Knowledge for Development

Selected jobs opportunities

Director – Biosciences east and central Africa-ILRI Hub

Apply by: 31 March 2013  ILRI is seeking a dynamic director to lead a highly successful USD10 million capacity building and research programme in plant and animal biosciences and take it to the next level. The ideal candidate will be a citizen of an African country, have worked in and for Africa, be a credible and influential leader and have extensive networks throughout the African continent. S/he will have excellent research management and capacity building skills and a track record of securing large scale funding for capacity building and research.  More information.


Sweetpotato Technical Advisor

Apply by: 15 March 2013  The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking an agricultural economist or nutritionist with excellent skills in survey design, implementation, and analysis, project management experience, and good communication and writing skills suitable for working with a multi-disciplinary team of agronomists, breeders, nutritionists, food scientists, and extension practitioners. The selected scientist will backstop government and non-government partners in designing and coordinating nutrition and income-earning value chains, as well as breeder and multiplication activities in 6 states in Nigeria.  The position is based in Abuja, Nigeria. 


Head, Biometrics and Statistics Unit

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) invites applications for the position of Head, Biometrics and Statistics Unit. The position, announced in January 2013, will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.


New vacancies open at the FAO

Deadlines: 7 to 13 December 2012, depending on the position. The FAO has a number of professional vacancies open. Among the current crop of available positions are: Food Security Officer, Agribusiness Officer, Agri-Food Systems Officer, Technical Officer (Soil and Water), Economist (Commodities), Programme Specialist (Vegetable Crops), Information Officer (Livestock).


Executive Secretary, Global Horticulture Initiative

The Global Horticulture Initiative (GlobalHort) is seeking candidates for the position of Executive Secretary which will become vacant in late February 2013.


Plant Geneticist, marker assisted breeding specialist

Deadline: 15 October 2012Cirad (France) is seeking, for a post-doctoral position, a researcher with a background in marker assisted breeding, to be involved in sorghum and rice marker assisted breeding programmes. The selected plant geneticist will be in charge of genetic data analysis and plant selections in two recurrent selection programmes.EN:


Call for "6 Senior Scientist Positions" (Burkina Faso)

The West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) is currently seeking to appoint six team leaders to help implement the WASCAL agenda, formulated during regional consultations over the past year, covering the following fields: 1) Meteorology and climate modelling; 2) Hydrology and modeling of the water cycle; 3) Landscape ecology and land use change modeller; 4) Biodiversity and ecosystem services; 5) Climate change economics; 6) Social impact of climate change. Work location is at WASCAL's Competence Center in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Applications are open until the positions are filled.