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Job title: Research Officer Marketing (Female)       

Salary: 75,000 PKR    Gross

HAY BAND: 3              

Reporting to: Project Manager/Project Leader         

Direct reports: Project Manager

Key peer group: Project Scientist        

Location: Tandojam

Purpose of the role:  

CABI Central & West Asia is implementing ‘Strengthening vegetable value chains in Pakistan for greater community livelihood benefits’ under Agriculture Value Chains Collaborative Research (AVCCR) program of Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) in Pakistan. The project objectives are 1) To engage and mobilize participating communities; 2) To diagnose vegetable value chain problems; 3) To evaluate technical and organizational innovations in selected vegetable value chains; and 4) To scale-out vegetable value chain improvements and to achieve sustainability of project interventions. The project is being implemented with collaboration of various partners from Pakistan and Australia.

CABI is seeking to build its in-house research-for-development capacity in the areas of agribusiness value chain analysis and marketing. The Research Officer (Marketing) will co-ordinate and support project teams who are engaged in research-for-development activities that focus on improving the livelihoods of smallholder vegetable farmers in Punjab and the Sindh.

The Research Officer (Marketing) will be located at CABI’s Regional Office in Rawalpindi but will be expected to travel extensively. The selected candidates for these positions would be responsible for implementation of project plans at assigned sites under guidance of Project Manager and with the support of local project collaborators. These positions are initially recruited for 6 months, but after passing the probation period, the successful candidates will be offered employment until end of the project (December 2021).

Key accountabilities:

  • To build its in-house research-for-development capacity in the areas of agribusiness value chain analysis and marketing
  • To co-ordinate and support project teams who are engaged in research-for-development activities that focus on improving the livelihoods of smallholder vegetable farmers in Punjab and the Sindh
  • Work under the guidance and supervision of Project Manager AVCCR-ACIAR.
  • Maintain good working relationships with government and private sector project partners / stakeholders.
  • Develop work plans aligned with the project objectives - with advice and support of project partners.
  • Track the work plans associated with the relevant project partners and submission of weekly, monthly, quarterly, annual, and any emerging reports.
  • Facilitation of project partners in achieving project deadlines/milestones committed with the funding agency.
  • Design and conduct experiments in marketing context in field and fruit and vegetables markets.
  • Write journal papers, develop project reports, develop brochures, and present scientific publications.
  • Organize and conduct meetings, workshops, seminars, visits, and briefings.
  • Facilitation of project partners in implementation of the project following the CABI’s financial and policy guidelines.
  • Maintain portfolio of the project in social, press, and electronic media.
  • Any other assignments required for satisfactory completion of the key role requirements.

CANDIDATE PROFILE

Education & Qualifications

  • Candidates should have earned an Agribusiness Management degree.  Knowledge of fresh produce supply chains in Pakistan is prerequisite. Preference will be given to higher academic qualifications and hands-on experience.

Knowledge

  • an understanding of marketing principles and their application in an agribusiness context that extends from farm production to the end consumer
  • a broad understanding of Pakistan agriculture, particularly its vegetable industries

Skills

  • communication – oral and written
  • project management – leadership, conflict resolution, decision making, finance and time management
  • prior research experience would be an advantage

Personal Characteristics

The demanding nature of this position requires the successful candidate to possess the following:

Attributes

  • Personal integrity
  • Self-motivation
  • Persistence
  • Creativity
  • Flexibility
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • prior research experience would be an advantage

NOTE

  • This job description is not intended to be exhaustive. It is expected that the post holder and CABI will adopt a flexible attitude and accept that the duties may have to be varied according to circumstances, in particular changing corporate requirements and individual development needs.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

CABI is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation or marital status.  No applicant will be disadvantaged by conditions which cannot be shown to be justified and selection will be based on merit.





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