Associate Scientist Farm Operations & Mechanization

International Rice Research Institute

New Delhi, India

Experience: 3 to 5 Years

Skill Required: Media and Communication

The ISARC’s experimental station is in charge of the delivery, management, and maintenance of all research fields and facilities and will ensure the timely delivery of agronomic resources required by research programs within ISARC. This position will provide overall leadership and management of all operational activities related to crop production, crop protection, land preparation and management, and seed production ensuring optimum service delivery at all times.
Roles and Responsibilities:
  • Supervise the day-to-day delivery of research farm services (e.g. manpower allocation, maintenance and scheduling of activities) related to crop production, management of farm machinery and equipment, seed production, irrigation and drainage, and harvest, agrochemical services and pest control ensuring timely, effective and cost-efficient implementation of farm operations
  • Ensure continuous improvement and optimum service delivery on field operations
  • Provide support and information to IRRI regional hubs including state projects, NARES and other partners in relation to farm management, operational standards, technology adoption, capacity building and agronomic processes
  • Ensure ISARC farm’s delivers effective and relevant services, operations, facilities in all farm related activities
  • Provide technical input and information for the development of research project proposals across all ISARC’s vertical
  • Evaluate different agro-machinery and practices and identify improved options for farmers and stakeholders
  • Identify possible sources of agro and post-harvest machinery supply, fabrication of components and after sales
  • Service test and adapt machinery to suit local conditions
  • Collect loss data on piloted technologies to current practices
  • Monitor and manage approved budgets and write reports and billing statements for partial/Full Cost Recovery
  • Establish, secure and maintain relationships with external stakeholders advancing ISARC’ mission of providing quality research services
  • Liaison with the IRRI HQ ZES team and IRS Platform to align the ISARC’s farm operations and activities.
  • Engage and maintain open communication with research groups and science leaders in ISARC and regional offices
  • Lead planning discussions for the coordination of research activities to ensure effective scheduling of agronomic operations enabling research activities to be implemented within the limited resources and manage agronomic risks
  • Maintain relationships with partner organizations, vendors and third-party service providers to ensure the continued delivery of products and services
  • Align and lead the negotiations with service providers and vendors ensuring quality delivery of service packages, products, and technologies
  • Provide technical expertise to IRRI Education and during farm tours involving high level visitors. Ensure effective provision of quality machinery required in IE course delivery
  • Contribute to the ISARC and associated projects activities on related aspects/ themes under the guidance of the supervisor and ISARC Director/ technical coordinator
  • Engage in the capacity building of NARES partners on different farm machinery
  • Contribute for training/ exposure visits being organized by ISARC at the Centre/ at any project sites
  • Lead and support fund generation activities by contributing to proposal writing and creating new opportunities
  • Any other tasks as assigned by ISARC Director / Supervisor/ Unit leader/ Coordinator
  • In collaboration with IRRI Legal, Finance and Supply Chain Services, continuously improve service packages of service providers including the development of new Service Agreements, Terms of Reference (TOR) and be involved in biddings and contract renewals
  • Oversee the work of farm manager, technicians and monitor the work of service providers to ensure that the activities are implemented according to the plan, standards and timelines.
  • Provide reports for senior management, and other stakeholders as required on the performance of farm operations and activities
  • Lead on improving farm machinery options and train farmers’ groups, contract service providers, NGO, etc. on safe operation, maintenance and best practices of using machines
  • Master’s degree in Agriculture / Agriculture Engineering (M.Tech) preferably Farm Machinery and Power Engineering with a minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in Agricultural Research Farm Management and Project Management, or related fields.
Skills Required:
  • Has experience managing farm/machinery (operation/R &M)/ team
  • Has excellent communication skills
  • Has good documentation and organizational skills
  • Has good leadership skills
  • Can negotiate with various stakeholders