AVRDC-The World Vegetable Center and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) are implementing a four-year project: Integrated Crop Management Package for Sustainable Smallholder Gardens in Solomon Islands. The project will involve researchers and development specialists in the disciplines of crop and soil management, socio-economics, extension, plant protection and plant breeding from AVRDC, ACIAR, NSW-DPI, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL), and local NGOs. The goal of the project is to increase the economic status and potential income generation opportunities of Solomon Islanders by developing and promoting integrated and improved crop management packages for smallholder vegetable gardens. A Project Site Coordinator will be recruited to provide coordination and facilitation for the project in the Solomon Islands.

Major responsibilities:
• Provide overall coordination of various project activities in three provinces of the Solomon Islands;
• Establish and maintain effective communication links between project team members, community contacts, and farmers in the implementation of farm surveys, field/on-farm research and demonstration trials, and participatory development activities;
• Assist the project socio-economist in organizing and conducting participatory rural appraisal and baseline surveys;
• Provide leadership in coordinating and establishing farmer participatory research and on-farm trials evaluating new vegetable varieties and low-input crop-soil management practices including integrated pest management technologies;
• Organize and coordinate training workshops to build up and strengthen the capacity of local partners in carrying out research and extension activities for smallholder vegetable gardens;
• Develop training extension documents, materials and programs in coordination with project team members;
• Prepare reports, publications, and presentations, as needed, for donors, project beneficiaries, and team members;
• Assist scientists in the preparation of training materials and programs;
Additional Qualifications:


• A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in agriculture, horticulture, agronomy, soils, agricultural economics, extension or related field
• Extensive experience and demonstrated competence in project management, participatory research and farmer community development
• Fluency in written and spoken English, knowledge of the local Pidgin English is desirable,
• Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
• Technical proficiency in socio-economics or agricultural extension activities
• Experience in one or more of the project’s other key disciplines - vegetable crop and soil management; plant pathology, plant protection, plant breeding or socio-economics would be an advantage
• Applicants who are residents or citizens of the Solomon Islands are preferred.

Appointment: The incumbent will be based in Honiara, Solomon Islands. The initial appointment is for one year with possibility of annual re-appointments. Salary and perquisites are commensurate with qualifications and experience.

How to Apply:
Application: Submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, names and contact addresses (phone number and e-mail) of three referees, and a letter highlighting relevant work experience, including a statement explaining your interest in working for AVRDC. Send to: Dr. Manuel C. Palada, Project Leader, AVRDC, P.O. Box 42, Shanhua, Tainan 74199, Taiwan; e-mail: mpalada@avrdc.org; Fax: 886-6-583-0009.

Education: Bachelor (BA, BS, etc.)
Location: Shanhua, Tainan, Taiwan, 74199, Taiwan
Posted by: AVRDC - the World Vegetable Center
Job Category: Gardening, Project management, Research
Language(s): English
Job posted on: March 3, 2008
Area of Focus: Farming and Agriculture, Research and Science, Rural Issues, Social Enterprise and Economic Development
Type: Full time
Last day to apply: March 31, 2008
Last updated: March 3, 2008


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