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Research Job in Kenya - NGO

Closing date: 30 Oct 2017
The International Potato Center (CIP) seeks a highly talented Wageningen University and Research (WUR) Associate to work on a study of Gender and the Moral Economy of Sweetpotato Vines based in Kenya with frequent travel to Tanzania.
The Center: CIP is a not-for-profit international agricultural research-for-development organization with a focus on potato, sweetpotato, and Andean roots and tubers. Its vision is of roots and tubers improving the lives of the poor.
CGIAR RTB: The CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) is led by the International Potato Center (CIP) with Bioversity International, the International Center for tropical Agriculture (CIAT), the

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD – also representing other French partners IRD, INRA, Vitropic) and includes a wide spectrum of research for development stakeholders.
This collaboration, with its combined scale and capacity, will increase the ability to advance research, share knowledge, and enhance uptake to increase research and development impacts. The purpose of RTB is to exploit the underutilized potential of root, tuber, and banana crops to improve nutrition and food security and foster greater gender equity especially among some of the world’s most poor and vulnerable populations.
The position: The study is a collaboration between the CGIAR and Wageningen University and Research (WUR), funded by the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research, the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB), and the International Potato Center implemented Sweetpotato Action for Security and Health in Africa (SASHA) project.
The research is a follow-up study on a sweetpotato seed systems project – Sweetpotato Action for Security and Health in Africa (SASHA Marando Bora) implemented between 2009 and2012 in Lake Zone, Tanzania. The WUR Associate will provide support for study design, data collection, analysis and write up and strengthen linkages with WUR.


·         Review of existing literature on moral economy;
·         Support preparation and implementation of start-up meeting; review of instruments; training in gender based tools;
·         Participate in three rounds of field interviews and focus group discussions with: key informants, successful & non-successful DVMs; selected vine buyers and non-buyers per DVM village;
·         Support data processing;
·         Support data analysis and preparation of two co-authored scientific articles; Develop lessons learned and communications materials.


·         MSc in Social science, sociology, rural development;
·         Knowledge of Kiswahili or willingness to learn;
·         At least basic knowledge of agriculture;
·         Participatory and qualitative data collection methods in rural areas;
·         Data processing and analysis;
·         Use of gender tools and analysis;
·         Experience working in multi-cultural context, team work, self-reliance;
·         Excellent writing and oral communication skills in English;
·         A Graduate of WUR.
How to apply:
Applicants should apply online through our CIP’s Job Opportunities website ( ), including a letter of motivation, a full C.V with the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable of the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience.
Reference name of the position should be clearly marked on the subject line of the email message. Screening of applications will begin on October 30, 2017 and will continue until the post is filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
CIP does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). CIP also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.
Learn more about CIP by accessing our web site at*

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