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Decision and Policy Analysis Research Area – DAPA

Vacancy: Data and Information Specialist

Deadline: 30 September, 2012.

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture – CIAT, is one of the 15 not-for-profit Centers funded by various countries, private foundations, international and regional organizations that make up the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

The CGIAR Research Program 7 (CRP7), Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), is a strategic ten-year partnership emerging from new collaboration between the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP) aimed at overcoming the additional threats posed by a changing climate to achieving food security, enhancing livelihoods and improving environmental management in the developing world. CCAFS brings together strategic research in agricultural science, development research, climate science, and Earth System science, to identify and address the most important interactions, synergies and tradeoffs between climate change, agriculture and food security. As a collective effort coordinated by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), CCAFS will become a hub that facilitates action across multiple CGIAR centers and other CGIAR Research Programs while involving farmers, policy makers, donors and other stakeholders, to integrate their knowledge and needs into the tools and approaches that are developed.

Integration for decision making, one of four CCAFS research themes, has a key role within the program. It will create mechanisms to integrate the work conducted in the other themes (Adaptation to progressive climate change, Managing climate risk and Pro-poor mitigation) both at regional and global levels. One of its major research objectives includes assembling data and tools for analysis and planning. As part of its 2012 activities, Theme 4 is overseeing the development of CCAFS’ Data Management Strategy (DMS) which will provide an enabling environment for scientists to produce, archive and share high quality data as international public goods.

We are seeking applications for a qualified Data and Information Specialist, his/her role is to guide, support and oversee the implementation of the data management strategy within CCAFS and between CCAFS and its associated partners around the world overseeing its application at the program and activity level. Hi/she will be responsible for the development and implementation/maintenance of a CCAFS Data Portal that will enable identification and access to CCAFS datasets and related research outputs.

CCAFS themes, associated CGIAR centres and other partners are generating large amounts of data of many different types, including climate data, agricultural trial data, socio-economic survey data, interactive mapping applications, video testimonials, toolkits of adaptation and mitigation options, for example. These data are stored and/or hosted on several different platforms, the Adaptation and Mitigation Knowledge Network (www.amkn.org), the CCAFS climate portal (www.ccafs-climate.org/), the Agtrial portal (www.agtrials.org), a CCAFS Dataverse, and the CCAFS website (www.ccafs.cgiar.org). CCAFS also has increasingly important links to other databases implemented by other initiatives, such as HarvestChoice (http://harvestchoice.org) and the Consortium for Spatial Information.

Roles and responsibilities:

·  Lead the implementation of the CCAFS data management strategy and coordinate, 
manage or direct the necessary data policies and processes.
·  Coordinate the technical data management team, work with CCAFS data management partners and liaise with the Consortium Data and Information Management  Specialist.
·  Interact with scientists within the CGIAR and beyond, and support them on issues related to data access and management, including the production of data that can be archived and published via CCAFS databases.
·  Collaborate with CCAFS staff to organise and publish databases using basic web interfaces and languages, including web-based visualisation of spatial data and maps.
·  Keep abreast of developments in information technology and assist in advising the CCAFS management team on latest information technology solutions.

The candidate shall have the following competencies, skills and experience:

·  A professional degree in related fields.
·  A team player with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the capacity to coordinate, oversee and supervise a team of developers and the ability to effectively interact with different stakeholders and people at all levels in a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment.
·  Experience of working in scientific environments.
·  Ability to participate in high level discussions that will shape plans for making CCAFS 
data and research products publically available.
·  Ability to supervise and guide technical staff in the development of data management solutions.
·  Understanding of the importance of making data available as international public goods. Values the sharing of information and continuous improvement in a cooperative atmosphere of constructive evaluation and self learning.
·  Experience of data management science, spatial analysis, metadata standards, information systems, quality assurance and databases.
·  Proficiency (written and oral) in English.

Terms of employment 

The position is internationally recruited and will be based at CIAT Headquarters in Palmira, Colombia. The data and information specialist will report to the research theme leaders (Andy Jarvis and Philip Thornton). The contract will be for a two-year period, renewable depending on performance. 
CIAT offers a multicultural, collegial research environment with competitive salary and excellent benefits; we believe that the diversity of their staff contributes to excellence.


Applicants should apply by e-mail, including a cover letter, a full C.V., and the names and contact information of three referees knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience. Applications should be sent to Catalina Montoya at the Human Resources Office at CIAT. 
All applications will be acknowledged, only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Closing date for applications: September 30th, 2012

Source: http://dapa.ciat.cgiar.org/vacancy-data-and-information-specialist/

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