Research Associate Job in Nairobi Kenya - NGO

About our organization: ICRISAT is a non-profit, apolitical, international organization for science-based agricultural research for development. 

Established in 1972, it is one of the 15 Centres of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and supported by more than 48 governments, foundations, and development banks. 

ICRISAT with its Headquarters located in India has regional centres and research teams in Asia and Sub- Saharan Africa. 

In the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA), ICRISAT has country programs in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique and Ethiopia.

ICRISAT Regional Office for ESA is located in Nairobi, Kenya and is currently seeking a qualified candidate to fill the locally recruited position of a Research Associate.

About the position: To provide scientific support to the Dryland Cereals Breeding Scientists.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Assist Scientists in:
  • Planning of cereals breeding research projects
  • Execution of regional/global cereals breeding research projects
  • Planning and execution of on-farm activities
  • Evaluation of regional/global cereals breeding research projects
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Capacity building for National Research partners, under-graduate and graduate students in breeding techniques and field trials management, data collection and analysis
  • Germplasm collection, characterization, rejuvenation and maintenance
  • Seed imports and exports
  • Writing research reports, publications and other communications.
  • Offering scientific assistance to the Research Programs Scientists including proposal development, planning and budgeting.
  • Any other related duties as assigned by the supervisor.
  • MSc in Agriculture (Plant breeding, Crop Science
  • At least 2 years of experience in a research institution and good understanding of plant breeding and dimensions in agriculture. 
  • Candidates with less experience but proven ability to deliver may be considered
  • Preferably having experience of working in multi-cultural and interdisciplinary teams.
  • Experience in an international organization environment will be an added advantage
  • Practical experience in field experimental work
  • Strong statistical skills and use of Genstat, SAS or related statistical package
  • Ability to prioritize and organize work efficiently and independently
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure with minimal supervision
  • Good interpersonal skills, integrity, honesty and self-motivation
Terms of Offer: We offer a collegial, diverse and gender-sensitive working environment, and we strongly encourage applications from qualified women. 

This position is remunerated on Local terms. 

The appointment will be for an initial period of three (3) years, subject to a six (6) months’ probation period. 

The position will be based in Nairobi.

How to Apply
CLICK HERE to apply online

Applications will be considered until 27th March 2015. 

Please note that only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted.

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