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Assistant Research Associate

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, known by its Spanish acronym, CIMMYT® (www.cimmyt.org), is a not-for-profit research and training organization with partners in over 100 countries, and through offices in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Through strong science and effective partnerships, we create, share, and use knowledge and agricultural technologies to increase food security, improve the productivity and profitability of farming systems, and sustain natural resources in developing countries. We participate in an extensive global network of people and organizations who share similar research and development goals, including the public and private sector, nongovernmental and civil society organizations, farmers, and the development assistance community.

CIMMYT is hosted by World Agroforestry (ICRAF), a member of the CGIAR that is headquartered
on United Nations Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya.

We invite you to learn more about CIMMYT and World Agroforestry by accessing our web sites:
www.cimmyt.org and www.worldagroforestry.org

The position holder will provide support to the Scientist through multi-location trial preparation and
planting, inbred line maintenance and hybrid formation, data management and statistical data

Specific duties:

  • 1. Data collection
    • Implement electronic data capture in all the field-testing locations using the KSU field book or other appropriate application to ensure quick turnaround.
    • Lead data input of field trials.
  • 2. Data analysis
    • Timely statistical data analysis using different software depending on the objective of the experiment
    • Examine data for accuracy before analysis
    • Prepare historical data for curation with guidance from the scientists.
  • 3. Trial and nursery preparation and oversight
    • Prepare field experiments (trials and nurseries), including trial designs and seed preparation using Field book/EBS according to the breeder’s instructions.
    • Prepare field maps and planting plans for field trials.
    • Coordinate shipment of field trials to various testing locations within the region for timely planting, and retrieval of trial data from collaborators (both NARS and seed companies) for timely consolidation and analysis.
    • In consultation with scientists, identify germplasm that require seed increase.
  • 4. Scientist Support
    • Assist in preparing tables and figures from research results for project reports, publications, draft manuscripts, etc.
    • Assist scientist in Implementation of established policies related to seed health and pathology at CIMMYT.
    • Oversee proper implementation of trials and nurseries and provide regular feedback.
  • 5. Training & Assistance
    • Provide training and backstopping services especially with Fieldbook and data analysis to NARS and seed company partners.
    • As assigned by supervisor provide technical assistance to visiting scientists and students.
  • Perform additional/other duties, as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Required qualifications, skills and attitudes

  • Masters’ Degree in plant Breeding or Crop Science.
  • Good knowledge of theories, practices, and procedures in plant breeding.
  • 4 to 5 years’ experience in managing field research trials for a crop (preferably maize) research program.
  • Knowledge of statistics and experimental designs for breeding and genetics.
  • Demonstrated computing and data processing and management skills.
  • Ability to plant trials using different experimental designs.
  • Ability to use the maize breeding software FIELDBOOK.
  • Ability to use statistical software like SAS, META-R, AGD-R, and ADEL-R for data analysis.
  • Knowledge about the key data required in a maize breeding program.
  • Ability to write technical reports and draft manuscripts.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • A valid driver’s license.
  • The selected candidate must exhibit the following competencies: Communication, Team Work, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Critical Thinking and Client Orientation.

This is a Locally Recruited Position. ICRAF offers competitive remuneration in local currency,
commensurate with skills and experience. The appointment will be for a period of 3 years with the possibility of extension contingent upon performance, continued relevance of the position and available resources. The duty station will be in Nairobi, Kenya.

To apply please click here. ICRAF provides an equal opportunity workplace where diversity and inclusion are valued. We will consider applications until 31 October 2021. CV and cover letter should be in PDF and labelled with the applicants first and second names. Please note that only short-listed applicants meeting the job requirements will be contacted.

To apply for this job please visit worldagroforestry.org.