Sweetpotato Program Coordinator (18-97)

Category: Research and Development
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking a dynamic and ambitious Sweetpotato Program Coordinator to coordinate its growing Sweetpotato Research and Development Program in Ethiopia.  We are looking for expertise in market-focused agricultural, food or nutrition research and hands-on experience in program coordination working through local partners. The position offers a great
opportunity to contribute to the future of agriculture and nutrition in Ethiopia and East Africa through research and development anchored on biofortified sweetpotato and taking a broad market-driven agri-food systems perspective. 

About the position:

This Sweetpotato Program Coordinator will provide overall coordination and technical direction and quality control for CIP’s portfolio of sweetpotato activities in Ethiopia. S/he will lead and supervise a team of researchers, field assistants, and other project staff to deliver high quality technical outputs and ensure broad reach of improved technologies and practices amongst farmers, food processors, and consumers. The incumbent will be part of CIP’s regional and global science teams and will thus participate in wider CGIAR research programs specifically on Roots, Tubers and Bananas and Agriculture for Nutrition and Health. The position will primarily be responsible for timely program delivery and will further contribute to the future development of the program portfolio in Ethiopia and East Africa. The position reports to CIP’s global Sweetpotato Program Leader and is based in Addis Ababa.


  • PhD in a field related to agriculture, food or nutrition and at least 2 years’ experience working in an international program context. MSc degree with additional 5 years’ experience will be considered and specific experience with sweetpotato or related crops is an advantage.
  • Strong hands-on experience coordinating field-based research and development programs involving local and national implementing partners.
  • Proven track record of excellent planning and reporting skills.
  • Strong understanding and direct experience of partnering with commercial private sector in the agriculture and food sectors.
  • Excellent leadership skills to promote effective collaboration within the team and across partner organizations.
  • Experience working in developing country context is required; specific experience in Ethiopia or East Africa is an advantage.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Willingness and ability to travel and work in resource-poor, rural areas.


  • Exciting career opportunity in an international organization.
  • Internationally competitive salary, paid in US dollars, and commensurate with experience.
  • Comprehensive international insurance coverage.
  • Attractive retirement plan.
  • Three-year term contract with the possibility of renewal.
  • Work in an equal and diverse workplace.

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