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    Organization: International Potato Center
    Closing date: 20 Nov 2017

    The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking a dynamic and innovative Associate Scientist to lead our potato plant breeding efforts at the CIP-China Center for Asia Pacific (CCCAP).

    The position: This position will be based in Yanqing (Beijing), China. The successful candidate will report to the Chief Scientist at CCCAP, while also reporting to the Global Leader Crop Improvement located at CIP’s headquarters in Lima, Peru. The successful candidate will partner with expert teams both within and outside CIP from disciplines such as statistics, genomics, plant physiology, phenomics and crop modelling. The selected candidate will use and support the utilization of genetic and genomic resources, populations and varieties to enhance potato productivity in the main potato producing regions of China, and will contribute to potato breeding efforts in other Asian countries.

    Duties and Accountabilities:

    · Lead the potato breeding project in CCCAP, with a strong interaction with the Crop Improvement team at CIP as well as other science leaders, in order to achieve CIP’s strategic objectives. The overall target is the development of successful potato varieties with novel and enhanced traits that will enable rapid adoption and high-yield among farmers.

    · Build internal and external contacts related to potato breeding and genetics in order to develop partnerships and collaborative relationships with Chinese and other Asian institutions.

    · Keep informed and up to date of the latest scientific advances in genetic resources relevant for CIP potato breeding efforts in China and Asia Pacific.

    · Ensure proper management of projects and overall financial resources.

    · Take a leadership role in attracting competitive grants and external funding from a range of public and private donors in order to implement potato breeding in CCCAP.

    · Public scientific papers in high-impact academic journals, prepare project reports, and presentations at professional workshops and seminars

    · Attract researchers, interns, and visiting scholars to CCCAP/CIP and develop collaborative projects with them.

    · Provide opportunities for students and breeders to get exposure and expand ties between national and international agricultural research institutions.

    Selection Criteria:

    · PhD in plant genetics, plant breeding or plant physiology with at least 8 years of working experience managing breeding programs. Experience in potato is a plus.

    · Good understanding of, and experience with, current molecular breeding approaches.

    · Experience and knowledge of clonal, polyploid crops is preferred, and a good understanding of issues related to potato seed production and/or research.

    · Experience with statistical software such as SAS, ASREML or GENSTAT.

    · Demonstrable experience in grant/research proposal formulation and fund raising.

    · Proactive approach, with ability to find creative ways to solve problems or exploit potentials.

    • Strong publication record in the discipline with more than 05 publications in peer – reviewed journals indexed as the main author
    • Excellent leadership skills to build and lead breeding teams and collaborate across institutions and disciplines
    • Commitment to work in a multi-partner, multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environment.
    • Advanced level in written and spoken English.

    Why should you consider this opportunity?

    CIP is a not-for-profit international agricultural research-for-development organization with a focus on potato, sweet potato, and Andean roots and tubers. 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. CCCAP is in the process of opening a sizeable R&D facility in Beijing (Yanqing District), including hiring staff and outfitting the facility with laboratory equipment and furniture. Through its research on root and tuber crops and capacity-building programs, CCCAP aims to boost RTC production in the Asia Pacific region and beyond, to accelerate poverty reduction, and to improve food security.

    Conditions: This is a locally-based (non-international) position. Applicants from any nationality are welcomed, but they should have resident status in China. The employment contract will be for two-years with the possibility of renewal. CIP prides itself on its collegial and supportive working environment, which allows space for personal and professional growth. The successful candidate will receive a compensation package comparable with similar organizations and in line with the candidate’s qualification and experience.


    How to apply:

    Applications: Applicants should apply online through CIP’s Job Opportunities website (http://cipotato.org/open-vacancies/), 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 November 20, 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 www.cipotato.org

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


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  • 11/07/17--12:45: Kenya: Communication Intern
  • Organization: International Potato Center
    Country: Kenya
    Closing date: 13 Nov 2017

    The International Potato Center (CIP) seeks a highly talented Communication Intern for the Building Nutritious Food Basket (BNFB) Project.

    The Center: CIP (http://www.cipotato.org) 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 intern will work under the supervision of the Capacity Development & Communications Specialist to assist in the development and coordination of advocacy and behavior change communication materials and messages for the project.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Content creation and dissemination

      • Support the development of BNFB’s advocacy and promotional materials including success stories, banners, factsheets; flyers; BNFB/policy briefs, posters and other promotional materials;
      • Assist in developing meta data, uploading and updating BNFB materials on to various platforms including the sweetpotato knowledge portal; CIP website and various platforms;
      • Assist in editing BNFB’s audio and video interviews for publication on the various portals including BNFB webspace;
      • Assist in writing blog messages and behavior change communication messages.
    • Social media

      • By following selected key stakeholder sites and social media accounts, select relevant content and draft twitter and Facebook posts for review, bearing in mind good social media practices such as mentions and hashtags.
      • Help to publicize new BNFB content on the Sweetpotato Knowledge Portal; Twitter, LinkedIn; Facebook, Pinterest and other agreed upon social media sites.
      • Schedule social media posts by use of Buffer and other social media scheduling tools.
    • Creation of media galleries

      • Assist in selecting and publishing BNFB photographs on Flickr and other BNFB uses;
      • Help to craft captions and credit information for BNFB’s photographic collection before posting;
    • Perform any other duty as assigned by the Capacity Development and Communications specialist.

    Selection Criteria:

    • Bachelor’s degree in communication, Journalism, Media Studies; Information Science, Public Relations, Marketing or a related area.
    • High level of computer literacy, accuracy and attention to detail.
    • Knowledge of WordPress, MS Office, Photoshop and Illustrator;
    • Experience in writing articles in a newsroom setting is an asset;
    • Excellent organizational skills, presentation skills and communication skills (including an excellent command in English both oral and written);
    • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills and the ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals through email and in person;
    • Highly effective at use of social media, networking and at securing information and expertise;
    • Highly proactive and consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.

    Conditions: This is an internship position open to Kenyan citizens only. The internship contract will be for a period of three months with the possibility of renewal, subject to performance and availability of funds.


    How to apply:

    Applicants should apply online through our CIP’s Job Opportunities website (https://cipotato.org/internships/), 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 13 November, 2017 and will continue until the post is filled. Only short-listed 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 athttp://www.cipotato.org****.

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


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  • 11/09/17--05:12: Kenya: Social Media Intern
  • Organization: International Potato Center
    Country: Kenya
    Closing date: 14 Nov 2017

    The International Potato Center (CIP) seeks a highly talented Social Media Intern to help improve CIP’s social engagement

    The Center: CIP (http://www.cipotato.org) 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: Under the direction and leadership of the Regional Communications Specialist and Head of Global Communications, increasing social engagement and share of voice for CIP’s field stories on the continent, repositioning the organization as the leader in roots and tubers research and nutritional impact in the field on our social channels – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Generating, editing, publishing and scheduling daily content (photos, videos, infographics) that increases share of voice and engagement across the region;
    • Creating editorial calendars, evergreen content and identifying cross-promotional opportunities with partners and regional staff centered on events and campaign schedules;
    • Continuously improving by capturing and analyzing the appropriate social data/metrics, insights and best practices, using paid and non-paid promotion;
    • Strongly collaborating with other departments, including country managers and field staff to showcase CIP’s impact on the ground, making real time engagement a priority;
    • Integrating executive leadership voice with CIP’s social platforms to amplify awareness and to promote CIP’s work;
    • Helping CIP embrace new technologies, training field staff on creating real-time video and live video for social media, seeking opportunities to enhance video and live output on a weekly basis;
    • Creating digital campaigns to promote CIP’s work;
    • Being a community manager on social – responding to direct messages and comments were appropriate;
    • Helping with other communications tasks to support the Regional Communications Specialist, up to but not exceeding 20% of their time per day.

    Selection Criteria:

    • Bachelor’s degree in communications or related field of specialization;
    • Proficient in graphic design – Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere pro, HTML and photo editing;
    • 1 year experience in digital content management;
    • Bachelor’s degree in communications or related field of specialization;
    • Proficient in graphic design – Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere pro, HTML and photo editing;
    • 1 year experience in digital content management;
    • Strong and effective use of social media skills;
    • Ability to work in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams;
    • Fluent in English and Kiswahili. Working knowledge of French or Spanish desirable;
    • A Kenyan citizen.

    Conditions: This is an internship position open to Kenyan citizens only. The internship contract will be for a period of three months with the possibility of renewal, subject to performance.


    How to apply:

    Applicants should apply online through our CIP’s Job Opportunities website (https://cipotato.org/internships/), 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 14 November, 2017 and will continue until the post is filled. Only short-listed 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 athttp://www.cipotato.org.


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    Organization: International Potato Center
    Country: Kenya
    Closing date: 14 Nov 2017

    The International Potato Center (CIP) seeks a highly talented Media Relations Intern to help improve CIP’s social engagement

    The Center: CIP (http://www.cipotato.org) 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: Proactive media relations outreach, planning and relationship building to position CIP and its spokespeople in Pan-African, Regional and national broadcast, radio and print outlets, leading the conversation on roots and tubers

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Establishing and building press relationships (broadcast, radio, print, social);
    • Pitching press on a daily basis, creating releases, advisories and quick story ideas in collaboration with program and staff leads, project communications officers in the region and partners;
    • Identifying story angles based on media coverage, trends and CIP’s priorities – working closely with the Regional Communications Specialist;
    • Preparing spokespeople; creating talking points, backgrounders and issue briefs;
    • Organizing media tours, deskside briefings, editorial meetings for key spokespeople/scientists;
    • Maintaining media database (Meltwater) globally, ensuring lists are up-to-date, in collaboration with regional managers and field staff;
    • Creating and optimizing cross-promotion opportunities with partners and donors
    • Collaborating with field staff and promotion officers (Aime, David) to maximize efforts and expand reach;
    • Providing general communications support up to 20% per day with 80% dedicated to media activities.

    Selection Criteria:

    • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Media studies or related field;
    • 1 year Experience in a newsroom or media environment highly desirable;
    • Proficient in English and Kiswahili;
    • Skills in database management
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    • Ability to work in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams;
    • A Kenyan citizen.

    Conditions: This is an internship position open to Kenyan citizens only. The internship contract will be for a period of three months with the possibility of renewal, subject to performance.


    How to apply:

    Applicants should apply online through our CIP’s Job Opportunities website (https://cipotato.org/internships/), 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 14 November, 2017 and will continue until the post is filled. Only short-listed 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 athttp://www.cipotato.org.