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Plant Pathologist

Africa Rice Center
Location: Cotonou, Benin
Last Date: June 15, 2010
Email: (Reference:


Plant Pathologist
Ref: IRS/03/RD/April 2010

The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice, ex-WARDA) is looking for a highly qualified Plant Pathologist at the IRS (International Recruited Staff) level to be based at its temporary headquarters in Cotonou, Benin.

About AfricaRice

The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) ex WARDA is an association of 24 African member states and one of the 15 international Centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). The Center’s mission is to contribute to poverty alleviation and food security in Africa, through research, development and partnership activities aimed at increasing the productivity and profitability of the rice sector in ways that ensure the sustainability of the farming environment. The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) ex WARDA is temporarily headquartered in Cotonou, Benin. More information on AfricaRice is available on


The Plant Pathologist will attend to all activities related to plant pathology and integrated pest management at AfricaRice and is responsible and reports to the Program Leader, Sustainable Productivity Enhancement.


The Plant Pathologist will attend to all activities related to plant pathology and integrated pest management at AfricaRice, and will be part of a multi-disciplinary research team working to sustain and improve the productivity of rice-based systems in rainfed, irrigated and lowland ecologies of Africa consistent with AfricaRice’s mission and mandate. She/he will conduct strategic and applied research on the main diseases emphasis on rice blast, rice yellow mottle virus and bacterial blight with specific tasks that include, but are not limited to:

o Provide leadership to all plant pathology related research activities at AfricaRice
o Manage AfricaRice’s Plant Quarantine and Biosafety Unit
o Analyze spatial and temporal variability of rice disease incidence and yield loss across the continent using survey and modeling tools and how this is affected by climate change
o Guide and assist rice breeders with screening against the major rice diseases
o Facilitate the use of molecular assisted breeding tools to confer resistance to major rice diseases to newly developed germplasm or mega-varieties
o Develop Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies in close collaboration with other IPM team members
o Build capacity within national programs and universities in plant pathology
o Participate actively in ongoing research projects
o Develop annual research and project proposals, work plans and budgets in consultation with the Program Leader, project coordinators and team members
o Prepare project proposals and reports and other documents as requested by the Center
o Publish research results in peer reviewed journals
o Actively participate in the dissemination of research results of direct relevance to farmers through farmer field days, development of farmer educational videos, radio scripts etc.
o Participate in and contribute to resources mobilization efforts
o Undertake any other duties as required by the needs of the Center.


The selected candidate should have

o a PhD in Plant Pathology or other related fields and more than five years experience in research in Plant Pathology
o in-depth knowledge of molecular biology of pathogenic fungi, bacteria and viruses
o strong statistics skills
o good communication skills are required in either English or French, with a working knowledge of the other
o excellent publication record
o ability to work efficiently as a member of a multi-disciplinary team
o research experience in Sub Saharan Africa would be an advantage.

DURATION OF THE APPOINTMENT: The appointment is for two years with possibility for renewal


Candidates should send an application (including date of availability and a statement of any special
qualifications for the position) and an up-to-date curriculum vitae with the names and addresses
(including telephone / fax / e-mail) of three referees to:

HR Manager
01 BP 2031 Cotonou (Bénin)
Tel (229) 21 35.01.88 Fax: (229) 21 35 05 56

Applications will be considered up to June 15, 2010 or until the position is filled.

We thank all applicants but only those who are short-listed will be contacted

AfricaRice believes that the diversity in staff promotes excellence in its operations, and encourages applications from women and developing country professionals.



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