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 Principal Scientific Officer (Agri-Business)
 M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation

 Last Date: July 15, 2011


Announcement of Vacancy in M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation 

  Ref: MSSRF/IDRC-Mega-1/ 2011  

The following vacancies are under a project “Alleviation of Poverty and Malnutrition in Agro-biodiversity Hotspots” being supported by the International Development Research of Canada and jointly implemented at three locations (Koraput in Orissa, Wayanad in Kerala and Kolli Hills in Tamil Nadu) by the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation and University of Alberta, Canada.

This project aims at conducting action research on improved small farm income generation and household nutrition through integrated, participatory and sustainable farm productivity and non-farm enterprises.


Application should include full biodata providing complete academic record from SSLC, stating areas of specialization, academic achievement, nature and duration of experience, full address and telephone number of two most recent employers, names and addresses of two referees who have close familiarity with the professional strength and character of the candidate, current address, recent photo, telephone and e-mail ID. Incomplete application will be rejected.

Every application must clearly indicate the job designation and job location.


The Last date for receipt of application is 15 July 2011 (Candidates who had earlier applied for any of these posts need not apply again for the same) 

Please send application by email to   

or by post to Manager (Pers. & Admn), M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation,

Third Cross Street, Institutional Area, Taramani, Chennai 600 113.


Vacancy 3: Principal Scientific Officer (Agri-Business)one post at MSSRF, Chennai

Job Description

The PSO (Agri Business) will be required to identify the opportunities available for on-farm and non-farm entrepreneurships at individual or group levels, build their capacity in establishing on-farm value chain and multiple non-farm viable enterprises with effective market linkages in all project locations to achieve increased income and employment generation to marginal farmers. Innovative skill in discharging this responsibility in economically and ecologically sustainable manner and in tandem with other project interventions is important. Candidates with proven track record in successful rural enterprise building, training and mentoring stakeholders and building linkages with lending institutions have advantage.

Minimum qualification

Essential: MBA from any important business schools with at least five years experience in on-farm and non-farm rural agri-business development, Proven track record in rural and agri-value chain development, product development, market research and linkage.

Proficiency in either of Oriya, Tamil or Malayalam will be desirable. 


Persons retired from public/private service, but below 60 years and in good health may also apply.


Up to Rs. 50,000/month (consolidated, depends on the suitability of candidate)


The tenure of appointment is for about 42 months with immediate effect. MSSRF has an employment policy to absorb and retain promising candidates and promote their career. However, the entry for all regular positions is only through project placements.



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