CIMMYT PHD Research Job available (Harare)

Closes 03-01-2023

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is an international organization focused on non-profit agricultural research and training that empowers farmers through science and innovation to nourish the world in the midst of a climate crisis.


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Applying high-quality science and strong partnerships, CIMMYT works to achieve a world with healthier and more prosperous people, free from global food crises and with more resilient agro-food systems. CIMMYT’s research brings enhanced productivity and better profits to farmers, mitigates the effects of the climate crisis, and reduces the environmental impact of agriculture.

CIMMYT is a member of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources.

Low- and middle-income countries have received the greatest benefits from CIMMYT’s improved varieties and agricultural technologies. Over 90% of our work relates to climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Future-proof seeds: 50% of maize and wheat in low- and middle-income countries is based on CIMMYT varieties. They perform better — including when crops are affected by droughts, pests and diseases — and produce safer and more nutritious food. CIMMYT’s global seed distribution network provides 80% of the world is breeding lines for maize and wheat.

Specific duties:

  • Design and conduct research to identify and understand barriers to access to and adoption of improved maize varieties in eastern and southern Africa, especially by women farmers and marginalized communities.
  • Based on research findings, develop and test innovative strategies and modalities for improving access to and use of stress-tolerant maize varieties via formal seed systems by women farmers and marginalized communities.
  • Work with maize breeders and other colleagues to integrate a gender perspective into product profiles and regional on-farm trials, including collection and analysis of gender-disaggregated data on farmers’ varietal and trait preferences.
  • Contribute to the research and promotion of avenues for integrating gender-intentional and gender-transformative approaches in R4D, including institutional learning and change through networking and capacity strengthening.
  • Contribute to resource mobilization to strengthen gender and social inclusion in maize R4D.
  • Publish research findings in international peer-reviewed journals.

Position in Organization:

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • Location: Harare, Zimbabwe


  • PhD. in social sciences, e.g., economics, sociology, anthropology, feminist economics, or related fields from a recognized university, with a strong focus on gender and social inclusion.
  • Basic theoretical and methodological background in the design of research related to gender and social inclusion, with a track record of publishing insightful research in reputable peer-reviewed journals.
  • Knowledge or interest in crop breeding; experience in sub-Saharan Africa would be an advantage
  • Strong quantitative and/or qualitative analytical skills, with a keen interest in and experience with mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative).
  • Proven interpersonal-, and cross-cultural skills, including the ability to work with and motivate multi-disciplinary teams and to develop strong and effective working relationships with colleagues and partners, including those from the private sector.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, including strategic thinking and the ability to present coherent and convincing analyses to different audiences.
  • A high degree of personal organization, the ability to work under pressure, and willingness to travel.
  • The selected candidate should exhibit the following competencies: Client Orientation, Negotiation, and Conflict Resolution, Problem Solving and Decision Making, Teamwork, and Communication.

Screening and follow-up of applications will begin on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. Applications must include a CV and a cover letter. Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration. For further information on the selection process, please contact Yessica Castillo, at Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. This position will remain open until filled.

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RecruiterInternational Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)
PositionPost-Doctoral Fellow
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QualificationPhD Degree
Experience RequiredMinimum One years
Application DeadlineJanuary 03, 2023
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