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Bees are an essential contributor to environmental equilibrium by providing the ecosystem service of pollination to crop and wild plants. icipe’s bee research strategy (2018–2023) aims to improve focus on four research topics: 1) Bee Health; 2) Symbionts; 3) Bee Nutrition; and 4) Pollination. These topics were prioritised in consultation with a wide range of icipe partners. icipe’s research and development (R&D) efforts on bee research contribute to: (i) protecting and maintaining the abundance and diversity of bees and other insect pollinators; (ii) ensuring the ecosystem service of pollination for improving food security and conserving wild plant diversity; (iii) investigating, understanding, monitoring, and developing the overall bee health status of managed and wild insect pollinators on the African continent; and (iv) improving the livelihoods of rural communities through dissemination of research results and developed technologies. As part of this effort, icipe is seeking to recruit a Senior Scientist to work on VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT (Ref. No. IRS/257/082018) (RE-ADVERTISEMENT) SENIOR SCIENTIST, POLLINATION BIOLOGY OF BEES Pollination Biology of Bees. He/she will conduct innovative research in pollination biology of honey bees and other pollinators, including the aspects of ecology and ecosystem services that are relevant and strategic to icipe’s R&D.
(a) status of pollination deficits for essential crop plants, their wild relatives and other plants of economic importance as relevant to ecosystem functioning;
(b) primary threats to pollinators in agricultural landscapes and different habitats with respect to land use/cover pattern and use of agrochemicals;
(c) basic needs of pollinators with respect to habitats for nesting and healthy and balanced nutrition, as well as their diversity and abundance in relation to efficacy of pollination services within a landscape context; and
(d) mechanisms to mitigate pollination deficits through habitat management technologies or using supplementation of environments with managed pollinators and assessing the effectiveness of methods through measurement of yields and other environmental variables;
2. Establish research activities in close collaboration with beneficiaries using a participatory on-farm approach;
3. Integrate research results into outreach activities and capacity building targeting different types of stakeholders, including rural farmers and their communities;
4. Develop collaborative research networks for pollinator health and advocacy for pollinators; 5. Advise policy on thematic issues relating to conservation of pollinators;
6. Mobilise resources (such as funds, human) to support R&D activities highlighted above and participate in fundraising opportunities with other scientists in the Bee Health team and the Environmental Health Theme, and contribute to the One Health concept;
7. Maintain a high level of scientific excellence through peer-reviewed publications commensurate with the position;
8. Manage, supervise and motivate programme staff and students to ensure innovation and the practice of good science that results in high-quality publications.