aus ATSAF JobNews 2012-30
Integrated Soil Management Advisor (IITA)
Initial appointment is for three years (renewable) starting as soon as possible.
Organisation/Location: IITA, Tamale or Accra, Ghana
Application deadline: The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found
Background: The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) invite applications for the regionally recruited position of Integrated Soil Management Advisor.
IITA is an international non-profit research-for-development (R4D) organization created in 1967, governed by a Board of Trustees, and supported primarily by the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Our R4D is anchored on the development needs of sub-Saharan Africa. We develop agricultural solutions with our partners to tackle hunger and poverty by reducing producer and consumer risks, enhancing crop quality and productivity, and generating wealth from agriculture. We have more than 100 internationally recruited scientists from about 35 countries and 900 nationally recruited staff based in various stations across Africa. Please visit http://www.iita.org/ for more information on IITA.
We are seeking an Integrated Soil Management Advisor for an upcoming 5-year USAID-funded project in Ghana that aims to increase the availability of appropriate and affordable technologies to sustainably improve short and long-term agricultural productivity in maize, rice, and soya for women and men smallholders in northern Ghana. The project is composed of three components (seeds, soil fertility, and capacity for agricultural research) and will operate primarily by improving the capacity of both the public and private sector actors in their respective roles in technology development and dissemination. The Project is closely integrated with other Ghana Feed the Future (FtF), Government of Ghana’s (GOG) Medium Term Agricultural Sector Investment Plan (METASIP), and development partner projects and is the main effort of the Ghana FTF strategy to address issues within the seed and soil fertility sectors. The position is contingent upon IITA being awarded the project.
The Integrated Soil Management Advisor will:
Identify, test and disseminate proven and new ISFM technologies,
Monitor the performance of ISFM technologies under farmer conditions, including compilation of databases, in the context of a participatory M&E framework
Undertake activities that strengthen private sector participating in development and dissemination of ISFM technologies
provide technical advice in the development, implementation, and adaption of ISFM systems
Engage in planning, budgeting, financial management, reporting, supervision, training, oversight, and M&E
S/he must have a minimum of MSc degree in agriculture related fields.
Minimum of 7 years’ professional experience in developing countries, some of which should be in Africa, in increasing the availability of soil fertility management technologies for smallholder agriculture. Soil fertility management experience should include several of the following: soil nutrient management, conservation agriculture, minimum tillage, cropping systems and rotations, agro-forestry, chemical fertilizer, including tailored blends, and soil amendments (e.g., lime).
Experience with value chain approaches in developing fertilizer sectors, including fostering vertical and horizontal relationships in the industry to increase quality of services and products, especially for smallholder farmers, and promote competitiveness of the industry.
Experience in building capacity of both public and private sector actors in the fertilizer sector in carrying out regulatory requirements for the fertilizer industry including quality assurance, establishment and use of grades/standards, packaging and labeling, and inspection/testing.
Technology transfer or agricultural work experience in Ghana or SSA is required.
Willingness to travel.
USAID experience is preferable.
Duty Station: Tamale or Accra, Ghana
General Information: Initial appointment is for three years (renewable) starting as soon as possible. IITA offers a competitive remuneration package paid in US dollars.
Applications: Applications including covering letter, curriculum vitae, names and addresses of three referees should be addressed to the Human Resources Manager. Please complete our online application form using this link: http://www.iita.org/irs-online-application
The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found
IITA is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from women candidates.
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.