Assistant (Field and Greenhouse) at Alliance of Bioversity March, 2024

Job Description

THE ORGANIZATION

The Alliance of Bioversity International delivers research-based solutions that harness agricultural biodiversity and sustainably transform food systems to improve people’s lives. Alliance solutions address the global crises of malnutrition, climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental degradation.

 

The Alliance works with local, national and multinational partners across Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Africa, and with the public and private sectors. The Alliance is part of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future, dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources and ecosystem services.

 

About the position

 

The Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) is looking for a field and greenhouse assistant to provide advanced breeding techniques to promote breeding research activities.

 

Key duties & Responsibilities

  • Support in making bean crosses for different bean varieties.
  • Assist in conducting and collecting necessary data for advanced breeding and seed multiplication at different locations.
  • Support in analyzing the data and report to supervisor on time.
  • Visiting fields regularly to monitor weeds, disease development, and insect growth.
  • Collecting soil, tissue, and samples from fields for analysis.
  • Assisting with research work and other project’s activities.
  • Assist in field layout and mapping.
  • Assist seed inventory and greenhouse activities.
  • Carry out any other duties that will be assigned to he/her by the supervisor.

Requirements

  • Diploma in crop production, plant breeding or any other related areas of study.
  • At least one-year experience in breeding activities especially in beans and other related crops will be an added advantage.
  • Experience in data collection and entry, data management, quality assurance, and timely reporting.
  • High attention to detail and excellent analytical skills.
  • Excellent communication skills in English and Kiswahili.
  • Computer proficiency including MS Office (Word/ PowerPoint, advanced Excel skills
  • Must be able to work independently with minimum supervision, but also participate as a team member in the accomplishment of duties.
  • Excellent interpersonal with advanced written and verbal communication skills in English language.
  • Strong ability to coordinate, prioritize and organize workload; take initiative and work under pressure.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks under pressure and meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment.
  • Ability to maintain the highest level of integrity and standards of ethics, confidentiality, and professionalism.

Terms of employment

This position is a nationally recruited position based in Arusha, Tanzania.  The initial contract will be for one year subject to a probation period of three months and is renewable depending on performance and availability of resources.

 

This position is graded at BG 04 level, with a minimum basic salary of 915,302.00 Tanzania Shillings in a scale of BG01 to BG14 (BG14 being the highest level according to the Alliance job classification framework policy). We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits including but not limited to insurance, retirement plan, staff training and development, paid time off and flexible working arrangements.

The Alliance Bioversity-CIAT is committed to fair, safe, and inclusive workplaces. We believe that diversity powers our innovation, contributes to our excellence, and is critical for our mission. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority. We encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability statuses, sexual orientations, marital status, and gender identities. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Applications

 Applications MUST include reference REF: 103447 – Assistant (Field and Greenhouse) as the position applied for. Cover letter and CV should be saved as one document using the candidate’s last name, first name for ease of sorting. The Alliance collects and process personal data in accordance with applicable data protection laws.

 

Applications closing date: 19th March 2024​

 

Please note that email applications will not be considered.

 

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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