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Lead Sustainable Innovation & Transformation at Alliance Bioversity & CIAT June 2024

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Lead Sustainable Innovation & Transformation at Alliance Bioversity & CIAT June 2024
Full time | Alliance Bioversity & CIAT | Tanzania
Job Description
The Organization
The Alliance of Bioversity International and International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) delivers research-based solutions that harness agricultural biodiversity and sustainably transform food systems to improve people’s lives. Alliance solutions address the global crises of malnutrition, climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental degradation.

The Alliance works with local, national, and multinational partners across Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Africa, and with the public and private sectors. The Alliance is part of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future, dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources and ecosystem services.

Background of the position
The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT have initiated a project, titled Artemis. Artemis is developing AI technology to enable on-farm breeding. Given the pace of climate change new approaches are needed to speed up the breeding cycle and enable a greater synchrony between plant breeding and on-farm conditions, shifting breeding from a majority on-station to majority on-farm process. Artemis is addressing this issue with a new generation of AI-powered and smartphone-deployable tools. The principal technology is computer vision phenotyping, with explorations into multimodal data that integrates speech and text to actively integrate farmers into the plant improvement process. Artemis is currently entering into the third year of development, having been featured recently in Reuters.

About the position
The Lead Sustainable Innovation & Transformation will be responsible for setting strategic vision and leading execution to transition Artemis from a research project and into a mature service, potentially expanding the use case beyond breeding and into other related applications. In the short-term they will expand the operational regions within East Africa and over the longer-term develop partner networks to expand into other regions across Africa and the Global South. They will also be responsible for crafting systems transformation strategy to integrate Artemis as a core breeding system for public breeding programs in the Global South, guiding future investment opportunities

We are seeking for a candidate with a formal background in one or more of the following areas:
  • Development, adoption, and scaling of agricultural innovations.
  • Agricultural for development project conceptualization, acquisition, and implementation.
  • Agricultural or related sciences; business development. The prospective candidate must have demonstrated experience in strategy and implementation of agricultural development projects

Key Responsibilities
  • Leads and implements Artemis as a breeding service projects from inception to execution, aligning plans, capacity, and outcomes in response to organizational and donor priorities.
  • Design the strategy to leverage Artemis technologies to expand the use-cases beyond breeding
  • Design and implement strategic vision on future phases of Artemis investment to drive new market penetration and existing market saturation.
  • Lead in the collaboration with the product development and user research teams to leverage UI/UX as a means to achieve sustainable and responsible scale.
  • Lead the development and implementation of crafting marketing and branding strategy
  • Develop and leverage critical network connections to integrate Artemis into pubic breeding programs targeting the Global South.
  • Position Artemis as a transformative project in international fora and communities of practice.
  • Contribute to learning of the Alliance on scaling and transformation.
  • Lead and implement the translation of research findings into peer-reviewed publications.
  • Advises leadership and teams and external stakeholders of research projects progress and any emerging issues that can impact the delivery of the projects.
  • Supervise and mentors other research staff to build scientific capacity within the organization.
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Required qualifications and experience

  • PhD in agriculture and related fields
  • Demonstrated experience in the planning and execution of international development projects related to agriculture.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and working with digital technologies for agriculture.
  • Demonstrated experience working with multidisciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrated experience with design and execution of agricultural research trials, including on-station and on-farm applications.
  • Demonstrated experience working with the private sector and non-profit communities.
  • Excellent professional English communication skills. Knowledge of other languages (e.g., Spanish, French, Swahili) is desirable, but not required.
  • Proven scientific English writing skills.
  • Previous working experience in Africa and the global south is preferred, but not a strict requirement.

Terms of employment
This is an internationally recruited position to be based in either Arusha, Tanzania. The initial contract will be for two years subject to a probation period of six months and is renewable depending on performance and availability of resources.

This position is graded at BG09 level, in a scale of BG01 to BG14 (BG14 being the highest level according to the Alliance job classification framework policy). We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits including but not limited to insurance, retirement plan, staff training and development, paid time off and flexible working arrangements.

The Alliance Bioversity-CIAT is committed to fair, safe, and inclusive workplaces. We believe that diversity powers our innovation, contributes to our excellence, and is critical for our mission.
Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority. We encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes,

national or regional origins, ages, disability statuses, sexual orientations, marital status, and gender identities. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants are invited to visit https://alliancebioversityciat.org/careers to get full details of the position and to submit their applications. Applications MUST include reference number Head of Product (Research Team Leader) as the position applied for. Application and CV should be saved as one document using the candidate’s last name and first name for ease of sorting.

Applications closing date:
Thursday, 27th June 2024.
Please note that email applications will not be considered.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
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