Deputy Manager – International Potato Center (CIP)

The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking an innovative
scientist with management experience to co-lead the further growth,
development, and implementation of its 10 year Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative (SPHI). The SPHI seeks
to ensure that the goal of positively impacting 10 million African households
through the effective and diversified use of sweetpotato is reached by 2020.
The Center: CIP is a
not-for-profit international agricultural research -for-development
organization with a focus on potato, sweet potato, and Andean roots and tubers.
Its vision is of 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 Consultative Group
for International Agricultural Research , a network of 15 research centers
mostly located in the developing world and supported by more than 50 donor
The position: CIP and its research
and development partners are currently engaged in joint breeding, seed system,
crop management, nutrition, advocacy, and delivery system research for
development activities in 10 Sub-Saharan Africa countries, with a perspective
of expanding to 6 additional countries. The position requires a creative
thinker able to develop and mobilize resources for their own and related areas
of expertise, manage a diverse multi-disciplinary research portfolio and staff
from differing cultures, and who has excellent communication and quantitative
skills. The position needs someone comfortable in working with a diverse set of
private and public sector partners and has a results-oriented approach to project
implementation. CIP has its main regional office in Nairobi, Kenya, but this
position will be based in Kampala, Uganda after spending an orientation period
in Nairobi.
Duties and Accountabilities:
  • Co-lead the sweet potato
    program in Africa under the guidance of the SPHI leader, having
    responsibilities for specific countries in terms of program management and
    resource mobilization (55%)
  • Coordinate the
    monitoring of progress across the program to ensure its integration into
    CIP’s medium-term plan and the broader consortium research programs (25%)
  • Conduct research as a co-investigator in an area
    relevant to the program’s objectives (20%)
Qualifications, Experience
& Skills
  • PhD in relevant field
    (Nutrition, Agricultural Economics , Food Science, Crop Management) with
    at least 4 years of post-doctoral work experience
  • Experience in managing
    research or development programs, preferably in a multi-disciplinary,
    multi-cultural context
  • Strong understanding
    of monitoring and evaluation systems required for assessing project impact
  • Strong communication
    and writing skills in English and demonstration of competency in French,
    Portuguese or Spanish
  • Evidence of ability to
    mobilize resources
  • Good publication
    record commensurate with years of experience
  • Commitment to working
    in a multi-partner, multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environment in
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Willingness to travel
Working Conditions:
  • Employment contract will be for a three-year term (with a four month
    probation period) with possibility of renewal.
  • Salary will be internationally competitive, paid in US dollars, and commensurate with
  • CIP provides additional benefits, including employer-paid medical, life
    and disability insurance and retirement benefits.
  • Allowances towards relocation, housing, home leave travel, dependents’
    education and annual leave are also provided.
  • CIP prides itself on its
    collegial and supportive working environment, which allows space for personal
    and professional growth.
How to Apply:
Applicants should apply by email,
sending a letter of motivation, a full C.V., and the names and contact
information of three referees knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional
qualifications and work experience to , copied to Jan Low at . The reference name of the
position should be clearly marked on the subject line of the email message.
Screening of applications will begin on 15
May 2012
and will continue until the post is filled. All applications will
be acknowledged; only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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