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Technician Driver Job Vacancy

icipe, African Insect Science for Food and Health is an intergovernmental organisation funded by governmental aid agencies, UN organisations and private foundations to carry out research and training in environmentally sound and sustainable management of arthropods for improving health and agricultural productivity in the tropics.

icipe has approximately 350 staff to support its research and capacity building programmes located at various sites in Kenya and  Ethiopia.

icipe wishes to urgently recruit a suitable person to fill the position of Driver / Technical Assistant to assist the CHIESA project in field research activities in the Taita Hills, Kenya and in Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

A competitive compensation package will be offered to the right candidate.


Overall duties
  • Assist the PhD and MSc students to install, maintain and service research equipment.
  • Provide logistical support.
  • Drive project vehicles.
  • Carry out other daily chores, casual labour, and the activities described below.
Specific duties
  • Provision of support to staff and students in their daily activities in the field research sites.
  • Preparation of research sites together with CHIESA students and scientists.
  • Installation, maintenance and service of the CHIESA project research equipment.
  • Assistance in purchasing and collecting supplies and spare parts.
  • Driving CHIESA project vehicles in the research areas.
  • Carry out routine basic maintenance of the vehicles as deemed necessary to keep them in good working condition.
Minimum Requirements/Qualifications
  • Possess a mean grade ‘D’ in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), or equivalent level of education.
  • Must be computer literate, and be familiar with data entry using MS Word; and must also be fluent in communication via e-mail.
  • Possess a valid and accident-free driving licence, with at least three years post-qualification driving experience.
  • Must be aged below 40 years.
  • Good knowledge of automobile mechanics.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both English and Kiswahili is essential.
  • Familiarity with the geography (road network) of the coastal region of Kenya will be an added advantage.

The Driver/Technical Assistant shall submit to the Project Coordinator, a bi-annual progress report (by the end of January and July) based on the agreed work plan.

The progress report contains a calendar of events per each assisted WP and a financial report indicating the costs of travel, accommodation, per diems and official receipts of all related expenses.

Duration of the Position

The position shall commence on 1 June 2012 and shall extend for a period of two years.

It may be renewed for a further period of one year until the end of the CHIESA project, on 31st July 2015 following satisfactory performance.

Applications will be accepted up to 26th May, 2012.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Applications with detailed résumés including current salary details, names and addresses of three referees (with daytime telephone numbers), and e-mail address should be sent to:

The Human Resources Department,
icipe—African Insect Science for Food and Health
P.O Box 30772-00100

icipe is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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