Friday, 13 September 2013

Seed System and Production Specialist at International Potato Center

Job Title: Seed System and Production Specialist

Employer: International Potato Center

Duty Station: Dar Es Salaam, Mwanza

Application Deadline: 20th Sept 2013

Job Description:

The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking a Seed Systems and Production Specialist, preferably with extensive experience in sweet potato germplasm and crop management. The position will serve a new 3 year effort focused on the validation and scaling out of low-cost net tunnel technology with farmer multipliers. The effort will be led by the Tanzania Lake Zone Agricultural Research and Development Institute (LZARDI); and I central Uganda in collaboration with the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO).

The Center:
CIP is a not-for-profit international agricultural research organization with a global mandate to conduct research on genetic resources of potatoes, sweetpotatoes, and other Andean roots and tubers, crop genetic enhancement and improvement, integrated crop management and sustainable management of natural resources.

The position:
This is a Nationally Recruited Staff position managed by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Tanzania office, and based in Mwanza, Tanzania. The project is also working in Zanzibar and Central Uganda. This position requires working in collaboration with public and private sector research and development agents to build capacity in the production of quality, disease free sweetpotato planting material ,d sweetpotato crop production.

Duties and Accountabilities:

Collect field data (In collaboration with Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute (MARl) and the CIP Head of Virology) for the virus degeneration study and data collection on the technical feasibility of the net tunnel technology with decentralized vine multipliers (DVMs).
Provide training (in collaboration with LZARDI) to agricultural research and extension providers in:
The Siting, construction and maintenance of net tunnels for decentralized vine multipliers;
The production of quality sweetpotato planting material (i.e. bed preparation, planting regime, integrated pest and disease management,
QDPM protocols); ensuring that gender aspects are considered and incorporated into the training.
Backstop partner organizations (LZARDI, TAHEA, KOLPING) in net tunnel construction, the maintenance and the production of quality sweetpotato planting material, and the organization of demonstrations and field days with selected DVMs.
Support the design, implementation and monitoring of an inspection scheme for sweetpotato QDPM in collaboration with LZARDI, Tanzania Official Seeds Certification Institute (TOSCI), NGO partners and DVMs.
Collaborate with the LZARDI monitoring & evaluation team in the design and implementation of an effective monitoring system.
Conduct joint (LZARDI, NGO, Government Extension provider) monitoring, and learning visits to DVMs.
Identify any emerging bottlenecks to successful implementation of the net tunnel activities and work with national research partner institutions to address those constraints.
Prepare brief bi-weekly updates for CIP and project quarterly reports on a timely basis.

Qualification and Experiences:

An MSc degree in breeding, agronomy, horticulture, seed technology, plant science, agricultural engineering or other relevant agriculture discipline.
At least 3 to 5 years of relevant research experience in managing a vegetative propagated crop, preferably sweetpotato.
Experience in managing sweetpotato seed multiplication system preferred.
Ability to work in an international agricultural research center, interacting with its staff and managing research programs in a variety of institutional and ecological settings.
Strong competence in both quantitative and qualitative techniques. Proven capacity for conducting project monitoring and evaluation.
Demonstrated success in working with multi-disciplinary teams and partnerships. Excellent interpersonal relationships skills and teamwork orientation
Proactive, innovative and creative attitudes.
Training experience, in particular experiential learning with adults-preferred. Willingness to travel extensively in the field.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Kiswahili are required.

The Initial contract for the position is two years:
Renewable subject to performance and availability of funds. Salary will be nationally competitive. CIP prides itself on its collegial and supportive working environment, which allows space for personal and professional growth.

 How to Apply:

Applicants should apply by email, sending a letter of motivation, a full C.v., and names and contact information of three referees Knowledgeable about the candidate's professional qualifications and work experience to:
copied to: Margaret McEwan ( ).

The reference name of the position should be clearly marked on the subject line of the email message.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

CIP is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women and professionals are particularly encouraged to apply