The CGIAR Excellence in Breeding Platform (EiB) () is a cross-commodity platform that supports the modernization of breeding programs targeting Africa, Asia, and Latin America for greater impact on food and nutrition security, climate change adaptation and development.
By providing important outcomes to under-resourced peoples, the CGIAR centers help realize the founding mission of the CGIAR system they target low-and-middle-income countries for greater impact on food and nutrition security, climate change adaptation and development.
The Platform is part of the new CGIAR portfolio of research programs and platforms (), and is led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, known by its Spanish acronym, CIMMYT®, a not-for-profit research and training organization with partners in over 100 countries ().
Module Lead for Breeding Product Design and Management
The Excellence in Breeding (EiB) Platform is recruiting a Module Lead specializing in Breeding Product Design and Management.
EiB supports breeding programs targeting Africa, Asia, and Latin America to adopt best practices and technologies to improve rates of genetic gain and variety turnover, for impact on livelihoods, food and nutrition security, and climate change adaptation.
The Module Lead for Breeding Product Design and Management will guide and advise EiB partners to adopt efficient, product-oriented, and demand-led breeding pipelines.
The Module Lead will provide wide-reaching leadership across CGIAR centers and national partners in developing market-driven product pipelines, serving resource-constrained farmers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
This is one of five Module Leads covering the full spectrum of breeding activities and technologies and reporting to the EiB Deputy Director.
The role sets the direction of Module 1 and coordinates with EiB partners to implement best management practices in their product development pipelines.
The Module Lead will work closely with the EiB Senior Market Strategist, various teams across the CGIAR, and national breeding teams (NARS) to ensure that :
from different organizations are established to design well-defined and clearly prioritized Product Profiles for the Target Population of Environments.
EiB is seeking for an accomplished expert who has broad understanding and a demonstrated track record in data-driven optimization of breeding product designs for delivering maximum impact, to produce improved varieties, preferably in several crops.
This lead person requires solid professional understanding of breeding processes, product development and management concepts, with a focus on modern and proven practices.
They will be responsible to introduce these concepts and transform product development at public breeding institutions through leading multi-disciplinary teams in implementing industry-recognized practices.
As Module 1 Lead they will have a prominent role in spreading the mission of EiB, which is to lead, co-ordinate and support improvement of CGIAR and NARS (National Agricultural Research & Extension Services) crop breeding.
The location of this position will be determined through consultation with the selected candidate : either CIMMYT headquarters in Texcoco, Mexico, or the ICRAF campus in Nairobi, Kenya.
This position will involve significant international travel.
Specific duties :
Required academic qualifications, skills, and attributes :
The position is for an initial fixed-term of three (3) years, after which further employment is subject to performance and continued funding of the Excellence in Breeding platform.
CIMMYT’s internationally competitive salary and benefits include housing allowance, comprehensive health and life insurance, assistance for children’s education, paid vacation, annual airfare, contribution to a retirement plan, and generous assistance with relocation shipment.
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.