International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a
not-for-profit institution that generates agricultural innovations to
meet Africa’s most pressing challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty,
and natural resource degradation. Working with various partners across
sub-Saharan Africa, we improve livelihoods, enhance food and nutrition
security, increase employment, and preserve natural resource integrity.
IITA is a member of CGIAR, a global agriculture research partnership for
a food secure future. Please visit https://www.iita.org/ for more information about IITA.
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works with other CGIAR centres and national partners on the Seed Equal
Initiative, which aims to strengthen seed delivery and improve farmer
access to new improved varieties. Seed Equal is active across the global
tropics, but has a diverse set of activities in Tanzania focusing on
vegetatively-propagated crops. IITA also runs a project entitled
BASICSII which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and
which has a vision of developing and commercializing the cassava seed
supply chain from pre-basic seed of officially released varieties to
community-level production by farmers.
Research Associate at IITA February, 2023
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) on behalf of the
International Potato Center International (CIP) is seeking a Research
Background: CIP is a not-for-profit international
agricultural research organization with a global mandate to conduct
research on genetic resources of potatoes, sweetpotatoes, and other
Andean roots and tubers, crop genetic enhancement and improvement,
integrated crop management and sustainable management of natural
Associate to support business planning and marketing for sweetpotato
seed at the Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), Ukiriguru
Center, and commercial seed producers. The Agribusiness Research
Associate will implement activities aimed at expanding the market for
quality seed to ensure that seed production is self-sustaining. This
work is undertaken as part of the Sweetpotato Component of the Program
for Seed System Innovations for Vegetatively Propagated Crops in Africa
(PROSSIVA) implemented by the International Potato Center (CIP) and
TARI. The Program for Seed System Innovation of Vegetatively propagated
crops (VPCs) in Africa (PROSSIVA) will develop and validate packages of
innovations to strengthen functional VPC seed systems and will work with
partners to catalyze their scaling in five target countries of
sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The Sweetpotato Component aims to improve the
crop’s seed system through technological, marketing, and institutional
innovations that deliver affordable quality seed of market-preferred
varieties to actors in Tanzania in a timely manner. This will be
implemented at the Lake Zone of Tanzania. The Agribusiness Research
Associate will be based in Mwanza. This position will report to
PROSSIVA’s Principal Investigator for the Sweetpotato Component.
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Duty Station: This is a Nationally Recruited Position, and the incumbent will be based in Mwanza, Tanzania.
- Work with key business oriented sweetpotato seed producers to develop strong value propositions for sweetpotato seed business.
sweetpotato seed producers on entrepreneurship and business skills.
This includes identifying potential markets to increase sales: and
identifying market-preferred varieties and innovative marketing
- Guide the development and implementation of
sweetpotato business plans for sweetpotato seed production at basic and
quality declared seed (QDS) classes.
- Strengthen linkages within the sweetpotato seed value chain to facilitate business partnerships and attract investments.
- Provide technical backstopping to the sweetpotato seed producers’ association.
- Validate TARI-led sustainable early generation seed (EGS) business models linked to the seed producer association.
- Develop journal articles and other communications materials.
- Any other deliverable related to developing sustainable business models for seed production assigned by the PI.
Qualification, Experience and Key Skills
- MSc in agri-business.
- Strong experience in establishing innovative public-private partnerships for increased sales in private seed industry.
with seed systems of roots, tubers and banana crops. Experience working
on sweetpotato seed systems is an added advantage.
- Experience in leading a team in private industries to connect with farmers through contract farming.
- Knowledge on seed regulations and policies in Tanzania.
conducting effective competitive market research, quantitative and
qualitative analysis; and implementation of best practices and
- Experience in mapping value chain and analysis to identify potential business models and seed distribution channels.
- Sound knowledge of TARI and CIP’s development and planning processes.
- A minimum of 5 years’ experience working with large diverse teams.
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initial contract for the position is for two years: renewable subject
to performance and availability of funds. The duty station for the
position will be IITA in Dar es Salaam. This is a nationally recruited
position and IITA offers a competitive remuneration package.
including curriculum vitae, copies of certificates, telephone number,
email address, and names and addresses of two referees should be sent to
the Country Representative, IITA-Tanzania, Plot No. 25, Mwenge –
Coca-Cola Road, Mikocheni Industrial Area P.0. Box 34441, Dar es Salaam,
Tanzania or by email to IITA-Tanzania@cgiar.org
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are requested to please indicate the reference number for the position
as indicated on the heading of the announcement in your application as
well as on the subject of your email if sending by email. If sending by
post or hand delivery, please indicate the reference number on your
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note that any applications without the reference indicated will be
Closing date: Two weeks from the
date of advertisement appearing in the newspaper. Please note that only
shortlisted candidates will be contacted.