Field Project Leader, Bioversity International, Ethiopia

Minimum qualifications and competencies:

  • An advanced university degree (MSc or PhD) in agricultural production sciences or agribusiness development or equivalent academic qualifications;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and field experience in the production of organic bananas with fruit quality for export markets;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and field experience with post harvest handling of organic export bananas;

  • Demonstrated detailed knowledge of organic certification procedures for different markets;
  • Previous experience with value chain strengthening and the development of effective chain governance mechanisms;
  • Knowledge of participatory multi-stakeholder methods, innovation system analysis and public-private partnership building;
  • Willingness to work on training, organization- strengthening and business development with small growers;
  • Demonstrated competency and motivation to document methods used, case studies and impacts in practical publications and referred journals;
  • Demonstrated competency in communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to work effectively with people from different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Fluency in English, including excellent writing skills; working knowledge of Arabic is an advantage. Terms and conditions: This is a Scientist level internationally recruited position for which Bioversity International offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary, non-contributory retirement plan, medical insurance and leave provisions. All benefits are denominated and paid in US Dollars.

    The contract will be for a period of three years, and subject to a probationary period of one year.

    The successful candidate will be located in Ethiopia with the lead counterpart organization and spend considerable time in Sudan.


    A letter of application and curriculum vitae in English, with names and full contact details of at least three referees, including telephone, fax and email address, can be sent to:

    Ms Ingrid Lambert,
    Human Resources Office,
    Bioversity International,
    Via dei Tre Denari 472/a, 00057,
    Maccarese, Rome, Italy, Fax: +39 066118341 or
    preferably online at not later than 31 March.

    Please quote source of advertisement.

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

    Women and candidates from developing countries are particularly encouraged to apply.

    All received applications will be acknowledged, but only short listed applicants will be contacted.

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