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    Organization: International Potato Center
    Country: Malawi
    Closing date: 21 Jul 2017

    The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking a dynamic and results-oriented Researcher (social, agricultural, or environmental sciences) to lead the technology component of a new agricultural innovation project, *KULIMA: Improving the access to and use of agriculture research innovations by Malawian farmers.*

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    Coordination of research and development activities

    • Build and manage a strong and productive partnership across the participating CGIAR centers, ensuring fair and equitable participation.
    • Provide quality control of work plans and ensure that overall research priorities, technology dissemination and delivery goals are well understood and effectively met across the multi-institutional partnership.
    • Establish flexible and accountable processes for timely planning and delivery of research and development activities, including technology dissemination, and reporting.
    • Provide intellectual leadership for the design and implementation of operational research to determine opportunities and constraints for agricultural innovation in project target areas.

    Reporting and Representation

    • As responsible manager for all technical and financial reporting to the donor, ensure timeliness, quality, and responsiveness to donor requests in all areas of reporting.
    • Work with relevant units at CIP Malawi and in regional and global CIP offices to obtain technical and administrative support.
    • Work with the M&E staff to ensure that monitoring of project indicators is timely and of excellent quality to support adaptive management.
    • Represent the project vis-à-vis GIZ, EU, GoM, and research partners.
    • Participate in regular planning and review meetings with GIZ and EU and ensure that the project is well understood and highly regarded by the donor and all project partners.

    Project Management

    • Provide management, leadership and strategic vision in all aspects of project implementation.
    • Ensure that project implementation is responsive to communities and partners and aligned with CIP’s principles, values and strategic plan.
    • Work with administrative and finance units at CIP and other CGIAR partners, oversee the development of sub-agreements and works plans.
    • Monitor adherence to grant agreement, CIP policies and procedures and relevant external rules and regulations.

    Staff Management, Professional Development and Team Building

    • Create a work atmosphere conducive to professional growth and development of excellent personnel at all levels.
    • Promote accountability by conducting staff annual performance reviews with direct supervisees, and ensuring that all staff members are effectively using the performance planning and management system.
    • Contribute to project team-building efforts, and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.

    Project Support Operations

    • Coordinate with M&E, finance and administration staff to ensure operational systems are in place to support field activities including logistics, procurement, security, administration and human resources.
    • In coordination with the CIP Country Manager, propose and design new local operational policies as needed and in accordance with donor and CIP regulations.


    • Take a leadership role in the mainstreaming of gender sensitive project interventions, through support and promotion of gender throughout all areas of the project.

    Selection Criteria:

    • PhD level degree in relevant discipline in the social sciences, agriculture, or environmental sciences. MSc degree in relevant field with formal training in innovation systems will be considered.
    • Strong experience of at least 5 years in a field-based rural development project promoting agricultural or other technological innovation, preferably in sub-Saharan Africa.
    • Excellent up-to-date knowledge of innovation systems research and underlying social science methodologies, both qualitative and quantitative.
    • Experience of coordinating multi-institutional collaboration in support of rural communities and their governance structures.
    • Strong understanding of integrating gender and other social equity considerations into project design and delivery.
    • Good knowledge of CGIAR research objectives and products and their relevance to agricultural development.
    • Experience of coordinating rigorous M&E and hands-on technical reporting.
    • Strong experience of using communication technologies as research and development tools.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English are a must.
    • Record of scientific and technical publications and citations.
    • Willingness to travel frequently in-country and work under field conditions.

    How to apply:

    Applications: 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 July 21st will continue until the post is filled. All applications will be acknowledged; however only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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    Organization: International Potato Center
    Country: Peru
    Closing date: 17 Jul 2017

    The position: The Gender and M&E Specialist will help the RTB Program to widen and monitor the contribution of RTB crops to food security and poverty reduction in ways that equitably benefit rural women and men.

    This position will be based in Lima, Peru and involve work in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Gender and M&E specialist will form part of the Program Management Unit, based in the lead Center and report to the RTB Program Director.

    Duties and Accountabilities:

    Working closely with the gender focal points, other managers and scientists in the RTB participating Centers, the Gender and M&E specialist will:

    Support the implementation of the RTB gender strategy

    • Support gender focal points and other scientists in the development of the gender strategy;
    • Facilitate the integration of gender research in planning, monitoring, evaluation and budgeting process;
    • Support and monitor the implementation of RTB gender research work across RTB portfolio;
    • Facilitate effective and regular communication among gender focal points and relevant clusters teams;
    • Ensure the consolidation of progress reports, the identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learnt on gender research in coordination with gender focal points;
    • Promote gender as an integrative part of communication and knowledge management in RTB;
    • Act as gender point of contact in the PMU for all relevant information and management process (e.g. planning, monitoring, evaluation, reporting, partnership with other CRPs and partners).

    Support the implementation of program monitoring and evaluation

    • Develop and maintain the RTB monitoring and evaluation plan based on program results framework, related indicators and annual plan of work;
    • Support the development and implementation of an online platform supporting planning, monitoring, reporting learning and evaluation processes;
    • Contribute in the development and dissemination of training materials for the use of the online platform across flagships and clusters;
    • Coordinate the design and facilitate the adoption of harmonized data collection tools for outcome level indicators across flagships, clusters and projects;
    • Check data and data sources, prepare consolidated monitoring reports at flagship and CRP level and provide specific recommendations to M&E staff within clusters and projects;
    • Assist cluster teams in the identification and development of outcome stories.
    • Coordinate and promote the use of qualitative and quantitative evaluative approaches for substantiating outcomes stories.

    Selection Criteria:

    • Post-graduate qualification, preferably PhD, in Sociology, Development Economics, Anthropology, Gender Studies. Publications in relevant fields are desirable
    • Relevant work experience in gender research and mainstreaming of at least 5 years, including fieldwork in Africa, Asia or Latin America
    • Relevant work experience of design of projects or programs and experience with complex M&E systems
    • Experience developing effective partnerships for research
    • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English
    • Knowledge of Spanish or other languages is desirable
    • Competencies in gender analysis, preferably in the context of agricultural research or natural resource management including both qualitative and quantitative research methods;
    • Familiarity with the principles of gender mainstreaming;
    • Competencies in project management, preferably in the context of agricultural research for development, including results based management, development of logical models (theory of change, impact pathways, result chains), monitoring and evaluation;
    • Capability to motivate managers and scientists at all levels of responsibility to actively mainstream gender into research, contribute to timely monitoring, knowledge management and reporting;
    • Good interpersonal skills. Experience working successfully in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams.

    Conditions: International position with a three-year term with six-month probation period, with the possibility of renewal. CIP prides itself on its collegial and supportive working environment, which allows space for personal and professional growth.

    How to apply:

    Applications: Applicants should apply online through the following link (, 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 June 19th will continue until the post is filled. All applications will be acknowledged; however only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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    Organization: International Potato Center
    Country: China
    Closing date: 15 Aug 2017

    The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking a dynamic and innovative plant pathologist to lead potato and sweetpotato plant pathology efforts for the CIP-China Center for Asia Pacific (CCCAP).

    The Center: CIP is a non-profit international agricultural research-for-development organization with a focus on potato, sweet potato, and Andean roots and tubers. Its vision is of roots and tubers improving the lives of the poor. CIP is dedicated to achieving food security, improved well-being, and gender equity for poor people in root and tuber farming and food systems of the developing world. CIP works with partners to contribute high quality science, technology, and capacity strengthening for sustainable science-based solutions. CIP is headquartered in Lima, Peru, with staff and activities in over 30 locations across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. CIP is a member of the CGIAR Consortium, a network of 15 Research Centers and 16 Research Programs mostly located in the developing world and supported by more than 50 donor members. CIP has worked in China for nearly 40 years in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, the China Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Chinese agriculture universities successfully introducing productive potato and sweetpotato varieties, transferring new technologies and helping develop China’s human capital in this sector.

    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 be based in Yanqing (Beijing), China and will report to CCCAP Chief Scientist and co-report to the Crop Protection Global Leader. He/she will partner with expert teams both within and outside CIP from disciplines such as agronomy, breeding, plant physiology, entomology, crop modelling and agricultural economics. The selected candidate will also contribute to potato and sweetpotato pathology efforts in other Asian countries.

    Duties and Accountabilities:

    • Provide scientific leadership for potato and sweetpotato pathology, setting priorities for CCCAP in interaction with the Crop Protection and other science leaders towards the achievement of CIP’s strategic objectives.
    • Serves as a Principal Investigator and establishes collaborative research with Chinese and other Asian partners related to potato and or sweetpotato pathology.
    • Ensure proper management of projects and financial resources
    • Participate in attracting competitive grants and external funding from a range of public and private donors to implement potato and sweetpotato pathology in CCCAP and other Asian countries
    • Attract researchers, interns, and visiting scholars to CIP and develop collaborative projects, and provide opportunities for students and pathologists to get exposure and expand linkages between national and international agricultural research institutions.

    Selection Criteria:

    • PhD in plant pathology or crop protection with at least 5 years of working experience, preferably in potato or sweetpotato pathology.
    • Demonstrable experience managing pathology research programs, preferably in potato or sweetpotato.
    • Good understanding of and experience with current molecular pathology approaches.
    • Good understanding of issues related to potato or sweetpotato seed production and research.
    • Experience with statistical software such as SAS, R.
    • Strong communication, organizational skills and experience managing staff.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English; advanced knowledge of Chinese is highly desirable.
    • Demonstrable experience in grant/research proposal formulation and fund raising.
    • Ability to build and lead pathology teams and collaborate across institutions and disciplines.
    • Commitment to work in a multi-partner, multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environment.
    • Track record of relevant scientific publications.
    • Strong team player, self-motivated, goal-oriented and committed to shared goals.

    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.

    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.

    How to apply:

    Applicants should apply online through CIP’s Job Opportunities website (, including a cover letter, 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 15, 2017 and will continue until the post is filled. All applications will be acknowledged; however only short listed candidates will be contacted.