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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 Research Assistant in the Technology Transfer Unit/Plant Health Division. Based at Duduville, Nairobi, Kenya, the appointment will initially be for two years, with opportunities for performance-based renewal. 


Applications are invited from qualified Kenyans only.  

Research Assistant - Technology Transfer Unit/Plant Health Division (re-advertisement) 

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


Responsibilities
  • Technical support in participatory technology development
  • Assist in the development and dissemination of information through appropriate tools, including hands-on training, mass media and the Web
  • Provide administrative support to project staff.
Knowledge Required to Perform the Job
  • Demonstrate skills in office administration and management
  • Possess technical English writing skills
  • Excellent working knowledge of computer software such as word processing (MS-Word), data presenting (Power-Point) and spreadsheets (Excel) applications, and web-content management
  • The candidate must be fluent in spoken and written English and Kiswahili.
Qualifications Required
  • BSc in horticulture, agricultural economics or plant protection
Minimum Experience Required
  • Must have rural orientation
  • Must have experience with participatory methods of extension, in particular, working with farmer groups
  • 3 years’ field experience after the undergraduate course is a must
  • Working experience with icipe or international agricultural research organisation will be an advantage.
Disposition

The candidate must possess the following attributes:
  • Able to work with minimum supervision
  • Able to multi-task
  • Be a team player
  • Be a good communicator
  • Must demonstrate eagerness to learn and adopt upcoming technologies.
Note: This is a re-advertisement; those who had applied for this position need not re-apply. 

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Chemical Ecologist) - BBSRC supported Sustainable Crop Production for International Development (SCPRID) Project

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 Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Chemical Ecologist)-BBSRC supported Sustainable Crop Production for International Development (SCPRID) Project in the Push-Pull Programme. 

The SCPRID project, ‘Smart’ cereals for management of stemborer pests in staple cereals in Africa”, is a collaboration between Rothamsted Research (UK), icipe—African Insect Science for Food and Health (Kenya) and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) (Kenya).

This position will be for a period of two years and is tenable at the icipe-Thomas R. Odhiambo Campus in western Kenya, with travel to partner institutions and fields in East Africa. 

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

Responsibilities

i. Overall duties

He/she will be expected to be among a team tasked with:

a. Identifying ‘smart’ maize and sorghum lines that emit plant volatiles as a defence response to stemborer egg deposition, and
 
b. Determining the underlying genes that govern this response.

ii. Specific duties

The successful candidate will be expected to:
  • Screen large maize and sorghum germplasm for the early herbivory trait. Part of this will involve headspace sampling of plant volatiles and conducting behavioural bioassays with insects to determine their responses to both the headspace samples and whole plants.
  • Expose plants to gravid moths for oviposition, collect the plant volatiles and use olfactometer bioassays to determine parasitoid responses to the samples.
  • Identify the key volatile organic compounds emitted by these plants and those that elicit behavioural responses in the insects.
  • Work closely with the icipe project team involved in phenotyping the maize and sorghum lines with the ‘smart’ trait, as well as the ICRISAT and BeCA based teams in genotyping, by sequencing DNA samples from these elite lines.
  • Compile the project’s technical reports.
Knowledge required for performing the job
  • Ability to design and undertake laboratory, screenhouse and field experiments.
  • Proficiency in use of statistical tools, especially R and other statistical software.
  • Working knowledge of molecular biology as well as experience in semiochemical research will be preferred.
Requirements/Qualifications
  • PhD in chemical ecology with a strong background in entomology, obtained within the last five years from a recognised university.
  • Knowledge of chemical ecology procedures, including entrainment of headspace samples, GC, GC-MS and GC-EAD.
  • Track record of peer-reviewed publications and proposal development in these fields.
Disposition
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Evidence of being a team player
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
  • Ability to mentor technical staff and students
  • Excellent leadership skills.
Field Assistants - Habitat Management Programme for the Integrated Control of Cereal Stemborers and Striga Weed 

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 two Field Assistants in the Habitat Management Programme for the Integrated Control of Cereal Stemborers and Striga Weed. 

The positions are tenable at the icipe-Thomas R. Odhiambo Campus, Mbita Point with frequent travel to other project sites within Kenya or Uganda.

The appointments will initially be for one year, with opportunities for renewal pegged on individual performance and availability of funds. Applications are invited from qualified Kenyans only. 

Competitive remuneration packages will be offered to the right candidates.
 
Overall Purpose of the Job

To assist in dissemination of the Push–Pull technology among smallholder farmers in East Africa
 
Responsibilities

The successful candidates will be expected to:
  • Set up and manage Push–Pull demonstration plots as learning sites in strategic locations within the region
  • Collect and manage both biological and social science data from farmers’ fields
  • Establish partnerships with stakeholders, including Ministries of Agriculture and Livestock in the region, to ensure effective up-scaling of the technology
  • Assist graduate students in carrying out field and on-farm experiments
  • Carry out any other duties as may be assigned by the Programme Leader.
Knowledge Required for Performing the Job
  • At least 2 years’ working experience in a closely related discipline within a reputable agricultural research organisation will be an added advantage
  • Experience in working with small-scale farmers in cereal–livestock integrated systems
  • Experience in use of computers and data entry
  • Experience in field entomological studies (e.g. sampling and morphological identification of insects)
  • Excellent data compilation, analysis and report writing skills.
Qualifications
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) or its equivalent
  • Certificate in applied biology/lab technology or closely related discipline.
Disposition
  • Good communication skills
  • Eagerness to learn new skills.
Field Assistants - Biovision and SCRIPD Projects 

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 two Field Assistants in the Habitat Management Programme for the Integrated Control of Cereal Stemborers and Striga Weed. 

One assistant will work within the BioVision-funded project and will frequently travel to project sites in Uganda, and the other will work within the BBSRC supported Sustainable Crop Production for International Development (SCPRID) Project, and will frequently travel to project sites in Kenya. 

The positions are tenable at the icipe-Thomas R. Odhiambo Campus, Mbita Point.

The appointments will initially be for one year, with opportunities for renewal pegged on individual performance and availability of funds. 

Applications are invited from qualified Kenyans only. 

Competitive remuneration packages will be offered to the right candidates.
 
Overall Purpose of the Job

To assist in dissemination of the Push–Pull technology among smallholder farmers in East Africa

Responsibilities
 
The successful candidates will be expected to:
  • Set up and manage Push–Pull demonstration plots as learning sites in strategic locations within the region
  • Collect and manage both biological and social science data from farmers’ fields
  • Establish partnerships with stakeholders, including Ministries of Agriculture and Livestock in the region, to ensure effective up-scaling of the technology
  • Assist graduate students in carrying out field and on-farm experiments
  • Carry out any other duties as may be assigned by the Programme Leader.
Knowledge Required for Performing the Job
  • At least 2 years’ working experience in a closely related discipline within a reputable agricultural research organisation
  • Experience in field entomological studies (e.g. sampling and morphological identification of insects)
  • Experience in working with small-scale farmers in cereal–livestock integrated systems
  • Experience in use of computers and data entry.
Qualifications
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) or its equivalent
  • Certificate in applied biology/lab technology or closely related discipline.
Disposition
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Evidence of being a team player
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural environment.
Field Assistants - Biovision and SCRIPD Projects 

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 two Field Assistants in the Habitat Management Programme for the Integrated Control of Cereal Stemborers and Striga Weed. 

One assistant will work within the BioVision-funded project and will frequently travel to project sites in Uganda, and the other will work within the BBSRC supported Sustainable Crop Production for International Development (SCPRID) Project, and will frequently travel to project sites in Kenya. 

The positions are tenable at the icipe-Thomas R. Odhiambo Campus, Mbita Point.

The appointments will initially be for one year, with opportunities for renewal pegged on individual performance and availability of funds. 

Applications are invited from qualified Kenyans only. 

Competitive remuneration packages will be offered to the right candidates.
 
Overall Purpose of the Job

To assist in dissemination of the Push–Pull technology among smallholder farmers in East Africa

Responsibilities
 
The successful candidates will be expected to:
  • Set up and manage Push–Pull demonstration plots as learning sites in strategic locations within the region
  • Collect and manage both biological and social science data from farmers’ fields
  • Establish partnerships with stakeholders, including Ministries of Agriculture and Livestock in the region, to ensure effective up-scaling of the technology
  • Assist graduate students in carrying out field and on-farm experiments
  • Carry out any other duties as may be assigned by the Programme Leader.
Knowledge Required for Performing the Job
  • At least 2 years’ working experience in a closely related discipline within a reputable agricultural research organisation
  • Experience in field entomological studies (e.g. sampling and morphological identification of insects)
  • Experience in working with small-scale farmers in cereal–livestock integrated systems
  • Experience in use of computers and data entry.
Qualifications
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) or its equivalent
  • Certificate in applied biology/lab technology or closely related discipline.
Disposition
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Evidence of being a team player
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural environment.
Project Technician - Sustainable Crop Production for International Development (SCPRID) Project 

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 Project Technician in the BBSRC supported Sustainable Crop Production for International Development (SCPRID) Project within the Push–Pull Programme. 

This position is tenable at the icipe-Thomas Odhiambo Campus, Mbita Point. 

The appointment will initially be for two years, with opportunities for renewal pegged on individual performance. 

Applications are invited from qualified Kenyans only. 

A competitive remuneration package will be offered to the right candidate.
 
Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be expected to:
  • Mass produce stemborers (Busseola fusca and Chilo partellus) for bioassays
  • Mass produce stemborer natural enemies, principally parasitic wasps (egg, larval and pupal parasitoids)
  • Regularly make field collections of these insects and infuse the cultures to ensure genetic integrity is preserved
  • Grow the necessary plants, and maintain the fields, for diet preparation and mass production of the stemborer species
  • Provide overall leadership and management of the Mass Rearing Unit
  • Ensure orders for all required ingredients needed in the Unit are placed and procured in time
  • Keep inventories and proper records in the Unit
  • Supervise graduate and college level students attached to the Unit
  • Conduct bioassays with these insects as need arises
  • Carry out any other duties as assigned by the Programme Leader or his designee.
Knowledge required for performing the job
  • At least 2 years working experience in a related field with a reputable agricultural research organisation will be an added advantage
  • Ability to design and undertake laboratory experiments
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Kiswahili.
Qualifications
  1. Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) or its equivalent
  2. Diploma in applied biology/lab technology or a closely related discipline.
Disposition
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Evidence of being a team player
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
  • Eagerness to learn new skills.
Technical Assistant - Sustainable Crop Production for International Development (SCPRID) Project 

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 Technical Assistant in the BBSRC supported Sustainable Crop Production for International Development (SCPRID) Project within the Push-Pull Programme. 

This position is tenable at the icipe-Thomas R. Odhiambo Campus, Mbita Point. 

The appointment will initially be for two years, with opportunities for renewal pegged on individual performance. 

Applications are invited from qualified Kenyans only. 

A competitive remuneration package will be offered to the right candidate.
 
Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be expected to:
  • Assist in the mass production of stemborers (Busseola fusca and Chilo partellus) for bioassays
  • Assist in the mass production of stemborer natural enemies, principally the parasitic wasps (egg, larval and pupal parasitoids)
  • Grow the necessary plants, and maintain the fields, for diet preparation and mass production of the stemborer species
  • Ensure cleanliness of the Mass Rearing Unit at all times
  • Conduct bioassays with these insects as need arises
  • Assist the Program Leader and scientists in the programme in growing various plants needed for various bioassays
  • Carry out any other duties as may be assigned by the Programme Leader.
Knowledge Required for Performing the Job
  • Ability to undertake laboratory experiments
  • At least 2 years’ working experience in a closely related discipline within a reputable agricultural research organisation will be an added advantage.
Qualifications
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) or its equivalent
  • Certificate in applied technology (Entomology) or closely related discipline obtained within the last five years from a recognised university.
Disposition
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Evidence of being a team player
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
  • Eagerness to learn new skills.
Applications will be accepted up to 22nd October 2012, or until the position is filled, whichever is earlier. 

Only applications of shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged. 

Please send applications with detailed CV, a one page statement of research interests, names and addresses of 3 referees (including e-mail addresses, fax numbers) and remuneration package to:

icipehr@icipe.org

Human Resources Department
icipe—African Insect Science for Food and Health
P.O. Box 30772-00100
Nairobi
Kenya
 
icipe is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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