Manager - Project Development and Deployment (Crop Application)

International Rice Research Institute(IRRI), Laguna, Philippines

Skill Required:, Finance and AccountsHR and AdminMonitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
27th February, 2015


Job Description

Job Purpose

  • Under the minimal direction of the Principal Scientist, the successful candidate will manage the design, development, evaluation, deployment, maintenance, enhancement, and promotion of web- and mobile phone-based decision tools and apps for improved farmer-oriented crop management and services in rice-based systems. He/She will develop plans for research to enhance the performance and capabilities of decision tools, plan the collection and management of data associated with usage of the decision tools, and monitor the implementation; finalize reports for submission to supervisor and stakeholders; sustain existing partnerships and create  new associations; disseminate results and activities related to the operation, deployment, and usage of  developed decision tools; develop and organize training, workshops and other platforms for knowledge sharing and; supervise, mentor, and oversee the performance of team members.  
  • This position is based at IRRI Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines and can only be filled by citizens and permanent residents of the Philippines.

Roles and Responsibilities

Manage the functions  of the IRRI team responsible for the development and deployment of web- and mobile-phone apps associated with Crop Manager (http://cropmanager.irri.org)

  • Plan and coordinate the implementation and reporting of plans and programs related to the design, development, evaluation, deployment, maintenance, enhancement, promotion, and usage of web- and mobile phone-based decision tools and apps
  • Manage the preparation of proposals for donors and work plans based on project objectives and monitor the implementation
  • Manage the  operational activities of the Crop Manager Apps Development and Deployment Team
  • Provide strategic directions for operational activities of the Crop Manager Apps Development and Deployment Team
  • Analyze and review existing processes, policies, strategies and guidelines
  • Analyze the latest developments in regard to specific activities and objectives of the team and provide recommendation for possible implementation steps
  • Coordinate and facilitate project contributions from IRRI staff, partners, and stakeholders
  • Develop and implement strategies on development, deployment, monitoring, and evaluation of decision tools and apps to ensure wide-scale benefits to farmers
  • Maintain proper records of project activities and results
  • Review documents, gather background information and prepare appropriate responses
  • Finalize Letter of Agreements and other contracts for signature by Project Leader
  • Oversee the implementation of risk management procedures and controls

Coordination and Liaison

  • Develop and sustain partnerships with relevant stakeholders and coordinate activities with partners across public sector, private sector, and civil society organizations
  • Coordinate project specific undertakings with collaborators and partners to achieve defined objectives related to development, deployment, maintenance, promotion, and reporting on usage of decision tools and apps

Communication and Reporting

  • Manage the dissemination of  project findings through publications in peer-reviewed journals and through other media
  • Write reports intended for submission to supervisor and stakeholders

Training and Events Management

  • Organize and coordinate trainings, workshop, conferences and meetings (national and international) on development, evaluation, deployment, enhancement, and promotion of web- and mobile phone-based decision tools and apps for agriculture
  • Identify, develop, and implement approaches for disseminating knowledge and information through information and communications technology (ICT)

People management

  • Manage, develop and coach team members to ensure professional growth
  • Provide performance feedback to staff;  discuss performance appraisals and recommend suitable programs for staff development

Budget management

  • Allocate the team’s annual budget and evaluate expenditures
  • Manage and monitor expenditures and disbursements to avoid overspending
  • Ensure that operations follow the principle of full cost recovery
  • Handle visitors and requests for information related to the activities of the Apps Teams
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by supervisor from time to time.

Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in agriculture, specifically crop science, soil science, or related field and minimum 9 years of relevant work experience in agriculture involving the management of rice-based cropping systems, development of web- and mobile phone apps for agriculture, and coordination of activities within a team of researchers; or
  • Masters degree in agriculture, specifically crop science, soil science, or related field and minimum 7 years of relevant work experience in agriculture involving the management of rice-based cropping systems, development of web- and mobile phone apps for agriculture, and coordination of activities within a team of researchers; or
  • PhD. degree in agriculture, specifically crop science, soil science, or related field and minimum 5 years of relevant work experience in agriculture involving the management of rice-based cropping systems, development of web- and mobile phone apps for agriculture, and coordination of activities within a team of researchers

Skills Required

  • Experience in managing a team
  • Experience implementing and monitoring strategies and establishing long term partnerships
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good leadership skills
  • Strong decision making skills
  • Knowledge and experience with rice production and national agricultural research organizations across Southeast and South Asia

Preferred:

  • Worked in an international organization
  • Experience handling partnerships with government institutions and the private sector
     

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