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Global Crop Improvement Leader

Lima (Peru)

International Potato Center POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Ref.: 18-63 GCIL/GRS/HQ

Global Crop Improvement Leader The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking a dynamic Plant Breeder to lead its Global Crop Improvement research area. The incumbent will lead an international, vibrant and global scientific team workingwith national agricultural research systems and Advanced Research Institutions to plan and carry out potato and sweetpotato breeding research, capacity building and outreach toward sustainable productivity gains and global food security.

About the role

This position will report to the Research Director and the location is CIP’s headquarters in Lima, Peru; with frequent international travel in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The purpose of the position is to lead and coordinate CIP’s potato and sweetpotato crop improvement strategies with scientists in breeding, genetic resources, bioinformatics/statistics, genomics, social science and biotechnology in collaboration with other Science Leaders and disciplinary teams. The scientist role is to organize the delivery and long-term ability of CIP’s breeding populations to help meet the growing demand for safe and nutritious food under the challenges such as climate change, and to sustain increasing rates of genetic gain. Responsibilities will include conducting and coordinating strategic and applied research and product development in institutional programmatic and international collaborative contexts. One of the major objectives of the applied research is the development of improved populations and varieties, the use of diploid and tetraploid potato germplasm, and increasing progress towards developing hybrid cultivars in both potato and sweetpotato. In depth knowledge and demonstrated accomplishment in allocation of breeding resources from germplasm enhancement to variety development and registration is required. Fund raising, research strategy setting, pipeline and stage/gate management, as well as team management skills are key responsibilities of the position.

Key responsibilities:

Strategic and applied Research

• Provide strategic scientific leadership for potato and sweetpotato crop improvement, setting breeding priorities for thenext two decades in interaction withother science leaders towards the achievement of CIP’s strategic objectives, mission and vision.

• Provide science vision, long-term strategy and a customer/beneficiary driven perspective to CIP’s breeding efforts in order to reach goals and secure the delivery of the breeding pipeline. • Achieve scientific excellence through the use of up-to-date crop improvement methods, knowledge and information exchange, team building and strengthening communities of practice. • The incumbent will direct and support the use of basic and improved genetic resources, enjoying proximity to potato and sweetpotato genebanks and diverse environments and cultures in centers of diversity and across target environments for crop improvement Program Management and Planning

• As amemberoftheScienceLeadershipTeam,contributetodevelopCIP’sStrategicPrograms’ business plans ensuring the contribution of crop improvement teams in the definition and delivery of breeding outputs and outcomes in the short, medium and long term. • Ensure proper management of projects and financial resources

• Participate in attracting competitive grants and external funding from a range of public and private donors to implement crop improvement activities, expand international linkages and collaborative programs.

• Attract researchers, interns, and visiting scholars to CIP and develop collaborative projects, and provide opportunities for students and breeders to get exposure and expand linkages between national and international agricultural research institutions.

• Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with relevant crop improvement science institutions to conduct priority research activities to support the realization of research objectives.

• Promote the formation of multidisciplinary teams to support the delivery of breeding products that respond to demands of stakeholders.

• Articulate and execute career development and succession plans.

What we are looking for?

• PhD in Plant Breeding, advanced knowledge in quantitative genetics, population improvement, statistics and molecular breeding including genomic selection, preferably but not exclusively in polyploid and/or clonal crops.

• At least 10 years’ experience and recognized achievements in clonal crop breeding or equivalent accomplishments in at least one major food crop.

• At least 5 years’ experience as a senior crop improvement program or project manager in public and/or private organizations. Having at least 3 years of experience as a project leader contributing to international research programs in an agricultural research for development context would be a plus.

• Experience in leading multi-cultural teams within a developing country context. • Excellent leadership skills to collaborate effectively.

• Demonstrated success in managing multi-disciplinary teams and partnerships. • Demonstrated experience in attracting substantial research funding.

• Strong publication record in the discipline.

• Strong written and oral communication skills in English is required. Spanish, French or other languages are an asset.

Why should you consider this opportunity?

• CIPisaglobalandreputableinternationalorganizationthathasastrong,state-of-the-artR&D background, and is a recent World Food Price Winner and awarded with theAl-Sumait Award for our Orange Flesh Sweet Potato work in Africa. • CIP is dedicated to achieving food security, improved nutrition and well-being, and gender equality for poor people in root and tuber farming and food systems of the developing world.

• CIP is a member of the CGIAR Consortium, a network of 15 research centers that are mostly

located in the developing world and supported by more than 50 donor members.

What are we offering?

• Great career opportunity in an international organization.

• Salary will be internationally competitive, paid in US dollars, and commensurate with


• Comprehensive international insurance coverage.

• Attractive retirement plan.

• Three-year term contract with the possibility of renewal.

• Work in an equal and diverse workplace.

How to apply?

If you are interested in this role apply here or if you can provide suggested contacts for Career Trax

Inc (CTI) on this search, please contact us in confidence until August 6, 2018. All applications will be

acknowledged; however only short-listed candidates will becontacted. Our search is notconfidential

and this document may be redistributed.

Dave Jensen, Managing Director

(928) 282-5366 Office

(928) 274-2266 Cell (Preferred)

Skype: daveproactive

Ryan Raver, Executive Recruiter

(507) 272-2846 Cell

Skype: ryan.raver

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: Lima (Peru)
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-06

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