Senior Research Associate (Agronomist)
Category: Research and Development
Location: Nairobi N/A Kenya
The Agronomist will provide expertise in the design and direct
implementation of a cost effective and sustainable sweetpotato seed system for
DDBIO in Kenya. He/she will contribute to efforts to ensure and assure
affordable, accessible and quality sweetpotato planting material needed to
scale up the orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) in Kenya. The successful
candidate will work closely with the DDBIO Kenya Team Leader, project
implementing partners, and with the CIP country and global teams.
to the design and direct the implementation of a sustainable sweetpotato seed
systems strategy for DDBIO – Kenya that will assure quality and accessibility
of sweetpotato planting material for production and commercialization of the
sweetpotato value chain.
and implement a working, cost-effective and timely planting material
dissemination approaches and root production plans with partners to enhance
OFSP production among households both for food and nutrition security as well
and collaborate with national government partners (KALRO/KEPHIS) and other
stakeholders to initiate, coordinate and manage the National Performance
Evaluation (NPTs) and varietal release process for developing commercially
viable OFSP varieties.
in the development and, where possible, delivery of appropriate training
modules in priority topics such as production, agronomy, post-harvesting
management etc. The training will target sweetpotato value chain actors
including farmers, extension agents, aggregators, processors etc.
the technical expertise for private commercial partners and support their
agronomist and extension staff to achieve the desired quality and quantity of
raw materials for the successful puree processing business.
with other stakeholders and colleagues to develop linkages and contribute to
online platforms for exchange of information about OFSP for widespread
and contribute to the OFSP awareness campaigns by providing required technical
input for example through county forums trade fairs and field days.
- Contribute to the design and implementation of
relevant field research on sweetpotato seed system and crop management
practices to answer existing project research questions.
support to the DDBIO M&E processes by facilitating timely, accurate and
routine data collection required for project reports.
other duties as assigned by supervisor.
- MSc in agronomy, breeding, crop science or a
- Minimum of 6 years of experience working with public and/or
private organizations in seed systems or agronomy.
working with sweet potato and/or other vegetative propagated crops.
in designing and conducting and analysis of on-farm agronomic experiments.
with participatory evaluation of new technologies, innovations with farmers.
design, Implementation, data collection, analysis and writing of scientific
level of MS Office.
oral communication and technical writing skills in English.