International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) 

Title: Associated Scientist - Seed System Development

Job ID: HQ01183

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, headquartered in Los Baños, Philippines, has offices in 17 rice-growing countries in Asia and Africa, and over 1,000 staff.


Under the direction and guidance from Project Leader the Associate Scientist - Seed System Development will help in developing and implementing Seed Systems (policy and business) with private sectors in Bangladesh under the IRRI-PPP Phase II project.

Roles and Responsibilities


  • Develop seed system strategy to improve seed production and business model for each private partner
  • Provide technical support to the platform members, breeders and scientists to develop their own breeding strategies,
  • Develop superior varieties, new protocols and field research management techniques
  • Refining existing methods of breeding and make change in business policy towards sustainable business development
  • Develop Private Partners’ seed production, processing and marketing system towards sustainable profit


  • Facilitate the conduct of technical presentations, briefings, roundtable discussions, and meetings in improving existing seed system with all private partners
  • Participate in third-party conferences and workshops related to discussions on seed business and policy development


  • Develop business policy/ strategy for partners
  • Help improving marketing system for the partners product
  • Develop private sector channels and seed commercialization
  • Help private sector partners in investing to increases the number of rice breeding programs to develop superior product using modern breeding techniques
  • Help increasing Sustainability in production and profitability of the private partners
  • Perform any other relevant duties as assigned by supervisor from time to time.


  • Master's degree in Agricultural Science /Genetics and Plant Breeding/ Seed Policy and Business Development with at least 7 years of relevant experience
  • A PhD degree in a related subject would give preference

Skills Required

  • Extensive experience working in a multicultural environment
  • Willingness and ability to work in high-pressure and challenging situations
  • Experience in the fields of agriculture extension, seed policy and business
  • Has strong decision-making skills
  • Experience on implementing public/ private  sector seed system development programs and building multi-stakeholder agreements
  • Experience of working in any international research organization
  • Creative and quick learning ability with analytical independence

Location: Bangladesh

Salary Ranges: 70667  - 130833  BDT per month (Basic)

Other Benefits: Housing Allowance: 30% of base pay per month, Transport Allowance: 14,400 BDT, Festival Bonus: 2 times each year, Contributory Provident Fund (CPF), Returning Mother Allowance: BDT-1,000 per month for 9 months to female employees post-delivery of a baby to support return to the workplace, Medical insurance coverage: maximum US$16,000/year and other admissible benefits

Apply Instruction

Interested & eligible candidates are requested to submit their application through the link:

IRRI regrets that only shortlisted applicants will be notified and any kind of persuasion in the selection process will lead to cancellation of candidature. Join Us to Deliver Rice Science for a Better World. Join Us to Deliver Rice Science for a Better World.

IRRI is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: 24 January, 2021

Company Information
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Bangladesh Office, House-103, Road-1, Block-F, Banani, Dhaka-1213, Bangladesh.

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