ICRAF Vacancy: Seed Procurement Officer – Re-advertised (Closing date: 28 February 2018)

The Position: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) seeks to recruit a Seed Procurement Officer who will be responsible for planning, exploration, collection, processing, testing, storage, documentation and distribution of tree seed accessions.

General: The World Agroforestry Centre (also known as the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry-ICRAF) is an independent research institution which generates science-based knowledge about the complex role trees play in agricultural landscapes and rural livelihoods. As part of the Centre’s work to bring tree-based solutions to bear on poverty and environmental problems, researchers – working in close collaboration with partners – are developing new technologies, tools and policy recommendations for increased food security and ecosystem health. The Centre’s headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya, and research is conducted in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We are supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and receive funding from over 50 different donors. To learn more about our organization, please visit our website:

Key Responsibilities:

  • The Seed Procurement Officer is responsible for the coordination of seed procurement activities of Provision of Adequate Tree Seed Portfolios (PATSPO);
  • Responsible for the implementation of the seed procurement activities as outlined in the Project Implementation Plan (PIP), and for all applied seed research activities supported by PATSPO;
  • In collaboration with the Regional Seed Centre Heads and the Tree Seed Technology Coordination (TSTC) responsible for national coordination and monitoring of seed demand and seed collection planning and implementation;
  • Support the Seed Source Officer in his/her efforts to establish seed sources in line with estimated future demand;
  • In collaboration with the Capacity Building and Outreach Officer support his/her efforts to implement relevant information- and training activities;
  • The Seed Procurement Officer is answering to the ICRAF Country Representative (ICRP) and the Senior Team Leader (STL).

Other Responsibilities:

The duties of the Seed Procurement Officer will under the supervision of and in close collaboration with the ICRAF Country Representative (ICR) and Senior Team Leader (STL) that will include the following duties:

  • Based on the species specific priorities of integrated seed procurement/tree improvement/gene conservation, plan, prepare and implement the activities accordingly;
  • Prepare and implement annual work plans in the subject matter;
  • Prepare and follow up subject matter budgets;
  • In collaboration with the Regional Centre Heads, the Tree Seed Technology Coordinator (TSTC) and the Capacity and Outreach Officer compile annual national seed collection plans and support/coordinate collections;
  • In collaboration with the Seed Source Development Officer, plan, supervise and assist in national seed source exploration for priority species;
  • Prepare guidelines for and support seed processing activities/routines at the TSTC and the four Project Seed Centres (PSCs);
  • Prepare guidelines for and support proper routines at the seed laboratories at the TSTC and the four PSCs;
  • Support applied seed research on developing appropriate species wise techniques for monitoring of fruit formation, seed processing, storage and testing of seed of priority species at the TSTC and the four PTSCs;
  • Develop guidelines for seed crop assessment, seed collection, processing, storage, pre-treatment and sowing of priority species in Ethiopia;
  • Carry out networking with other professionals, organizations, institutions, projects, etc. in Ethiopia and the region;
  • Record all relevant data, process and document, whenever relevant, in Ethiopian publications and in international journals and other media.


  • At least BSc degree or MSc degree in Forestry or related field with postgraduate specialization in seed procurement and/ seed technology, and with a broad understanding of tree improvement


  • A minimum of 5 years for BSc degree or 3 years for MSc degree post-graduate working experience including experience in research in seed procurement/seed technology. Post- graduate studies in either of the two subjects and/or experience from similar positions elsewhere will be considered an additional advantage.


  • Familiarity with development and relevant research techniques in the subject matter
  • Ability to plan work and multi-task
  • Computer literacy i.e. knowledge in MS Office
  • Ability to analyze data and prepare progress records and reports
  • Manages staff in their day to day activities
  • Updates relevant manuals/protocols
  • Flexible on work hours including travel and extended field work
  • Follows policies and procedures
  • Prepares progress reports for review
  • Provides candid and helpful feedback taking into consideration the job level of the person
  • Aware of impact of own work

Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Grade: 3A

Minimum Base Salary: Birr 35,492.00 (Negotiable depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment:  This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position, initial appointment is for three years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding. The ILRI remuneration package for nationally recruited staff in Ethiopia includes very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc. The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus on the outskirts of Addis Ababa. Dining and sports facilities are located on site.

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number: REF: SPO/03/18 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: on or before 28 February 2018.

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Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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