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Seed Business Development and Policy Expert for Drought-Tolerant Maize for Africa (IRS position to be based in Africa)
11 February 2013

We are seeking a dynamic, results-oriented, Seed Business Development and Policy Expert, with a strong background in agricultural research and seed business development to join the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) team.

The selected candidate will work as a member of CIMMYT's Socio-Economics Program (SEP) in close collaboration with CIMMYTís Global Maize Program (GMP), and with particular focus on seed business development and associated policy advocacy and capacity strengthening efforts in support of DTMA. The position contributes to and draws on the experiences of a large multi-disciplinary research team with focus on developing and deploying improved Drought Tolerant (DT) maize cultivars for Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

The selected Scientist will be based at one of the CIMMYT regional offices in eastern and southern Africa (preferably Nairobi, Kenya), but will involve frequent travel, including other CIMMYT and DTMA field sites in Africa.

Key responsibilities of this position will be:

Agribusiness support to seed companies producing and marketing DT maize; Assess maize seed business opportunities in delivery countries with special emphasis on DT maize demand and supply, including seed market intelligence and demand assessment; Identify DT maize seed business market development strategies and propose practical improvements, including branding and targeting options; Diagnosis of national and regional seed policy constraints in seed production and marketing and advocacy of best practices for maize seed sector development; Seek, build and strengthen partnerships with public and private institutions for greatest impact of DTMA among farmers in SSA; Identify needs and opportunities for capacity strengthening of the public/private seed institutional partners; plan and implement capacity building strategy for enhancing seed business and marketing skills; Enhance access to business development services (e.g., financial services, certifying agencies, seed trade association) for small and medium enterprises and smallholder farmers for seed sector growth and wider adoption; Assist DTMA and CIMMYT management in any other matters as and when required.

Human Resources/CIMMYT
Reference 12269
Deadline: Mar. 8, 2013

We would greatly appreciate your assistance in bringing this announcement to the attention of qualified candidates.
If you or the candidate needed more information on the position, please contact the Human Resources Department to Guillermo Flores,

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
CIMMYT is an equal-opportunity employer and strives for staff diversity in gender and nationality.

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