Agricultural Technology Specialist

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The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, known by its Spanish acronym, CIMMYT®, is not-for-profit agricultural research for development organization with partners in over 100 countries. Please refer to our website for more information:

CIMMYT is looking for an outstanding, self-motivated, and result-oriented professional for the position of Agricultural Technology Specialist to work in Sudan. The position will lead coordination on agricultural innovations and the hub delivery with a difference model on the USAID-funded “Sustainable Agrifood Systems Approach for Sudan” SASAS program. The goal of SASAS is to support accelerated delivery activities that are gender sensitive and inclusive, for sustainable agrifood systems.
The location of this position will be Khartoum, Sudan.

Specific duties:

  • Provide technical leadership and coordination on the SASAS project to ensure that all project activities and deliverables are on schedule. This includes coordinating work plans, annual planning and review meetings, and progress monitoring and reporting.
  • Coordinate partner engagements on technical matters including concept note development and review, activity implementation, monitoring, and reporting.
  • Lead the design and implementation of a learning agenda on agricultural development with a difference, including but not limited to assessing the effectiveness of demand creation and inclusive, gender aware approaches.
  • Coordinate all learning activities in the project in close liaison with other Scientists/leads.
  • Coordinate and lead periodic technical reports to donors.
  • Serve as project liaison to outside partners on technical aspects, including updates to donors, government, and stakeholders.
  • Identify technical areas that need additional skills, engage, and supervise consultants as need arises and supervise other technical staff on the project.
  • Lead and coordinate periodic reporting to donors, high-quality technical reports on project impacts.
  • Lead the collection and dissemination of high-quality agricultural productivity and innovations tracking data.
  • Contribute to the positioning of CIMMYT as a thought leader in debate related to agricultural delivery with a difference for sustainable development.
  • Any other duties as determined by project lead for SASAS.

Required qualifications, skills, and attitudes:

  • Ph.D. in Agronomy, Crop Science, Agricultural Development, and any relevant field.
  • 5 or more years of experience in international agriculture development research, preferably involving coordination and leadership.
  • Proven record of working in Arabic speaking regions on agricultural development and sustainable agrifood systems.
  • At least 5 years in research project management or a related role, including publications, donor relations, reporting and fund raising.
  • Core experience:
    • Expert knowledge of Seeds, Soil management, livestock and/or Agronomic Production Systems.
    • Long-term experience working with research organizations, NGOs or private sector.
  • Evidence of policy support and high-level government engagement in agricultural development.
  • The selected candidate should exhibit the following competencies: Team Leadership, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Critical Thinking, Teamwork, and Communication.

The position is for an initial fixed-term of three (3) years, after which further employment is subject to performance and the continued availability of funds. CIMMYT’s internationally competitive salary and benefits include housing allowance, car, comprehensive health and life insurance, assistance for children’s education, paid vacation, annual home travel airfare, contribution to a retirement plan, and generous assistance with relocation shipment.

Candidates must apply online for IRS23124_Agricultural Technology Specialist.
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For easy reference on how to apply please review the internal application guide.

Screening and follow up of applications will begin on Friday, May 12th, 2023. Applications must include a CV and a cover letter. Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.
For further information on the selection process, please contact Yessica Castillo, at
Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
This position will remain open until filled.
CIMMYT is an equal opportunity employer. It fosters a multicultural work environment that values gender equality, teamwork, and respect for diversity. Women are encouraged to apply.

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