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Research Assistant Job in Kenya

The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking to recruit a dynamic and experienced Research Assistant.

The Position
  • The Research Assistant will be expected to support formation of farmer producer organizations, youth groups and cooperatives.
  • These organizations are farmer driven and are expected to bring farmers together with one voice and collectively market their produce.
  • These organizations will be linked to markets and service provides including financial institutions.
  • Additionally, the Research Assistant will contribute to integrating apical cuttings into seed systems for farmers, principally in relation to marketing. 
Key Responsibilities
  • Conduct training in business skills and entrepreneurship for potato based cooperatives, farmer producer organizations and youth groups and support them develop own business plans.
  • Support implementation of the business plans.
  • Support the potato business to access markets.
  • Support the potato business to access financial and credit service providers to support their business plans.
  • Support the potato business to develop group savings schemes for internal borrowing and investment.
  • Participate in events to promote potato apical rooted cuttings.
  • Work with county teams to promote and support cuttings technology.
  • Support private sector development to produce and use cuttings.
  • Collect and report all data from activities. 
Selection Criteria
  • BSc. or BCom. in Agribusiness, Business Development, Agricultural Development, or a related field, from a recognized University;
  • At least three years’ experience in agribusiness development or a related area working with farmer producer organizations demonstrating capacity to strengthen cooperatives and other farming groups.
  • Working experience with agri-business and market development and analysis.
  • In depth understanding of the business/accounting capacities needed to develop farmers and agricultural cooperatives into viable businesses.
  • Proven experience linking farmer businesses to diverse types of markets.
  • Proven experience linking farmer businesses to financial institutions.
  • Proven experience developing group savings plans within farmer group.
  • Proven experience training farmers and cooperatives in business skills, specific experience with farmers involved in potato production as a business is an asset.
  • Proven experience developing training program to develop numeracy capacities for smallholder farmers.
  • Advanced level of MS Office.
  • Advanced written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Fluent in Kiswahili.
How to Apply

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