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Sweetpotato Breeder Senior Scientist (2024-41)

International Potato Center

Farming & Agriculture

NGN Confidential
3 weeks ago

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Job Description/Requirements

The InternationalPotato Center (CIP) is seeking to recruit an energetic and results-oriented SeniorScientist to establish a sweetpotato breeding program and oversee the breedingactivities in West Africa.

Theposition: The selected candidate willdevelop and implement a sweetpotato breeding program andcoordinating a breeding network aimed at catering the west Africa sweetpotatomarket segments. The selected candidate will work closely with local partnerorganizations including CGIAR and NARES institutions, as well as other partnersto establish a crossing and evaluation program aiming at the delivery ofsuperior varieties able to support rapid adoption rates by farmers. TheSweetpotato Breeder Senior Scientist will be based in one of our offices inWest Africa where she/he will establish the program and the breeding network.The incumbent will function as a member of the CIP global breeding team andreport to the CIP Africa breeding lead.


Science leadership

  • Leadand manage sweetpotato breeding programs, focusing on developing high-yielding,disease-resistant, and climate-resilient varieties.
  • Collaboratewith local and international research institutions, farmers, and stakeholdersto ensure the adoption of new varieties.
  • Conductgenetic analysis and utilize modern breeding techniques, includingmarker-assisted selection and genomic tools.
  • Collect,analyze, and interpret data to inform breeding decisions and strategies.
  • Publishresearch findings in peer-reviewed journals and present results at scientificconferences.
  • Mentorand train junior scientists, technicians, and students in sweetpotato breedingtechniques and methodologies.
  • Collaborateclosely with CIP social scientists, economists and gender specialists’ teams toensure the update and refinement of Product Profiles and Market Segmentsserved.
  • Maintainupdated estimates of genetic gains.
  • Representthe sweetpotato breeding program in both internal and external meetings, andpromote the visibility of progress and success through active engagement withthe communications team
  •  Strategic Planning & Management

  • Establishand coordinate West Africa sweetpotato breeding network.
  • Coordinatethe yearly planning process and revision of the breeding pipelines.
  • Organizeproduct advancement meetings.
  • Identifyand guide the development of concept notes and research ideas for resourcemobilization purposes.
  • Supportand contribute to the planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation ofthe partners annual workplans and budgets of the funded activities.
  • Facilitatecollaborative research among/within NARS in SSA.
  • Buildinglinkages among multiple partners including NARS, NGOs, seedcompanies/associations and policy makers to ensure a vibrant and responsivebreeding program.
  • Managesthe sweetpotato breeding budget and the budget allocation process.
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