The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) is seeking a highly qualified Rice seed expert to be based at AfricaRice Station, Ibadan, Nigeria.
AfricaRice is one of the 15 international agricultural research Centers that are members of the CGIAR Consortium. It is also an autonomous intergovernmental association of African member countries.
The Rice seed expert will contribute to the implementation of the rice seed scaling project funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the Feed‐the‐Future Initiative (FTF). The project aims to improve farmers' access to good quality seed of released rice varieties in Nigeria.
The Rice seed expert will be part of a multi‐disciplinary research team working to sustain and improve the productivity of rice‐based systems in Africa in line with AfricaRice's mission and mandate. S/he will report directly to the Regional Representative and the Rice Sector Development Program Leader. S/he will receive backstopping from AfricaRice senior experts in seed systems development. The Rice Seed Expert will work closely with the National Cereals Research Institute (NCRl), National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC), private seed companies and extension agencies in Nigeria.
The successful candidate will cater to Nigeria's urgent need for quality rice breeder and foundation seed. More specifically, s/he will:
Education: Post‐graduate degree in a relevant agricultural field.
Work Experience: Prior experience coordinating multiple stakeholders towards shared goals and objectives in particular in the area of seed systems development; working experience in Africa and private sector experience are highly desirable
Key Competencies Required: Knowledge of rice‐based systems in Africa is considered an important asset.
Language: Proficiency in English language and excellent written and spoken communication skills are required.
Terms and Conditions
Expressions of interest together with a full CV (MS Word format) and supporting statement should be directed in confidence to A.Kpadonou@cgiar.org with the vacancy reference in subject: IRS/07/DPC/2015/07.
Applications will be considered until Sunday, August 09, 2015.
AfricaRice is an equal opportunity employer. We believe that staff diversity promotes excellence in our operations and particularly welcome qualified applications from women, people living with disabilities and developing countries. AfricaRice thanks all applicants but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.