Research Technician – Spring Barley Breeding, Marchouch, Morocco

International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

ICARDA in Marchouch

Research Technician – Spring Barley Breeding Merchouch, Rabat-Salé-Kénitra, Morocco Nationally Recruited Staff Full time 27 December 2022


Main purpose of position

Providing support for research activities of spring barley breeding at the ICARDA research station in Marchouch and other research stations in Morocco.


The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) is a treaty-based international non-profit research organization supported by CGIAR.

ICARDA’s mission is to reduce poverty, enhance food, water, and nutritional security, as well as environmental health in the face of global challenges including climate change. We do this through innovative science, strategic partnerships, linking research to development and capacity development that take into account gender equality and the role of youth in transforming the dry areas. ICARDA works in partnership with governments, universities, civil society, national agricultural research organization, other CGIAR Research Centers, and the private sector. With its temporary Headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon, ICARDA operates in regional and country offices across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. For more information: (link)

All CGIAR Centers are currently engaged into a reform process (“One CGIAR’”) that will help ICARDA and CGIAR achieve better impact through more strategically integrated research, unified governance, an integrated structure and new research modalities across participating Research Centers. This transformation is supported by CGIAR donors who have committed to increased funding as a result of these reforms.

Main responsibilities

  • Assist in preparing field plans, land preparation, sowing, harvesting, threshing of trials, breeding material and nurseries.
  • Preparing seed materials for various nurseries for planting at research stations in Morocco and other countries.
  • Undertake input and irrigation activities.
  • Assist in collecting, managing, and summarizing data.
  • Supervise daily workers.

  • Undertake the crossing program.
  • Perform any other job assigned as per requirement of spring barley breeding program.


Education, qualifications, and experience

  • Diploma in agriculture or 3 years of experience in breeding/ research program after Higher Secondary School degree.
  • Demonstrated ability in field research
  • Good experience in field research management
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in data recording
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Good command of spoken and written Arabic and English


Terms of appointment, salary, and benefits

This is a nationally recruited position open to Moroccan nationals for which ICARDA offers an attractive compensation package including a competitive salary, medical insurance, 30 days of annual leave, five months’ maternity leave, 15 days’ paternity leave. The successful candidate will be offered an initial contract of 3 years, renewable subject to continued need for the position and satisfactory performance. The first year will be probationary period.

ICARDA is committed to increasing women representation in its workforce and strongly encourages applications from women.

Applications will be acknowledged, but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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