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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow on ‘Scaling readiness of Nutrient Management Decision Support Tools’


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

We are seeking an outstanding, motivated candidate for the position of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow investigating ‘Scaling readiness of Nutrient Management Decision Support Tools (DSTs) in different institutional environments; Ethiopia and Tanzania’. The position offers a career opportunity for a researcher interested in understanding and improving the advice (provision) needs of agricultural knowledge providers (such as extensionists, agro-dealers, input providers, etc.) and smallholder farmers with impact in East-Africa (Ethiopia/Tanzania). The successful candidate will work in the Sustainable Intensification Program as a member of the Taking Maize Agronomy to Scale (TAMASA) project, and in collaborations with other CGIAR Research Programs working on similar decision support tools. This position will contribute to improve the delivery and uptake of nutrient management advisory tools that aim to increase African maize production while avoiding increases in greenhouse gas emissions. Working directly with different types of farmers and advisory services, the project examines the ‘user logics’ and institutional environments that affect the large-scale uptake of these climate-smart nutrient management advisory tools by smallholder farmers in Ethiopia and Tanzania.

This position is based at CIMMYT’s office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and will involve significant international travel.

Specific duties:

  • Mapping and analyzing the institutional environments of (DST-based) nutrient advice delivery.
  • Analyzing and understanding different farmer nutrient management practices, nutrient use logics and nutrient use knowledge gaps in specific research sites.
  • Analyzing ‘user logics’ of different types of knowledge service providers (agro-dealers, agribusiness, extension, etc.).
  • Work closely with agronomists, soil scientists and social scientists in the development of different types of decision support tools for nutrient advice targeting users operating at different scales.
  • Prepare trainings and training materials for decision support tool workshops with various types of users.
  • To disseminate complex and conceptual ideas arising from the project to stakeholders and peers using a range of media and to present the results of the research to academic and policy audiences (including through the writing of peer-reviewed journal articles, policy briefs, and at international conferences).

Required academic qualifications, skills and attitudes:

  • A recent Ph.D. in an agriculture-related social science (such as rural development studies, agricultural economics) or an agricultural science (soil science, agronomy) or a related field.
  • Excellent interview skills (including leading of focus group discussions) and capacity to interact with a wider range of agricultural sector stakeholders, such as policy makers, government officials, agri-business, researchers and extension workers.
  • Experience within smallholder agriculture settings in Africa.
  • Specialist knowledge concerning the governance and wider dimensions of science and innovation.
  • A track record of research output in peer-reviewed publications as can be expected at the candidate’s stage of career development.
  • Experience with ICT for agriculture, app. development and/or digital data collection techniques (i.e. Open Data Kit) is an advantage.
  • Experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Excellent oral, written and presentation skills in English. Knowledge of Swahili, Oromia or Amharic is an advantage.
  • Flexibility to travel and frequent travelling across Eastern Africa.
  • The selected candidate must exhibit the following competencies: Multicultural awareness/Sensitivity, Communication, Pro-activity, Problem Solving, Teamwork, Service Orientation, Relationship with external stakeholders and Project Management.

The position is for an initial fixed-term for two (2) 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, car, 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 for IRS18112 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow on
‘Scaling readiness of Nutrient Management Decision Support Tools’. Screening and follow up of applications will begin on Friday, 9 March 2018. Incomplete applications (CV and Cover Letter) will not be taken into consideration. For further information on the selection process, please contact Yessica Castillo, at 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.