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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Assistant Project Coordinator Job - Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI)

The Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) is coordinating the Kenyan component of a project being implemented in Kenya, Benin and South Africa titled ‘Joint Learning in Innovation Systems of African Agriculture (JOLISAA).

The two and a half years project (30 months) seeks to identify, assess and draw lessons/insights from past and on going innovation systems and local knowledge experiences in the three countries.

The position of an assistant coordinator for a period of 18 months is being sought who will assist the Kenya national coordinator to:
  • Facilitate and support data collection, processing and documentation of innovation system cases in Kenya.
  • Assist in distillation of lessons from the various innovation system cases
  • Participate in innovation system perspective capacity building activities
  • Liaise with various Kenyan innovation platform members, project staff, private sector, policy makers and other stakeholders on project matters
  • Any other duties relating to project activities
  • A mature and dynamic person below 40 years of age
  • Masters degree level education from a recognized University in any of the following fields rural/community development, economics, agronomy or sociology
  • At least 4 years of field experience in community/rural development and/or local innovation systems/local knowledge work within Kenya
  • Proven skills in analysis, report writing and scientific documentation of field experiences.
  • Experience with web-based information sharing and networking;
  • Excellent communication and networking skills and a team player
  • An ‘out-of-the-box’ thinker with ambition and interest in agricultural innovation systems
  • Passion for engaging in field activities and interacting with rural families and rural based organisations.
An attractive salary and benefits will be offered to the successful candidate.

Applications should be sent to:

The Director,
Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
JOLISAA Project Steering Committee,
P.O. Box 57811, Nairobi

or send e-mail to:

Deadline for applications will be Friday, 30th September 2010

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