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Marketing Specialist: World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), carries out research to generate science-based knowledge about the complex role that trees play in agricultural landscapes and uses its research to ensure that policies and practices benefit the poor and the environment.

Our vision is an 'agroforestry transformation' in the developing world-a massive increase in the use of trees on landscapes by smallholder rural households to ensure security in food, nutrition, income, health, shelter and energy, and a regenerated environment.

Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) conducts research in 23 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Activities in the West and Central Africa Region (WCA) with Regional Office in Yaoundé, Cameroon are carried out in the Sahel, Upper Guinea and in the Humid Tropics zone. The Humid Tropics node (WCA/HT) has offices in Cameroon, DRC and Nigeria.

The node's activities focus on participatory tree domestication of high-value indigenous fruit trees and medicinal plants with particular emphasis on marketing of derived products. The team consists of 40 permanent staff members and collaborators from partner institutions.

ICRAF is looking for a Marketing Specialist to be based in Yaounde, Cameroon.

The position:

Under the direct supervision of the Regional Coordinator, the incumbent will have the following responsibilities:

  • Lead marketing research activities in the WCA/HT region, including value chain and sector analysis of fruits, nuts, medicinals and other tree products, studies of consumer demand and inter-regional trade.
  • Provide guidance in monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment of agroforestry tree product marketing activities, such as market information systems, collective action, and post-harvest processing.
  • Lead and coordinate a team of people conducting research and development activities on the marketing of agroforestry tree products in the WCA/HT region
  • Development of marketing strategies and approaches, preparation of research proposals, conception and implementation of marketing studies, publishing results, etc.
  • Initiate and manage networks and partnerships with relevant stakeholders
  • Liaise with Global Researcher Leader in charge of marketing for the development of any research program
  • Supervise graduate students in marketing research
  • Assist the Regional Coordinator in steering and managing specific projects

Qualifications & Experience

  • PhD in marketing, agribusiness, economics, or a related discipline
  • Minimum 5 years experience in marketing research on tree or other agricultural products, with a track record of scientific publications
  • Proficiency in English in speaking and writing is required. Proficiency in French is an asset
  • Strong skills in conceptualisation, communication and reporting
  • Demonstrable competence in the use of computers and data analysis software
  • Working experience in West and Central Africa Region is an asset
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team and a multicultural environment
  • Willing to travel frequently across the region

C6 - Internationally Recruited Staff Benefits

  • Basic salary
  • COLA (Nairobi rate 29%*65% of basic salary)
  • Dental
  • Retirement Fund (@15% of basic)
  • Education allowance (x 4 dependants)
  • Medical & Life Insurances
  • Housing allowance
  • Security allowance
  • Vehicle Allowance
  • Home leave to designated homebase for staff & dependants annually
  • Professional Association Fees
  • Separation payment (after 2 year contract)
  • Recruitment/Separation
  • Moving/Repatriation allowance
  • Assignment/Relocation Grant
  • Travel appointment/separation
  • Pre-employment/separation Medical Examination

Terms of offer

ICRAF is an equal opportunity employer offering an internationally competitive salary and benefits package, and a collegial working environment.

The appointment will be for an initial period of two (2) years with nine (9) months probation period, with potential for extension and renewable subject to assessment of performance and availability of funds.

ICRAF offers a collegial and gender-sensitive working environment, believes that staff diversity promotes excellence, and strongly encourages applications from qualified women.

Applicants are invited to send a cover letter illustrating their suitability for the above position against the listed qualifications/competencies/skills and a detailed curriculum vitae, with names and addresses of three referees (including telephone, fax numbers and email address).

All correspondence should be addressed to the Human Resources Unit, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), P.O. Box 30677, Nairobi, Kenya; Tel +254 20 7224000; Fax +254 20 7224001; OR via email: icrafhru @

Applicants should indicate "Application for a Marketing Specialist - WCA" on their application letters OR email submissions.

Applications will be considered until 5th March 2010 or until the position is filled.

Only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted.

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