Postdoctoral Researcher, Gender and Social Inclusion (G-22-60)

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Category: Research and Development

Location: Lima Lima Peru

The International Potato Center is seeking a dynamic early career social scientist as post-doctoral researcher, knowledgeable in the analysis of gender in agricultural development contexts, to introduce gender analysis and gender action research into its breeding interventions across Africa and Latin America. Breeding strategies that are blind to gender differences are likely to result in continued low rates of adoption, representing wasted investment, and potentially the reproduction of gender inequalities. Adoption of new varieties intersects with gender relations and possible intra-household inequality (i.e. control, access, and decision-making across a range of issue areas, such as land tenure, seed systems, cultivation, labor, capital, use of earned income, nutrition). Such social context must be understood to enable gender-responsive breeding to equitably benefit both women and men.

 The position: In general, the position will help enable CIP in generating and using science-based knowledge on how gender and other social identities shape people’s participation in and benefit from agricultural development. The position holder will conduct research on how to integrate gender-oriented research, specially gendered trait preferences into breeding objectives.

As member of interdisciplinary research teams, he/she will contribute to gaining a better understanding of, and exploring ways for improving, how the development of new varieties: a) equitably benefit women and men, b) foster involvement of youth, and c) uplift the well-being of social groups marginalized for their ethnicity, class and related factors.

The successful candidate is also expected to have the capacity and interest to contribute to CIP’s global research agenda-setting, planning and implementation. The position is part of CIP’s Social and Nutritional Sciences Division and will be supervised by the Gender and Innovation Senior Specialist at headquarters, working closely with the potato and sweetpotato breeding programs, and with other partners based in Uganda, Kenya, Ecuador, Peru and USA.


What are we looking for?

  • PhD in applied Social Sciences, combined with specialized training on gender and social inclusion. Degree must have been obtained within the last five years.
  • Minimum 2 years of field-oriented work experience related to agricultural production and utilization systems, including livelihood resilience to climate-related risks and/or sustainable natural resource

  • Previous involvement as gender/social inclusion specialist in interdisciplinary research involving both social and biophysical scientists.
  • Broad understanding of gender and social inclusion issues in agriculture; any region-specific work experiences and professional networks in Africa and Latin America would be considered an advantage.
  • Strong commitment to team-based research with proven track record as team player.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, including a growing portfolio of scientific publications.


What are we offering?

  • Exciting career opportunity in an international organization.
  • The contract will be for 2 years which is the duration of the project with possibility of renewal.
  • Internationally competitive salary, paid in US dollars, and commensurate with experience. Internationally competitive pension and health plans


Why should you consider this opportunity?

  • CIP is a global and reputable international organization that has a strong, state-of-the-art R&D

  • CIP is dedicated to achieving food security, improving nutrition and well-being, and gender equity for poor people in roots, tubers farming and food systems in the developing world.
  • CIP is a member of the CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future. CGIAR science is dedicated to transforming food, land and water systems in a climate crisis. Its research is carried out by 13 CGIAR Centers/Alliances in close collaboration with hundreds of partners, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, development organizations and the private sector.

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