Senior/Principal Scientist to be based in West Africa to conduct R4D into Dryland Systems and Livelihood Diversification
Provide scientific leadership into research for development that leads to more sustainable smallholder farming systems for the Dryland regions of West and Central Africa.
Develop and promote crop diversification options that lead to higher nutritional and food security for poor smallholder framers and particularly targeting women.
Find farm level agronomic interventions that improve the performance of existing cropping systems or test and introduce new crops types or varieties
Utilise and further develop ‘systems’ frameworks and approaches that help our understanding of the trade-offs that farmers face in adopting technologies
Scale up and out promising interventions.
Work closely with agroforestry scientists (ICRISAT/ICRAF) to increase crop diversification options that may include trees.
Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams from ICRISAT and other CGIAR Centers such as AVDRC, ILRI, ICRAF, IWMI and Bioversity International and with National Agricultural Research Institutes, regional organizations and development partners.
Contribute to the resource mobilization efforts of ICRISAT and the CGIAR Research Programs, especially CCAFS, DS and WLE (http://www.cgiar.org/our-research/cgiar-research-programs/) through writing research proposals, building capacity in our partners, engaging with the University sector by co-supervising postgraduate students.
PhD degree in agriculture, crop science, natural resource management, ecology related to agricultural systems, agroforestry, soil science, livelihood diversification or a related discipline with 5 to 10 years of experience in systems related research.
Strong statistical and GIS skills, knowledge of computer applications and software for data management and analysis.
An understanding of, and experience with, the application of crop models in farming systems research.
A high level of competency in the design and implementation of field-based experiments.
Good publication record, as evidenced by research papers in refereed journals.
Proven ability to think strategically about research for development and to conduct integrated agricultural research for development (R4D).
Innovative, energetic individual with demonstrated contributions to the field of agriculture and committed to seeing measurable impacts at farm level.
Excellence in English (both spoken and written); proficiency in French is highly desirable.
Proven ability in attracting project funding.
Experience in working with a wide range of stakeholders and interest to work in interdisciplinary team
Willingness to travel within the region
This is an internationally recruited staff position with an attractive and competitive salary and benefits package payable in US dollars. The position is initially for three years, and extendable depending on performance of the incumbent and funding availability. An attractive compensation will be offered for the right candidate.
Last Date: June 30, 2014.