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Social Scientist

Social Scientist



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  Main purpose of the position

ICARDA is recruiting a Social Scientist for immediate availability. This position will lead research on the social aspects of agricultural research for development including gender aspects. The social scientist will support and work across ICARDA research programs and particularly within the Dryland Systems CGIAR Research Program (CRP). The Dryland Systems CRP aims to improve the livelihoods of rural communities in dry lands through reducing vulnerability of the most marginal agricultural production systems to climatic and market variations, and through sustainable intensification of agro-ecosystems with higher production potential, using an integrated agro-ecosystems approach. The social scientist will lead, facilitate and support capacity building in social science research including mainstreaming gender in all program activities.

Main responsibilities

• Provide leadership to the design and implementation of ICARDA social science research including the gender strategy and particularly lead and coordinate ICARDA’s gender component, especially as it contributes to the Dryland Systems CGIAR research program.
• Participate in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating research activities that include and promote social inclusion as well as gender equality and local community empowerment.
• Provide leadership and facilitate effective capacity building in social science research, consideration of gender equity and social inclusion in the activities of ICARDA, particularly those contributing to the Dryland Systems CGIAR research program.
• Build effective collaboration with partners in order to maximize potential synergies, internalize effectively lessons learnt from past programs/experiences, and disseminate evidence for influencing policy and practice.
• Facilitate cross-regional exchange of knowledge and documentation of tested and new approaches with potential for up-scaling in the area of social science research and gender integration in agricultural research.
• Publish research outputs in ISI peer-reviewed journals and other forms of publications.
• Lead and participate in fund-raising activities to support social science research and strengthen the Center’s contribution to the CGIAR research programs.

Education, qualifications and experience

• PhD in Social Sciences (e.g. Sociology, Social Anthropology, Gender in Development, Rural Development Studies, Education, Economics, Human Geography, or related fields).
• 5 - 10 years of relevant experience in gender in rural development in developing countries.
• A proven research record on gender research in agriculture with quantitative and qualitative analytical methods, and a track record in mainstreaming and integrating gender in agriculture research.
• An established international publication record related to the position, including in ISI peer-reviewed publications.
• Knowledge of current issues regarding gender in agricultural and rural development.
• Demonstrated experience in successful fund raising.
• Familiarity with different stages of the project/program cycle (design, implementation, supervision, monitoring and evaluation, reporting).
• Demonstrated ability to develop and manage multiple partnerships.
• Strong English language skills, both written and spoken (proficiency in Arabic and/or French is an advantage).
• Willingness to travel frequently, often to rural areas in developing countries.

Terms of appointment, salary and benefits

The initial contract will be for 3 years, of which the first year will be probationary period. Subsequent employment is decided based on the merit and productivity of the staff member, and continued need for the position. For more details on benefits: Terms of Appointment IRS Level

How to apply

Please apply online at by 10 November 2013
We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from women.
Applications will be acknowledged, but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Sunday, November 10, 2013
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