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    Organization: International Potato Center
    Country: China
    Closing date: 31 Aug 2017

    The International Potato Center (CIP) seeks a dynamic Resource Mobilization (RM) Officer for the CIP-China Center for Asia Pacific (CCCAP) based in Beijing, China. This position will engage international and Chinese potential donors, foundations and the private sector with the objective of securing collaboration and mobilizing funding for CCCAP’s research activities.

    The CIP-China Center for Asia Pacific– or CCCAP – was established in 2010 and now employs a staff of 10 based in Beijing. CCCAP is a platform for cooperative potato and sweetpotato scientific research for development in China and countries in the Asia Pacific region promoting CIP’s mission in the areas of food security, nutrition and health, and poverty alleviation. It is expected to grow significantly in size and research scope the next few years. With Government of China funding, a new CCCAP research facility in Yanqing (Beijing) has been constructed with 48 fully-equipped laboratory rooms, greenhouses, offices, training and dormitories. It will open in 2017 with initial research operations set to begin the second half of the year and a more robust research program taking shape in 2018. CCCAP is legally registered in China as an intergovernmental organization.

    The position: This position will report to the Chief Scientist CCCAP with a dotted reporting line to the CIP Director of Resource Mobilization (RM), based in Lima, Peru. The successful candidate will work closely with the CCCAP program and research teams, Resource Mobilization Team (RMT) and others in CIP to develop project funding proposals / fundraising and engage with potential donors to raise funds in support of CCCAP’s research program.

    Functions and Key Results:

    Strategy Development

    1. Under the overall guidance of the Chief Scientist CCCAP, and in close coordination with the Deputy Director General-CCCAP and CIP’s RMT and all other relevant internal CIP and external stakeholders, develop a China / SE Asia-specific RM Strategy. This will require the RM Officer to:

    2. Familiarize her/himself with CCCAP, CIP and relevant Chinese strategic documentation, policy priorities and deliverables;

    3. Work closely with colleagues in CCCAP, Chinese and SE Asia institutions and CIP to identify funding needs and coordinate proposed strategic elements with CIP’s own RM efforts;

    4. Review current funding trends and regulations relevant to RM activities (both traditional and non-traditional donors) in the Chinese and SE Asian context;

    5. On the basis of the above and inputs from CCCAP and CIP counterparts, develop a 3-year set of RM targets;

    6. Identify potential RM partners, including Chinese and SE Asian institutions, bilateral, multilateral, philanthropic organizations, the private sector and High Net Worth Individuals and develop a strategy to approach and mobilize resources from these potential partners; and

    7. Analyze information on funding priorities and trends of a wide variety of the donors identified that are or could become active in China and the Asian region that are of relevance to CCCAP’s work in China and regionally.

    Operationalizing the Strategy

    1. Once approved, implement the strategy under the overall coordination of the Chief Scientist CCCAP and in close collaboration with the Deputy Director-CCCAP and CIP’s RM Team by:

    2. Exploring funding sources and strategic partnership opportunities from the potential donors identified in the strategy;

    3. Establishing and broadening relations with the potential and existing donors;

    4. Organizing RM activities and initiatives relevant to the implementation of the strategy and the specific targeted donor pool;

    5. Ensuring high level stewardship of existing donors, including provision of high quality reports, regular contacts (as preferred by the donor) and an integrated communication plan;

    6. Regularly reviewing progress and reporting internally on progress made on key performance indicators; and

    7. Coordinating RM initiatives with CIP’s RM Team as necessary.

    Selection Criteria

    Education and Experience:

    • Advanced university degree in law, economics, finance, business, marketing, international relations and/or a related field.

    • Minimum of 6 years of experience with a proven track record of resource mobilization and the creation of RM-oriented partnerships and stakeholder networks.

    • Minimum of 3 years of experience in an international RM context (be it with an international or Chinese institution).

    • Native language proficiency in Chinese and written and spoken English. Knowledge and work/living experience and other Asian languages an asset.

    Knowledge and Skills Required to Deliver Results:

    • Knowledge of the Chinese regulatory and institutional context, with previous experience in a RM role with an international organization, with a proven track record of achieving results in mobilizing funding.

    • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact well and establish close professional relationships with colleagues and counterparts in a highly international context.

    • Flexibility and ability to embrace change and work effectively in what are bound to be constantly evolving circumstances.

    Conditions: Employment contract will be for a three-year term with the possibility of renewal. Salary will be internationally competitive, paid in US dollars, and commensurate with experience. CIP prides itself on its collegial and supportive working environment, which allows space for personal and professional growth.

    How to apply:

    Applicants should apply online through our CIP’s Job Opportunities website (, attaching the following documents in English: a cover letter summarizing their relevance to this position, 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. Screening of applications will begin on August 31, 2017** and will continue until the post is filled. All applications will be acknowledged; however only short listed candidates will be contacted.

    Learn more about CIP by accessing our web site at

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

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    Organization: International Potato Center
    Country: Kenya
    Closing date: 30 Aug 2017

    The International Potato Center (CIP) seeks a highly talented Communication and Knowledge Management Officer to help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of a major regional sweetpotato research project through communication and knowledge management.

    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.

    The position: The CKM officer will be based in Nairobi, Kenya. The officer will report to the Project Manager of the Sweetpotato Action for Security and Health in Africa (SASHA) Project. The principal tasks and responsibilities will include, but not limited to the following:

    Duties and Accountabilities:

    • Manage and popularize the Sweetpotato Knowledge Portal and selected social media
    • Manage monthly distribution of updated information on the Knowledge Portal to users
    • Strengthen and coordinate information and knowledge for the sweetpotato community of practice
    • Assist in the development and implementation of CKM strategies and activities to support CIP’s sweetpotato teams and their partners in SSA.
    • Assist in the organization of major meetings and events related to SASHA and the preparation of minutes
    • Coordinate the preparation of summaries, press releases, fact sheets, media kits etc. of key SASHA events
    • Facilitate the documentation of SASHA’s experiences, achievements and lessons learned and the sharing of findings with relevant target groups, assisting in the editing of documents and the coordination of any graphics/formatting work.
    • Develop videos of new technologies & audio-based slide shows
    • Collaborate with data management team in appropriate documentation and archiving of communication and knowledge outputs.

    Selection Criteria:

    • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communication, marketing or a science-related area.
    • Three years of professional experience in developing and implementing CKM strategies or exemplary communications results in fewer years.
    • Demonstrated experience working with websites and other communication forums.
    • Strong and effective use of social media skills.
    • Skills in database management.
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
    • Good skills in photography, with video skills desirable.
    • Ability to work in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.
    • Proactive approach, with ability to find creative ways to solve problems.
    • Excellent writing and oral communication skills in English, working knowledge of Portuguese and Kiswahili desirable.
    • A Kenyan citizen

    Conditions: The employment contract will be for a two-year term (with a three months’ probation period) with the possibility of renewal, subject to availability of funding.

    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. Screening of applications will begin on 30 August, 2017 and will continue until the post is filled. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.