Land O'Lakes Science, Technology & Innovation Technical Specialist Jobs in Malawi

Land O'Lakes Science, Technology & Innovation Technical Specialist Jobs in Malawi

Scope of Work:

  • The STI Technical Specialist is responsible for advancing the STI mandate within the CAT, including, but not limited to: facilitating partnership activities that leverage CAT; cultivating and engaging a network of agricultural researchers in Malawi; co-facilitating a research-on-demand pipeline development and activity progress; and working closely with CAT’s local academic partners (MUST and LUANAR) on capacity building initiatives related to STI​.

  • In order to deliver on the duties and responsibilities outlined below, the STI Director will work closely a range of Technical Advisors including experts from UMN and SU, as well as other CAT team members based in Lilongwe such as the Executive Director, BIC Director, Portfolio Managers, Grants Manager, and others. The STI Director will be supported by an Agronomic Services Manager and STI Program Manager, who will take the lead on coordinating field-based activities on CAT land.

    Primary Responsibilities:

  • Scope for relevant private sector firms/companies and assess them for possible involvement in demonstrating ag-production technologies (including seed, seedlings, agro-chemicals, crop nutrition etc.) on CAT hub demonstration plots

  • Research and recommend priority value chains for CAT, based on existing value chain studies, interviews with market participants, and potential for generating impact. This also includes value chains not currently in Malawi.

  • Research and recommend technologies relevant to CAT and Malawi. These include improved seed varieties, growing methods limited to good agricultural practices, and post-harvest technologies
    primarily the use of hermetic bags and value addition (oil processing).

  • Engage members of CAT’s research network (e.g., DARS, MUST, LUANAR, ATI partners, etc.), to coordinate the identification of technologies for the CAT.

  • Manage relationships with and technical assistance provision to MUST and LUANAR

  • Support lab network program development


  • Bi-weekly updates to program workplan

  • Partnership recommendations for CAT hub demonstration plots

  • Report on priority value chains for CAT; technologies relevant to CAT

  • Recommendations for lab network program development

    Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • 10+ years’ relevant experience in Malawi/SADC region, with a good understanding of academia, the public and private sector.

  • Master’s Degree in an agriculture related field. PhD holders highly preferred.

  • Demonstrated experience and sound understanding of STI – including the application of science, research and development to business and commercial activities

  • A strong science background together with a broad knowledge base to support the diverse nature of CAT Science, Technology and Innovation activities

  • Knowledge of data science and ground and remote sensors use in agriculture

  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to establish and maintain strategic partnerships

  • Strong interpersonal skills, self-motivated, and results-driven, with a proactive approach to work

  • Highly developed conceptual, analytical, and innovative problem-solving ability

  • Good command of English, spoken and written. Command of Chichewa (spoken and written) is not required but will improve candidate suitability.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Land O'Lakes Science, Technology & Innovation Technical Specialist Jobs in Malawi

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