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Head of Web Development

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) seek a highly qualified, experienced, and creative Head of Web Development. Leading the center’s website development team and reporting to the head of Corporate Communications, the successful candidate will be expected to design, develop, manage, and maintain a dynamic new corporate website for the center. The position requires a user-oriented design focus, technical acumen, and a strong record of successful project management. The Head of Web Development will work with scientists, science writers, communicators, graphic designers, and the Information and Communications Technology Unit. S/he will also help ensure 24-7-365 operation of CIMMYT’s website, in conjunction with a web server administrator, and help to monitor, analyze, and report on usage and related trends. S/he will keep abreast of technology developments, new website applications, and the use of social media, creatively and effectively applying them to improve the impact and functionality of CIMMYT’s website. The successful candidate will possess good organizational skills and work effectively with minimal supervision as part of a multidisciplinary, multicultural team. The position will be based at CIMMYT’s beautiful, gated headquarters in Texcoco, just outside of Mexico City. CIMMYT offers an attractive remuneration and competitive package.

Minimum skills and experience required to apply:

 Bachelor’s degree with 3-5 years experience or equivalent required.

 Strong knowledge of and experience with all/most of the following: XHTML, CSS, PHP, ASP, .NET, MySql, and JavaScript.

 Knowledge of / experience with Linux and OS Windows.

 Passionate about design, user experience, and website usability.

 Use of / interfacing with social media to strengthen web page impacts and reach.

 Experience with search engine optimization.

 Working experience with Adobe CS5 Web Suite (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash)

 Experience embedding video; knowledge of different techniques and codecs a plus.

 High level of expertise in using open source CMS (Joomla, Wordpress, Drupal etc.).

 Ability to produce and test website functionality in all major browsers and mobile devices.

 Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and meet frequent deadlines.

 Strong interpersonal and communications skills, and demonstrated ability to interact and collaborate with others towards shared goals in a multicultural setting.

 Excellent mastery of written and spoken English.

Desired skills and experience:

 Course work or work experience in biological or agricultural science.

 Experience with XML/XSL tools.

 Proficiency in written and verbal Spanish

 Familiarity with wiki software such as Confluence.

 Experience with or exposure to repository software and repositories.

 Project management and/or leadership experience.

CIMMYT (www.cimmyt.org) is an internationally funded, non-profit research and training organization affiliated with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR, www.cgiar.org) with an annual budget of about USD 90 million. The center’s mission is to sustainably increase the productivity of maize and wheat systems to ensure global food security and reduce poverty. CIMMYT is a global leader in maize and wheat breeding, biotechnology, socioeconomics, and natural resource management research. The center employs about 700 permanent staff and operates through decentralized partnerships, with staff in 14 countries and projects and networks in many more.

CIMMYT is an equal-opportunity employer and strives for staff diversity in gender and nationality.

Apply online no later than October 14th, 2011.

At www.cimmyt.org, click on “About us – Job Opportunities- 2011/21 Position” Please complete the online application, including your cover letter, competencies and experience for the position, and a detailed CV/resume.

For further information, contact Mr. Michael Listman, Head of Corporate Communications, m.listman@cgiar.org or the Human Resources Office, jobs-cimmyt@cgiar.org. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

How to apply

Apply online no later than October 14th, 2011. At www.cimmyt.org, click on “About us – Job Opportunities- 2011/21 Position” Please complete the online application, including your cover letter, competencies and experience for the position, and a detailed CV/resume. For further information, contact Mr. Michael Listman, Head of Corporate Communications, or the Human Resources Office, . Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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