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14 Mar 2021

Research Assistant – Agronomist JOB IN KENYA

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Research Assistant – Agronomist JOB IN KENYA


The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking to recruit a dynamic and experienced Research Assistant to provide support to the USAID Potato Breeding Kenya project.

The Position: The Research Assistant will assist in supporting CIP breeding activities in Kenya and will report directly to the SSA Potato Breeder Scientist.

Key responsibilities:

  • Support to the breeding activities (in the field and greenhouse) and the potato tissue culture lab in Kenya.
  • Lead the tuber seeds multiplication of advanced clones and breeding populations.
  • Support on planning, establishment and monitoring of field experiments with local partners.
  • Data collection following CIP guidelines.
  • Any other duty as will be assigned by the supervisor.

Selection Criteria

  • BSc. in Agriculture, Statistics, Agronomy, Biology or a related field, from a recognized University.
  • At least three years’ experience required in a similar position.
  • Knowledge in potato and greenhouse production and establishment of field trails. Tissue Culture lab experience is a plus.
  • Advanced level of MS Office.
  • Field and laboratory equipment managing.
  • Fluent in Kiswahili.
  • Advanced written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Strong team player, self-motivated, goal-oriented and committed to shared goal.

What are the conditions?

The position is Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position limited to Kenya nationals and permanent residents only. The employment contract will be for a one (1) year with a 3-month probation period.

How to Apply

Visit the following link: and submit your cover letter and a full C.V. with your references. Screening of applications will begin on March 19, 2021 and will continue until the post is filled. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. This position WILL NOT have contact with children or vulnerable adults. Learn more about CIP by accessing our web site at CIP is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply. 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

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