Wednesday, January 22, 2014
EMPLOYMENT: International Potato Center (CIP) Value Chain/Post-harvest Specialist
The International Potato Center (CIP) and the Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) are seeking a dynamic and innovative research professional with expertise in pro-poor market analysis, processing, and value chain development and assessment, to lead the design and implementation of a new research project that aims to expand the utilization of RTB and reduce their post-harvest losses in the countries of East and Central Africa.
The CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) is one of a new series of initiatives spearheaded by CGIAR to bring together the research synergies and resources of multiple agricultural research-for-development centers to improve efficiencies and increase impacts. The purpose of RTB is to tap the underutilized potential of root, tuber, and banana crops to improve food security, nutrition, and livelihoods.
This position will be based in Kampala, Uganda which is a key country in the region for RTB crops. The successful candidate will report directly to the Global Science Leader of Social and Health Sciences. The primary goal of this position is to design and implement a post-harvest and value chain (PH/VC) research strategy for Uganda with relevance for the East and Central African region. As part of this goal, the successful candidate will be expected to closely liaise and collaborate with researchers in RTB and other Research Programs with whom CIP collaborates on PH/VC issues in Africa, Asia and Latin America. This is expected to lead to substantial cross-learning between programs to reduce post-harvest losses and strengthen the development and promotion of value-adding technological/institutional/commercial innovations.