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Country » Kenya

Agriculture Value Chain Specialist

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Oversee and coordinate project activities and partnerships at country level.
  • Provide technical support to national partners to ensure production and multiplication of high quality foundation planting material.
  • Manage the collaboration with private sector food processing companies and implement partners from the NGO sector to ensure timely delivery of quality.
  • Contribute to monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and impact assessment at country and regional levels.
  • Develop and report against country-level project work plans as part of the regional project management system.
  • Produce and contribute to scientific publications, policy briefs and other information materials, and participating in regional and international forums.
  • Participate in national agriculture and nutrition forums to contribute to evidence-based planning and policy development.
  • Coordinate and participate in periodic capacity building and training events for implementing partners and wider stakeholder groups.
  • Supervise and/or facilitate associated in-country research activities by national research institutions, CIP and regional or international partners.

    Selection Criteria:

  • Ph.D. degree in agricultural economics, nutrition, marketing or other similar degree. Specific training related to sweetpotato is an added advantage.
  • At least 2 years as a project leader in an agricultural research and development context, preferably in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • A minimum of 2 years hands-on experience working in agricultural seed systems or value chains, preferably with sweetpotato or other vegetatively propagated crops.
  • Strong experience with communication technologies as research and development tools.
  • Solid and up-to-date understanding of M&E, Impact Assessment and scaling-up principles and methodologies.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English are required. Good working knowledge of Kiswahili or Luo preferred.
  • Ability to work in an international agricultural research center, interacting with its staff and managing research programs in a variety of institutional and ecological settings.
  • A good ability and demonstrated expertise to write, plan research, analyze data and complete timely reports.
  • Good record of publications and citations.
  • Aptitude for teamwork, leadership, training, and communications.
  • Willingness to travel frequently and work under field conditions.
  • Must be a citizen of an African country.

    Conditions: The employment contract will be for a three-year term (with a three month probation period) with the possibility of renewal, subject to availability of funding.

    The salary will be internationally competitive, paid in US dollars, and commensurate with experience.

    CIP prides itself on its collegial and supportive working environment, which allows space for personal and professional growth.

    How to apply:

    Applications: Applicants should apply by email, sending a cover letter summarizing their relevance to this position, a full C.V. and the names and contact information of three referees knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to cip-recruitment [at] cgiar.org, copied to Jan Low (j.low [at] cgiar.org).

    The reference name of the position should be clearly marked on the subject line of the email message. Screening of applications will begin on October 09, 2013 and will continue until the post is filled.


    Country » Malawi

    Agriculture Value Chain Specialist

    Duties and responsibilities:

  • Oversee and coordinate project activities and partnerships in specific districts of Malawi.
  • Provide technical support to national partners to ensure production and multiplication of high quality foundation planting material.
  • Manage the collaboration with private sector food processing companies and implement partners from the NGO sector to ensure timely delivery of quality.
  • Contribute to monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and impact assessment at country and regional levels.
  • Develop and report against country-level project work plans as part of the regional project management system.
  • Produce and contribute to scientific publications, policy briefs and other information materials, and participating in regional and international forums.
  • Participate in national agriculture and nutrition forums to contribute to evidence-based planning and policy development.
  • Coordinate and participate in periodic capacity building and training events for implementing partners and wider stakeholder groups.
  • Supervise and/or facilitate associated in-country research activities by national research institutions, CIP and regional or international partners.

    Selection Criteria:

  • Ph.D. degree in an agricultural economics, nutrition, marketing, or other similar degrees. Specific training related to sweetpotato is an added advantage.
  • At least 3 years as a project leader in an agricultural research and development context, preferably in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • A minimum of 2 years hands-on experience working in agricultural seed systems or value chains, preferably with sweetpotato or other vegetatively propagated crops.
  • A minimum of 3 years hands-on experience working with government, private sector and NGO collaborators in agricultural, nutrition, or value chain projects.
  • Strong experience with communication technologies as research and development tools.
  • Solid and up-to-date understanding of M&E, Impact Assessment and scaling-up principles and methodologies.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English are required.
  • Ability to work in an international agricultural research center, interacting with its staff and managing research programs in a variety of institutional and ecological settings.
  • A good ability and demonstrated expertise to write, plan research, analyze data and complete timely reports.
  • Good record of publications and citations.
  • Aptitude for teamwork, leadership, training, and communications.
  • Willingness to travel frequently and work under field conditions.

    Conditions: The employment contract will be for a three-year term (with a three month probation period) with the possibility of renewal, subject to availability of funding.

    The salary will be internationally competitive, paid in US dollars, and commensurate with experience. CIP prides itself on its collegial and supportive working environment, which allows space for personal and professional growth.

    How to apply:

    Applicants should apply by email, sending a cover letter summarizing their relevance to this position, a full C.V. and the names and contact information of three referees knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to cip-recruitment [at] cgiar.org, copied to Jan Low (j.low [at] cgiar.org). The reference name of the position should be clearly marked on the subject line of the email message.

    Screening of applications will begin on October 09, 2013 and will continue until the post is filled.

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