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Senior Market Strategist for Steering Breeding Product Profile Designs

The CGIAR Excellence in Breeding Platform (EiB) is a cross-commodity platform that supports the modernization of breeding programs targeting Africa, Asia, and Latin America for greater impact on food and nutrition security, climate change adaptation and development. By providing important outcomes to under-resourced peoples, the CGIAR centers help realize the founding mission of the CGIAR system – they target low-and-middle-income countries for greater impact on food and nutrition security, climate change adaptation and development.

The Platform is part of the new CGIAR portfolio of research programs and platforms (www.cgiar.org/our-strategy), and is led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, known by its Spanish acronym, CIMMYT®, a not-for-profit research and training organization with partners in over 100 countries (www.cimmyt.org).

Senior Market Strategist for Steering Breeding Product Profile Designs

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The Excellence in Breeding (EiB) Platform is recruiting an innovative Senior Market Strategist specializing in breeding product profile designs. EiB supports breeding programs targeting Africa, Asia and Latin America to adopt best practices and technologies to improve rates of genetic gain and variety turnover, for impact on livelihoods, food and nutrition security, and climate change adaptation.

The Senior Market Strategist will align and lead the knowledge sourcing efforts of steering breeding teams to utilize more targeted information in the development of equitable and data-based product profiles that are aligned with farmer and consumer needs and the drivers of variety adoption. The candidate will have the competency and design tools to synthesize data of a well-balanced and gender-inclusive product profile, describing the traits and features of the varieties or germplasm that will be developed by the breeding program. The improved varieties and and/or parental lines developed aim to successfully replace currently grown varieties, whilst also satisfying requirements such as gender needs, processing qualities, human nutrition, and genetic diversity of the local germplasm base. Replacing current market dominating varieties will require development of extensive understanding and data assimilation of the drivers of variety adoption, including understanding the needs of food crop value chain actors (e.g. seed suppliers, farmers, processors, and final consumers). The successful candidate will primarily be coordinating with CGIAR centers who have scientists performing this research and guide the product profile designs and be impact focused.

The position will be based at either CIMMYT headquarters in Mexico, or at the ICRAF campus in Nairobi and will involve significant international travel.

Specific duties:

  • Develop methods and approaches to understand the drivers of variety adoption and to facilitate the design of product profiles which will guide the development of improved varieties.
  • Continual engagement with internal and external partners to influence strategies and decisions executed.
  • Develop strategies and processes to help breeders define adoption criteria for new varieties.
  • Develop innovative analytical tools for extracting and assimilating currently available information in collaboration with gender, socioeconomic and marketing experts across the CGIAR centers to understand the drivers of variety adoption and to inform the development of better product profiles.
  • Ensure human nutrition, socially inclusive needs, and circumstances, particularly of women and youth in rural households, are considered in the design of product profiles.
  • Coordinate with the Module 1 Lead, the breeding teams and their management to ensure available data sources are effectively used to design product profiles to set clear breeding objectives and all relevant breeding program decisions are data-based and specify potential impact.
  • Regularly lead work with other modules, represent EiB within this skill area and contribute to the work of others in EiB modules, ensuring interconnectedness across programs and within the team.
  • Frequent contact across internal and external partnerships, including leads at partner Centres, to persuade partners to commit to change
  • Produce a training strategy: develop and oversee work plan and budget
  • Lead and contribute to coaching and mentorship activities for EiB partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
  • Contribute to the EiB Product Design and Management module annual and multi-year work plan development, execution, and reporting, and co-manage associated budgets.

Required academic qualifications, skills and perspectives:

  • MBA/DBA or PhD. in business development, marketing and/or socioeconomics from a recognized institution, or M.S. with equivalent experience.
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in the agricultural-market sector. Commercial experience will be viewed favorably.
  • Experience in collection, analyses and interpretation of market intelligence data; awareness of the challenges of collecting such data and of variety replacement in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Familiarity with the seed sector/seed value chains and experience with defining breeding product profiles is desirable. Awareness of marketing methods, including requirements for variety adoption and marketing methods, of new varieties to developing world farmers.
  • Commitment to social inclusiveness, including awareness of the role women have in variety uptake, challenges associated with generating market intelligence pertaining to women’s needs and the role in achieving greater household food security and farm incomes.
  • Desired skills:
  • Ability to strategically and persuasively engage partners across disciplines and Centres to help guide development of product profiles which set objectives for data-driven breeding programs.
  • Interpersonal aptitude to respectfully and tactfully present a paradigm shift and ensure adoption of new operating processes such as collection, synthesis and use of socio-economic data for breeding targeting
  • Ability to work across internal and external partnerships, including leads at partner Centres, and various disciplines (e.g. breeding, gender, social, communications) to ensure partners commit to and adopt changes within breeding programs
  • Demonstrated experience of synthesizing multi-disciplinary data (marketing, socio-economic etc.) to define ideals for variety replacement
  • Ability for creative and strategic thinking in identifying and adapting approaches
  • Research acumen to understand problems, develop tools and analyses of extracting relevant information from market participants, and assimilate and interpret information for developing solutions to problems.
  • Demonstrated prowess and enthusiasm to work in multidisciplinary and multi-cultural environments.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, develop and oversee workplans and budget
  • Results focused and pragmatic approach to multidimensional data assimilation.
  • Proficiency in using data and statistical software at an advanced level, and ability to develop tools
  • Teaching, training and capacity development; ability to work effectively within a product-oriented perspective, while engaging and motivating organizations/stakeholders disinclined to change.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills in English. Fluency levels sufficient for training, dialog and persuasion.

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The position is for an initial fixed term of three (3) years, after which further employment is subject to performance and the continued availability of funds. CIMMYT’s internationally competitive salary and benefits include housing allowance, comprehensive health and life insurance, assistance for children’s education, paid vacation, annual airfare, contribution to a retirement plan, and generous assistance with relocation shipment.

CIMMYT is an equal opportunity employer. It fosters a multicultural work environment that values gender equality, teamwork, and respect for diversity. Women are encouraged to apply.

Applications must include covering letter which should address how the candidate’s background/experience relates to the specific duties of the position applied for, curriculum vitae, names, and addresses of three professional referees (which must include either the Head of the applicant’s current or previous organization or applicant’s direct Supervisor/Superior at his/her present or former place of work). The application should be addressed to Ms. Auree de Carbon by email at: adecarbon@carrhure.com no later than 18TH of August at 18:00 CET. Please indicate in the ‘Subject’ of the email the title ‘application for the post of ‘Senior Market Strategist for steering breeding product profile designs’.

Module Lead for Breeding Process and Management

he CGIAR Excellence in Breeding Platform (EiB) (www.excellenceinbreeding.org) is a cross-commodity platform that supports the modernization of breeding programs targeting Africa, Asia, and Latin America for greater impact on food and nutrition security, climate change adaptation and development. By providing important outcomes to under-resourced peoples, the CGIAR centers help realize the founding mission of the CGIAR system – they target low-and-middle-income countries for greater impact on food and nutrition security, climate change adaptation and development.

The Platform is part of the new CGIAR portfolio of research programs and platforms (www.cgiar.org/our-strategy), and is led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, known by its Spanish acronym, CIMMYT®, a not-for-profit research and training organization with partners in over 100 countries (www.cimmyt.org).

Module Lead for Breeding Product Design and Management

The Excellence in Breeding (EiB) Platform is recruiting a Module Lead specializing in Breeding Product Design and Management. EiB supports breeding programs targeting Africa, Asia, and Latin America to adopt best practices and technologies to improve rates of genetic gain and variety turnover, for impact on livelihoods, food and nutrition security, and climate change adaptation.

The Module Lead for Breeding Product Design and Management will guide and advise EiB partners to adopt efficient, product-oriented, and demand-led breeding pipelines. The Module Lead will provide wide-reaching leadership across CGIAR centers and national partners in developing market-driven product pipelines, serving resource-constrained farmers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. This is one of five Module Leads covering the full spectrum of breeding activities and technologies and reporting to the EiB Deputy Director. The role sets the direction of Module 1 and coordinates with EiB partners to implement best management practices in their product development pipelines. The Module Lead will work closely with the EiB Senior Market Strategist, various teams across the CGIAR, and national breeding teams (NARS) to ensure that:

  • Product Profiles are based on market intelligence and data, reflecting what drives variety adoption and characteristics which can be translated to quantitative breeding targets, resulting in greater impact.
  • Partnerships with multidisciplinary teams of scientists are developed and interactions with NARS, industry partners and end users (farmers, traders, consumers, etc.) from different organizations are established to design well-defined and clearly prioritized Product Profiles for the Target Population of Environments.
  • Advancement processes through delineation of well-founded stages and gates are conceptualized, taught and coached to all breeding program contributors, and progressive stages of the breeding process are based on reliable market, trial data and impact analysis (genetic gain and variety turnover).
  • Key indicators are aligned with breeding program objectives and that the programs’ performance are regularly tracked.
  • Effective methods are established for routine assessment of genetic gains and progress toward key indicators and increased variety turnover are measured.
  • There is transparency of breeding program outcomes to breeding teams, research managers and funders.

EiB is seeking for an accomplished expert who has broad understanding and a demonstrated track record in data-driven optimization of breeding product designs for delivering maximum impact, to produce improved varieties, preferably in several crops. This lead person requires solid professional understanding of breeding processes, product development and management concepts, with a focus on modern and proven practices. They will be responsible to introduce these concepts and transform product development at public breeding institutions through leading multi-disciplinary teams in implementing industry-recognized practices.  As Module 1 Lead they will have a prominent role in spreading the mission of EiB, which is to lead, co-ordinate and support improvement of CGIAR and NARS (National Agricultural Research & Extension Services) crop breeding.

The location of this position will be determined through consultation with the selected candidate: either CIMMYT headquarters in Texcoco, Mexico, or the ICRAF campus in Nairobi, Kenya. This position will involve significant international travel.

Specific duties:

  • Serve as the key point person for EiB on its modernization efforts in order to influence decisions executed by partners, leading this process for EiB.
  • Engage directly with the EiB Senior Market Strategist, the other EiB modules leads, and broad CGIAR and NARS teams to define and develop high level processes and procedures to effectively and transparently conceive and deliver market demanded germplasm products to farmers, through:
  • Supporting breeding as a production line and making it more effective across partners.
  • Development of high-quality product profiles, based on market intelligence and with input of cross-functional and multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Demand-driven, product-oriented breeding activities based on the product profiles.
  • Stage gate variety advancement processes.
  • Data-driven annual advancement meetings.
  • Annual assessment of genetic gain and breeding program performance against key indicators relating to genetic gain and variety turnover.
  • View breeding as a production line and make it more effective. Define stages and gates together with the breeding group for product advancement and set up a process to deliver improved varieties or germplasm to partners or the end user.
  • Develop tools to support breeding teams and managers with the above activities.
  • Provide mentorship and consultation for the partner breeding community.
  • Prepare training strategies and materials.
  • Lead and contribute to virtual and face-to-face training and mentorship activities targeted at EiB partner breeding teams in various world regions.
  • Develop the annual and multi-year work plan for Module 1, including execution, reporting, and management of associated budgets.

Required academic qualifications, skills, and attributes:

  • PhD. in agricultural or horticultural sciences, plant breeding, business process management or MBA/DBA or M.S. with equivalent professional certification and experience in the seed business.
  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in the seed business or related disciplines. Certification in project management or business process management, while not essential, would be viewed favorably.
  • Managerial experience in the commercial breeding sector is required; experience in a high functioning breeding organization is very desirable.
  • Understanding of the unique challenges of breeding program management as it relates to markets of many sizes and crop types for developing world markets is a plus.
  • Budget and time management skills.
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural environment.
  • Excellent oral, written and presentation skills in English.
  • Effective partnership-building to lead groups of people and build commitment to making and adopting changes
  • Strategic thinking and ability to persuade.
  • The selected candidate must exhibit the following competencies: Problem Solving and Decision Making, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Client Orientation, Teamwork and Team leadership.

The position is for an initial fixed-term of three (3) years, after which further employment is subject to performance and continued funding of the Excellence in Breeding platform. CIMMYT’s internationally competitive salary and benefits include housing allowance, comprehensive health and life insurance, assistance for children’s education, paid vacation, annual airfare, contribution to a retirement plan, and generous assistance with relocation shipment.

CIMMYT is an equal opportunity employer. It fosters a multicultural work environment that values gender equality, teamwork, and respect for diversity. Women are encouraged to apply.

Applications must include covering letter which should address how the candidate’s background/experience relates to the specific duties of the position applied for, curriculum vitae, names, and addresses of three professional referees (which must include either the Head of the applicant’s current or previous organization or applicant’s direct Supervisor/Superior at his/her present or former place of work).

The application should be addressed to Ms. Auree de Carbon by email at: adecarbon@carrhure.com no later than 18th of August at 18:00 CET. Please indicate in the ‘Subject’ of the email the title ‘application for the post of ‘Module Lead for Breeding Product Design and Management’.

Mechanization Support Specialist – East and South Africa

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is the global leader in publicly-funded maize and wheat research and related farming systems. CIMMYT works with hundreds of partners throughout the developing world to sustainably increase the productivity of maize and wheat cropping systems, thus improving global food security and reducing poverty. CIMMYT is a member of the CGIAR System and leads the CGIAR Research Programs on Maize and Wheat and the Excellence in Breeding Platform.

The CGIAR Excellence in Breeding Platform (www.excellenceinbreeding.org) is a cross-commodity platform that supports the modernization of breeding programs targeting Africa, Asia, and Latin America for greater impact on food and nutrition security, climate change adaptation and development.

The Platform is part of the new CGIAR portfolio of research programs and platforms (www.cgiar.org/our-strategy) and is led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, known by its Spanish acronym, CIMMYT®, a not-for-profit research, and training organization with partners in over 100 countries (www.cimmyt.org).

EiB draws from innovations in CGIAR centers, advanced research institutes, and the private sector, providing access to cutting-edge tools, services and best practices, application-oriented training, and practical advice.

Mechanization Support Specialist – East and South Africa

The EiB Mechanization Support Specialists will support CGIAR and national agriculture research system (NARS) Institutions to develop and implement mechanization plans for their breeding programs, including acquisition and maintenance strategies. They will report to the EiB Breeding Operations and Phenotyping lead and work in collaboration with other EiB staff and consultants.

The successful candidate will be a mechanization specialist with strong communication skills, capable of providing technical recommendations and supporting the implementation of mechanization and automation techniques across a range of different organizations and crops in East and South Africa.

The Mechanization Support Specialist will also be accountable for proposing and managing a mechanization network within the region. They will need to understand the demand and capacity across centers and manage the communication between centers to guarantee that all centers will have access to mechanization, offered as a service, reducing so the overall capital cost across the system of breeding programs.

The position will be based in eastern or southern Africa. The exact location – tentatively Kenya – is yet to be defined depending on operational needs and established partnerships with CGIAR sister research centers. It will involve significant international travel within the region.

Specific duties include:

  • Develop machinery inventories;
  • Develop machinery acquisition plans;
  • Develop business cases for mechanization and process automation;
  • Develop and implement maintenance procedures;
  • Develop a list of local/ regional /global vendors for critical equipment and services (shared across EiB members);
  • Develop metrics and KPIs for monitoring the adoption of mechanized and automated solutions and for maintenance of machinery.

Candidate Profile

We are seeking for mechanization experts with the following:-

  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering, Agronomy, or related field
  • MBA and project management skills are considered favorably
  • Relevant global experience in the agriculture sector.
  • Familiar with operations in large breeding pipelines.
  • In-depth understanding of soil preparation equipment, irrigation, tractors, planters and planting solutions, harvesters and harvesting solutions( including dryers), GPS, sprayers, seed process equipment, seed storage options (cold rooms, packaging, etc.), and digitizing nursery and trial processes (packet printers, plot tags, labels, etc.)
  • Experience with managing machine maintenance process (protocols, logistics, labor, costs, etc.) .
  • In-depth understanding of the agricultural machinery market within the region (vendors, service providers, etc.).
  • Excellent oral, written and presentation skills in English (French will be considered favorably)
  • Able to work in a multicultural environment with leadership skills.

The selected candidate must exhibit competencies in Communication, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, and Teamwork and Client Orientation.

The position is for an initial fixed-term of three (3) years, after which further employment is subject to performance and the continued availability of funds. CIMMYT’s internationally competitive salary and benefits include housing allowance, comprehensive health and life insurance, assistance for children’s education, paid vacation, annual airfare, contribution to a retirement plan, and generous assistance with relocation shipment.

Additional information:

EiB seeks candidates who embrace diversity in the broadest sense. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. CGIAR has a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end in itself but, also as a valuable means for eliminating health disparities. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

CIMMYT is an equal opportunity employer. It fosters a multicultural work environment that values gender equality, teamwork, and respect for diversity. Women are encouraged to apply.

CIMMYT also offers excellent career opportunities in an international organization with a friendly and humble environment full of people passionate about what they do and interested in helping people around the world.

Applications must include covering letter which should address how the candidate’s background/experience relates to the specific duties of the position applied for, curriculum vitae, names, and addresses of three professional referees (which must include either the Head of the applicant’s current or previous organization or applicant’s direct Supervisor/Superior at his/her present or former place of work). The application should be addressed to Ms. Auree de Carbon by email at: adecarbon@carrhure.com no later than 14th August at 18:00 CET. Please indicate in the ‘Subject’ of the email the title ‘application for the post of ‘Mechanization Support Specialist – East and South Africa’.

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