Agricultural Economist – Scientist or Associate Scientist The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) seek a two well-qualified agricultural economists to join our international team of scientists who work to improve the livelihoods of maize and wheat farmers in the developing world. As a member of the CIMMYT Socioeconomics Program and in collaboration with public, private, local, and international partners, you will help create new opportunities for resource-poor farmers, help us and decision makers understand the key constraints to agricultural development, and translate your vision into a productive and exciting research agenda. Rooted in a strong culture of high-quality agricultural economics and social science research, the CIMMYT Socioeconomics Program has a team of qualified and motivated scientists in different regions and working closely with biophysical scientists. You will be based at the CIMMYT campus in Texcoco, Mexico, located 45 km northeast of Mexico City, and work in Latin America (mainly Central America and Mexico). Primary research objectives include: • Applied and strategic socioeconomics research to improve the productivity and market competitiveness of farmers in Mexico and Latin America, and to reduce their vulnerability to climate change and other shocks. • Understanding the determinants of technology adoption, impact pathways, and differential impacts on poverty, gender, and food security to target technology and policy interventions. • Institutional innovations and strategies to enhance farmers' access to and use of improved seeds, inputs, conservation agriculture, and better markets for surplus produce. • Analysis of agricultural transformation, productivity change, resource use, sustainability, and the drivers of change in maize- and wheat-based farming systems to inform investment and policy decisions. The job will require that you: • Publish and communicate research results through journals, policy briefs, general interest outlets, and the media. • Work and interact with farmers, partners, policymakers, and donors. • Contribute to the capacity-building of partners in national agricultural research systems. • Develop concept notes and proposals in strategic research areas. • Participate in center-wide and program strategy development and priority setting. We are seeking candidates with the following qualifications: • PhD in agricultural economics or a related discipline. • Relevant post-doctoral experience of at least five years (scientist) or three years (associate scientist). • Demonstrated contributions to applied agricultural economics through publications in international peer-reviewed journals. • A record as an effective, innovative, and energetic team player able to work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment, with extensive travel. • The following skills are desirable: experience in combining applied quantitative agricultural economics with qualitative methods; survey design and analysis; impact assessment; a good understanding of the challenges of agricultural transformation and poverty. • Experience in project development and management. • Excellent English communication and writing skills. Knowledge of Spanish is an advantage. CIMMYT (www.cimmyt.org) is an internationally funded, non-profit research and training organization affiliated with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR, www.cgiar.org) and has an annual budget of approximately US$60-70 million. CIMMYT’s mission is to sustainably increase the productivity of maize and wheat systems to ensure global food security and reduce poverty. The center is a global leader in scientific research and training related to maize and wheat, and in biotechnology, socioeconomics, and natural resource management research. These activities are conducted in partnership with national agricultural research systems, non-governmental organizations, and advanced research institutions, both public and private, in globally focused projects and programs. CIMMYT employs about 650 permanent staff and operates through decentralized partnership, with staff in 14 countries and projects and networks in many more. The positions are for an initial fixed-term contract of three years, renewable based on performance and availability of funds. CIMMYT offers an attractive remuneration package paid in US dollars, with a range of benefits including housing allowance, life and health insurance, education allowance (to Grade 12), home leave, retirement fund, and relocation shipping assistance. The CIMMYT campus has recreational and sports facilities and the center offers preschool care and transportation to an international school in Mexico City. CIMMYT is an equal-opportunity employer and strives for staff diversity in gender and nationality. Apply online no later than 15 November 2010. At www.cimmyt.org, click on “About us – Job Opportunities-2010/15 Position.” Please complete the online application, including your cover letter, competencies, and experience for the position and a detailed CV/resume. For further information, contact Dr. Bekele Shiferaw, director, Socioeconomics Program, email@example.com, or the Human Resources Office, jobs- firstname.lastname@example.org.
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