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Senior Research Officer – Irrigation Agronomist

ICRISAT Vacancy: Senior Research Officer – Irrigation Agronomist

The position: The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is seeks to recruit Senior Research Officer – Irrigation Agronomist for its office based at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Provide scientific leadership in synthesizing best-bet Irrigation agronomy technologies, tools and approaches in Ethiopia and beyond.

General: The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is an International organization, one of the 15 CGIAR centres, which conducts agricultural research for rural development in drought-prone of Africa and Asia, headquartered in Patancheru (Hyderabad, Telangana, India) with several regional centers (Bamako (Mali), Nairobi (Kenya)) and country offices, including in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. ICRISAT adopts integrated genetic and natural resources management as its overarching research strategy to improve productivity and enhance resilience of dryland systems. ICRISAT-Ethiopia works with national partners on availing technologies to dry land farmers and agro-pastoralists, enhancing technology utilization, linking farmers to markets, and strengthening the national capacity.

Job Purpose: ICRISAT and partners have been engaged in developing efficient dryland irrigation systems in Ethiopia and other sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) countries intended to minimize risks of drought, increase productivity and enhance resilience of fragile landscapes.

Key Responsibilities:

Provide scientific leadership in synthesizing best-bet Irrigation agronomy technologies, tools and approaches in Ethiopia and beyond
Identify incentive mechanisms for adopting best-bet irrigation agronomy technologies and practices, by reviewing existing in-country and broader experiences
Facilitate national and international partners in improving production and productivity of irrigation agriculture, with particular emphasis on horticulture and irrigation water management
Conduct various cross-scheme, on-farm irrigation agronomy trials through organizing and facilitating farmers research groups in four regions of Ethiopia
Work with multi-disciplinary team of irrigation engineers, modellers, input suppliers, social scientists and other experts to support an efficient small-scale irrigation which would bring increased benefits to farmers
Develop and strengthen partnership between the various bureaus and regional agricultural research institutions so that expertise and technologies from the various institutions reach farmers’ fields and schemes
Facilitate training events, cross-site and cross-regional visits, and expert meetings in improved scheme management including on-farm water management, soil fertility management, IPM, seed systems and home garden management
Back stop regional and woreda experts in compiling and sharing scheme level information on irrigation agriculture
Publish major scientific findings in journals, book chapters and other communication outlets. Distil key lessons across sites and regions on irrigation success factors and institutional learning
Contribute to the resource mobilization efforts of ICRISAT and the CGIAR Research Programs through writing research proposals, building capacity in our partners, engaging with the University sector by co-supervising postgraduate students
Support the project manager in communications and compilation of knowledge; facilitating workshops and reaching experts engaged in SSI in the regions
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