Cornell University, School of Integrative Plant Science – Section of Plant Breeding and Genetics

Position ID:Cornell-School of Integrative Plant Science – Section of Plant Breeding and Genetics-RESASSOC [#22129, WDR-00032456]
Position Title: Research Associate- Gender in Agriculture
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Agriculture / Rural Sociology
Appl Deadline:2022/09/10 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/07/19, finished 2022/12/23, listed until 2022/09/10)
Position Description:    

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Plant Breeding and Genetics
School of Integrative Plant Science
Research Associate- Gender in Agriculture

The School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) at Cornell University invites applicants for a Research Associate position in the Section of Plant Breeding and Genetics.

Position Function
The research associate will co-lead the Cross-Cutting Themes (CCT) Objective Area of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement (ILCI) as outlined below.

1. Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement (ILCI) (85%)
a. Cross Cutting Themes (CCT) Objective Area
i. Work collaboratively with CCT team members on the research, capacity development, and engagement of a multi-institution partnership charged with increasing the awareness and strategic integration of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) mandated consideration of the following cross-cutting themes among Innovation Lab core team and Centers of Innovation (grant awardees): gender equity, youth inclusion, nutrition security, and resilience
ii. The Research Associate will also take on leadership responsibilities which include:
1. Visioning, development, and implementation of cross-cutting themes and social inclusion strategy for the innovation lab, successfully developing partnership and funding opportunities to expand Objective Area activities
2. Decision-making and delineation of team members’ roles and responsibilities
3. Addressing additional needs as they arise
4. Serve on the ILCI Steering Committee
5. Engage with other Feed the Future Innovation Labs and/or other related organizations regarding cross-cutting themes, as appropriate
iii. Supervision includes
1. Engaging students (graduate, undergraduate, and visiting) and fellows (e.g., Humphreys Fellow) in term-specific engagements, co-developing experience-appropriate, meaningful learning experiences as identified through learning objectives and goals
2. Managing and supporting relationships with consultants, providing input into ongoing activities to ensure on-time delivery of project goals
3. Supervise and support graduate research assistants as arises
iv. Research
1. Designing and implementing research to inform project activities, particularly around the ILCI core team and Centers of Innovation (COIs) capacity to address the cross-cutting themes
2. Feedback into COI proposed research and activities to increase local understanding of cross-cutting theme issues and their potential relationship to adoption of improved crop varieties
3. Contribute to research plans and tools to carry out essential information gathering to understand and integrate cross cutting theme topics into crop improvement strategies, plans and priorities
v. Capacity Building and Training
1. Development and strategic planning of capacity building activities as related to the overall goal of supporting COIs and ILCI in the development of socially inclusive tools, technologies and methods
2. Identify, maintain, and build relationships with strategic partners to facilitate learning opportunities and potential collaborations on cross-cutting theme integration
3. Provide technical input into and review training material design and delivery
4. Initiating and supporting COVID-19 responsive changes in plans, such as online trainings
5. Anticipated support in coordinating with ILCI management team to identify additional opportunities for training to support diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the innovation lab
vi. Engagement
1. Engage with ILCI core team as well as COIs to increase sensitization and awareness around the importance of cross cutting issues in crop improvement
2. Coordinate with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) objective area on specific activities, including the Turner Fellowship
3. Lead opportunities for communication between COI cross-cutting theme focal points to support an ILCI community of practice
4. Serve as point of contact for all ILCI core team and COI inquiries regarding cross-cutting themes
vii. Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL)
1. Engage with MEL team to ensure that indicators and tracking mechanisms reflect cross-cutting theme topics and activities
2. Support MEL activities around cross-cutting theme trainings to measure impacts and effectiveness
3. Oversee MEL tracking and reporting of cross-cutting theme objective area activities
b. Priority Setting Objective Area
i. Lead the integration cross-cutting team perspective, research, and tools into the development of Priority setting tools, technologies, and methods
ii. Support the clarification of team’s approach to priority setting
iii. Attend and provide technical input into Office Hours, including leading sessions on research methods and ensuring consideration of cross-cutting themes on additional topics

2. Excellence in Breeding (EiB) Collaboration (15%)
a. Gender integration effectiveness assessment
i. Lead the entire work package ensuring effective and timely delivery
ii. Recruit, train and supervise a graduate student on the development of an assessment framework
iii. Coordinate with faculty advisor on supervision and engagement, facilitating opportunities to highlight the student’s work and leverage for additional opportunities
iv. Develop and manage stakeholder network to ensure strategic coordination and collaboration on the development of the tool and dissemination of results
v. Lead on delivery outputs, including: literature/desk review, case study identification, report finalization, and stakeholder workshop
b. Scoping Review on trait priority setting methods
i. Lead the analysis of gender consideration in priority setting tools and methods based on literature identified through the systematic literature review
ii. Lead primary data collection and analysis from interdisciplinary breeding programs on the process of trait prioritization
c. Ex-ante priority setting framework
i. Lead the integration and focus on gender and other cross-cutting themes into the development of a priority setting framework
ii. Support testing of the framework in multiple locations iii. Provide gender-focused assessment of framework’s effectiveness
d. Modeling data integration into breeding ‘values’
i. Support students and engagement on activity
ii. Provide input into consideration of gender and other cross-cutting themes
The research associate will have a PhD in a field related to anthropology, rural sociology, and/or related field with specialties in gender, youth, resilience and/or nutrition in development, with preference for candidates who have experience in cross-cutting theme-focused agricultural research and development. The candidate is expected to have demonstrated experience in qualitative and quantitative research methods and analysis. Previous experience with supervision, capacity strengthening/ teaching experience for adult learners/professionals, and contextual knowledge of research in agrifood systems and the environment in international contexts are essential. Fluency in English required. The ability to communicate in other languages including Spanish, French, and/or Portuguese preferred.

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Supervision Exercised
Hale Ann Tufan will supervise this position. The Research Associate will supervise students, fellows, and consultants who join the projects as needed.

This is a two-year appointment, renewable contingent on performance, funding and available work.

Applications To apply:
Candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 references, and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion via the website
All application materials must be received by close of business on September 10, 2022.

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Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
email address
School of Integrative Plant Science
Section of Plant Breeding and Genetics
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
B75 Mann Library
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853