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Position: Lead Specialist - Crop Modeling
Organization: IRRI Country Office, Odisha, India.
Application URL: http://irri.org/talentlink/details.html?id=Q7LFK026203F3VBQB79QWQWAS&nPostingID=550&nPostingTargetID=1245&mask=irriext&lg=EN
Posted Date: 2017-02-16
Deadline: 2017-02-17
IRRI India is seeking a specialist to lead and implement the study related to science-based rice monitoring system.

The candidate is required to :

develop data management methodologies, coordinate and monitor activities while collaborating with private sector, government, university, and partners.

interpret research findings and present data in various formats and contribute in writing scientific peer review journal papers.

provide technical support and deliver training sessions to staff and other stakeholders (internal/external).

This position is based at IRRI Country Office, Odisha, India and can only be filled by citizens and permanent residents of India.

Roles and Responsibilities


Lead and manage the overall design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the project related to science-based rice monitoring system to ensure defined objectives meet projectís research requirements
Recommend new processes and/or improvement(s) to ensure efficient performance including operational manuals and review of standard operating procedures (SOP).
Synthesize and verify quality of field data and interpret research findings based on the defined objective
Develop training manuals and conduct capacity building on technology transfers to gain appreciation of using science-based rice monitoring system from target audience

Collaborate with internal/external key research partner(s) including government, local NGOs, local farmer groups, and universities to create best suitable management pathway(s)
Work together with project leaders and/or collaborating partners to define the scope of research activities and harmonize the undertakings of the team(s) assigned in districts
Establish and maintain linkages with project team, local government unit, partners, farmer groups, and universities to ensure smooth execution of field activities and work plan

Analyze and recommend interventions to resolve appearing difficulties such as setbacks through technical errors, license and/or other complex issues that affect the successful completion of the research study
Supervise the implementation of data management to guarantee quality data, data back up and data integrity
Review existing course of actions, develop work plan, set milestones and supervise the implementation of research activities
Prepare and assure quality of project reports and papers for presentation at policy and academic forums and publication in the impact peer review journals
Perform any other duties as assigned by supervisor from time to time


Master Degree in Agronomy, Soil Science or other related discipline with 6 years relevant work experience in Crop Modeling or;
PhD Degree in Agronomy, Soil Science, and other related discipline with 3 years relevant experience in Crop Modeling or equivalent training or experience
Skills Required

Extensive proven technical proficiency in crop modeling and using ORYZA
Experience in writing research papers and/or reports
Excellent analytical skills
Experience with implementing data management tools
Extensive research management experience
Experience leading/supervising a team
Strong decision-making skills

Experience writing project proposals
Knowledge on GIS, Remote Sensing, and Statistics
Knowledge on equal opportunity, cultural, and gender diversity
Knowledge on occupational health and safety

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