Closing date: 15 July 2012. Applications will continue to be received and considered until the position is filled.
International (“Bioversity” for short) is the world’s largest
organization undertaking research on agricultural biodiversity,
dedicated to addressing global issues related to food security, poverty,
climate change and environmental degradation. We are a non profit
organization, active in over 100 countries worldwide, with more than 350
staff working from some 16 country offices. We are one of 15 centres of
the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centres (CGIAR). This is an exciting time to join Bioversity International. We
have recently developed new and ambitious goals, clear objectives and
performance indicators for the next ten years. Two strategic priorities
have been set ‐ to improve the use of biodiversity by smallholder farmers and the conservation of plant diversity.
For further information on Bioversity International, consult the Web page.
Purpose of Role
With international attention now focused on the need to increase investment in agriculture, Bioversity
is now seeking a highly motivated and dynamic person to lead economic
research in the area of commodity genetic resources, productivity, and
value chains and to carry out impact assessment of our research
contributing to our strategic research unit. Based
in our regional office either at CATIE in Turrialba, Costa Rica, or in
Kampala in Uganda, the incumbent will coordinate and lead research in
the contribution of agrobiodiversity and agro-ecological
intensification to improved livelihoods of small-scale farmers and to
resilience of households and rural communities facing changing market
environments and climate conditions.
the impact of Bioversity’s work on increased use of biodiversity in
commodity-based smallholder production systems on livelihoods, poverty
reduction and gender equity.
selected candidate will work with partners and stakeholders at the global,
national and local levels in implementing Bioversity’s strategy and
research agenda in leveraging the use of agrobiodiversity for
sustainable intensification of production systems and more stable and