Research Officer II - Tree Improvement Officer

  • 21 Jun 2019
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Full-time
  • The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

The Position: The World Agroforestry Centre (also known as the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry-ICRAF) seeks to recruit ‘Research Officer II - Tree Improvement Officer’.

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 headquarter is 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:

Job Purpose: The Tree Improvement Officer will be responsible for planning, coordination and implementation of research and development of seed source description, Breeding Seed Orchards, tree improvement, and seed source development. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Leading the planning, coordination and implementation of Breeding Seed Orchards;
  • Development of new ideas, techniques and methodologies for the formulation of criteria and parameters for the identification and selection of plus trees for gene conservation and seed source development;
  • Responsible for collection, processing and storage of data concerning seed source description and Breeding Seed Orchards and prepare project reports and outputs;
  • In collaboration with the Seed Procurement officer and seed source officer, responsible for coordination and monitoring of national seed demand, establishment of seed sources, and seed collection planning implementation;
  • Support research in the selection of provenances and populations of natural forests, plantations and farm trees for tree seed collection;
  • Support and take responsibilities in breeding and seed source development program as outlined in the project document and the annual work plans;
  • Contributes in proposal development and assist in the preparation of extension and training manuals for seed collectors, seed centers and forest enterprises;
  • Assist and participate in the training of major stakeholders;
  • Management of financial and physical resources of the project.
  • Participate in the further development and implementation of PATSPOs seed source development in Ethiopia
  • Express resourceful decision-making experience; having impact on the physical and financial operation of PATSPO;
  • Demonstrate problem solving ability in complex situation concerning gene conservation, tree improvement and seed source development.

Minimum Requirements:


  • A minimum of MSc degree in tree improvement/breeding. PhD in tree improvement/breeding is a plus. 


  • Excellent writer and communicator;
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills in an international environment;
  • Excellent persuasive communication, organizational and documentation skills;
  • Ability to prioritize important/urgent activities and handle multiple tasks;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently on agreed priorities and deliverables;
  • Ability to work under pressure with high accuracy and to meet deadlines;
  • Fluency in English and Amharic, working knowledge of other Ethiopian language is advantageous.


  • 5 years of relevant experience in theoretical and practical aspects of tree improvement, including field work and field establishments;
  • Experience in forestry research and development in Ethiopia is highly desirable;
  • Ability to think strategically to develop and implement tree improvement/gene conservation/seed procurement plans;
  • Experience to present and package scientific information into various formats to suit specialist and non-specialist audiences, scientific articles and practical guidelines.

Duty Station:  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Job Grade:   HG14

Monthly Base Salary: Birr 38,223 (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 year 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 in 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: TIO/21/19 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: by clicking on the "Apply Now" tab above before 20 June 2019.

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Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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