Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Nominations open for the 2012 NRS awards

The Institute’s search for the next NRS awardees is now on!  All organizational unit (OU) heads are encouraged to nominate qualified individual or teams this year who have made an outstanding contribution to IRRI.

Prizes include a plaque of recognition; US$ 500 for each category winner (divided among team members); merienda cena with the BOT, director general, DDGs, and awardee’s guests; an article of recognition in the IRRI Bulletin; and last but not the least, the name of awardees will be featured on the Roll of Honor (photo) prominently displayed in F.F. Hill Building at IRRI headquarters.

Since 2006, IRRI has been recognizing the exemplary contributions of nationally recruited staff (NRS) through the NRS awards program.  The winning individual or group must have a record of exceptional accomplishment or initiative, outstanding efforts, and recognized and respected by peers.  Effective 2013, the annual NRS Awards categories are:

(1) IRRI Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement or Development (individual or group)
(2) IRRI Award for Outstanding Research Support (individual or group)
(3) IRRI Award for Outstanding Administrative Support (individual or group)
Individuals or groups may be nominated from IRRI headquarters and country office locations. There will only be one winner in each category.

The criteria for selection and details of the mechanics are included in the DG Memo 2013-2, the revised guidelines sent to staff on 18 February 2013. Director General Bob Zeigler will announce the awardees during the Board of Trustees meeting in April 2013.

All OUs are encouraged to submit at least one nomination to the selection committee.  The members of the selection committee come from within the IRRI community and includes both research and nonresearch staff, and the HRS Workplace Relations and Advisory Services (HRS-WRAS) will act as the secretariat to the committee.

OUs can submit completed nomination forms to the OU committee chair and must be accompanied by sufficient supporting documents.  To nominate, staff may use official forms online at www.bit.ly/NRSgroup for group nominations and at www.bit.ly/NRSindividual for individual nominations. Deadline for submission of all entries, coming from all OUs is on 15 March 2013 (Friday). 

For more information,  please contact HRS Workplace Relations and Advisory Services team at ext. 2363, or please send an email to irrihrs-wras@irri.org.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

19 staff receive PRINCE2 certification

The PRINCE2 Foundation Certification course was held for IRRI staff from 29 January-1 February 2013.

Participants were Bas Bouman, Ma. Celeste Dizon, Marileth Enriquez, Fiona Farrell, Hiram Gomez, Corinta Guerta, Martin Gummert, Ruaraidh Sackville Hamilton, Amelia Henry, Sunil Jhunjhunwala, Arvind Kumar, Rubenito Lampayan, Ricardo Oliva, Florencia Palis, Thelma Paris, Fulin Qiu, Frances Florifel Tesoro, Casiana Vera Cruz, and Bo Zhou.

PRINCE2 is a process-based approach for project management, providing an easily tailored and scaleable project management methodology for the management of all types of projects. The method is the de facto standard for project management in the UK and is practiced worldwide.

The program was facilitated by Vincent Marsi of HiLogic.

For inquiries and PRINCE2 schedules, please contact HRS' Organization and People Development Services at x2824 or send an email to irrihrs-opds@irri.org.