World Agroforestry Centre Tree Germplasm Health Officer Jobs in Kenya

World Agroforestry Centre Tree Germplasm Health Officer Jobs in Kenya

Job Description

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Undertake germplasm health testing activities to ensure that seed are suitable for export, import or storage in the genebank.

  • Issue phytosanitary health statements for the tested seeds.

  • Curate and maintain germplasm health testing records.

  • Monitor and provide technical advice to the phytosanitary management of regional field genebanks.

  • Ensure that germplasm health testing protocols are in place and tests are conducted properly.

  • Update protocols and techniques ensuring that methods keep pace with the literature and recent findings.

  • Ensure that the laboratory operates within and maintains its quality management standards.

  • Maintain reagent, consumables and equipment inventory for the Germplasm Health Laboratory

  • Provide guidance and monitor compliance with appropriate national and international phytosanitary standards.

  • Liaise with Genebank in acquisition of Phytosanitary Certificate for germplasm distribution and Plant Import Permit for germplasm acquisition from the NPPO

  • Be proactive and alert to detect and advise on control of emerging pathogens, even if not present on quarantine regulations or guidelines.

  • Conduct and collaborate with colleagues on research that contributes to seed health and seed quality.

  • Guide and supervise interns attached
    to the Germplasm Health Laboratory


  • MSc in plant pathology, seed health or similarly pertinent field.

  • At least 2 years hands-on laboratory and field experience with plant diseases; preferably on tree germplasm

  • Hands-on laboratory testing of plant diseases; preferably on tree germplasm.

  • Experience with field monitoring of plant diseases and pests

  • Experience in methods to monitor and test viral, bacterial and fungal pathogens.

  • Laboratory management experience using a rigorous quality management system e.g. ISO Certification

    Job Summary

  • To ensure clean tree germplasm is conserved and distributed at ICRAF Genebank and across regional Field Genebanks

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; World Agroforestry Centre Tree Germplasm Health Officer Jobs in Kenya

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