ICRISAT Research Management Coordinator Jobs in Ethiopia

ICRISAT Research Management Coordinator Jobs in Ethiopia

The position

  • The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is seeking to recruit Research Management Coordinator – Soil for its office based at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


  • 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.

  • ICRISAT and partners have been engaged in developing farmer-centred, landscape and farming system-oriented soil fertility management tools and guidelines in Ethiopia and other SSA countries intended to increase productivity, target management options and reduces production costs of small scale farmers.

  • ICRISAT invites applications for the position of a soil scientist, with extensive skills in agronomy and modelling to support our ICRISAT-Ethiopia programme.

  • The position will be based in Addis Ababa at ILRI compound, with frequent travels to the respective regions and woredas.

  • The appointment starts with two years contract and further employment is subject to performance.

    Key Responsibilities

  • Provides scientific leadership in synthesizing best-bet soil fertility management technologies, tools and approaches in Ethiopia and beyond;

  • Identifies incentive mechanisms for adopting best-bet integrated soil fertility management (ISFM) technologies and practices, by reviewing existing in-country and broader experiences;

  • Facilitates national and international partners in improving production and productivity of rainfed and irrigation agriculture, with particular emphasis on fertilizer recommendation, nutrient recycling and organic resources management;

  • Conducts various cross-scheme, on-farm agronomy trials through organizing and facilitating farmers research groups in various regions of Ethiopia;

  • Works with multi-disciplinary team of soil scientists, modellers, input suppliers, social scientists and other experts to support integrated soil fertility management which would bring increased benefits to farmers;

  • Develops and strengthens partnership between the various bureaus and regional agricultural research institutions so that expertise and technologies from the various institutions reach farmers’ fields and schemes;

  • Organizes training events, cross-site and cross-regional visits, and expert meetings in improved scheme management including soil fertility management, IPM, seed systems and home garden management;

  • Back stops regional and woreda experts in compiling and sharing scheme level information on integrated soil fertility management;

  • Publishes major
    scientific findings in journals, book chapters and other communication outlets. Distil key lessons across sites and regions on ISFM success factors and institutional learning;

  • Contributes 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;

  • Supports the project manager in communications and compilation of knowledge; facilitating workshops and reaching experts engaged in ISFM in the regions;

    Minimum Requirements


  • PhD or Master’s degree in Soil Science, Plant Nutrition, Systems Agronomy, or related fields; with at least three years’ experience in soils research;

  • In depth knowledge in a technical or specialized field;

  • Understanding of theoretical concepts / principles and their context


  • PhD with 3 years’ experience or Masters degree with 10 years’ experience

  • Significant expertise in planning and executing ISFM agronomic practices at farm and landscape scales;

  • Considerable practical agricultural experience, including experience on facilitating input evaluation, on-farm experimentation and working with farmers;

  • Experience with adapting agricultural practices to local biophysical and socio-economic conditions;


  • Record of writing high quality scientific papers and compiling, publishing and sharing knowledge;

  • Strong skills in statistical packages, including R and SAS

  • Ability to facilitate events and work with people at various skills and institutions;

  • Willingness to travel and stay considerable time away from home;

  • Commitment to improve farm productivity and address rural poverty

    Desirable Criteria

  • Knowledge of the context of smallholder farmers in the highly vulnerable climates of the semi-arid tropics and agronomic knowledge of the major crops and cropping systems of Ethiopia and region.

  • Demonstrated ability to write proposals and fund raise.

    Terms of appointment

  • This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position, initial appointment is for two years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding.

  • The ILRI/ICRISAT remuneration package for nationally recruited staff in Ethiopia includes very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc.

  • The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus with dining and sports facilities.


  • Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae.

  • The position and reference number: RMCS/09/20 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter.

  • Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; ICRISAT Research Management Coordinator Jobs in Ethiopia

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