Seed Systems Development Coordinator (Rice)

AfricaRice - Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire)

Reference IRS/02/PC/2014/07

Issue Date 02/12/2014

Type of Contract CDI

Duration of Contract Indéterminée

Education Bac + 5 et Plus

Department: Seed Systems Development Coordinator

Position n° 413

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About the employer / working context

The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) is seeking a highly qualified Seed Systems development
Coordinator (Rice) to be based at AfricaRice, Abidjan.  

About AfricaRice
AfricaRice is one of the 15 international agricultural research Centers that are members of the
CGIAR Consortium. It is also an autonomous intergovernmental association of 25 African
member countries.

The Seed Systems Development Coordinator will be part of a multi‐disciplinary research
team working to sustain and improve the productivity of rice‐based systems in Africa in line
with AfricaRice’s mission and mandate. He/she will report directly to the head of the Rice
Sector Development Program.

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will focus on the development of viable and sustainable seed
production systems for rice in Africa. He/she will pro‐actively facilitate the dissemination of
rice varieties that are developed through the “Africa‐wide Rice Breeding Task Force” – the
Task Force is convened by AfricaRice and regroups rice breeders from 30 countries in Africa.
More specifically, he/she will:

  • Build a strong AfricaRice ‘seed team’ from among staff working on seed systems development across the continent;
  • Pro‐actively anticipate seed production needs for varieties that are particularly promising as per results obtained in the Africa‐wide Rice Breeding Task Force;
  • Develop seed road maps for ARICA or other improved varieties for major rice producing countries based on targets specified in the countries’ national rice development strategies. This will involve identifying roles and responsibilities of public and private sector partners in different regions in a particular country and using both formal and informal seed production routes.
  • Catalyze national and regional cooperation in seed production of new rice varieties;
  • Liaise with Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) seed initiatives and rice teams in sub‐Saharan Africa;
  • Lead a debate within AfricaRice on appropriate licensing and IP strategies for enhanced access to seeds and impact;
  • Build business skills in small seed companies and/or farmers’ cooperatives to produce quality seed and contribute to open‐source training materials for seed production;
  • Develop annual research and project proposals, work plans and budgets in consultation with the Program Leader and team members;2
  • Undertake any other duties as required by the needs of the Center.

Job Qualifications & Skills / Selection Criteria

Education: Post‐graduate degree in a relevant field

Work Experience: Private sector experience in seed systems development is essential;
working experience in Africa and knowledge of rice‐based systems desirable.

The candidate should be fluent in English or French. A good working knowledge of the other
language would be an asset.

Terms and Conditions

  • This is an  internationally recruited position.
  • AfricaRice provides an attractive international salary and benefits package and a collegial and gender‐sensitive working environment.

Application procedure
Candidates should send an application (including a cover letter and a detailed CV with the following information: Name, surname, gender, certificates obtained, professional experience
(stating clearly beginning and end dates of each experience: day, month, year), language skills
(French/English), and the names and addresses (including telephone / fax / email) of three
Please note that the normal retirement age for internationally recruited staff at AfricaRice is 65.

To apply for this position, please send your applications:
To: with the vacancy reference in subject: IRS/02/PC/2014/07
Or to the following address: Head, Human Resources Unit, AfricaRice, 01 B.P. 2031,
Cotonou, Benin Republic

Applications will be considered until the position is filled.
AfricaRice is an equal opportunity employer. AfricaRice believes that staff diversity promotes excellence in its operations and particularly welcomes applications from women
and developing countries.
AfricaRice thanks all applicants but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
To learn more about AfricaRice, please visit our website at

Additional Information about the position

Area of Business: Agriculture, Forestry and Animal Husbandry

Position Type: Temps plein

Working Hours: Horaire normal

Working Language: Anglais

Second Language: Français


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By postal mail: Head, Human Resources Unit, AfricaRice, 01 B.P. 2031, Cotonou, Benin Republic