Development Specialist II - Seeds Systems

Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Apply by 26 July 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 22 June 2018

Job Description

Job Purpose

Reporting to the Seed and Delivery Systems and Germplasm Evaluation Cluster Leader, conduct and coordinate IRRI’s breeding and testing activities in CAMBODIA and other seed systems activities for South East Asia. Lead the implementation of USAID funded ASTV phase II project. Engage and collaborate with NARES partners and facilitate the introduction, evaluation and release of stress-tolerant varieties in Cambodia and South East Asia.

This position will be based at the IRRI Cambodia Office in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Roles and Responsibilities


  • Manage the implementation of scientific research of multiple projects in rice breeding and seed systems in Cambodia, with emphasis on USAID ASTV II Project
  • Enable elite lines developed by IRRI and partners for evaluation and commercial use in Cambodia and SE Asia
  • Facilitate the support and development of new germplasm for less favorable production sites in Cambodia, in collaboration with NARES partners and with IRRI Rice Breeding Platform
  • Introduce new breeding methods supported by adjacent technologies to introduce high-yielding varieties with biotic and abiotic stress tolerance.
  • Contribute in the formulation of national seed policy for Cambodia and other SEA countries as needed
  • Lead a capacity building effort to strengthen the national seed systems
  • Contribute in the business development and lead generation efforts at IRRI Cambodia office


  • Liaise with the USAID mission and partners in the country in close collaboration with the Country Representative
  • Coordinate closely with project partners (Cambodia and SE Asia NARES Partners) and build relationships with other stakeholders to ensure research outputs are transferred effectively.
  • Establish close collaboration with local institutions (e.g. CARDI, GDA, PDAFF) to facilitate varietal replacement
  • Provide professional advice to donors and partners on area of rice varieties, plant breeding, and seed systems
  • Work closely with IRRI scientists in rice breeding and different platforms for collaboration


  • Deliver strategic direction of the project and/or team and substantially contribute to the strategic thinking and planning of the research agenda and seed and delivery systems and germplasm evaluation
  • Lead project teams including budget and time management, staff learning and development and performance management
  • Publish and contribute actively to scientific papers, articles, posters to be used in local and international conferences, workshops, trainings etc.
  • Writes USAID reports; also provide seed systems reports to the IRRI HQ Cluster and Platform Leader


  • PhD in Plant Breeding or agricultural sciences with at least 3 years work experience in variety development, varietal evaluation, seed system
  • Equivalent training / experience

Skills Required


  • Proven ability or potential to perform in a multi-disciplinary and multicultural environment
  • Has demonstrated research management experience
  • Has demonstrated analytical skills
  • Has excellent organizational skills


  • Experience with rice, work experience in a developing country environment, especially in South East Asia

IRRI offers a highly extensive employee benefits package inclusive of globally-covered medical insurance, retirement plan, life and accident insurance and other allowances. Join our team and be part of our story!

Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
This position will remain open until filled.

About the Organization

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is the world’s premier research organization dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger through rice science; improving the health and welfare of rice farmers and consumers; and protecting the rice-growing environment for future generations. IRRI is an independent, nonprofit, research and educational institute, founded in 1960 by the Ford and Rockefeller foundations with support from the Philippine government. The institute, headquartered in Los Baños, Philippines, has offices in 17 rice-growing countries in Asia and Africa, and over 1,000 staff. Working with in-country partners, IRRI develops advanced rice varieties that yield more grain and better withstand pests and disease as well as flooding, drought, and other harmful effects of climate change.