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Human Resource Manager


  • The HR Manager Corporate Services works as part of the CIMMYT Regional office management team in Kenya, working alongside the CIMMYT Regional Representative (CRR) for Kenya to oversee all the human resources function of the CIMMYT Regional Office in Kenya.

Duties and responsibilities

HR Administration.    

  •  In collaboration with CIFOR-ICRAF, take responsibility for all Personnel Administration activities (hiring, retiring of regular, temporary and consultants LRS). ·        Provide efficient and proactive support to the IRS and attend in a timely manner to management team request from HQ related to IRS in Kenya.
  • Act as an HR business partner to the CCR and the Programs by identifying the Recruitment and Training needs, providing guidance and advice in the implementation. 
  •  In collaboration with CIFOR-ICRAF, ensure full compliance with local legislation and all HR policies and procedures established by CIFOR-ICRAF and by CIMMYT for various Staff categories, including but not limited to hiring, discipline, promotion, termination, etc.
  • In collaboration with CIFOR-ICRAF, provide timely inputs for all payroll transactions to be processed in accordance with CIMMYT’s practice, thus ensuring full compliance with tax and social security provisions.
  • In collaboration with CIFOR-ICRAF, take responsibility for the management of all HR benefits and provide support to the Staff should they need assistance in processing claims.
  • Develop, plan, implement and review regular induction sessions for new staff.
  • Oversee maintenance of LRS staff personnel files in collaboration with CIFOR-ICRAF
  • In collaboration with CIFOR-ICRAF and CIMMYT Global HR at HQ, prepare benchmarking analysis on compensation and benefits and prepare and submit proposal for salary adjustment.
  • In collaboration with CIMMYT HQ, support any Training by providing information on the local needs, market practices and feedback on processes. Equally, support training needs assessment prepared by CIMMYT for IRS and LRS in aspects that may not be covered by CIFOR-ICRAF.
  • In collaboration with CIFOR-ICRAF, facilitate the processing of the yearly reviews of Performance evaluation, salary, and promotion for all LRS.
  • Contribute to the implementation of a new HR Information Systems and ensure that the information entered in the global HR management system is constantly updated and always accurate.
  • Assist in managing the satellite offices within the Africa Satellite Office Management Framework through contact with the other CGIAR hosting centers.
  • Oversee all casual labor agreements.
  • Coordinate CIMMYT Kenya Townhalls, the Director General’s and other high-level visits to CIMMYT.  

HR Development.

  • Lead the development of the annual HR work plan and budget in collaboration with relevant stakeholders from CIMMYT Programs and HR Management to ensure alignment in terms of priorities and joint efforts across the organization. 
  • Facilitate the resolution and escalation, when necessary, of issues at country level, in collaboration with CIFOR-ICRAF.
  • Facilitate the internal and external audits taking place in-country and ensure the implementation of audit recommendations relevant to the organization and/or the RO.
  • Approve shared budget: review and approve shared budget expenses for corporate services.
  • CIMMYT Country Management Committee (CCMC) – Kenya: Assume membership of CCMC-Kenya, act as its secretary and facilitate its meetings.
  • Contribute to the updating of CIMMYTs global HR policies and lead the changes related to Kenya. Review and prepare appendices to CIMMYT standard policies when the specific situation of the regional office requires deviation from the standard policies.
  • Ensure appropriate internal communication on HR related matters in coordination with the relevant HR team at HQ. Assist the CRR in mediation of conflict and addressing respect in the workplace.
  • In collaboration with the CIMMYT HR Management, prepare and implement the Occupational Health and Safety plan to comply with CIMMYT policies and regulations.

Management of Agreement. 

  • Ensure agreements between CIMMYT and other government agencies are up to date and renewed on time.
  • Ensure the CIMMYT – ICRAF management agreement is effectively being managed and renewals are done in a timely manner.
  • Provide safe custody of CIMMYT Host Country Agreement with the government of Kenya. Ensure proper management of the agreement in relation to the CIMMYT’s mandate in the country.

Security & Risk Management.

  • Oversee the Security matters and coordinate with the CIFOR-ICRAF Security officer and the CIMMYT HQ Risk Management Unit to ensure prompt resolution of any matters arising. Assist in the preparation of the Security SOP, Contingency and Evacuation Plan.


  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with government offices, counterpart national and international organizations, partners, and communities. ·        Prepare and/or examine documents for exemption processing for all CIMMYT International staff and other protocol related documentation in compliance with the Kenyan laws.
  • Organize, coordinate, and advise on protocol services and securing support for CIMMYT.
  • Ensure compliance of activities with international norms of diplomatic protocol and sharing the same with relevant staff and CIMMYT stakeholders. 

Education, knowledge and experience

  •  Master’s degree in human resources or related field, or professional qualification.
  •  7 to 10 years – Requires good knowledge of theories, practices, and procedures within a discipline.
  •  IHRM Membership – full member.
  •  Advanced knowledge of relevant administrative and/or operating protocols and policies of the function.
  •  Specialized knowledge limited to small field of expertise.
  •  Basic managerial competence.

The application deadline is 09 Aug, 2023

Research Technician

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  • To support cereal breeding activities.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Plant and manage trials, field husbandry & field sanitation and irrigation.
  • Collect data, enter, and analyze for the ESA region and maintenance of database. 
  • Write progressive report.
  • Recruit and supervise casuals at the field station.
  • Procure and manage supplies and consumables for trials and office.
  • Organize and plant on farm trials and demonstration under various projects.
  • Supervise, monitor, collect data and organize evaluation and field days for on farm trials.
  • Capacity building of farmers, students, and other collaborators.
  • Carry out administrative duties at the station. 

Education, knowledge and experience

  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Agronomy or Horticulture At least 2 years of experience in a research institution and an understanding of plant breeding.
  • Experience in a research environment, specifically in field layout, data analysis, and field crops management.
  • Knowledge in data analytical packages like Genstat.

The application deadline is 10 Aug, 2023

Writer/ Editor Consultant


  • This full-time consultancy is an opportunity for a skilled, energetic, and creative science journalist/editor to run and shape established, respected online news sites under the guidance of the Head of Global Outreach and Engagement.
  • CIFOR-ICRAF’s news sites are key elements of the organization’s communications strategy, reaching thousands of people weekly and reporting new research findings, on-the-ground projects, and analysis in language accessible to a broad readership, while maintaining scientific accuracy and journalistic styles and principles. Articles are written by consultant science writers working remotely, by partners the world. Most are also translated into French, Spanish, Bahasa Indonesia, and other languages.
  • CIFOR-ICRAF’s news sites are both crucial resources for researchers, academics, policymakers, students, the general public and journalists. Key to its success are the quality and accessibility of the writing, the strong scientific base, the volume of stories published and the production of special features.
  • The News Editor/Content Manager will support CIFOR-ICRAF’s news sites’ ongoing success through their experience in science journalism, flair for writing catchy headlines and compelling leads, ability to spot and fix story flaws, genuine interest in science, environment and development, and a whole lot of energy and spirit.

Duties and responsibilities

  • The News Editor/Content Manager will oversee the day-to-day running of CIFOR-ICRAF’s news sites and develop content for the organization’s digital channels and direct the production of multimedia content.
  • From reporting, researching and writing, to commissioning, copy-editing, content packaging and disseminating, this role will oversee a range of materials including news stories, feature articles, op-eds, speeches, fact sheet s, briefs and infographics, and will be used to raise awareness about global issues that CIFOR-ICRAF research addresses, as well as the organization’s activities and will be used to promote the organization’s work.    
  • Manage all facets of day-to-day publication, including but not limited to building a content calendar, commissioning articles, and liaising with writers, scientists and stakeholders Interview, research and write engaging, scientifically accurate content, including blogs, briefs, press releases, news items and leaflets
  • Develop content for CIFOR-ICRAF websites Assist with newsletter production Source photos, fact-check content, and copy edit Recruit and cultivate a roster of talented, diverse writers
  • Develop strategies for coverage of different kinds of events and news coverage
  • Develop relationships with partner organizations and stay abreast of the latest trends and research  
  • Plan conference coverage, theme-based coverage, news coverage Develop monthly in-depth features highlighting key aspects of CIFOR-ICRAF’s work
  • Coordinate with social media team to support outreach via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and other platforms
  • Liaise with production team to produce graphic art images and infographics for stories or social media Increase global profile and reach of CIFOR-ICRAF news sites
  • Post stories on website, update carousel and troubleshoot technical issues

Education, knowledge and experience

  •  The ideal candidate would have an undergraduate degree in journalism or a related field, a master’s in a subject other than communication (or a combination thereof) and at least five years of print journalism experience
  •  Fluency in English (flawless idiomatic written English). Other major languages, especially French and Spanish, an asset
  •  Experience in working for a research organization or within the development sector is desirable

The application deadline is 20 Aug, 2023

PHI Coordination Assistant


  • This position will provide management and administrative support for the OneCGIAR Plant Health Initiative, a multi-institutional program that brings together multidisciplinary expertise from across ten CGIAR centres, working across multiple crops and geographies in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. This position will report to the Initiative Coordinator and Initiative Lead.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Assist with coordination of processes related to work planning, monitoring, and reporting across all the PHI implementing partners, including administration of a project-management software platform (Scriptoria).
  • Collect and compile information from PHI research community (across CGIAR and partners) for use in technical reports and other relevant deliverables.
  • Provide event management support for PHI-sponsored events/meetings/workshops (face-to-face/virtual).  
  • Facilitate internal communications and sharing among the PHI research community through appropriate software and communications tools.
  • Support collection of relevant data and management of PHI databases. Support administration of PHI subgrants to partner institutions.

Education, knowledge and experience

  •  Bachelor’s degree plus 3-5 years of work experience and/or Master’s degree in business administration or related field (NB: master’s degree may substitute for experience and vice-versa)
  •  Minimum 2-3 years project management experience.

The application deadline is 10 Aug, 2023


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