Plant Breeder – Sorghum and Millet

Specific duties:

Establish and lead the breeding activities for the CGIAR component of the CGIAR-NARS networks.
Design and implement an effective breeding strategy to develop elite breeding material, and a product advancement process to identify candidate new varieties for targeted market segments and product profiles.With NARS and selected other partners, identify, obtain, and develop appropriate germplasm to sustain breeding.
In association with multidisciplinary network scientists & staff, EiB, and partners, develop modern population improvement and testing.
Co-ordinate the development of a stage-wise multi-environment product performance testing strategy, data analysis and advancement process, which is aligned with crop market segments, TPEs, or agroecologies.
Ensure cost-effective breeding operations and standard operating procedures that deliver agreed quality and performance.
Develop strong partnerships with national public breeding programs to collaboratively identify critical germplasm, and product needs and define complementary breeding objectives.
Enable and actively support the regional crop network to collaboratively plan and implement breeding activities that balance the development of individual and shared network germplasm products, and build capacity to share knowledge, best practices, training, etc.
Support and contribute to product profile development and seed system activities in the region.
Contribute to or lead the development of research proposals and other fundraising activities.
Lead or contribute to the publication of research results in international, refereed journals.


Required academic qualifications, skills and attitudes:

PhD in Plant Breeding/ Genetics/ Quantitative genetics.
Minimum of 5 years of public or private sector demonstrated successful experience as a sorghum and/or pearl millet breeder.
Experience applying quantitative genetics principles, genomics, and latest breeding technologies is desired.
Experience working in Eastern and/or Southern Africa will be considered favorably.
Strong networking and facilitating skills, with focus on enabling and empowering others to succeed.
Demonstrated ability to work in multicultural and diverse environments.
Successful experience and commitment to inclusive research design and implementation.
Other requirements:Fluency in verbal and written English is essential.
Must be willing to travel frequently both internationally and domestically.
Experience in managing staff and budgets.


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