Research Officer I / Agronomist - Internal/External

  • 16 Dec 2019
  • Others, Ethiopia
  • Full-time
  • International Potato Centre (CIP)

The Position: The International Potato Center - Ethiopia (CIP) seeks to recruit a Research Officer I/Agronomist with experience in agricultural research and/or technology dissemination for the DFID-funded Development and Delivery of Biofortified Crops at Scale (DDBIO) project.

General:  CIP is a not-for-profit international agricultural research-for-development organization with a focus on potato, sweetpotato 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.

Job Purpose:

The Research Officer I/Agronomist will support in the design and implementation of on-farm and on station sweetpotato agronomy research, facilitate the implementation of research and outreach activities of DDBIO project, and achieving creative partnerships across public and private sectors to strengthen the contribution of sweetpotato to incomes, food security and nutritional health in Oromia and SNNPR. He/she will be involved in the evaluation, demonstration and dissemination of OFSP varieties and other existing technologies, and in building the capacity of researchers, extension officers and farmers. This position will be based in Haramaya with frequent travels to field implementation sites. The successful candidate will report to the Country Sweetpotato Program Coordinator based in Addis.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Contributes to the planning, design and implementation of the development and delivery of orange fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) at scale project activities;
  • Collaborates with public, private, community based and NGOs to assure timely production and dissemination of quality OFSP planting materials;
  • Leads or assists in the design and implementation of varietal selection system using proven participatory approaches such as Mother-Baby-Trial;
  • Conducts and facilitates trials including data gathering, organization and analysis, and field validation related to sweetpotato research and outreach activities;
  • Documents successes, constraints and lessons learnt in scaling up good agronomic practices in OFSP seed systems and root production;
  • Organizes meetings with various stakeholders and partners to discuss, streamlines and implements sweetpotato research, technology dissemination and capacity building activities;
  • Develops and maintains networks of partners including innovation, dissemination and research platforms related to sweetpotato research and extension;
  • Actively participates in farmer organization with an aim of integrating OFSP into the formal market;
  • Contributes to the monitoring activities and report preparation for the DDBIO program, as well as publications and presentations related to sweetpotato research, dissemination and capacity building activities;
  • Participates in capacity building of public, private, community based and NGO sectors’ extension and development agents;
  • Supports OFSP processing, product development and marketing initiatives in eastern and southern Ethiopia;
  • Any other duty as assigned by the supervisor.

Minimum Requirements:


  • MSc degree in Agronomy, Horticulture or related Agricultural Sciences
  • Broad / specialized knowledge of methods, techniques and processes


  • At least 3 years’ relevant work experience with national and international organizations related to Agriculture
  • Solid work experience with potato and sweetpotato agronomy, their seed multiplication and production system

Skill and Competence:

  • Has strong English language skills, both written and spoken mandatory and knowledge of Afaan Oromo an advantage
  • Has good organization and interpersonal skills
  • Is computer literate in MS office and statistical data analysis and report writing
  • Has proven skills in data analysis using statistical software package
  • Has experience with monitoring and documentation of fields activities
  • Familiarity with agricultural system issues and challenges;
  • Ability to work effectively in multi-sectoral teams and partners with members drawn from a diverse range of scientific disciplines;
  • Ability to work under pressure, often to tight deadlines without compromising the quality of deliverables;
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and able to work with little or no supervision;
  • Willingness to travel frequently, often to rural areas

Position level:   HG 13

Duty Station:    Haramaya, Eastern Ethiopia

Minimum Base salary:                  

  • Birr 35,492 per month (Negotiable depending on salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment: Initial appointment is for two years which will be renewable based on performance and funding availability.  CIP offers a multicultural, collegial research environment with competitive salary and excellent benefits in line with ILRI salary applicable for its Nationally Recruited Staff. CIP is an international and equal opportunity organization and believes that diversity of its staff contributes to excellence.  The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus with dining and sports facilities.

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: ROA/59/29 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 16 December 2019.

To find more about CIP, visit our Website at


Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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