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Kenya: Logistics Manager for Genotyping

Organization: International Maize and Wheat Improvement
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 31 Aug 2018

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, known by its Spanish acronym, CIMMYT®, is a not-for-profit agricultural research for development organization with partners in over 100 countries. Please refer to our website for more information: www.cimmyt.org

The Excellence in Breeding Platform (www.excellenceinbreeding.org) (EiB) is a new cross-commodity platform that supports the modernization of breeding programs targeting Africa, Asia, and Latin America for greater impact on food and nutrition security, climate change adaptation and development. The platform is part of the new CGIAR portfolio of research programs and platforms (www.cgiar.org/our-strategy), being led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, known by its Spanish acronym, CIMMYT®, a not-for-profit research and training organization with partners in over 100 countries.

The platform is seeking a Logistics Manager for Genotyping to optimize and streamline the flow of samples from a diverse range of breeding programs to genotyping laboratories, to assist with scheduling and forecasting with laboratories, and, to optimize the delivery of data back to the breeding programs. The successful candidate will need to find ways to drive down costs by identifying and implementing more efficient processes whilst ensuring timely delivery of high quality data to breeding programs.

This position is part of module 3 of EiB which works to ensure breeding programs targeting the developing world have access to low cost, high throughput molecular marker technologies. Module 3 seeks to enable the use of cost-effective molecular marker technologies to implement genomic selection, marker assisted selection and quality assurance processes with the ultimate purpose of increasing rates of genetic gain. To achieve this will require close management of complex logistical processes required to coordinate timely delivery of high volume, high quality genotypic data from multiple service providers to multiple customers.

By providing important outcomes to under-resourced peoples, CGIAR centers and partnering organizations help realize the founding mission of the CGIAR system by serving farmers and consumers in low-and-middle-income countries for greater impact on food and nutrition security, climate change adaptation and development. EiB will draw from innovations sourced from CGIAR centers, advanced research institutes, and the private sector to provide access to cutting-edge tools, services, and best practices while providing application-oriented training and practical advice.

The position will be based at Nairobi, Kenya. The position will involve international travel.

Specific duties:

  • Optimize and streamline the flow of samples from a diverse range of breeding programs to the genotyping laboratories.
  • Identify and implement more efficient processes to drive the cost of genotyping down.
  • Work with genotyping laboratories to schedule sample flow and to optimize the delivery of data back to the breeding programs.
  • Work with genotyping laboratories, breeding programs and the EiB Module 3 leader to ensure delivery of high quality genotypic data that is readily and easily able to be interpreted and utilized.
  • Work with the Module 3 leader to develop capacity for genotype data application among member breeding teams.
  • Work closely with members to implement forward marker selection, genomic selection and appropriate quality assurance in breeding programs.
  • Find ways (including by identifying efficiencies and through negotiations) to provide marker technologies to members at a reduced cost.
  • Communicate opportunities (such as access to genotyping) to members both directly and through an EiB supported online toolbox, including precisely how to access these opportunities.

Required academic qualifications, skills and attitudes:

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in complex logistics management.
  • Graduate and particularly post graduate education in molecular biology or plant breeding will be viewed favorably.
  • Experience with handling logistical constraints through a laboratory will be viewed favorably.
  • Ability to streamline a diverse group of users to minimize laboratory transaction costs.
  • Understanding of opportunities and constraints associated with implementation of molecular marker technologies within a breeding program will be viewed favorably.
  • Good leadership and communication skills.
  • Results focused with a pragmatic attitude.
  • Budget and time management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills in English.
  • The selected candidate must exhibit the following competencies: Communication, Teamwork, Achievement Orientation, Pro-Activity, and Multi-Cultural Awareness.

The position is for an initial fixed-term for three (3) years, after which further employment is subject to performance and the continued availability of funds. CIMMYT’s internationally competitive salary and benefits include housing allowance, comprehensive health and life insurance, assistance for children’s education, paid vacation, annual airfare, contribution to a retirement plan, and generous assistance with relocation shipment.

How to apply:

Candidates must apply online to IRS18127 Logistics Manager for Genotyping. Screening and follow up will begin on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.
Applications must include a CV and a letter of interest. Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration. For further information on the selection process, please contact Ricardo Perez (r.perez@cgiar.org)

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
This position will remain open until filled.

CIMMYT is an equal opportunity employer. It fosters a multicultural work environment that values gender equality, teamwork, and respect for diversity. Women are encouraged to apply.

Kenya: ILRI vacancy: Corporate Services Director (closing date: 28 February 2018)

Organization: International Livestock Research Institute
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 28 Feb 2018

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a dynamic Corporate Services Director to manage the institute’s annual budget of USD 90 million and lead the finance and operations staff based in Kenya and Ethiopia. We are particularly interested in hearing from suitably qualified women.

ILRI works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org

Background

The Director of Corporate Services reports to the Director General (CEO) and is a member of the senior management team. S/he will be involved in strategic planning as well as a host of continuous improvement initiatives that will prepare this established organization for tomorrow’s challenges. We require an excellent leader, people person, strategic communicator and relationship builder.

Responsibilities

  • Advise the Director General and members of the Institute Management Committee on financial planning, budgeting, cash flow, investment priorities, and policy matters;
  • Maintain continuous lines of communication, keeping the Director General informed of all critical matters;
  • Actively contribute as a member of the Institute Management Committee (IMC) to ILRI’s strategic goals and overall institutional management with particular emphasis on the integration of research, financial and business operations;
  • Develop and execute strategic and financial and risk management plans, projects and business solutions that improve support services to the Institute’s research work;
  • Promote good stewardship, values and accountability through effective and innovative financial systems, policies, procedures and capacity enhancement processes and methods that improve efficiency, productivity, preservation and security of people and assets;
  • Provide user/client focused solutions, based on strategic leadership of the support services departments (Finance, ICT, Supply Chain, Housing, Catering and Conferencing, Facilities & Infrastructure, Transport and Security) and effective management of the quality of the Institute’s service delivery outputs and outcomes;
  • Manage the positioning of ILRI within the CGIAR and ensure compliance with CGIAR standards and global best practice;
  • Fully represent the Institute internally and externally at all levels with respect to financial and support services and act as a source of expert functional referral by ILRI staff and stakeholders;
  • Oversight and management of all of ILRI’s non-research, physical infrastructure with particular emphasis on leading;
    • The preparation and implementation of long term maintenance plans for existing infrastructure; and
    • The preparation and execution of plans, subject to appropriate cost-benefit analyses, for new infrastructure developments;
  • Oversight and management of ILRI’s shared ICT service through the joint steering committee currently chaired by the International Center for Research on Agroforestry (ICRAF)
  • Oversee the work and professional development of the Head of Finance and the broader finance team to ensure the continuous improvement of financial support services;
  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement across all of the Corporate Services Department. Monitor staff performance and development goals and ensure compliance with People and Organizational Development policies and procedures;
  • Upgrade and implement policies, internal controls, accounting standards, and procedures at Headquarters and all other regional/country offices;
  • Support establishment of new offices and ensure appropriate levels of legal, financial and operational support to new and existing country/field offices. Ensure that appropriate Host Country Agreements/ Hosting Agreements and infrastructure/office facilities are in place.

Requirements

  • MBA or equivalent and finance/accountancy qualification
  • 5-10 years’ experience in a senior management role
  • Strong track record in leading the finance and operations function of an organization operating in a complex, fast changing environment
  • Demonstrated ability to manage operations effectively
  • Experience in introducing and managing change initiatives in financial and operations management
  • Demonstrated ability to recommend or make decisions, including difficult ones, in a complex, changing environment
  • Ability and interest in continuous learning that deepens understanding of the dynamics of the internal and external environments in which a not-for-profit, publicly funded research institute operates today
  • Demonstrated ability to work in multi-cultural settings and to build productive relationships with diverse internal and external stakeholders
  • Working experience outside the candidate’s home country is required; preference will be given to experience gained in developing countries
  • Experience in similar organizations (science-based, public/private research, consulting firms) is desirable
  • Experience in business development and/or resource mobilization highly desirable
  • Essential personal qualities: integrity, responsiveness and decisiveness

Post location: The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya

Position level: The position level is 6A

Duration: 3 years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and continued funding.

Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes 15% Pension, Medical insurance, Life insurance and allowances for: Education, Housing, Relocation, Home leave, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.

How to apply:

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 28 February 2018. The position title and reference number CS/01/2018 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

To find out more about ILRI visit our websites at http://www.ilri.org

To find out more about working at ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org/ilricrowd/

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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Kenya: Consultant: Collection Centers

Organization: International Potato Center
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 22 Dec 2017

The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking a Consultant to design and construct four collection centers to aggregate potatoes and inputs. The collection centers are targeted to be built in Elgeyo-Marakwet, Meru, Nandi and Uasin Gishu counties.

The Center: CIP is a not-for-profit international agricultural research-for-development organization with a focus on potato, sweetpotato, and Andean roots and tubers. Its vision is of roots and tubers improving the lives of the poor. CIP is dedicated to achieving food security, improved well-being, and gender equity for poor people in root and tuber farming and food systems of the developing world. CIP works with partners to contribute high quality science, technology, and capacity strengthening for sustainable science-based solutions. CIP is headquartered in Lima, Peru, with staff and activities in over 30 locations across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. CIP is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. CGIAR is a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. Its science is carried out by the 15 research centers who are members of the CGIAR Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations. The CIP Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) main regional office is in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Assignment: CIP is supporting potato marketing cooperatives and seed multipliers to develop into functioning businesses through the Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) project, potato value chain. A component of this support involves constructing collection centers to aggregate and sort potato for markets and receive collective input orders to distribute to cooperative members.

Under the AVCD project, the Consultant will work in close collaboration with CIP and the farmer cooperatives to build the four collection centers, with an expected capacity of 50 to 100 tonnes, with shelving for short-term storage and tables to assist sorting. The assignment is to visit the proposed site to design the collection center for each cooperative ensuring all materials and labour requirements are listed to ease procurement by CIP, followed by supervising and managing construction of the collection centers.

The responsibilities of the assignment are to:

  • Visit the proposed sites making a brief report on all the necessary/relevant technical assessments on the proposed sites for the purpose of design and construction.
  • Design the collection centers, including preparing a list of all required materials and equipment to construct the collection centers;
  • Submit the designs, list of materials required for the construction of the collection centers and construction schedule for each collection center;
  • Supervise/manage construction of the collection centers

The successful Consultant will have:

  • Experience of not less than 10 years working in a busy construction company(ies) involved in designing and management of construction projects
  • Technical knowledge in building construction or any other related field (at least a diploma)
  • Must be a team player, able to coordinate well with cooperatives and CIP.
  • Must have been accredited by the national construction authority at least as a building supervisor.
  • Knowledge in potato post handling/ storage practices or a in a similar project in the past shall be an added advantage.

Conditions: The employment contract will be for the duration agreed upon to design and construct the collection centers.

How to apply:

Applicants should apply through CIP’s Job Opportunities website (http://cipotato.org/open-vacancies/), including a brief cover letter summarizing their relevance to this position and a bid as outlined below. Deadline to apply is 22nd December 2017. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The Applicant is to submit a CV clearly demonstrating experience in designing and managing construction projects relevant to this assignment. The bid is also to indicate the daily rate to prepare visit the sites, design the collection centers and supervise/manage construction.

Kenya: Research Associate (WUR)

Organization: International Potato Center
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 30 Oct 2017

The International Potato Center (CIP) seeks a highly talented Wageningen University and Research (WUR) Associate to work on a study of Gender and the Moral Economy of Sweetpotato Vines based in Kenya with frequent travel to Tanzania.

The Center: CIP is a not-for-profit international agricultural research-for-development organization with a focus on potato, sweetpotato, and Andean roots and tubers. Its vision is of roots and tubers improving the lives of the poor.

CGIAR RTB: The CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) is led by the International Potato Center (CIP) with Bioversity International, the International Center for tropical Agriculture (CIAT), the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD – also representing other French partners IRD, INRA, Vitropic) and includes a wide spectrum of research for development stakeholders. This collaboration, with its combined scale and capacity, will increase the ability to advance research, share knowledge, and enhance uptake to increase research and development impacts. The purpose of RTB is to exploit the underutilized potential of root, tuber, and banana crops to improve nutrition and food security and foster greater gender equity especially among some of the world’s most poor and vulnerable populations.

The position: The study is a collaboration between the CGIAR and Wageningen University and Research (WUR), funded by the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research, the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB), and the International Potato Center implemented Sweetpotato Action for Security and Health in Africa (SASHA) project. The research is a follow-up study on a sweetpotato seed systems project – Sweetpotato Action for Security and Health in Africa (SASHA Marando Bora) implemented between 2009 and2012 in Lake Zone, Tanzania. The WUR Associate will provide support for study design, data collection, analysis and write up and strengthen linkages with WUR.

Duties and Accountabilities:

  • Review of existing literature on moral economy;
  • Support preparation and implementation of start-up meeting; review of instruments; training in gender based tools;
  • Participate in three rounds of field interviews and focus group discussions with: key informants, successful & non-successful DVMs; selected vine buyers and non-buyers per DVM village;
  • Support data processing;
  • Support data analysis and preparation of two co-authored scientific articles; Develop lessons learned and communications materials.

Selection Criteria:

  • MSc in Social science, sociology, rural development;
  • Knowledge of Kiswahili or willingness to learn;
  • At least basic knowledge of agriculture;
  • Participatory and qualitative data collection methods in rural areas;
  • Data processing and analysis;
  • Use of gender tools and analysis;
  • Experience working in multi-cultural context, team work, self-reliance;
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills in English;
  • A Graduate of WUR.

Conditions: This is an internship position with the equivalent of nine months work over a fourteen-month period (with a three-month probation period). The contract will be non-renewable.

How to apply:

Applicants should apply online through our CIP’s Job Opportunities website (http://cipotato.org/open-vacancies/ ), including a letter of motivation, a full C.V with the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable of the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience. Reference name of the position should be clearly marked on the subject line of the email message. Screening of applications will begin on October 30, 2017 and will continue until the post is filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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.

Learn more about CIP by accessing our web site at http://www.cipotato.org.*

Kenya: Consultant: Business Skills Development

Organization: International Potato Center
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 29 Aug 2016

The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking a consultant to provide business skills training to seed potato multipliers for a potato value chain project. The seed multipliers reside in Bomet, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Meru, Nandi and Uasin Gishu counties.

The Center: CIP is a not-for-profit international agricultural research-for-development organization with a focus on potato, sweetpotato, and Andean roots and tubers. Its vision is of roots and tubers improving the lives of the poor. CIP is dedicated to achieving food security, improved well-being, and gender equity for poor people in root and tuber farming and food systems of the developing world. CIP works with partners to contribute high quality science, technology, and capacity strengthening for sustainable science-based solutions. CIP is headquartered in Lima, Peru, with staff and activities in over 30 locations across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. CIP is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. CGIAR is a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. Its science is carried out by the 15 research centers who are members of the CGIAR Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations. The CIP Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) regional office is in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Assignment: The Consultant will be responsible in developing a training module and train seed multipliers in basic business skills to manage their seed enterprises. The seed multipliers are progressive farmers trained and technically backstopped in the Feed the Future Accelerating Value Chain Development project. The assignment is to cover skills in costing production, managing sales and marketing.

Farmers in the target counties have no proximal access to any quality seed and have to travel long distances to source seed. At a planting rate of 2 to 2.5 t/ha, transport costs can equal that of the seed. The project aims to develop seed systems in the target counties mainly through developing progressive farmers into professional seed multipliers. In the project, seed multipliers purchase certified seed potato to further multiply in their local farming areas. Seed multipliers then sell quality seed to farmers, making quality seed available in local farming areas. The seed multipliers receive technical backstopping from the counties and CIP, and need their business skills advanced. The goal is to develop seed multipliers into professional businesses.

The responsibilities of the assignment are to:

  • Consult with project staff on the business skills to develop among the seed multipliers. CIP staff will liaise with the counties and multipliers to document their training needs;
  • Develop a business skills training module based on the Consultant’s experience and understanding, and feedback from the above consultations. The training will build upon the production cost and sales logbook already distributed to farmers;
  • Conduct 2-day training in business skills in target counties.

There will be 15 to 25 farmers per training session of 2 days.

The Consultant is to submit:

  • A training module;
  • A report describing the trainings and observations with clear reference to which skills were developed and the follow up for CIP and project partners to ensure the training is put into practice.

Selection criteria:

The successful Consultant will have

  • In depth understanding of the business/accounting capacities needed to develop farmers into professional businesses;
  • Proven experience training farmers in business skills. Specific experience with farmers involved in seed production as a business will be an added advantage;
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.

Conditions: The consultancy will be for the duration to prepare the training module and 4 days for per training session. The number of training sessions will be determined once seed multiplier training list is completed in the target counties.

How to apply:

Applicants should apply through CIP’s Job Opportunities website (http://cipotato.org/open-vacancies/), including a 1-page cover letter summarizing their relevance to this position, a full C.V. and a bid as outlined below. Screening of applications will begin on 29 August, 2016 and will continue until the post is filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The bid should contain:

  • The daily cost and number of days to prepare the training module;
  • Cost per 4-day training session considering two training days and two travel days.

Learn more about CIP by accessing our web site at http://www.cipotato.org

Qualified women and professionals are particularly encouraged to apply.

Kenya: Data Management & Open Access Officer

Organization: International Potato Center
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 20 Aug 2016

The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking a highly-motivated individual for a newly-established position to lead and coordinate efforts oriented to research data management including assuring the quality of biological and social science data sets, assuring that these data sets and associated publications are openly accessible, as well as other types of information products produced in part or in whole by CIP-affiliated researchers and staff.

The Center: CIP (www.cipotato.org) is a not-for-profit international agricultural research-for-development organization with a focus on potato, sweetpotato, and Andean roots and tubers. Its vision is of roots and tubers improving the lives of the poor. CIP is dedicated to achieving food security, improved well-being, and gender equity for poor people in root and tuber farming and food systems of the developing world. CIP works with partners to contribute high quality science, technology, and capacity strengthening for sustainable science-based solutions. CIP is headquartered in Lima, Peru, with staff and activities in over 30 locations across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. CIP is a member of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research, a network of 15 research centers mostly located in the developing world and supported by more than 50 donor members.

In 2013, all of the CGIAR Research Centers, including CIP, unanimously passed the CGIAR Open Access and Data Management Policy, which requires that all research outputs – including peer-reviewed scholarly publications and data sets – are free to access and free use by anyone, anywhere in the world, with minimal restrictions for re-use. By the end of 2015, CIP will have adopted a Publications Policy and a Data Management Policy, Guidelines, and Procedures; these resources, along with the CIP Open Access/Open Data Implementation Plan, detail how the organization intends to move forward to implement Open Access/Open Data.

The Position: The Data Management & Open Access Officer will provide technical guidance and support to researchers to implement Open Access, and Open Data in SSA. The position will also provide recommendations for facilitating the implementation and widespread adoption, which will require supporting significant organizational change efforts as well as improving systems and processes to make it as easy as possible for researchers to make their research openly-accessible according to the FAIR principles – i.e. findable, accessible, interoperable, and re-usable.

The emphasis of the position will be for Data Management for major CIP projects in the sub-Saharan African region. It is anticipated that capacity building and raising awareness will be key areas of focus for this position during the duration of the contract as CIP begins to embed Open Access and Open Data into the project lifecycle and other organizational processes such as M&E and individuals’ performance and evaluation.

This position will report to the Knowledge & Data Manager from Research Informatics Unit (RIU) and the Project Manager for the Sweetpotato Action for Security and Health in Africa (SASHA Project). This position will work closely with members of Communications and Publications (CPAD), the CIP Library, the CIP legal team and the Grants and Contracts units at CIP Headquarters and well as the SASHA Project Manager, the SASHA Senior Knowledge Management Specialist, the SASHA Communications officer, and other project managers and researchers in the region. In addition, this position will serve as a liaison to several CGIAR Knowledge Management, Open Access, and Open Data (KM/OA-OD) communities of practice and will work closely with other KM/OA-OD focal points on Cross-Center initiatives to support Open Access and Open Data.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Knowledge & Data Manager from Research Informatics Unit and CIP scientists to develop tools and support standardized protocols for data management (collection, curation, data quality, archiving & sharing);
  • Support CIP projects to implement CIP’s Open Access and Open Data Plan following the CGIAR Open Access and Data Management Policy as well as CIP’s Open Data & Data Management Policy and Guidelines;
  • Help bring about internal culture changes needed to foster a culture of knowledge and data sharing;
  • Oversight and improvement of Data Open Access workflows and processes.
  • Co-develop a comprehensive, practical and user-friendly suite of workflows and protocols that facilitate research data design, collection, cleaning, storage and sharing at CIP-SSA;
  • Analyze data in order to identify and implement ways to improve potential usage and uptake of CIP research outputs;
  • Designing and supervising creation of flexible and integrated data management systems for multi-disciplinary projects;
  • Organize of training programs for CIP scientists and research support staff on data collection, curation, data quality, archiving & sharing;
  • Monitoring the usage of curated CIP data sets by partners and others to their impact and to prioritize future efforts in data management;
  • Work closely with a wide range of internal and external stakeholder groups to support Open Access/Open Data implementation in a participatory, inclusive, and consultative manner;
  • Contribute to performance evaluations and identify succession planning and development of direct reports.

Selection criteria:

  • Must be a Kenyan citizen;
  • At least a Master’s Degree in Biology, Statistics, Computer Sciences, Information Science, Social Science, biometrics or informatics;
  • At least 3 years of relevant experience working in the design and delivery of knowledge management, information management, or data management programs and services, including several years developing and executing strategic initiatives, preferably within a research organization or international NGO;
  • Demonstrated background developing and implementing initiatives related to open access and/or open data preferred;
  • Strong knowledge and experience with internal and external knowledge sharing and collaboration best practices, processes, and tools and systems;
  • Broad understanding of data management issues including: data collection, data analysis, data integration, long-term data storage and preservation, data quality, and publicly disseminating data;
  • Experience in quality assurance for research data;
  • In-depth knowledge of and experience with data management and statistical analysis software;
  • Experience with management and curation of biological and social science data;
  • Experience with consulting, training and supporting users of informatics applications;
  • Ability to work well as part of a multidisciplinary and decentralized team;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English; excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills;
  • Working knowledge of French and Portuguese preferred;
  • Available to start the position on 1st September 2016.

Conditions: The employment contract will be for a two-year term (with three months’ probation period) with the possibility of renewal, subject to performance and availability of funds. CIP prides itself on its collegial and supportive working environment, which allows space for personal and professional growth.

How to apply:

Applicants should apply online through our CIP’s Job Opportunities website (http://cipotato.org/open-vacancies/ ), including a letter of motivation, a full C.V with the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable of the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience. Screening of applications will begin on 20 August, 2016 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 http://www.cipotato.org***.***

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

Kenya: Regional Communication Specialist

Organization: International Potato Center
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 28 May 2016

Regional Communication Specialist

The International Potato Center (CIP) seeks a highly talented Regional Communication Specialist to drive the internal and external communications activities of the International Potato Center.

The Program: CIP is a not-for-profit international agricultural research-for-development organization with a focus on potato, sweet potato, and Andean roots and tubers. Its vision is of roots and tubers improving the lives of the poor. CIP is dedicated to achieving food security, improved well-being, and gender equity for poor people in root and tuber farming and food systems of the developing world. CIP works with partners to contribute high quality science, technology, and capacity strengthening for sustainable science-based solutions. CIP is headquartered in Lima, Peru, with staff and activities in over 30 locations across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. CIP is a member of the CGIAR Consortium, a network of 15 Research Centers and 16 Research Programs mostly located in the developing world and supported by more than 50 donor members.

The position: The Communication Specialist will be based in Nairobi, Kenya. A member of the CIP Communications team the specialist will report to the Head of Communications of CIP and the Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The principal tasks and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Duties and Accountabilities:

• Support the development and implementation of the CIP communication strategy

• Coordinate communication efforts for Strategic Objectives across all SSA countries.

• Coordinate promotion of CIP crops (potato and sweetpotato), particularly among donors and decision makers.

• Supervise online content for CIP websites

• Support preparation of CIP Annual Report, social media, and brand journalism efforts.

• Contribute communications components to program development in SSA for the CGIAR Research Program for Roots, Tubers and Bananas

• Develop and coordinate CIP communication plans for external events.

• Actively collaborate with and coordinate other Communications team members to execute communication efforts.

Selection Criteria:

• Bachelor’s degree (Masters preferred) in journalism, communication, marketing or a related area.

• Five years of professional experience in developing and implementing communication strategies or exemplary communications results in fewer years.

• Demonstrated experience working with media.

• Strong and effective use of social media skills.

• Knowledgeable and familiarity with public relations.

• Experience with website content management.

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

• Proven ability to work in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.

• Proactive approach, with ability to find creative ways to solve problems or exploit potentials.

• Excellent writing and oral communication skills in English.

• Experience with international agricultural research for development, CGIAR, and CGIAR Research Programs a plus.

Conditions: The employment contract will be for a three-year term (with a three month probation period) with the possibility of renewal, subject to availability of funding. The salary will be internationally competitive, paid in US dollars, and commensurate with experience. CIP prides itself on its collegial and supportive working environment, which allows space for personal and professional growth.

How to apply:

Applications: Applicants should apply online through our CIP’s Job Opportunities website (http://cipotato.org/open-vacancies/), including a letter of motivation, a full C.V with the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable of the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience. Screening of applications will begin on 24 May, 2016 and will continue until the post is filled. All applications will be acknowledged, however only short listed candidates will be contacted.