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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: 

This post will provide support for the ICT initiatives through Village Knowledge Centres (VKCs) in the field. by closely working with community and other stakeholders. We are seeking an individual with field experience in rural development. The candidate will closely work with the community, stakeholders and National Rice Research Institute in Cuttack, Odisha.


  • Create awareness among farmers and other stakeholders about the VKCs and on the use of Modern tools of Information, Education and Communication
  • Dissemination of content, advisories, information through village knowledge centres using different ICT tools
  • Formation and facilitating the village level VKC management committee in the villages 
  • Build the capacity of the Knowledge workers and community members to use the modern ICT tools 
  • Develop a good rapo with the community and support to establish Village Knowledge Centers with appropriate management systems 
  • Explore and establish linkages with different stakeholders relevant to the field of agriculture, gender and livelihoods 
  • Collect baseline data and document case studies, feedback and · Work involves travel to field sites
Minimum Qualification and skill sets: 

Diploma in Agriculture with adequate knowledge on rural development, gender and community organization.

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


Essential: · Ability and willingness to work in multi-disciplinary teams (including

community researchers) Desirable: · Spoken and writing Knowledge in Odiya, Hindi and English languages · Field level experience in rural development related works

Based on experience
Three years
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 with “PA4DA2719C “Job code.

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

M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation

Third Cross Street, Institutional Area,

Taramani, Chennai 600 113


Last Date: 
Sunday, July 7, 2019
Programme Area: 
Cuttack district in Odisha