Tuesday, 25 September 2012

HRS to hold early retirement information sessions in headquarters

Information sessions on 2012 Mutually Agreed Voluntary Early Retirement Program (ERP) for IRRI Nationally Recruited Staff at headquarters will be held on October 2 and 4, 1400-1600 H, at Room A, D.L. Umali Building.

Interested staff in headquarters may register online or sign-up directly at HRS Workplace Relations and Advisory Services office on or before Friday, 28 September 2012, until 1200 H.

 View the brochure for details or visit the HRS Bulletin Boards at Harrar Hall, NC Brady Building, and DL Umali Building.

HRS holds job profiling workshop for IRRI Country Office reps


As part of the first phase in the creation of NRS career paths, the Human Resource Services (HRS) held the NRS Job Profiling workshop for IRRI country office representatives on 21 September at headquarters. This was the final delivery after more than 20 job profile writing workshops for more than 300 staff at headquarters. 

In attendance were Bidyuth Mahalder and Shamima Sultana of Bangladesh, Amit Mishra, Savita Sharma, and Puneet Khurana of India, Ohnmar Tun of Myanmar, and Apinporn Phuengwattanapanich of Thailand.

Supported by HRS, the participants were tasked to develop a standard job profile based on group discussions. The draft job profiles will be reviewed by HRS and will send to the respective supervisors for their comments. 

The country office representatives are expected to lead similar job profiling workshops in their respective areas. After these workshops, job families will be identified to complete the foundation of creating the career paths for NRS.

Inquiries on the development of career paths for Nationally Recruited Staff can be made by e-mail on  nrs-job-profile-committee@irri.org, or by contacting Sara on HQ ext. 2824 or Jhea on HQ ext. 2775.


HRS holds training on effective presentation

Human Resource Services (HRS), in partnership with Guthrie-Jensen Philippines, held the Effective Presentation Skills (EPS) training for the second time on 18-20 September at IRRI headquarters.

Ten HQ-based nationally recruited research and support professionals attended the 3-day workshop, which was facilitated by Ralph Guzman.

EPS is an eleven-module program that aims to develop and hone the presentation skills of participants to make them more effective and productive members of their teams. This interactive training continuously receives positive participant feedback since its pilot launch in 2011. The last delivery for this year will be on 7-9 November 2012.

This program is an HRS learning and development initiative. For all inquiries/reservations for future learning & development programs, please review the IRRI Training Calendar or contact Annabelle Aquino of HRS Organization and People Development Services at ext. 2824 or send email to a.aquino@irri.org.


Tuesday, 18 September 2012

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Tuesday, 11 September 2012

HRS holds job profiling workshop


IRRI Human Resource Services organized over 20 job profile writing workshops for more than 300 staff at IRRI headquarters as part of the first phase in the creation of career paths for nationally recruited staff or NRS. These workshops are ongoing this week (5-21 September 2012).
Selected staff were invited to participate in the workshops and grouped by similarity of functions and job level. The participants were tasked to develop standard job profiles, through group discussion and workshop, supported by two resource persons from Towers Watson and 95 facilitators from IRRI.

The resulting draft job profiles will be reviewed by HRS and sent to the corresponding supervisors for comments. A series of follow-up workshops will be held thereafter to refine the drafts.

HRS is also giving the same workshop for 8 IRRI staff from the Country Offices on 21 September 2012, to prepare them to lead similar job profiling workshops in their respective areas.

After the workshops, job 'families' will be identified to complete the foundation for creating the NRS career paths.


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World Agroforestry Center holds feeding program for flood victims


Staff and scholars of the World Agroforestry Center (also know an ICRAF), an IRRI-hosted center, held a feeding program to more than 1,000 evacuees at the Tadlac Tent City in Los Baños on 7 September 2012.

Rosemary Caballero led the activity, representing Rodel Lasco, Philippine programme coordinator. They were joined by volunteers and IRRI spouses Sue Pretty and Stella Bouman, and guests.

Floodwaters have receded to waist level in the communities along Laguna Lake, and the residents of Barangay Tadlac are staying in the 'tent cities' because their homes remain unsafe and there is prospect of more rainfall. Tadlac was hardest hit by the flooding caused by Typhoon Gener and the Habagat rains in July.

Close to 10,000 residents are still in various tent cities and evacuation centers in Los Baños and Bay as floodwaters are expected to take about 3 more months to recede in the lakeshore areas. 


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IFEA provides relief to flood victims



The IRRI Filipino Employee’s Association, Inc. (IFEA), with facilitation from IRRI's Host Country and Community Relations Office, distributed relief goods on 4 September 2012 to IRRI staff who were affected by recent flooding in the area around Laguna Lake. IFEA's mandate includes providing support and assistance to its members.

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IRRI staff donate to flood victims


IRRI's Host Country and Community Relations Office has turned over donations from IRRI employees to the Municipal Disaster and Risk Reduction Coordinating Councils of the towns of Los Baños and Bay and continues to coordinate relief assistance and feeding programs from volunteer organizations.

Donated items include rice, canned foods, hygiene items, bottled water, blankets, towels, and clothes and will be distributed to those affected by recent flooding on the shores of Laguna Lake. Cash donations were used to buy more rice for distribution to the flood victims.

The HCCRO team thanks all donors and those who volunteered to help during the feeding programs.


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Tuesday, 4 September 2012

IRRI research staff group holds sports festival


The Association of Fellows, Scholars, Trainees, and Residents of IRRI (AFSTRI) held a day-long sports festival at Canyon Cove Residential Beach Resort, Batangas, on 1 September 2012.

Eighty members and their spouses and children the event, which was opened by messages from Govinda Rizal, AFSTRI president, and Zilhas Ahmed, AFSTRI sports officer.

There were six games and two optional activities (fun diving, kayaking) prepared for the participants, who divided themselves into four teams: Red, led by Kashif Shahid Aslam, visiting research fellow; Green, led by Zhuang Zhuo, Ph.D. research scholar; Yellow, led by Md. Rafiqul Islam, postdoctoral fellow; and Violet team led by Craig Jameson, Ph.D. research scholar. Grand prizes were chocolate and popcorn.

The grownups weren't the only ones in competition, as a sandcastle-building game was prepared for the kids.


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Drought training workshop in IRRI


A workshop and training on marker-assisted breeding for drought tolerance is ongoing (2-9 September 2012) at IRRI Headquarters.

The training includes lectures and hands-on sessions on the identification of large-effect QTLs for grain yield under drought, physiological characterization of large-effect QTLs, standardized drought phenotyping in the field, and marker-assisted introgression of large-effect QTLs to improve grain yield under drought.

Eleven participants from India, Africa, Laos, and the Philippines (PhilRice) are attending.

The workshop-training is hosted by IRRI's Crop and Environmental Sciences and Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology divisions and was organized by Amelia Henry, Shalab Dixit, and Arvind Kumar.


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IRRI partners with Red Cross and Rotary Club for the bloodletting activity

IRRI's Human Resource Services (HRS) held a bloodletting activity in partnership with Philippine Red Cross and Rotary Club of West Bay on 31 August 2012 at the IRRI Safety Training Office.

The activity was a response to the alarming rise of reported dengue cases in recent months and aims to provide an adequate and safe supply of blood to help save lives during emergencies. HRS collected 107 bags of blood.

From among 138 participants, 107 donors were successfully registered in the voluntary blood donation program. Participation was open to all IRRI staff and dependents. 


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IRRI holds 9th supervisory training program

IRRI's Human Resource Services (HRS) and the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) delivered the Supervisory Training Program (STP) at IRRI for the ninth time on 15-17 August 2012.

The STP is a two-and-a-half-day course for junior supervisors who have not yet received basic management training. It focuses on planning, implementing, delegating, leading, and general people management, and provides participants the opportunity to improve supervisory skill levels in these areas.

For inquiries and schedule of STP offerings, please contact Annabelle Aquino of the HRS Organization and People Development Services at x2824 or send email to a.aquino@irri.org


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New GRiSP director speaks at mentoring lunch


Bas Bouman, GRiSP director and a mentor himself, shared about his mentoring experiences during the 14 August Mentoring Lunch.

Mentoring lunches are held to give mentor-mentee pairs in IRRI the opportunity to get together on a regular basis and conduct discussions in an informal atmosphere.

At each gathering, a speaker is invited to share his personal thoughts on mentoring and interact with the mentoring pairs.

These lunches are part of the ongoing support to mentoring at IRRI and is organized by the Human Resource Services (HRS).

For inquiries and Mentoring Program schedules, please contact Annabelle Aquino of the HRS Organization and People Development Services at x2824 or send email to a.aquino@irri.org.


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IRRI welcomes 20 new staff

IRRI's Human Resource Services (HRS) welcomed 20 new employees during the August 2012 IRRI Employee Orientation Program.
In addition to newly-hired employees, HRS extends invitation to staff who have been with IRRI longer but have not had the opportunity to attend the orientation program in the past.

For inquiries and orientation schedules, please contact Annabelle Aquino of the HRS Organization and People Development Services at x2824 or send email to a.aquino@irri.org.


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