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- Support the development of high throughput phenotyping protocols for target dryland crops by designing new assays or recommending protocols based on regional network needs.
- Support breeding efforts by assisting breeders to select for resistance to various biotic stresses of dryland crops.
- Contribute to building dryland crop improvement networks and implementing ongoing DCP crops biotic stress screening activities in focus countries.
- Support with supervision and reporting – the establishment of phenotyping facilities and protocols.
- Support organization, presentation, and reporting of dryland crops biotic research results.
- Support achievement of capacity development needs for dryland crop improvement network.
- Ensure all network trials are uploaded in the Breeding Management System (BMS).
- Support pathology data analysis using software like R, SAS, and Genstat.
- Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
- An earned Ph.D. plant pathology/phytopathology/entomology or any other closely related crop protection field from an internationally recognized university.
- A publication record in high-impact crop protection Journals.
- Expertise working with diverse biotic stresses and development of complex screening assays, including crop pests, pathogens, and weeds.
- Experience with natural or artificial biotic stress infestation including establishment of dirty plots in compliance with host country phytosanitary regulatory guidelines.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills to manage complex collaborator relations including experienced breeders, social scientists, and crop protection experts.
- Basic knowledge of international seed exchange and phytosanitary guidelines in East and Southern Africa region.
- Ability to conduct staff training to staff working in resource-limited situations as part of establishing a cohesive network.
- Working knowledge of data analysis software like R, SAS, and Genstat.
- Track record of flexibility, adaptability, well organized and working under pressure with tight deadlines.
- Willing to travel widely (60%+) in East and Southern Africa, occasionally to West and Central Africa.
- Able to excel in a fast-paced, dynamic team environment and possess skills to manage support staff.
- Good reporting and communication skills in English (working language).
- The selected candidate should exhibit the following competencies: Problem Solving and Decision Making, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Teamwork, and Communication.