Researcher - Agronomy

The International Rice Research Institute, Burundi

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
15th February, 2019


Job Description

About IRRI

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is the world’s premier research organization 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.

Job Purpose

Under the guidance of Scientist, facilitate the designing and implementation on the routine trials, data analysis and other research activities of projects about Rice production improvement in Burundi focusing on the development of improved rice production and post-harvest technologies and on training farmers, technicians and extension officers. Constantly communicate with internal and external project partners and collaborators to exchange conceptual ideas and to effectively gather feedback and research-related requirements for the advancement of the projects. Consolidate, evaluate and analyze research data gathered from trials.

Current IRRI staff are encouraged to apply and will be prioritized.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Facilitate the planning, designing and implementation on the routine trials, data analysis and other research activities of projects about Rice production improvement in Burundi focusing on the development of improved rice production and post-harvest technologies and on training farmers, technicians and extension officers
  • Contribute to the development of the research projects including selection of adequate research tools and equipment, verification of suggested methodologies and establishment of parameters related to rice production intensification
  • Oversee maintenance of the research areas, research fields and technical equipment
  • Constantly communicate with internal and external project partners and collaborators to exchange conceptual ideas and to effectively gather feedback and research-related requirements for the advancement of the projects
  • Provide assistance and guidelines to internal and external stakeholders considering efficient implementation of the projects
  • Constantly monitor, evaluate and provide recommendations to improve research and training activities/tasks performed by Research Technicians and contract workers in order to maintain smooth conduct of field and greenhouse trials as well as to foster a productive working environment
  • Coordinate with required IRRI services and supplies to ensure smooth implantation of experiments/surveys
  • Consolidate, evaluate and analyze research data gathered from the project trials
  • Evaluate, validate and contribute to the interpretation of results, contribute to the writing of manuscripts for reports/publications as well as presentations/posters for national and international conferences
  • Prepare and submit updated research outputs to the Scientist in a timely manner
  • Supervise and lead the maintenance of accurate data recording and updating of database for efficient storage and retrieval of information

Qualifications: Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with minimum 2 years work experience in Agriculture. Having worked in rice research/development is an advantage

Skills Required

Mandatory

  • Has proven technical proficiency in conducting research experiments and field trials
  • Has strong experience in field management (layout, irrigation, fertilization, pest and disease monitoring)
  • Has proven technical proficiency in conducting Farmer-Field Schools
  • Has experience in statistical analysis and report preparation
  • Has strong oral and written communication skills
  • Has strong analytical skills
  • Has proven technical proficiency in conducting research experiments and field trials

Preferred: Has strong technical experience in guiding farmers, technicians and extension officers

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