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The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, known by its Spanish acronym, CIMMYT®, is a not-for-profit agricultural research for development organization with partners in over 100 countries. Please refer to our website for more information: www.cimmyt.org

We are seeking an experienced, pro-active and results-oriented agricultural economist to develop and implement a strategic socio-economic research agenda around the adoption and impact of cereal innovations in South Asia. The position contributes to CIMMYT’s research-for-development (R4D) to improve the livelihoods of Maize and Wheat farmers and consumers in South Asia. As a member of the CIMMYT Socio-Economics Program, and in close collaboration with biophysical scientists and international and national partners, the successful candidate will undertake applied research in relation to the sustainable intensification of wheat and maize-based farming systems and contribute to strengthening the institutional capacity in wheat- and maize R4D. The position is linked to key R4D projects in CIMMYT’s South Asia portfolio, including the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (http://csisa.cimmyt.org).

The position will preferably be based at CIMMYT-India office in New Delhi, but will involve frequent travel, including to other CIMMYT field sites particularly throughout target areas in South Asia. 

Specific duties:

  • Assess the adoption of wheat/maize innovations in selected South Asian geographies, particularly improved varieties and sustainable intensification practices, including diffusion dynamics and associated drivers.
  • Assess ways of enhancing the targeted diffusion of innovations in South Asia.
  • Assess the multidimensional (social, economic and environmental) impacts of such wheat/maize innovations, including their distributional effects especially on the livelihoods of resource-poor farmers, consumers, and women.
  • Translate findings into R4D priorities and implications, including the development of strategies, options, and recommendations to set research priorities, guide policy decisions, facilitate adaptations and stimulate scaling up and out.
  • Strengthen the impact culture within CIMMYT and beyond through better articulation of impact pathways and ex-post impact evaluation.
  • Help mobilize resources and publish findings in international peer-reviewed journals.
  • Assist the CSISA project, CIMMYT-South Asia team and Socio-Economics Program in any other matters as and when required.

Required academic qualifications, skills and attitudes:

  • D. in agricultural economics, development economics or a related social science field from a recognized institution.
  • At least 3-6 years of relevant experience in applied R4D in developing countries, preferably with experience in South Asia and agricultural sector.
  • Hands on experience with primary data collection and quantitative analysis in the context of adoption/impact studies.
  • Good partnership and interpersonal skills and team player, including ability to work with different nationalities, disciplines and educational levels, as a member of a diverse work team.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • A high degree of personal organization and the ability to multi-task and work under pressure, as well as travel extensively.
  • Established publication record in international peer-reviewed journals.
  • The selected candidate must exhibit the following competencies: Communication, Proactivity, Teamwork, Time Management, and Multi-Cultural Awareness.

The position is for an initial fixed-term for 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 IRS18137 Agricultural Economist. Screening and follow up will begin on Monday, November 5, 2018.

 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 Ricardo Perez (r.perez@cgiar.org) or Yessica Castillo (y.castillo@cgiar.org)

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.