Potato Breeder and Seed Specialist Jobs in Guwahati - International Potato Center

Potato Breeder and Seed Specialist
International Potato Center
International Potato Center
Last Date 28 Feb 2018

International Potato Center - Job Details

Date of posting: 04 Jan 18

  • The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking a dynamic Potato Breeder and Seed Specialist with excellent scientific and technical skills to conduct potato variety release studies and scale up effective seed systems as part of the APART project in the state of Assam, India.
The Project: 
  • The Assam Agribusiness and Rural Transformation project (APART) is a comprehensive development project involving national and international partners funded by the World Bank. 
  • The project objective is to add value and improve resilience of selected agriculture value chains in targeted districts of Assam. 
  • CIP’s engagement is to provide technical backstopping, innovations, and capacity building along the entire potato value chain to increase its productivity, and improve the livelihoods of small-scale and marginal farmers. 
  • CIP will work in close collaboration with Assam government, university and private sector partners.
  •  The Position: This position will be based in Guwahati, India and will report to the Project Manager.
  •  One of the position’s objective is to test new potato varieties and advanced clones in multilocation demonstrations for variety selection and release with partner institutions in Assam. 
  • Further, the candidate will support project interventions to develop sustainable local seed systems and conduct trainings and capacity building of Integrated Seed Health Management. 
  • The candidate will work with interdisciplinary science teams at CIP’s regional office in New Delhi, India and headquarters in Lima, Peru. 
  • The work duties include frequent travel within Assam.  
 Duties and Accountabilities:
  • Support project partners in the design and agronomic evaluation of potato varieties and elite clones.
  • Record and manage data from field demonstrations and provide statistical analysis of phenotypic data.
  • Contribute to the development of variety release protocols.
  • Coordinate the scaling of seed production from recommended varieties, clones and new releases for demonstrations and dissemination.
  • Provide key technical advice to project partners, private sector and farmers in the development of formal and informal seed systems.
  • Provide key technical input into training programs to strengthen the capacity of local partners and farmers.
  • Contribute to writing training materials, technical progress reports and annual reviews and workplans as directed by the Project Manager.
 Selection Criteria:
  • Master’s degree in Agriculture or Biology.
  • Extensive experiences preferable in potato research and extension work with good knowledge in potato seed systems.
  • Good data management and statistical skills and proficiency in the use of key software applications (MS Word, MS Excel)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English and Hindi (knowledge of regional languages would be an advantage).
  • Extensive experiences in training programs and ability working in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.
  • CIP’s assignment in the APART project is for five years. 
  • This position is for one-year, with three-month probation period, and the possibility of annual renewal based on performance and the continuing availability of funds. 
  • The position is local thus limited to Indian nationals and permanent residents.
  • CIP prides itself on its collegial and supportive working environment, which allows space for personal and professional growth.

Job Summary

Job Type : Full Time
Job Role : Others
Job Category : Others
Hiring Process : Face to Face Interview
Who can apply : Freshers

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