The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger through rice science; improving the health and welfare of rice farmers and consumers; and protecting the rice-growing environment for future generations. IRRI is an independent, nonprofit, research and educational institute, founded in 1960 by the Ford and Rockefeller foundations with support from the Philippine government. The institute, headquartered in Los Baños, Philippines, has offices in 17 rice-growing countries in Asia and Africa, and over 1,000 staff.
Working with in-country partners, IRRI develops advanced rice varieties that yield more grain and better withstand pests and disease as well as flooding, drought, and other harmful effects of climate change.
International Rice Research Institute with the support of the Government of India, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare has established IRRI-South Asia Regional Centre (ISARC) in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. The ISARC is a regional facility that supports research collaboration, training, and service provision to institutions, scientists, farmers, and other stakeholders from India and other South Asian and African nations. The state-of-the-art rice research centre catalyzes South-South collaboration, strengthens research and capacity development of rice-growing countries in the South Asia and Africa regions, and contributes towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals 2030. High quality analytical laboratories are offering services and capacity development solutions to NARES and private entities. Recently the government of India has accorded approval for ISARC phase 2 through a MOU with IRRI to implement next phase activities up to 2027 to help boost farmers’ incomes by enhancing and supporting rice productivity, reducing the cost of production, value addition, diversification, and enhancement of farmers’ skills.
This position will report to the Director, ISARC. The incumbent will provide strategic support to the Director, ISARC in liaising and coordinating programs in the South Asia region and help smoothly run the ISARC farm and laboratory facilities. S/he will work closely with ISARC scientists of different domains and collaborating partner(s) for monitoring and implementation of planned activities of ISARC phase 2, critically reviewing and coordinating for inputs with the respective scientist(s)/partner(s), documenting and report finalization, facilitating the development of concept notes/project proposals and organizing important meetings, visits, etc. One of the key roles will be to develop and maintain partnerships, exploring and identifying new investment opportunities and build networks with multidisciplinary stakeholders. S/he will also contribute to developing a communication strategy and managing its implementation, ensuring pitching the project research findings at suitable platforms, creating awareness and promoting modern rice technologies with ISARC/IRRI partners. S/he will lead on liaison and engage with government agencies, international and national NGOs, NARES, public-private organizations and other stakeholders to establish and strengthen the partnerships for successful implementation of ISARC/IRRI programs in the region. S/he will closely work with program leaders, extended IRRI teams, and country offices to establish better coordination and communication among the programs and integration of activities to maximize the impact at the ground level.
This position will be based at the IRRI South Asia Regional Centre (ISARC) at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh and will only be filled in by the permanent citizens of India.
Roles and Responsibilities
Masters in Science or MBA in any branch of Agriculture Sciences with a minimum of 10 years of experience
Ph.D. in any branch of Agriculture sciences with a minimum of 7 years of experience in agriculture research and developmental projects.
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