Conduct research on international soil health and fertility with an emphasis on modeling soil properties and delivering soil fertility recommendations across large geographic regions. The primary region of focus will be sub-Saharan Africa though research will also contribute to global efforts including Southeast Asia. This position will contribute to the vision of Sustainable Opportunities for Improving Livelihoods with Soils (SOILS) Consortium to improve the health and fertility of soils as the foundation for nutritious food production and resilient and sustainable livelihoods.
Duties mainly include:
- Interaction with researchers to design and implement soil health and soil fertility research in SOILS Consortium sites with emphasis on modeling soil properties and soil fertility recommendations;
- Working and conducting research in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural settings;
- Contribution towards the overall objectives of the SOILS Consortium through innovative research, coordination, capacity building, networking, data sharing, and communication approaches;
- Write and contribute to agenda setting country reports and publications in peer-reviewed journals;
- Contribute to the management and implementation of the SOILS Consortium in close collaboration with program coordinators.
- Minimum education requirement: Ph.D. in Soil Science, Modeling, Agronomy, Crop Science or a related discipline;
- A proven record of working and conducting research in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural settings;
- Proficient oral and written communication in English;
- Working knowledge of French is desirable;
- Experience in development and/or use of soil-crop model is highly desirable.
About the Organization
IFDC is a nonprofit, science-based organization working to alleviate global hunger and poverty by improving sustainable agricultural productivity. IFDC enables smallholder farmers in developing countries to increase agricultural productivity, generate economic growth, and practice environmental stewardship by enhancing their ability to manage mineral and organic fertilizers responsibly and participate profitably in input and output markets.
IFDC was established in 1974 in response to the twin crises of food insecurity and rising energy prices. IFDC is governed by an international board of directors and supported by bilateral and multilateral aid agencies, private enterprises and foundations and Headquartered in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, USA.
IFDC Field Programs manages IFDC’s field activities in over 20 countries in Africa and Asia through three regional offices in Accra, Nairobi and Dhaka covering respectively: West Africa, East and Southern Africa, and Asia.