International Potato Center Research Technician I Jobs in Kenya

International Potato Center Research Technician I Jobs in Kenya

The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking to recruit a highly skilled, results-oriented Research Technician I CIP is a not-for-profit International Agricultural Research for development with a global mandate to conduct research on potato, sweet potato, and other roots and tubers and on the improved management of natural resources.

The Position:

CIP is entering into phase 2 of the Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) project to scale out to Bungoma and Taita Taveta counties the successful interventions of phase 1. AVCD concentrates on improving livelihoods of farmers engaging in the potato value chain through improving access to seed and good agricultural practices, along with supporting farmer producer organizations to equitably engage in potato marketing.

To support field activities, CIP is seeking a Field Officer to be based in Taita Taveta, Kenya.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Identify the target project beneficiaries in the county;
  • Participate in identification, designing, monitoring and evaluation of potato learning farms;
  • Follow up through in-field visits and technical backstopping to ensure quality training for potato farmers is carried out by the TOTs;
  • Coordinate and participate in the organisation and publicity of potato field days, cooking demonstration and shows;
  • Promote and create awareness on potato technologies;
  • Coordinate Agri-Nutrition activities that promote dietary diversification;
  • Facilitate linkages between seed merchants and trained farmer’s/farmer’s groups to ensure timely procurement and delivery of certified seed;
  • Facilitate linkages between markets and trained farmer’s/farmer groups to ensure organised marketing of potatoes;
  • Coordinate and support evaluation meetings, field visits and data collection;
  • Prepare regular technical reports covering all the project activities in the county;
  • Any other tasks as assigned by supervisor.

    Selection Criteria:

    Completed High School;

  • At least three years’ experience working with a community based organization with emphasis on potato field activities;
  • Good understanding on potato production systems including emerging technologies;
  • Experience in designing potato learning farms and organizing field days and other events;
  • Experience in collection, compilation and submission of field and activity monitoring data on potatoes;
  • Proven experience in preparation and submission of
    project progress report.

    Why should you consider this opportunity?

  • CIP is a global and reputable international organisation that has a strong, state-of-the-art R&D background, and is a recent World Food Price Winner and awarded with the Al-Sumait Award for our Orange Flesh Sweet Potato work in Africa.
  • CIP is dedicated to achieving food security, improved nutrition and well-being, and gender equality for poor people in root and tuber farming and food systems of the developing world.
  • CIP is a member of the CGIAR Consortium, a network of 15 research centres that are mostly located in the developing world and supported by more than 50 donor members.

  • 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) and the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

    How to Apply
  • Visit the following link: and submit your cover letter and a full C.V. with your references.
  • Screening of applications will begin on 5th March 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.
  • For more information and job application details, see; International Potato Center Research Technician I Jobs in Kenya

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