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[Opportunity] Call for two Research Assistants

  • [Opportunity] Call for two Research Assistants

Call for 2 Research Assistants

Andhra Pradesh Foresight Study

 

Job description for Research Assistants for foresight study at RySS

(http://apzbnf.in/careers/job-description-for-research-assistants-for-foresight-study-at-ryss/)

 

In the framework of a two-year collective research project (Oct. 2018 – Sept. 2020) between Rythu Sadhikara Samstha (RySS, Andhra Pradesh), CIRAD (France) and FAO (New Delhi) on the future of Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF)  in Andhra Pradesh (retrospective path and structural transformation since the 1970s, and future scenarios up to 2050, using the model/interface Agribiom on agri-food systems), we need two Research Assistants (RAs):

(1) Research Assistant 01: Data mining/engineering, statistics, bio-economic modelling

(2) Research Assistant 02: R-Shiny specialist

 

Research Assistant 01: Data mining/engineering, statistics, bio-economic modelling

Major Responsibilities:
- Data mining/engineering, statistics, bio-economic modelling
- Searching, compiling, documenting and checking historical data from various fields and sources in order to build or consolidate consistent time-series on the India and Andhra agri-food economy (from population or land-use to diets and GDP).

Expected qualifications & requirements:
- Post Graduation in Management Studies / Economics / Statistics / Agriculture / Rural Development / Computer Science or any other related fields with specialization in data mining, data analysis, database management and GIS applications.
- Knowledge and experience in data harvesting and database management
- Knowledge and experience in statistical packages (Excel, Access, SAS, R, Stata…),  GIS applications and computer programming
- Knowledge and experience in agriculture economics and econometrics will be a plus
- Interest in agriculture, livestock, poverty and environmental issues
- Discipline, curiosity, senses of initiative and teamwork
- Might have to travel in India for data harvesting

Work Experience:
- Minimum of 2 years’ experience in related fields is required.  In exceptional cases, experience condition may be relaxed.

 

Research Assistant 02: R-Shiny specialist

Major responsibilities:
- Building an interface with R-Shiny for screening historical statistics, maps and results of a bio-economic model at different scales (India, Andhra, Districts) and in various fields (from population or land-use to diets and GDP).
- Screening/Testing future scenarios

Expected qualifications & requirements
- Post Graduation in Management Studies / Economics / Statistics / Agriculture / Rural Development / Computer Science or any other related fields with specialization in data database management, GIS applications and R packages.
- Thorough knowledge and experience in R and R- Shiny.
- Knowledge of computer programming, usage of GIS applications, knowledge of statistical packages such as Excel, Access, SAS, Stata.
- Knowledge and experience in agriculture economics and econometrics will be a plus
- Interest in agriculture, livestock, poverty and environmental issues
- Discipline, curiosity, senses of initiative and teamwork

Work Experience:

- Minimum of 2 years’ experience in related fields is required. In exceptional cases, experience condition may be relaxed.

 

Duration of contract (for both RA 01 and RA 02)
9 months from date of appointment.

 

Place of Work
- RA 01: Andhra Pradesh (RySS at Guntur or Hyderabad) with travel to Delhi and other places in India as required by the project.
- RA 02: New Delhi (CSH) with travel to A.P. and other places in India as required by the project.

 

Employer (for both RA01 and RA 02)
RySS (Government of A.P.), under the scientific authority of Dr. Bruno Dorin (CIRAD, France; CSH, New Delhi).

 

Remuneration
An all inclusive remuneration of Rs. 50,000.00 per month (full-time job) for RA 01 or RA 02.  Salary is negotiable in deserving cases.

 

Application
Cover letter (maximum 2 pages), detailed CV and letters of recommendation (if any) in PDF format, zipped into a single file named with the family name then the first name (“FAMILY_FirstName.zip”), to be sent to zbnf.research@gmail.com with copy to bruno.dorin@csh-delhi.com

  

Deadline: 14 January 2019
Only short listed candidates will be intimated about the date of interview with Dr. B. Dorin and RySS officials.



[Opportunity] Internship IndiaMilk project

  • [Opportunity] Internship IndiaMilk project

Internship’s proposal – IndiaMilk project

Modelling past and future diets of the Indian livestock (1960-2050):

a macro-biophysical approach

Context

India has the largest bovine population with 192 million cattle and 108 million buffaloes. It has been the world’s largest producer of milk for more than fifteen years and continues to grow at an annual rate of 4%. About 70 million farms allegedly produce milk in the country and, in 2012, the average size of the herd per household having some bovines was less than three cattle or buffaloes, and 70% of bovines were raised in farms with less than one hectare of land, some of them being landless. Structured as such, Indian dairy farms are expected to play a role in ensuring household food security, alleviating poverty and providing employment in rural areas, which turns out to be a critical challenge in a country counting 30% of its population living under the poverty line.

Feeding these animals in a sustainable manner is another important challenge. According to national statistics, the country’s bovine herd has grown in size and changed its composition over the last decades. Areas under fodder crops have slightly increased, especially in irrigated regions, and those of permanent pastures have tended to decline. This suggests that other feeding resources, such as crop residues or concentrates, have played a significant role in the dairy sector growth. Is a “feeding transition”, similar to that observed in other parts of the world with an increasing use of concentrates, likely to occur in Indian dairy farming? Are these concentrates made of industrial by-products or of grains directly competing with human nutrition? What is the role of fodder crops, crop residues, permanent pastures and other spontaneous feeding resources? How sustainable is the Indian feeding pattern?

The general objective of the IndiaMilk research project, currently funded by Agropolis Fondation, is to understand the undergoing transformation of Indian dairy systems – as a whole and in their diversity – and to assess to which extent it represents a sustainable development model, able to address jointly food security, social inclusion and environmental issues. Previous field studies that have been carried out by Aubron et al. in different parts of the subcontinent from 2014 have confirmed the major role of households that are less endowed with land and water in dairy farming. They have also highlighted contrasted feeding practices between farmers according to their access to resources, especially to cultivated land. Yet, the state of the art on livestock feeding and the comparison of estimates for India over the last decades provided by Dorin et al. have so far shown that none of the models or databases used to assess Indian livestock feeding take into account this diversity in terms of farms structure. As part of the fourth work package of the IndiaMilk project, the research team now explore the different rounds of national surveys together with national statistics to work on this diversity of livestock farms at national level, their feeding practices and the way they have been changing over time. Such a knowledge might be very useful to design a new approach of feed resources uses in India.

Work Objectives of the internship
(1)    Resume, verify and improve a macro-biophysical model built at CSH to simulate past (1966-2014) and future (up to 2050) uses of various biomasses (cereals and oilseeds, crop residues, green fodders, scavenging, etc.) to feed livestock (buffalos, cows, poultry, pigs, etc.). This step requires to further document, check and analyse data from different sources (Livestock censuses, Icrisat-VDista, Human Development Survey, National Sample Survey rounds on “Land & Livestock” and “Household consumption”…) in order to refine unsatisfactory parts of the model and include/test in the model a typology of livestock-rearing farms.
(2) (if time allows it) Build a visual interface in R-Shiny (or Microsoft Access) to scan (and map) past evolutions and simulations, check data and assumptions, and simulate future scenarios.

Expected qualifications, requirements
-   Knowledge and experiences in statistics and database management
-   Knowledge and experience in various software (notably: SAS, R & Shiny, Stata)
-   Interest in agriculture, livestock, poverty and environmental issues
-   Knowledge and experience in agriculture economics and econometrics will be a plus
-   Discipline, curiosity, senses of initiative and teamwork
-   Good skill in oral presentation and report writing
-   Fluent English

Academic profile
Master’s level student in statistics with interest in agricultural and development issues, or in agricultural sciences with good skills and interest in statistics.

Institutional frame
Work placement agreement with the Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities (CSH, New Delhi)

Supervision
Dr. Bruno Dorin, CSH, New Delhi, India Prof. Himanshu, CSH, New Delhi, India
Assoc. Prof. Claire Aubron, Montpellier SupAgro, UMR SELMET, Montpellier, France
Dr. Jean-Daniel Cesaro, CIRAD, UMR SELMET, Dakar, Sénégal

Timetable
6 months internship, from March-April 2019

Funding
Internship allowances (about 570 € per month)

Application and deadline
Send CV and cover/motivation letter to bruno.dorin@csh-delhi.com and aubron@supagro.fr before January 31st, 2019 (included)