Senior Associate Scientist I – Market Research

  • Full Time
  • Karnali
  • Applications have closed

Website The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)


Senior Associate Scientist I – Market Research

Job ID: HQ01337
Location: Nepal
Salary: 144426 – 231084 NPR per month

About IRRI
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.

Job Purpose

As part of one CGIAR initiative, IRRI is partnering with other CGIAR institutes such as CIMMYT, IFPRI, CIP and IWMI in implementing a large project on ‘Transforming Agri-Food Systems in South Asia’ (TAFSSA)”, the One CGIAR South Asia Regional Integrated Initiative. Working across South Asia, TAFSSA will deliver a coordinated program of research and engagement across the food production-to-consumption continuum to improve equitable access to sustainable healthy diets, improve farmer livelihoods and resilience, and conserve land, air, and groundwater resources.

This position will advise internal stakeholders on the market and business related aspects.

The position will be based in Karnali in Nepal and may only be filled in by the permanent citizens of Nepal.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain partnerships with various public and private stakeholders in agricultural marketing systems.
  • Coordinate market and value chain activities in the country and support the project lead in developing, monitoring and implementing work plans.
  • Coordinate and organize business development workshops and market linkage activities.
  • Steer and provide strategic direction to producers, aggregators and other actors for local aggregation and marketing of the produce.
  • Participate in Institute wide activities and represent IRRI at various meetings or events.
  • Consult and collaborate with key stakeholders of other work packages of the Project in the integration of the execution of the project activities.


MBA/Post Graduate Diploma in Agri Business Management or Marketing or a related field with a minimum of 7 years of relevant work experience.

Skills Required


  • Experience in agri business development and support
  • Extensive proven networking in marketing and business field of agri-food systems
  • Strong collaboration skills and has experience in creating long-term partnerships
  • Accountable for the delivery of project outcomes
  • Proven proficiency in sustainability management aspects
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Proficiency in bringing new approaches and imparting/organizing skill development and awareness programs wherever necessary


  • Experience of working in an international organization / MNCs
  • Exposure of working across different agri-food systems and location of Nepal and South Asia more widely.

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.

Closing Date: 15-Jun-2022

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