Chief of Party - Business and Private Sector Development Partnership, Marketing System, Business Development
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
Closed on 12 Nov 2020
Location: Bangladesh
Grade: Chief and Senior Professional
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Job Description
About IRRI

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is the world’s premier research organization dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger through rice science; improving the health and welfare of rice farmers and consumers; and protecting the rice-growing environment for future generations. IRRI is an independent, nonprofit, research and educational institute, founded in 1960 by the Ford and Rockefeller foundations with support from the Philippine government. The institute, headquartered in Los Baños, Philippines, has offices in 17 rice-growing countries in Asia and Africa, and over 1,000 staff.

Working with in-country partners, IRRI develops advanced rice varieties that yield more grain and better withstand pests and disease as well as flooding, drought, and other harmful effects of climate change.

Job Purpose

The IRRI Bangladesh Office at Dhaka is dedicated to enhance contribution of rice towards sustainable food security and farm profitability in Bangladesh and globally through research and development partnership with NARES and Private Sector. Nowadays, private sector is playing a very important role in Rice Value Chain (RVC) especially in mechanization and quality seed supplies in RVC. To improve this supply chain with better quality need to develop private sector’s breeding program and improve their seed production capacity and ensure appropriate quality. To improve the private sector’s business and policy IRRI is now collaborating with five private partners in Bangladesh.

This Chief Of Party position will undertake innovative research of strategic importance to Bangladesh and IRRI, enabling impact through contributing to efforts towards addressing Private Sector Business and Policy development of Bangladesh and Global. The project IRRI-PPP will support to do improvement of private partners business and policy towards sustainable production and profit.

This position will be based at our country office in Dhaka, Bangladesh and is open for international applications.

Roles and Responsibilities
  • With the guidance of the Supervisor develop strategy related to improve business model for each private partner
  • Provide all technical support to the platform members’ breeders and scientists so that they will be able to develop their own breeding strategies, new superior varieties, new protocols and field research management techniques, while refining existing methods of breeding and change their business policy towards sustainable business development
  • Development of the Private Partners’ seed production, processing and marketing system towards sustainable profit
  • Lead the private sector and business development activities with private partners
  • Lead the team of reporting on technical and financial of the project quarterly and submit to donors/ partners
  • Lead the M&E and communication team and ensure project outcomes in timely manner
  • Facilitate the conduct of technical presentations, briefings, roundtable discussions, and meetings with all private partners
  • Participate in third-party conferences and workshops related to discussion on business development of rice policy
  • Develop business policy/ strategy for each partner
  • Improve marketing system for the partners product
  • Developed private sector channels and seed commercialization
  • The private sector investment increases in the rice breeding program to develop superior product using modern breeding techniques
  • Sustainable increased in productivity and profitability of the private partners
Qualifications
  • PhD in Agronomy, Sociology, Agriculture Economics, Business Management or related subject with 3 years of relevant working experience
Skills Required

Mandatory

  • Extensive experience working in a multicultural environment
  • Willingness and ability to work in high-pressure and challenging situations
  • Experience in the fields of private sectors/ NGOs, public policy, business development
  • Has strong decision-making skills
  • Excellent skills in oral and written communication, and teamwork

Preferred

  • Extensive experience in Bangladeshi Private Sectors/NGOs Business Development
  • Working experience in an international organization

IRRI offers a highly extensive employee benefits package inclusive of globally-covered medical insurance, retirement plan, life and accident insurance and other allowances. Join our team and be part of our story!

Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
This position will remain open until filled.

About IRRI

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is the world’s premier research organization dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger through rice science; improving the health and welfare of rice farmers and consumers; and protecting the rice-growing environment for future generations. IRRI is an independent, nonprofit, research and educational institute, founded in 1960 by the Ford and Rockefeller foundations with support from the Philippine government. The institute, headquartered in Los Baños, Philippines, has offices in 17 rice-growing countries in Asia and Africa, and more than 1,000 staff. 

Working with in-country partners, IRRI develops advanced rice varieties that yield more grain and better withstand pests and disease as well as flooding, drought, and other harmful effects of climate change. More than half of the rice area in Asia is planted to IRRI-bred varieties or their progenies. The institute develops new and improved methods and technologies that enable farmers to manage their farms profitably and sustainably, and recommends rice varieties and agricultural practices suitable to particular farm conditions as well as consumer preferences. IRRI assists national agricultural research and extension systems in formulating and implementing country rice sector strategies.