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Job title: Technical Director, GBCL
Grade: Hay 7
Reporting to: Global Director, Digital Development
Direct reports: n/a
Functional Reports: Staff members of the modelling & data science group
Key peer group: Sub-theme Coordinators Digital Development, Senior
Advisor Plant Health, Global, Director (themes), Senior
Regional Directors and the executive Director Global
Location: Egham, UK or Wallingford, UK
Purpose of the role
The Global Burden of Crop Loss (GBCL) initiative aims to generate comprehensive, authoritative evidence on the causes and quantum of crop losses worldwide at a national level, disaggregated by crop, biotic and abiotic causes and risk factor. This will allow agricultural research, policy, funding and interventions to maximise impact through improved targeting and relevance. GBCL is modelled after the Global Burden of Disease initiative in human health, which has transformed health policy, research, and funding over the last 25 years through better use of data. An initial scoping stage has been completed, establishing the demand for the initiative, gathering user requirements, mapping out the data landscape and developing the theoretical framework for estimating the burden. A technical director is now required to drive development and implementation of the detailed modelling and analytical tools that multi-partner collaborative teams will use to generate the estimates of crop loss and economic burden.
The appointed candidate will have a track record of leading research teams in modelling and data analysis in an agricultural context. The job holder will interact with scientists of different disciplines and in different parts of the world. Even though job holder may not be expert in all technical areas of the initiative, s/he will be able to engage with the different teams, understand the methodological challenges they may be facing, and contribute to the identification of solutions. While having an eye for detail, the job holder will also be able to see and communicate the big picture to different stakeholders. GBCL is a young programme with a big vision, so this role offers an opportunity to play a major role in the development of a transformative initiative. S/he will therefore be ambitious to use their skills to deliver results and impact at a large scale. The role requires creativity and innovation, and the job holder should be willing to explore new avenues rather than follow well-established routes.
· to work closely with the Global Director Digital Development and the Senior Advisor Plant Health, to ensure cohesion, coordination and implementation of the initiative across all ID centres globally to promote the creation and exploitation of inter-centre ‘One CABI’ linkages;
· to identify and develop strong partnership with national and international public and government bodies, private-sector stakeholders, other regional bodies or key individuals globally in order to establish productive working relationships with those who join the GBCL initiative (including negotiation of access to useful datasets with the data holders in the public or private sector);
· to support new business development and meet income generation targets, working closely with the Partnerships Development Director, Project Development Group (PDG), Key Account Managers and external collaborators to grow and expand the portfolio of existing donors;
· to provide overall leadership in the development and use of the GBCL methodology and co-chair the methodology working group in order to determine the technical expertise needed for the different phases of the methodological framework, and facilitate the formation of teams of partners with the range of expertise needed;
· to review a;nd assess published research related to GBCL and its potential relevance
· to assess GBCL data hosting needs and options, and develop a data management plan and establish the data committee;
· to oversee the quality of all scientific outputs and support writing effective and impactful communication, publication (including the development of GBCL policy documents) and technical reporting in all matters relating to the GBCL initiative both within CABI and to external stakeholders and partners;
· to represent and to be CABI’ technical focal point to promote the GBCL initiative regionally and globally at high level events including flagship conferences and workshops;
· to ensure consistent adherence to CABI policies and procedures at the centres, including regulations on access to biodiversity, quarantine, HR and Health and Safety, financial and project management procedures, risk management and Intellectual Property Rights.
Experience & Qualifications
· PhD in a relevant subject (natural or social science) and at least 7 years’ post-doctoral experience
· Experience of coordinating collaborative, international research teams
· Experience of modelling in an agricultural context using approaches relevant to GBCL
· Understanding of data management processes, and the manipulation, analysis and integration of large geospatial datasets
· Proven ability to develop fundable research proposals
· Fluency in English, with knowledge of one or more other languages desirable
· Excellent writing skills, as shown by publications in refereed journals
· Excellent interpersonal skills, with ability to interact effectively and convincingly with senior scientists and technical experts from different disciplines
· strategic thinker with a sharp analytical skill set and intellectual capability;
· Strong analytic and quantitative abilities
· Flexible and creative in planning and problem solving
· Broad interests, beyond area of own research and qualifications
This job description is not intended to be exhaustive. It is expected that the post holder and CABI will adopt a flexible attitude and accept that the duties may have to be varied according to circumstances, in particular changing corporate requirements and individual development needs.
CABI is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation or marital status. No applicant will be disadvantaged by conditions which cannot be shown to be justified and selection will be based on merit.
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