IICA vacancy: International Specialist in Integral Risk Management in Agriculture

Expiration date

Monday, October 23, 2017

Company / Organization

Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture

Under the supervision of IICA’s Directorate of Technical Cooperation and the Flagship Project entitled “Resilience and Integrated Risk Management in Agriculture,” the International Specialist in Risk Management in Agriculture will be responsible for leading and supporting technical cooperation actions in the area of Integrated Risk Management in Agriculture (IRMA), with the aim of strengthening institutional frameworks, developing capabilities and managing knowledge in the Member States, in order to better anticipate, prepare for, react to and recover from any risks that may affect the agricultural sector.


  • Coordinate, plan, monitor and follow up on the execution of programmed activities that are carried out within the framework of technical cooperation actions in the area of Integrated Risk Management in Agriculture (IRMA).
  • Provide technical support for and facilitate Provide specialized technical counsel on social, economic and cultural inclusion, with a focus on gender and rural youth.
  • Support the design, execution and monitoring of cooperation and strategic partnerships related to gender and rural youth between IICA and national and international institutions and organizations.
  • Contribute to developing and projecting the Institute’s strategic vision and technical prospection for integrated risk management in agriculture, in coordination with the corresponding team and the Directorate of Technical Cooperation.
  • Facilitate the consolidation of strategic institutional partnerships at the national and international levels that are geared toward creating joint programs, networks or other mechanisms for promoting agricultural resilience, primarily among groups that are most vulnerable to environmental risks in the member countries.
  • Strengthen the technical capabilities of institutions that promote IRMA in the Member States of the Institute, so that they may better contribute to generating tools for managing risks in agriculture.
  • Foster, together with strategic partners, the development and validation of methodological tools for providing technical cooperation in IRMA to the Member States.

Qualifications and competencies

Nationality: Applicants must be citizens of any of the 34 member countries of IICA 

Education: The applicant must have academic training in Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Sciences, Natural Sciences or a related field. A Master’s or Doctorate from a renowned university, as well as broad experience at the international level, will be an asset.

Work experience: Applicants must have at least 7 years of proven professional experience at the national and international level in activities related to Integrated Risk Management in Agriculture (IRMA), specifically:

  • Coordination of international platforms and networks, as well as experience interacting with public and private institutions in order to promote public policies, instruments, programs and projects in agricultural development.
  • Management of projects and/or programs related to the promotion of IRMA that include the implementation of prevention, mitigation and transfer tools, such as agricultural insurance.
  • Development and strengthening of strategic partnerships among innovation, research and/or extension networks and institutions.

A record of success in developing proposals for technical cooperation projects and obtaining funding for technical/scientific projects or programs. Experience with the donor community will be taken into consideration.

Additionally, academic specialization and professional experience in one or several of the following topics will be an asset:

  • Policies and institutions geared toward adapting agriculture to climate change.
  • Environmental impacts of agriculture, within the context of climate change.

Languages: Full language proficiency in English and Spanish is an essential requirement. Knowledge of French and Portuguese will be an asset.

Skills: Strong written and oral communication skills in the field of science and/or in technical documentation, inter-institutional collaboration, and the creation of proposals for scientific and technical projects. The applicant must have strong interpersonal skills and experience in creating formal presentations.

Analysis and Powers of Persuasion: Proven ability to conceive, develop and/or evaluate scientific/technical proposals and arguments. Proven ability to influence others and negotiate on behalf of an institution.

Leadership: Proven experience and ability to work in multidisciplinary scientific or technical teams.

Networking: Proven experience and results in developing institutional associations and partnerships.

The deadline for applications is October 23, 2017.

Applicants should send a letter and their resume to IICA’s Management of Human Talent Division by email vacan04.2017@iica.in. All suitable applicants will be considered and none will be rejected on the grounds of gender, race, religion or ethnic origin.