International Potato Center Research Assistant – Agri-Business Jobs in Nigeria

International Potato Center Research Assistant – Agri-Business Jobs in Nigeria

  • The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking to recruit a dynamic and experienced Research Assistant.

    The Position

  • The Research Assistant will be expected to support formation of farmer producer organizations, youth groups and cooperatives.

  • These organizations are farmer driven and are expected to bring farmers together with one voice and collectively market their produce.

  • These organizations will be linked to markets and service provides including financial institutions.

  • Additionally, the Research Assistant will contribute to integrating apical cuttings into seed systems for farmers, principally in relation to marketing.

    Key responsibilities

  • Conduct training in business skills and entrepreneurship for potato based cooperatives, farmer producer organizations and youth groups and support them develop own business plans.

  • Support implementation of the business plans.

  • Support the potato business to access markets.

  • Support the potato business to access financial and credit service providers to support their business plans.

  • Support the potato business to develop group savings schemes for internal borrowing and investment.

  • Participate in events to promote potato apical rooted cuttings.

  • Work with county teams to promote and support cuttings technology.

  • Support private sector development to produce and use cuttings.

  • Collect and report all data from activities.

    Selection Criteria

  • BSc. or BCom. in Agribusiness, Business Development, Agricultural Development, or a related field, from a recognized University;

  • At least three years’ experience in agribusiness development or a related area working with farmer producer organizations demonstrating capacity to strengthen cooperatives and other farming groups.

  • Working experience with agri-business and market development and analysis.

  • In depth understanding of the business/accounting capacities needed to develop farmers and agricultural cooperatives into viable businesses.

  • Proven experience linking farmer businesses to
    diverse types of markets.

  • Proven experience linking farmer businesses to financial institutions.

  • Proven experience developing group savings plans within farmer group.

  • Proven experience training farmers and cooperatives in business skills, specific experience with farmers involved in potato production as a business is an asset.

  • Proven experience developing training program to develop numeracy capacities for smallholder farmers.

  • Advanced level of MS Office.

  • Advanced written and oral communication skills in English.

  • Fluent in Kiswahili.


  • The position is Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position limited to Kenya nationals and permanent residents only.

  • The employment contract will be for a one-year term (with a 3-month probation period).

    Application Instructions

  • Screening of applications will begin on Jan 27, 2019 and will continue until the post is filled.

  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

  • Learn more about CIP by accessing our web site at

  • CIP is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply

  • CIP does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training).

  • CIP also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; International Potato Center Research Assistant – Agri-Business Jobs in Nigeria

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