National Consultant

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

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National Consultant

Position: National Consultant
Job ID: HQ01657
Location: India
Closing Date: 15-Apr-2024

About IRRI:
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is committed to reducing poverty and hunger through advancements in rice science. Founded in 1960 by the Ford and Rockefeller foundations with support from the Philippine government, IRRI operates as an independent, nonprofit research and educational institute. Headquartered in Los Baños, Philippines, IRRI has offices in 17 rice-growing countries in Asia and Africa, employing over 1,000 staff members. Collaborating with in-country partners, IRRI develops improved rice varieties that enhance yields, withstand pests and diseases, and adapt to adverse climate conditions.

Job Purpose:
IRRI India is executing a GIZ funded project titled ‘dynAg: An AI based Digital Extension Platform to Promote Peer-to-Peer Exchange and Deliver Dynamic Advisory to Smallholders’ in Bihar, India. The project aims to address agricultural extension challenges faced by farmers in Bihar by developing a dynamic Agricultural Advisory platform called ‘dynAg.’ The platform will provide personalized agricultural advisories tailored to different weather forecast scenarios, incorporating rice-wheat cultivation examples, local languages, and peer-to-peer communication features.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate language data collection in Magadhi, Mythili, and Bhojpuri.
  • Facilitate information exchange among users in local languages.
  • Assist in maintaining and disseminating agricultural content repository and data models.
  • Personalize user experience by providing relevant advisory based on preferences.
  • Test and validate dynAg advisories, incorporating stakeholder feedback.
  • Review field activities, engage users, and pilot dynAg.
  • Ensure accuracy of agricultural language data.
  • Monitor user engagement progress and outcomes of dynAg piloting.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in journalism, computer science, or related field with knowledge of language data.

Skills Required:
Mandatory:

  • Strong analytical and research skills.
  • Excellent networking and advocacy skills.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient in technical report writing.

Preferred:

  • Experience engaging with farmers and Self-Help Groups (SHGs).
  • Monitoring data experience.
  • Familiarity with Bihar’s culture.
  • Publication record in peer-reviewed journals.

Join our team and contribute to our mission! Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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