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Senior Market Intelligence Specialist, Kenya (RFP-100317)

About our organization:

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, known by its Spanish acronym, CIMMYT® (www.cimmyt.org), is a not-for-profit research and training organization with partners in over 100 countries, and through offices in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Through strong science and effective partnerships, we create, share, and use knowledge and agricultural technologies to increase food security, improve the productivity and profitability of farming systems, and sustain natural resources in developing countries. We participate in an extensive global network of people and organizations who share similar research and development goals, including the public and private sector, non-governmental and civil society organizations, farmers, and the development assistance community.

CIMMYT is hosted by World Agroforestry (ICRAF), a member of the CGIAR that is headquartered on United Nations Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya.

We invite you to learn more about CIMMYT and World Agroforestry by accessing our web sites: www.cimmyt.org and www.worldagroforestry.org

CIMMYT is looking for a:

Senior Market Intelligence Specialist – Kenya

CIMMYT is seeking an experienced professional to support the Accelerating Genetic Gains in Maize and Wheat project (www.csisa.org) project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the US Agency for International Development to implement an integrated Monitoring and Evaluation Plan.

Summary of responsibilities

  1. Lead market intelligence research to engage with breeding programs (CGIAR, NARS, private sector) on:
  • Consumer preferences for fresh and processed foods derived from cereal crops.
  • Strategies and needs of cereal processing industry strategies (and implications for raw material sourcing).
  • Cereal seed retail markets.
  • Trends in food markets and implications for cereal processors and farmers.
  1. Support the capacity development of CIMMYT’s partners in the region, including seed companies, extension programs, and national agricultural research centers, in areas related to market intelligence.
  2. Engage local stakeholders (seed companies, breeding teams, NGOs) on strategies, policies, and research needed to inform breeding design and investments in East Africa and beyond through workshops, briefs, and periodic one-on-one engagements.
  3. Engage staff from CIMMYT, NARS, NGOs, and seed companies in the region to understand plant breeding, seed production, and seed distribution, as input for designing a stronger client orientation by social science in its seed systems agenda.
  4. Support regional efforts to mobilize resources to expand R4D agenda on seed systems and related areas of work.


  • MSc. degree in marketing (research), business management, food science and technology, agribusiness, or similar field with at least ten years of relevant experience in the private or public sector.
  • Track record of quality technical reports.
  • Experience in research looking at consumer preferences, food processing, product development, food marketing.
  • Demonstrated ability to excel in complex multidisciplinary research or development projects.
  • Good partnership building skills, including the ability to interact with private sector; deliver effectively; and moderate meetings with local partners.
  • A high degree of personal organization and ability to work under pressure.

Personal attributes and competencies

  • Proactivity, Problem Solving and Decision-making, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and Teamwork.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to process both quantitative as well as qualitative information
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including gender sensitivity and ability to work in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams as well as to develop strong and effective working relationships with partners.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.

Terms and conditions

  • This is a Locally Recruited Staff (LRS) position and on competitive remuneration in local currency, commensurate with skills and experience.
  • The appointment will be for a period of three (3) years, inclusive of a six-month probationary period, with the possibility of extension contingent upon performance, continued relevance of the position and available resources.
  • The duty station will be in Nairobi, Kenya.

Application process

Go to http://worldagroforestry.org/working-for-icraf/vacancies

  • The application deadline is 05 December 2022.
  • CV and Cover Letter should be in PDF and Labelled with the applicants First and Second Names.
  • We will acknowledge all applications but will only contact short-listed candidates.

CIFOR-ICRAF is an equal opportunity employer. Staff diversity contributes to excellence.




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