Research Associate Non-profit Jobs – International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)


Job Title:    Research Associate

Organization: International Institute of Tropical
Agriculture (IITA)

Duty Station:
Wakiso, Uganda

Reports to: Banana


About US:

The International
Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is one of the 15 Institutes of the
CGIAR global research partnerships with headquarters in Ibadan Nigeria. IITA is
a nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Trustees and has a permanent
office in Uganda. IITA focused primarily on improving cassava and banana-based
systems in the nineties. The research focus over the past 5-10 years has
expanded to include research on: climate change, trade-off analysis for
smallholder livelihoods, Innovation systems and impact pathways, and
Institutional and policy dimensions from local to national level.


Job Summary:  IITA Uganda is seeking to recruit a qualified
Ugandan, for the position of Research Associate for Accelerated Breeding of
Better Bananas (ABBB) project based at Sendusu – Namulonge station. The
successful candidate will be part of the Banana breeding team working on
Pathology activities within the breeding program.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  The primary duties of the Research Associate
will include the following;

contribute to implementation of field, screen house and laboratory experiments
on banana pests and diseases

the isolation, identification and conservation of culture collection for the
pests and pathogens.

up experiments for evaluating Black Sigatoka, Fusarium wilt, Banana bacterial
wilt, banana weevils, and banana nematodes.

clean, organize and analyze data from field, screenhouse and lab experiments

and maintenance of laboratory equipment, materials, reagents with adherence to
standard practices and protocols.

coordination and supervision of technicians.

mobilization focusing on writing proposals for funding.

reports and manuscripts.

other duties as may be assigned by supervisor.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

applicant must hold an Msc degree with specialization in Plant Pathology and 5
years relevant working experience, in similar responsibility.

in working with not for profit Organizations.

in research data analysis and interpreted them to contribute toward report

in Resource mobilization focusing on writing proposals for funding.

and experience working on Field and laboratory Research

in handling Lab consumables and supplies

to verify Lab stocks of inventory both on shelf and cold chain

knowledge of working with Lab equipment

communication skills in English, both written and oral

proficiency including MS Office (Word/ PowerPoint, excel)

to complete multiple tasks under pressure and work in a multi-cultural team


How to Apply:

All candidates
should send their applications which must include covering letter, photocopies
of academic documents, curriculum vitae, names and addresses of three referees,
and a letter from each referee, should be sent online, addressed to: The
Country Representative, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
– Uganda. P.O Box 7878, Kampala, Uganda. Please indicate the job you are applying
for on the subject line. NB: Because of
the high numbers of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be


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Deadline: 11th December 2020.


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