Role Category:Other

Employment Type:Full Time, Temporary/Contractual


UG:Graduation Not Required

Company Profile


ICRISAT is headquartered at Patancheru near Hyderabad, India, with two regional hubs and eight country offices in sub-Saharan Africa. It is a member of the CGIAR Consortium, a global agriculture research partnership whose science is carried out by the 15 Research Centers in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations. ICRISAT conducts research on its mandate crops of chickpea, pigeonpea, groundnut, sorghum, pearl millet and finger millet in the arid and semi-arid tropics. 
The Institute focuses its work on the drylands and in protecting the environment. Tropical dryland areas are usually seen as resource-poor and perennially beset by shocks such as drought, thereby trapping dryland communities in poverty and hunger and making them dependent on external aid. 
ICRISAT envisions a prosperous, food-secure and resilient dryland tropics. Its mission is to reduce poverty, hunger, malnutrition and environmental degradation in the dryland tropics. The approach is through partnership-based international agricultural research-for-development that embodies Science with a Human Face.
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