CIMMYT is a not-for-profit research institute, one of the largest centers of the CGIAR, a global organization working on the most important Agricultural Research for Development impacts. CIMMYT’s specialty is to provide global expertise in two of the world’s most important field crops along with partners in over 100 countries. As staple foods, maize and wheat provide vital nutrition and health benefits for millions of people in low-and-middle income regions. CIMMYT tackles food insecurity through improved nutrient-rich, risk-mitigating, high-yielding varieties, as well as sustainable agricultural practices and other innovative options to improve the livelihoods of resource-poor farmers. The U.N. projects that the global population will increase to more than 9 billion people by 2050, which means that the successes and failures of wheat and maize farmers will continue to have a crucial impact on food security globally.
We are seeking a Program Director to lead CIMMYT’s core initiative, the Global Wheat Program (GWP). GWP is dedicated to developing wheat germplasm and technologies for low-and-middle income countries. CIMMYT’s germplasm is used by breeding programs around the world to develop or select varieties that are grown by farmers on more than 70 million hectares; the program is the leading driver for global wheat food security. The Program Director will report to the Director General of CIMMYT and is a member of CIMMYT’s Management Committee.
GWP applies multidisciplinary approaches including conventional and molecular breeding, genetics, pathology, physiology, nutrition, and food science. The Program Director will provide strategic leadership while managing the research portfolio in line with CIMMYT and CGIAR strategies and priorities to develop productive, nutritious, profitable and ecologically sustainable wheat crop system technology options. S/he will also initiate/coordinate fundraising to ensure funding continuity for CIMMYT’s wheat focus.
GWP collaborates with wheat research programs worldwide, partnering with National Agricultural Research Systems in more than 80 countries, advanced research institutes, other CGIAR locations, and private sector companies. The Program Director is responsible for coordinating these partnerships and implementing inclusive, empowering, and synergistic approaches.
Our selected candidate will seek and drive new approaches and models for enhancing wheat technology innovation, guiding GWP in the pursuit of new research priorities (with the goal of delivering the best science to wheat farmers and consumers).
Job Responsibilities: Program Director, Global Wheat Program
The PD for GWP will establish and lead the vision and direction for wheat improvement at CIMMYT, focusing on sustainable wheat food security, reducing poverty, improving nutrition, mitigating and adapting to climate change, and strengthening of partner capabilities. S/he will successfully execute CIMMYT’s vision to develop and implement research priorities for wheat improvement, that meet the needs of society in the coming decades.
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Ryan Raver, PhD, Managing Director
(734) 658-3420 Cell (Preferred)
Dave Jensen, CEO and Founder
(928) 274-2266 Cell (Preferred)
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