Research Assistant Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Vacancy: Research Assistant – GCAP (CIMMYT)
About the Organization: The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, known by its Spanish acronym, CIMMYT®, is a not-for-profit research and training organization with partners in over 100 countries, and through offices in Africa, Asia and Latin America. 

Through strong science and effective partnerships, we create, share, and use knowledge and agricultural technologies to increase food security, improve the productivity and profitability of farming systems, and sustain natural resources in developing countries. 

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

The Position: The incumbent will coordinate field activities for the CIMMYT-CCAFS Project on Participatory Evaluation and Application of Climate Smart Agriculture (PEACSA)
Key Responsibilities:
  • Review of literature and secondary data related to the work of the above project
  • Conduct participatory diagnostic analysis of farming systems with respect to climate change
  • Maintain/ develop institutional links and partnerships
  • Participate in identifying data gaps and developing additional plans for further data collection including through surveys and trials, involving male and female farmers and local partners
  • Set up and supervise participatory trials and demonstrations on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA)
  • Organise field data collection and participatory evaluation of new CSA technologies/ portfolios
  • Assist to develop work-plans and budgets for subcontractors and collaborators
Essential Qualifications
  • An MSc in agricultural economics, agriculture, rural development, agricultural extension or related discipline
  • At least two (2) years of experience in agricultural research among rural smallholder farmers, National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) , Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs)
  • Knowledge and experience in farm inputs including seed, fertiliser, storage equipment, etc.
  • Ability to prioritise and organise work efficiently and independently
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure with minimal supervision
  • Good interpersonal skills, integrity, honesty and self-motivation
  • Ability to perform within a multicultural team, including working with international scientists
  • Demonstrated competency in driving
Terms of offer
CIMMYT is hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) which 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.

The position will be based in CIMMYT office in Nairobi, Kenya but will require travel to the field inside and outside the country.

How to Apply
Applications will be considered until 24th July 2015. 

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

We invite you to learn more about CIMMYT and World Agroforestry Centre by accessing our web sites and