CIP Vacancy: Research Fellow

The Position: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Fellow on behalf of the International Potato Center (CIP) to work in the Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) in Africa Program-Main Phase. The person in this position will be required to assess the seed potato quality assurance (QA) system in Ethiopia, validate the effectiveness efficiency of the technologies and methodologies employed in seed potato QA, recommend innovations for improving seed potato QA, draft a case study report and share findings with critical seed potato value chain actors (VCA) in the country and other project partners in Tanzania and Nigeria.

General:  CIP is a not-for-profit international agricultural research-for-development organization with a focus on potato, sweet potato and Andean roots and tubers. Its vision is: 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. CGIAR is a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. Its science is carried out by the 15 research centers that are members of the CGIAR Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations.

Project title: Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) in Africa Program-Main Phase.


  1. Assess the operations of selected federal and regional seed health testing laboratories and protocols, identifying strengths and capacities in conducting seed potato QA.
  2. Undertake timely preparation of project work plans and progress reports.
  3. Participate in stakeholder workshops including planning, consultative and review meetings in collaborating projects and program in line with seed potato QA in Ethiopia.
  4. Contribute in designing strategies for improving seed potato QA, their adoption in routine seed potato quality control at institutional and producer levels.
  5. Collect and index seed potato samples against latent Ralstonia solanacearum and viral infections by seed producer categories and seed classes and collate the data by producer category, seed class, district, zone or region(s) in Ethiopia to generate evidence base for promoting routine laboratory BW tests.
  6. Validate different technologies, methodologies and protocols that are being used in seed potato QA and determine their effectiveness in assuring seed quality at all levels in the seed potato production chain.
  7. Assess possibilities and bottlenecks of adopting a decentralized QA approach in seed potato.
  8. Determine ability and capacity of current seed potato producers to meet and adopt regulatory QA standards in Ethiopia and recommend interventions for improvement.
  9. Determine ability and willingness for QDS producers to pay for QA services.
  10. Draft a case study on the seed potato QA in Ethiopia.
  11. Provide feedback to core seed potato VCA in Ethiopia mainly through the Irish Potato Coalition in Ethiopia (IPC/E).

Minimum requirements:

  1. Possess M.Sc. or/and recent PhD obtained within the last two years.
  2. Be an Ethiopian national between the ages of 30-42 years.
  3. Possess working experience for at least four years in seed potato systems innovation, potato disease diagnostics and management particularly bacterial wilt, viruses, and late blight.
  4. Be proficient in at least one of the major statistical software packages such as: SPSS, R, Stata, Genstat, SAS, etc.
  5. Should have good knowledge of Microsoft Office software applications particularly MS Word, MS Excel and MS PowerPoint.
  6. Have high proficiency in written and spoken English.
  7. Possess good analytical, communication and writing skills.
  8. Knowledge of gender mainstreaming will be an added advantage

Post location:   Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Duration of contract: 10 months (1st Nov. 2021 to 31st Aug. 2022).

Terms of appointment:

  1. This is a ten-month assignment involving both field and office work to be conducted in at least four zones in Oromia and SNNP regions of Ethiopia, which are very important for potato production with emphasis on seed.
  2. The workstation for this appointment will be Addis Ababa in CIP Ethiopia office with regular field travel.
  3. The successful candidate will receive a gross monthly stipend commensurate to the living conditions in Addis Ababa and supported with necessary logistics for field work.

How to apply: 

All applications MUST include the following (applications not containing these documents will not be considered):

  • a cover letter addressed to Head of Capacity Development, expressing interest in the fellowship position and the motivation. The position title and reference number (REF: CIP/RF 01/2021) should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.
  • CV including names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience.
  • Copies of academic qualification certificates/transcripts.

Applications must be submitted  by clicking on on or before 12th October  2021.

Due to expected large volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI is an equal opportunities organization, does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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