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Associate Scientist - Mechanization and Farm operations

Asia and the Pacific: India

  • Organization: IRRI - International Rice Research Institute
  • Location: Asia and the Pacific: India
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Mechanics and Electronics (Engineering)
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
  • Closing Date: Closed
About IRRI
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger through rice science; improving the health and welfare of rice farmers and consumers; and protecting the rice-growing environment for future generations. IRRI is an independent, nonprofit, research and educational institute, founded in 1960 by the Ford and Rockefeller foundations with support from the Philippine government. The institute, headquartered in Los Baños, Philippines, has offices in 17 rice-growing countries in Asia and Africa, and over 1,000 staff.

Working with in-country partners, IRRI develops advanced rice varieties that yield more grain and better withstand pests and disease as well as flooding, drought, and other harmful effects of climate change.
Job Purpose
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) with the support of the Government of India, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare has established IRRI-South Asia Regional Centre (ISARC) in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. It is a regional facility that supports research collaboration, training, and service provision to institutions, scientists, farmers, and other stakeholders from India and other South Asian and African nations. The state-of-the-art rice research Centre catalyzes South-South collaboration, strengthens research and capacity development of rice-growing countries in the South Asia and Africa regions, and contributes towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals 2030. Recently the government of India has accorded approval for ISARC phase 2 through an MOU with IRRI to implement next-phase activities up to 2027 to help boost farmers’ incomes by enhancing and supporting rice productivity, reducing the cost of production, value addition, diversification, and enhancement of farmers’ skills.

The ISARC’s experimental station is in charge of the delivery, management, and maintenance of all research fields and facilities and will ensure the timely delivery of agronomic resources required by research programs within ISARC. This position will provide overall leadership and management of all operational activities related to crop production, crop protection, land preparation and management, and seed production ensuring optimum service delivery at all times. The position will be based at ISARC, Varanasi.
Roles and Responsibilities
● Supervise the day-to-day delivery of research farm services related to crop production, management of farm machinery and equipment, seed production, irrigation and drainage, and harvest, agrochemical services and pest control ensuring timely, effective and cost-efficient implementation of farm operations.
● Ensure continuous improvement and optimum service delivery on Field Operations through consistent review and analysis of existing and new processes, SOPs, guidelines, technologies & equipment.
● Provide support and information to IRRI regional hubs including state projects, country office, NARES and other partners in relation to farm management, operational standards, technology adoption, capacity building and agronomic processes.
● Ensure ISARC farm’s delivers effective and relevant services, operations, facilities and technologies to achieve the objectives of IRRI/ISARC research.
● In coordination with the Farm Manager as well as the Program/Research Leads, plan and monitor expenditures and savings ensuring accuracy and transparency on financial transactions.
● Provide effective input and required information for the development of research project proposals across all ISARC’s vertical by providing technical inputs on agronomic and experimental field operations, and agricultural technologies relevant to and supporting of the research objectives
● Evaluate different agro-machinery and practices used for different operations in rice based system and identify improved options for farmers and other stakeholders.
● Identify possible sources of agro and post-harvest machinery supply, fabrication of components and after sales.
● Service test and adapt machinery to suit local conditions of farmers and other actors. ● Collect loss data on piloted technologies to current practices (e.g. this could include piloting of various machines e.g. laser leveler, machine trans planter, seed drills, threshers, reaper, drier, storage, milling, value chain machines, etc. with farmers to determine benefits and local suitability, sources for fabrication, supply etc.)
● Monitor and manage approved budgets and write reports and billing statements.
● Establish, secure and maintain relationships with external stakeholders advancing ISARC’ mission of providing quality research services.
● Liaison with the IRRI HQ ZES team and IRS Platform to align the ISARC’s farm operations and activities as per the IRRI standards.
● Lead planning discussions for the coordination of research activities to ensure effective scheduling of agronomic operations and to effectively manage agronomic risks.
● Align and lead the negotiations with service providers and vendors.
● Coordinate with ISARC’s verticals for the requisition, preparation and proper handling of materials/equipment.
● Provide technical expertise as a resource for IRRI Education and during farm tours involving high level visitors and ensure effective provision of quality machinery.
●Contribute to the ISARC and associated projects activities on related aspects/ themes under the guidance of the supervisor and ISARC Director/ technical coordinator
● Contribute to the organization of CoCo, advisory committee, and other important meetings and monitoring/ execution of actions to be taken related to their units.
● Actively contribute to the drafting of communication materials, news, bulletins, etc.
● Lead and support fund generation activities by contributing to proposal writing and creating new opportunities.
● In collaboration with IRRI Legal, Finance and Supply Chain, continuously improve service packages of service providers including the development of new Service Agreements, Terms of Reference and be involved in biddings and contract renewals.
● Oversee the work of farm manager, technicians and monitor the work of service providers.
● Engage in the capacity building of NARES partners on different farm machinery.
Master’s degree in Agriculture Engineering (M.Tech) preferably Farm Machinery and Power Engineering with a minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in Agricultural Research Farm Management and Project Management, or related fields;

PhD in Agriculture Engineering preferably Farm Machinery and Power Engineering with 3 years of relevant experience
Skills Required
Mandatory -
Has experience managing farm/machinery (operation/R &M)/ team
Has excellent communication skills
Has good documentation and organizational skills
Has good leadership skills
Can negotiate with various stakeholders

Has experience working in a multi-cultural and international setting


In addition to the base salary indicated above, IRRI also offers the following allowances:

• House-Rent Allowance: IRRI provides a house rent allowance of 40% of base pay per month
• Transport Allowance: A monthly transport allowance of INR 5000
• Dearness Allowance: One Hundred and Thirteen percent (113%) of employee’s base pay
• Leave Travel Allowance (LTA): One-month base pay per annum, on availing minimum 2 days of vacation leave
• Education Allowance: INR 1000/- per child per month (limited 2 children) IRRI offers a highly extensive employee benefits package inclusive of globally-covered medical insurance, retirement plan, life and accident insurance and other allowances.

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