The Excellence in Breeding Platform (EiB) (www.excellenceinbreeding.org) is a CGIAR cross-commodity platform that supports the modernization of breeding programs targeting Africa, Asia, and Latin America for greater impact on food and nutrition security, climate change adaptation and development. By providing important outcomes to under-resourced peoples, the CGIAR centers help realize the founding mission of the CGIAR system – they target low-and-middle-income countries for greater impact on food and nutrition security, climate change adaptation and development.
The Platform is part of the new CGIAR portfolio of research programs and platforms (www.cgiar.org/our-strategy), and is led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, known by its Spanish acronym, CIMMYT®, a not-for-profit research and training organization with partners in over 100 countries (www.cimmyt.org).
The Platform is seeking a breeding oriented Market Researcher to align and lead the knowledge sourcing efforts of breeding teams to more appropriately inform the development of high quality product profiles that are aligned with farmer and consumer needs and the drivers of variety adoption. A high quality product profile describes the characteristics of the varieties or intermediate germplasm that will be developed by the breeding program. The ultimate varieties developed should successfully replace currently grown varieties whilst also satisfying, where relevant, requirements such as gender needs, processing needs, human nutrition and genetic diversity of the local germplasm base. Replacing currently grown varieties will require deep understanding of the drivers of variety adoption, including understanding the needs of food crop value chain actors (e.g. seed suppliers, farmers, processors and final consumers). The successful candidate will not be conducting this research nor developing the product profiles but rather will perform the below specific duties.
The position will be based at either CIMMYT headquarters in Mexico, or at the ICRAF campus in Nairobi and will involve significant international travel.
Required academic qualifications, skills and attitudes:
The position is for an initial fixed-term of three (3) years, after which further employment is subject to performance and the continued availability of funds. CIMMYT’s internationally competitive salary and benefits include housing allowance, comprehensive health and life insurance, assistance for children’s education, paid vacation, annual airfare, contribution to a retirement plan, and generous assistance with relocation shipment.
Candidates must apply online to the IRS19146_Market Researcher. Screening and follow up will begin on Monday April 20, 2020. Applications must include a CV and a letter of interest. Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration. For further information on the selection process, please contact Yessica Castillo (email@example.com)
Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
This position will remain open until filled.
CIMMYT is an equal opportunity employer. It fosters a multicultural work environment that values gender equality, teamwork, and respect for diversity. Women are encouraged to apply.
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