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Development Assistant

About MSSRF: 

The M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) was established in 1988 as a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M. S. Swaminathan. The Foundation aims to accelerate use of modern science for agricultural and rural development for development and dissemination of technology to improve lives and livelihoods of tribal and rural communities. MSSRF follows a pro-poor, pro-women and pro-nature approach and applies appropriate science and technology options to address practical problems faced by rural populations in agriculture, food and nutrition.

The Foundation works in the areas of Natural Resource Management, Biodiversity, Biotechnology, Food, Nutrition and Livelihood Security and Skill and Capacity Development using modern Information and Communication Technologies. MSSRF is present in six states of India. Please visit our website for more information.

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Job Description: 

With field experience in agricultural value chain development and promotion of agribusiness enterprises.

The specific responsibilities are

Community mobilization and organizing farmer’s into groups

Engaging in baseline data collection and value chain analysis 

Fostering entrepreneurship among farmers and value added product development 

Building capacity of the farmers on technical, financial and managerial aspects on agro- enterprise units

Building farmer Producer collectives and

Establishing backward and forward linkages for the farmer’s collectives to sustain the agro-processing units 

Work involves travel

Minimum Qualification and skill sets: 

Master Degree in any social sciences with specialization in rural development. Adequate knowledge on rural development, gender and community organization.Preference will be given for Sociology, Anthropology and Social work candidates.

Prior experience in community mobilisation, organising and facilitation different with diverse stakeholders from farmers to different line departments/ agriculture experts especially women at the grassroots level. 

Experience in working with famer producer collectives.

Experience in agri-business development and promoting enterprises.

Desirable qualification: 
Report writing and documentation skill
Negotiable; based on qualification and experience
No. of Positions : 
2 Nos
Mode of Application : 

MSSRF is a woman-friendly employer with a gender policy and women candidates are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to SC / ST candidates with desired qualification. Application should include full biodata providing complete academic record stating areas of specialization, academic achievement, sample of writing and publications, nature and duration of experience, full address and telephone number of two most recent employers, last pay drawn, names and addresses of two referees who have close familiarity with the professional strength and character of the candidate, current address, telephone and e-mail ID. Incomplete application will be rejected. Application must clearly indicate “PA4DA18119DK” with Job code.

Please send the applications by email before the last date to:

The Head – HR

M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation Third Cross Street,

Institutional Area, Taramani, Chennai 600 113 email:

Last Date: 
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Programme Area: 
Kuttanad Region, Kerala and Dindigul, Tamil Nadu