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International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) Texcoco, State of Mexico
Maize Improvement & Seed System Specialist (IRS position to be based in Islamabad, Pakistan)
9 April 2013

We are seeking an innovative, results-oriented agricultural scientist in skills in maize breeding and seed systems research and development, to support accelerated deployment of high-yielding and stress-tolerant maize hybrids in Pakistan. The selected scientist will work as a member of the CIMMYT Global Maize Program, and will play a key role in Pakistan Agricultural Innovation Project (AIP), a four-year, USAID-supported Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D) program, designed to promote economic growth in Pakistan by bringing more farms and more hectares under improved technologies and management practices, and by increasing the productivity and production value of livestock, horticultural, and cereal crops.

The selected scientist will be based at the CIMMYT Office in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Specific responsibilities of these positions will include:

Support and strengthen maize breeding, testing and adoption of maize hybrids with high yield potential, and resilience to important abiotic (especially drought and heat) and biotic stresses, in active collaboration with local institutions and other CIMMYT scientists and partners in the region: Engage in seed production research of promising maize hybrids; Seek, build and strengthen partnerships with public and private institutions involved in maize R4D in Pakistan and engaged in improved maize hybrid uptake, production, promotion and delivery; Actively contribute to the success of AIPís maize improvement and seed systems strategy with project partners to achieve production and distribution of the targeted quantity and quality of improved maize seed to the farmers in the targeted provinces in Pakistan; Technical backstop and strengthen the capacity of SME (small & medium enterprise) seed sector and NARES partners involved in the maize seed systems work under the framework of Pakistan AIP Project and CIMMYTís overall research agenda; Contribute to the Project communication strategy and visibility of the Project achievements; Ensure effective networking, collaboration and communication with relevant partners/institutions in South Asia; Identify and facilitate linkages to other relevant CIMMYT projects, as well as projects implemented by other development partners in AIP target areas to encourage exchange and utilization of technologies and outputs between projects; Contribute to the visibility of CIMMYTís research, partnerships and impacts. Coordinate and participate in AIP research and capacity building that accelerates rates of gain in key Pakistan wheat breeding and testing programs through modernizations that increase the quantity, quality, and timeliness of phenotypic and genotypic data, and reduce years per breeding cycle.

Contact: Guillermo Flores,
Human Resources/CIMMYT
Reference 12291
Deadline: May 6, 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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