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Research Associate – Agronomist (N-23-03)

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  • Kassala
  • Posted 6 months ago

CIP - International Potato Center

International Potato Center POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Ref.: 2023/03/NRS/SUDAN/SSA Research Associate – Agronomist The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking a Research Associate – Agronomist, to be based in Kassala, Sudan.

About CIP

CIP is a not-for-profit international agricultural research organization with a global mandate to conduct research on potatoes, sweetpotatoes, Andean root and tuber crops, and sustainable management of natural resources. CIP’s vision is to contribute from its areas of expertise to the fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in particular those goals that relate to poverty, hunger, child and maternal mortality, and sustainable development. CIP has its headquarters in Lima, Peru with staff and activities in locations across Africa, Asia and Latin America. CIP, a member of the One CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future. One CGIAR science is dedicated to transforming food, land and water systems in a climate crisis, and it is carried out by 13 CGIAR Centers/Alliances in close collaboration with hundreds of partners, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, development organizations and the private sector. .

About the role

The SASAS programme is a complex initiative, undertaken in a dynamic security and challenging agro- ecological context. Non- Sudanese CIP staff are currently unable to operate directly in the country. The position, open to Sudanese nationals, is expected to provide overall coordination of activities in Sudan and support implementing partners, as well as to liaise with communities and other stakeholders. Key Responsibilities:

• In close collaboration with CIPs implementation partners, undertake training and capacity building of stakeholders in the target area on agronomy using an array of approaches, inclusive of, though not limited to, FFS, field demonstrations, the development of manuals and online/ telephonic messages.

• Support community and other stakeholder planning of agronomic interventions related to the project.

• Monitor and ensure quality implementation of potato and sweetpotato workstreams- inclusive of all elements, from procurement of seed to production and harvesting/ post-harvesting. • Generate, enhance and or facilitate the effective management and exchange of agricultural knowledge, information and learning between stakeholders, including supporting relevant platforms information exchange.

• Develop and implement internal, cost-effective and efficient data collection systems- with especial focus on the sentinel household network, ensuring relevant data, information and knowledge products are systematically acquired, continuously upgraded and disseminated internally and externally in a process underpinned by regular quality assurance to ensure accuracy and validity. • Support project partners to implement the monitoring and evaluation system/ strategy, ensuring the tracking of all project inputs, outputs, outcomes and impact results in line with commitments to USAID.

• Coordinate and undertake timely, accurate and complete programmatic reporting.

• Develop a comprehensive mapping of agricultural data and information sources across value

chains and food systems in the programme area to support ongoing and future efforts, part of

which should include the establishment and maintenance of a database of lessons learned and

best practices.

What are we looking for?

• MSc in Agronomy, Biology, Microbiology, Genetics, Economics or related area with minimum

of 6 years work experience in a field-based agronomy position, coupled with monitoring and

evaluation experience.

• Additional training in agronomy (especially related to potato/ sweetpotato), Integrated Crop Management/ soil, water and or plant health.

• Familiarity with the operations and use of IT in monitoring and evaluation are added


• Technical understanding of and or experience in one or all of the following thematic areas: Agronomy/ Soil Science; Water use efficiency; Plant health; Technology transfer and Post-

harvest management; Reporting and data collection methodologies.

• Result focused and able to work under pressure and tight deadlines in a challenging context. • Fluency in Sudanese Arabic.

• Advanced written and oral communication skills in English.

Why should you consider this opportunity?

• CIP works with partners in over 20 countries to improve diets and incomes of poor people in Africa, Asia and Latin America through scientific research, innovation, and capacity


• CIP’s programs seek to strengthen broader agri-food systems to generate economic, social

and nutritional benefits for farmers, enterprises and consumers emphasizing the priorities of

women and youth in particular.

• CIP emphasizes the synergies between social and bio-physical sciences as a core strategy

for making breakthroughs in our understanding of complex development challenges in food

and agriculture and for our ability to overcome these.

What are we offering?

• Excellent working environment.

• Competitive compensation package commensurate with experience.

• Fixed term contract of 21 months.

• Work in an equal and diverse workplace.

How to apply?

Visit the following link: ( and submit your cover letter and a full C.V. with your references. Screening of applications will begin on December 12th, 2023 and will continue until the post is filled. All applications will be acknowledged; however only short-listed candidates will be contacted. This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position limited to Sudan nationals and

permanent residents only. This position WILL NOT have contact with children or vulnerable adults Learn more about CIP by accessing our web site at

CIP is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women and professionals are particularly

encouraged to apply.

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

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