Research Associate at CIMMYT – World Agroforestry Centre ICRAF

On Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
The Organization: The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, known by its Spanish acronym, CIMMYT®, is a not-for-profit research and training organization with partners in over loo countries, and through offices in Africa, Asia and Latin America. 
Through strong science and effective partnerships, we create, share, and use knowledge and agricultural technologies to increase food security, improve the productivity and profitability of farming systems, and sustain natural resources in developing countries. 

We participate in an extensive global network of people and organizations who share similar research and development goals, including the public and private sector, non-governmental and civil society organizations, farmers, and the development assistance community.

The Position: The incumbent will provide technical support to the Scientists in organizing, planting and managing trials in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
Key Responsibilities
  • Organize, plant and manage herbicide formulation trials in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
  • Organize, plant and manage multi-location variety evaluation trials of herbicide resistant maize in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
  • Organize, plant and manage seed increase activities in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
  • Manage data collection from variety evaluation and cropping system trials.
  • Carry out data entry, management and analysis for variety evaluation and cropping system trials.
  • Coordinate and conduct on-station and on-farm trials.
  • Assist in drafting technical reports and journal papers from CIMMYT research related work.
  • Assist Scientists with sampling plants for quality control among herbicide resistant maize lines.
  • Support seed companies in Seed Production, Packaging, Shipment, and Regulatory requirements.
  • Provide technical support to CIMMYT Scientists.
  • Supervise field staff.
  • Network with partners/stakeholders and train them in cropping system, data collection and analysis.
  • Any other duties and miscellaneous tasks as required and as assigned from time to time.
Networking and Workshops
  • Assist in drafting seminar, workshop and conference papers.
  • Organize, attend and participate in training workshops, project meetings.
Essential Qualifications
  • A Master’s degree in Seed Science, Plant Breeding, Agronomy or Crop Protection.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in a related field.
  • Strong statistical skills in SAS, Gensat or R packages.
  • Evidence of experience in draft technical reports and journal papers.
  • Practical experience in field experimental work.
  • Ability to prioritize and organize work efficiently and independently.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure with minimal supervision.
  • Experience in the seed industry and knowledge in seed sales.
  • Good interpersonal skills, integrity, honesty and self-motivation.
  • Able to work well within a team.
  • Driving competency.
Terms of offer
The World Agroforestry Centre is an equal opportunity employer and offers a collegial and gender-sensitive working environment. 
We believe that staff diversity promotes excellence and strongly encourage applications from qualified women. 
This position is on local terms and will be for an initial period of Two (2) years renewable, subject to six (6) months’ probation period, assessment of performance, continued relevance of the position and availability of resources.
The position will be based at the CIMMYT Nairobi Office.
How to apply
Please combine into one document the following:
  • A cover letter illustrating your suitability for the position against the listed requirements and salary expectations;
  • A detailed curriculum vitae;
  • The names and addresses of three referees, including telephone, fax numbers and email addresses;
  • A copy of driving license.
Applications will be considered until 25th February 2014. 
Please note that only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted.
We invite you to learn more about CIMMYT and World Agroforestry Centre by accessing our web sites and
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