Post-Doctoral Fellow, Gender Employment Opportunity – Bioversity International

Organisation: Bioversity International
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
About US:
International is a global research-for-development organization. We have a
vision – that agricultural biodiversity nourishes people and sustains the
planet. Bioversity International is a member of the CGIAR Consortium, a global
research partnership for a food secure future. Bioversity International has
more than 300 staff and scientists worldwide working with almost 700 partners.
Job Summary: The Post-Doctoral Fellow, Gender will be
responsible for integrating gendered knowledge and preferences into banana
breeding in East Africa: from the end-users to the laboratory and back again.
The Post-Doctoral Fellow will conduct research on how to integrate
gender-oriented research, especially gendered trait preferences, into the
complete banana-breeding process. Banana-breeders historically prioritize
hybrid creation for yield and resistance (pest, disease, abiotic) traits,
without fully understanding all the traits important to the intended end-users.
As banana cultivation, value-added processing, selling and consuming are
frequently gender-specific, so too are the associated trait preferences.
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, labour, capital, use of earned income,
nutrition). Such social context must be understood to enable gender-responsive
banana breeding.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant should at least hold a PhD in a
    social science; preferred disciplines include sociology and rural
    sociology, anthropology, development studies, or geography. An economist
    with demonstrable experience in the use of qualitative data will be
  • Significant experience of working in the
    agricultural sector, and living in a rural community in a developing
  • Working knowledge of gender analysis in
    agriculture, environment, natural resources management, and rural
  • Expertise in qualitative and quantitative
    data analysis methods, and experience using mixed methods.
  • Excellent command of the English language,
    both written and spoken
  • Previous experience in an international
    working environment is desired
  • Evidence of course work in Gender
    Mainstreaming, Gender in Development Planning and Gender Equity and
    Equality is an added advantage
  • Integrating field-based social science
    research into policy action or adaptive project monitoring and evaluation
    is also desired  
  • Excellent analytical and synthesizing skills;
    ability to think and write clearly and concisely on scientific documents
    and research proposals.
  • Strong teamwork, interpersonal and
    communications skills; courtesy, tact and the ability to establish and
    maintain effective working relationships with people of different cultural
    and national backgrounds.
  • Highly developed skills with personal organization
    and priority setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a high
    degree of independence within assigned areas, complemented by sound
    judgment and initiative, flexibility and adaptability.
Terms & Condition: This is an internationally recruited
position. Bioversity International offers an attractive remuneration package
including a competitive salary, non-contributory retirement plan, medical
insurance, housing allowance and leave provisions. All benefits are denominated
and paid in US Dollars. The initial contract will be for a period of one year,
renewable for a second year, subject to a probationary period of six months.
How to Apply: 
applicants are encouraged to apply online by clicking the “Apply” button.
Please note that in the application you are required to provide the contact
details (address, telephone number and e-mail address) of at least three
referees, which Bioversity will contact for short listed applicants.
Deadline: 21st March, 2016

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