ICRISAT seeks a Senior Management professional for the position of Research Program Director – Asia who will be primarily undertaking research leadership and management, although the position will be involved in research through high-level leadership of activities in Asia. The position will report directly to the Deputy Director General – Research and will be part of ICRISAT’s higher level management and will help represent ICRISAT in the Asia region.

The position of Research Program Director – Asia is based at ICRISAT Headquarters, Patancheru, Telangana, India.

1. Position: Research Program Director – Asia

2. Qualification and Skills:

a. The ideal candidate should have the following skills, knowledge, experience, and personal characteristics: PhD in Agricultural or Plant Sciences, Development Studies or related fields. Work experience of at least 15 years in international agricultural research for development with high levels of quality research outputs. Proven capability to manage a large research program, including all aspects of project management: managing budgets and staff, building and managing partnerships, monitoring and evaluating impacts and leading a diverse team. Experience in systems research where multiple stakeholders, including public policymakers, the private sector and agribusiness are involved in achieving research outcomes. Adaptability – ICRISAT is going through a process of change and requires commitment and flexibility. Experience in addressing governance, institutional and market aspects of agriculture with examples of successful research and development interventions. Demonstrated commitment to mentoring of staff, a safe workplace and protection of the environment. Strong motivation and leadership skills to bring out the best from both individuals and teams. Ability to establish, nurture and oversee multi-cultural, gender-sensitive multidisciplinary research teams. Demonstrated expertise in written and oral communications and public awareness activities. Demonstrated championing the critical areas of gender, youth, nutrition, knowledge sharing and innovation. Demonstration of an entrepreneurial spirit with aptitude for innovation. Fluency in spoken and written English is essential, knowledge of other languages, especially French, will be an asset. 

3. Primary Responsibilities: Represent ICRISAT in the Asia region through liaison with governments, Pan-Asian networks and authorities, organizations and initiatives Enhance partnerships in the Asia region, especially with regional/sub-regional organizations, national agricultural research and extension systems (NARES), non-governmental organizations and the private sector, Contribute to the strategic management and leadership of the Institute
Contribute to delivering on ICRISAT’s Strategic Plan, Theories of Change and Country Strategies through professional research management and leadership that prioritizes and focuses the Institute’s global research for development programs, Lead, coordinate, review and monitor the research activities in Asia, including resource mobilization, annual budgeting, research planning, priority assessment, proposal development, partnership relations, staff evaluation and research reporting, Lead the research effort of the Institute in understanding the challenges faced by farmers and communities of the semi-arid tropics of Asia and deliver a coherent research for development agenda for this region
Participate in the ICRISAT Research Committee that formally drives the Institute’s research agenda and so ensure science quality and research excellence across the Institute and especially within the Asia Program, Nurture and sustain internal cross-Program interactions and teamwork, working closely with other Directors and leaders in ICRISAT to ensure strong support for and engagement with the implementation of research activities globally


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