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International Potato Center POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Ref.: 17-89 PHS/India/NRS


The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking a dynamic Agronomist/Post-Harvest specialist to support a development initiative that will demonstrate and scale up improved potato production packages and sustainable intensification technologies combined with best pre- and post-harvest practices to increase incomes of smallholder potato producers in target districts of the APART project in Assam, India.

The Center: CIP is a non-for-profit international agricultural research-for-development organization with a focus on potato, sweet potato, and Andean roots and tubers. Its vision is of roots and tubers improving the lives of the poor. CIP is dedicated to achieving food security, improved well-being, and gender equity for poor people in root and tuber farming and food systems of the developing world. CIP works with partners to contribute high quality science, technology, and capacity strengthening for sustainable science-based solutions. CIP is headquartered in Lima, Peru, with staff and activities in over 30 locations across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. CIPisa member oftheCGIAR Consortium. CGIARisa global agricultureresearch partnership for a food secure future. Its science is carried out by the 15 research centers who are members of the CGIAR Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations.

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. The successful candidate will provide support to partners in planning and setting up field demonstrations, implementing sustainable intensification strategies, best practices in crop protection and improved storage management to minimize losses. 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 partners in household surveys and lead field surveys on pest and disease infestations. • Support project partners to demonstrate, monitor, and evaluate climate resilient and sustainable cropping practices.

• Record and manage data from field surveys and demonstrations and provide statistical analysis of sustainable intensification indicators and metrics.

• Demonstrate and test with partners and farmers innovative potato storage prototypes. • Provide key technical input into training programs to strengthen the capacity of local partners for scaling out improved production and post-harvest management technologies and storage facilities. • 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.

• Extensive experiences preferable in potato research and extension work with good knowledge of crop production and protection practices, including storage management.

• Good data management and statistical skills and proficiency in the use of key software applications (MS Word, MS Excel).

• Strongwritten and verbal communication skills in English and Hindi (knowledgeofregional languageswould be an advantage).

• Extensive experiences in training programs and ability working in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.

Conditions: 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.

Applications: Applicants should apply online through our CIP’s Job Opportunities website

(, including a letter of motivation, a full C.V. with the names and contact information ofthreereferencesthat areknowledgeableofthecandidate’sprofessional qualificationsand work experience. Screening of applications will begin on January 3, 2018 and will continue until the post is filled. All applications will be acknowledged; only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Learn more about CIP by accessing our web site at

CIP is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women and professionals from developing countries are particularly encouraged to apply

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: CIP - International Potato Center
  • Location: Guwahati
  • Grade: Mid/Senior - Internationally recruited position - Mid/Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Closing Date: 2018-01-03

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