Thursday, 30 August 2012

Philippines: SINOP reaches out to students and evacuees


Members of The Society of IRRI Non-research Professionals (SINOP) distributed umbrellas to students of Bagong Silang Elementary School in Los BaƱos on 16 August. SINOP members also took the opportunity to bond with the school children over snacks that it provided.

The activity is part of SINOP’s pledge to support the school, which the organization adopted in 1983. The organization seeks to strengthen and improve school facilities and create a sense of personal involvement and interaction with its students. Mr. Raul Volante, the school principal, teachers, and some parents were present to witness the activity.

SINOP also carried out Operation Kumot and a feeding program, in coordination with IRRI's Host Country and Community Relations Office, on 21 August for the benefit of more than 1,000 evacuees from one of the communities badly hit by Habagat. Operation Kumot and the feeding program were held at Galvez Elementary School in San Antonio, Bay, Laguna, where the evacuees were staying.

SINOP would like to thank its members, SINOP friends, and those who constantly support its activities and projects.



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HR successfully implements training on Writing Job Profiles

Ninety-five HQ-based IRRI staff from various disciplines and job levels attended the training sessions on Writing Job Profiles on 15 and 16 August. The participants were trained in creating standard job profiles through job analysis. The activity is the first step in the development of career paths for Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS).  Hundreds of staff members are expected to collaborate on drafting a set of standard job profiles for the Institute.

A follow-up session on skills necessary to facilitate a series of Focus Group Discussions will also be conducted and a number of country office-based staff will receive the same training in the coming weeks.
The training was jointly facilitated by Human Resource Services (HRS) and Towers Watson, a leading global professional services company. For inquiries on the development of career paths for NRS, please email nrs-job-profile-committee@irri.org, or contact Sara on HQ ext. 2824 or Jhea on HQ ext. 2775.


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Wednesday, 22 August 2012

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Incoming GRiSP director is guest in researchers' lunch

Bas Bouman, new director of the Global Rice Science Partnership (center).

Bas Bouman, head of IRRI's Crop and Environmental Sciences Division and newly named director of the Global Rice Science Partnership or GRiSP, was the guest scientist during the Young Researchers Lunch for August.

Participants were Balwinder Singh, Nikos Tsakirpaloglou, Sharifa Sultana Dipti, Yam Kanta Gaihre, Annette Tobias, and Elenor de Leon.

Dr. Bouman discussed his own career path with the participants, which he said was always determined by taking the best opportunities that came up and not by following a set plan. He parted with the young researchers with this tip: "If someone asks you where your career is headed in the next 10-15 years, it's okay if you don't give them an answer."

The Young Researchers Lunch is a monthly meeting for NRS and AFSTRI scientists who are in the early stages of their career. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for discussions with senior scientists on a range of topics including science and career paths.

For more information, please contact Joy Sagabay (M.Sagabay@cgiar.org) or Amelia Henry (A.Henry@cgiar.org).


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Training held on writing job profiles to aid career path process of local staff


Ninety-five IRRI HQ-based staff from a range of disciplines and job levels attended 4 half-day sessions of Writing Job Profiles, a training workshop held on 15 and 16 August 2012.

The training was jointly facilitated by IRRI's Human Resource Services and Towers Watson, a leading global professional services company. In the coming weeks, several country office-based staff will receive the same training.

Participants of this training will play an important role in the creation of standard job profiles, which is the first step in the development of career paths for nationally recruited staff. From the workshop, they learned to create a standard job profile through job analysis, discussed best practice in job profile development, and practiced creating job profiles using the new standard template for the purpose.

Participants will attend a follow-up session where they will get help developing the skills necessary to facilitate a series of focus group discussions, when many hundreds of IRRI staff will collaborate to draft a set of standard job profiles for the Institute. 

Inquiries on the development of career paths for nationally recruited staff can be made by email sent to nrs-job-profile-committee@irri.org or by contacting Sara at HQ ext. 2824 or Jhea on HQ ext. 2775.


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Tuesday, 14 August 2012

IRRI thesis intern wins best undergraduate thesis award


Wilson Aala, a former affiliate undergraduate thesis intern in IRRI, received the Undergraduate Best Thesis Award from Philobioscientia (UPLB Life Sciences Society) during the organization's 28th anniversary celebration on 2 August 2012.

Wilson's award-winning undergraduate thesis was titled Morphological and molecular characterization of novel salt-tolerant germplasms from the Philippines and Bangladesh. He was supervised by Glenn Gregorio, IRRI scientist and breeder.


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Wednesday, 8 August 2012

IRRI staff celebrate birthdays to benefit poor children


Seven staff members of IRRI's Social Sciences Division who had their birthdays in July started a different way of celebrating: share the joy with less fortunate kids through Project ShoeBox of the 4th Light Armor (Masigasig) Batallion of the Philippine Army.

Project Shoebox is an outreach activity in which shoe boxes filled with school supplies and other goodies are solicited from donors and distributed to poor kids.

The birthday celebrators requested their friends, colleagues, and AISAS (an IRRI employee group) for shoe boxes and collected more than 170 of these—more than three times their goal of 50 boxes.

Beneficiaries of the activity were kids from select areas in the CALABARZON. The shoe boxes were turned over to the batallion through a simple ceremony led by Lt. Col. Thomas Sedano and his staff, held on 3 August at the SSD lobby in Drilon Hall.

Lt. Col. Sedano thanked the SSD staff and assured them that the shoe boxes will reach the schoolchildren of Masin Elementary School in Candelaria, Quezon Province.

The birthday celebrators were Flor Palis, Dehner de Leon, Malu Malabayabas, Aileen Maunahan, Rodmyr Datoon, Gen Todcor, and R.G. Sarmiento.

IRRI Sportsfest 2012 | Basketball season closes

The 2012 basketball season of the IRRI Sportsfest has ended for men's and women's divisions on 23 July and 3 August 2012, respectively.

In men's basketball, the Red Team emerged as champion in brackets A and B in the best-of-three series, while the Yellow Team won the championship for women's.

Other games that have concluded in this year’s Sportsfest are men's softball, football (mixed), and lawn tennis.

View team standings as of 3 August 2012.

Remaining events are badminton, bowling, men's volleyball, and women's volleyball. 

IRRI Sportsfest schedules and other updates

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Three CGIAR centers conclude testing of new system at IRRI headquarters


IRRI, International Potato Center, and WorldFish wraps up the month-long (25 June-25 July) integrated testing of One Corporate System (OCS) held at IRRI Headquarters.

Key OCS users from IRRI’s human resources, project management, and finance units were given a special walk-through on the system's basic functionalities.

The series of tests was carried out by system builders with the assistance of consultants from UNIT 4. During the tests, system builders based at IRRI, led by Eric Clutario, put in working time that overlapped with those based around Asia and Peru, where CIP headquarters is located.

After the system test, IRRI system builders and key OCS users will be doing OCS localization, user acceptance testing, and end-user training over the next several weeks.

OCS is a new system aimed at helping improve the efficiency of IRRI's processes and increase collaboration among CGIAR centers. It will be implemented at IRRI headquarters in a phased rollout starting October 2012.                
                                                                                       
Updates and more information available on the OCS website.

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