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Job Title: Gender Research Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the NEXTGEN Cassava Project
The NEXTGEN Cassava project aims to significantly increase the rate of genetic improvement of cassava breeding and unlock the full potential of cassava, a staple crop central to food security and livelihoods across Africa.
NEXTGEN implements and empirically tests a new breeding method known as genomic selection.
The NEXTGEN project also seeks to make cassava breeding more gender responsive by addressing the cassava variety preferences for both men and women engaged in cassava production, processing and consumption.
Improvement of cassava breeding objectives will result in new varieties that are more likely to be adopted to address farmer and consumer needs.
The Postdoctoral Research Fellow (PDF) will be a part of the NEXTGEN cassava breeding project.
She of he is primarily expected to undertake research on gender–differentiated trait preferences in cassava.
The PDF will carry out case studies on the intra-household decisions on varietal selection and gender roles in cassava value chains. In doing so, the PDF will also identify gender–differentiated trait preferences in cassava in order to support gender integration in the breeding programs of IITA and NRCRI (National Root Crops Research Institute). In addition, this information will be utilized in the development of advanced breeding tools such as Genomic Selection (GS).
She or he will support in collecting, analyzing and communicating gender-disaggregated data. In particular, the PDF will analyze qualitative and quantitative data to distill key traits (especially around quality) and qualitative end user descriptions of these.
The PDF will then work with food science and breeding teams at IITA and NRCRI to communicate precise descriptions of traits preferred for these teams to develop appropriate measurement tools for lab analysis of described qualitative traits.
The PDF will serve as a link between end users and breeders, by delivering synthesized trait descriptors that can be examined and used by the food science and breeding teams.
The PDF will work with social and biological scientists in supporting them to strengthen gender-responsiveness of their research for the development and uptake of new technologies and practices.
The PDF will support coordination of the complementary gender research activities and contribute to gender mainstreaming trainings for scientists, staff and partners to build capacity in gender responsive research.
The position will be based at the IITA headquarters in Ibadan (Nigeria) and involve work in communities of Nigeria.
The PDF will be a part of the RTB gender team and jointly report to the IITA biophysical scientist and social scientists.
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25 April 2016