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CIMMYT Research Assistant Job in Kenya

About our Organisation

CIMMYT is committed to improving livelihoods in developing countries. Through strong science and effective partnerships, we create, share, and use knowledge and agricultural technology to increase food security, improves the productivity and profitability of farming systems, and sustain natural resources in developing countries.

CIMMYT is an international non-profit research and training center with direct links to about 100 developing countries through offices in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

We participate in an extensive global network of people and organizations who share similar development goals, including the public and private sector, non-governmental and civil society organizations, relief and health agencies, farmers, and the development assistance community.

The Position

The incumbent will work under the supervision of the Senior Scientist - Providing technical support to the Scientists in organizing, planting and managing trials in Kenya and Tanzania by:
  • Organizing, planting and managing maize-legume cropping system trials in Kenya and Tanzania
  • Organizing, planting and managing multi location variety evaluation and Mother-Baby trials in Kenya and Tanzania
  • Organizing, planting and managing seed increase activities in Kenya and Tanzania
  • Managing data collection from variety evaluation and cropping system trials
  • Carrying out data entry, management and analysis for variety evaluation and cropping system trials
  • Coordinating and conducting on-farm trials
  • Assisting in drafting technical reports and journal papers from 01M MYT research related work.
  • Providing technical support to CIMMYT scientists
  • Supervising field staff
  • Assisting in drafting seminar, workshop and conference papers
  • Attending and participating in project meetings, stakeholder workshops, and other events
  • Any other duties as assigned
  • A Master’s degree ¡n Agronomy, Crop Production, Plant Breeding, or Soil Science.
  • 2 to 3 years experience in the field of agronomy/breeding
  • Experience in use of SAS or GenStat statistical analysis software for data analysis
  • Experience in use of Field book software or any other software for data management.
  • Experience in conducting on-farm trials
  • Good communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to effectively work with minimum supervision.
  • Valid Kenya driver’s license.
  • Practical experience ¡n field layout will be an added advantage.
  • Ability to prioritize, organize work efficiently & independently
  • Good interpersonal skills, strong team spirit, has integrity, is honesty & self-motivated.
Terms of offer

The World Agroforestry Centre is an equal opportunity employer and offers a collegial and gender-sensitive working environment.

We believe that staff diversity promotes excellence and strongly encourage applications from qualified women.

This position is on local terms and will be for an initial period of three (3) years, renewable subject to six (6) months’ probation period, assessment of performance, continued relevance of the position and availability of resources.

How to apply

Applications for the position must include:
  • A cover letter illustrating your suitability for the position against the listed requirements and salary expectations
  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • The names and addresses of three referees, including telephone, fax numbers and email addresses.
All correspondence should be addressed to the Human Resources Unit, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), PO Box 30677, Nairobi, Kenya OR via email: and should indicate “Application for Research Assistant - CIMMYT on their application letters and email submissions.

Applications will be considered until 18 February 2011

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

We invite you to learn more about ICRAF and CIMMYT by accessing our web sites

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