icipe is an intergovernmental organisation funded by government aid agencies, UN organisations and private foundations to carry out research and training in environmentally sound and sustainable management of arthropods for improved health and agricultural productivity in the tropics.
icipe has approximately 350 staff to support its research and capacity building programmes, located at various sites in Kenya and Ethiopia.
icipe seeks to urgently hire a highly motivated candidate to join an established interdisciplinary team dedicated to the development of sustainable IPM programmes for mango and cashew pests in sub-Saharan Africa.
The incumbent will plan and direct semiochemical ecology work to support the implementation of environmentally acceptable interventions to manage Bactrocera invadens (an invasive fruit flies of mango) and mirid of cashew.
Lead a balanced basic and applied research program targeted towards developing new female-biased attractants from blends of host fruit volatiles for monitoring, mass trapping and suppression.
Explore the exact identity of key ligands from host fruit volatiles using linked gas chromatography-single sensillum recordings (SSR),
Develop and formulate blends of compounds, carry out field testing of the compounds in comparisons with standard food attractants, as well as quantifying their impact on the target pests and their compatibility with other IPM packages.
Expected to be among a team conducting complementary field suppression studies that incorporate entomopathogens, classical biological control, bait-based technology, and use of soft pesticide in an integrated system to manage other pests such as indigenous fruit fly, mango seed weevil and coreid pests.
The position requires cooperation with on-station research personnel in complementary disciplines and with NARS and mango and cashew growers in target countries. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be based at icipe’s headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, but will be expected to spend a portion of his/her time at Max Planck Institute of Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany to participate in complementary research on fruit flies.
The suitable candidate should have :
PhD in Entomology, Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry or any related Biological Science field with no more than 3 years experience
Excellent background in chemical ecology techniques (for example bioassay guided micro-identification of compounds, field assays, arthropod electrophysiology, gas chromatography and mass spectra analyses)
Good oral and written scientific communication skills
Oriented towards good scientific output
Proficiency in English language (with French as an added advantage)
The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with excellent interpersonal, management and organizational skills
Experience in working with fruit flies and mirid is desirable
YouthSave is a multi-year project to develop and test the development and commercial impacts of youth savings accounts in 4 countries. YouthSave also includes a significant research component, which will focus on monitoring uptake and usage of accounts.
The Youth Save Project Manager will be responsible for ensuring high-quality execution of YouthSave project activities in-country.
The Project Manager’s main responsibilities will be:
organizing the program of technical assistance and project cost-sharing support to the local YouthSave partner financial institution;
developing a work plan and managing the in-country project steering committee ; designing and implementing complementary programming to promote financial capability;
monitoring local project implementation for potential risks to youth clients; and
managing external relations and results dissemination efforts in-country.
Duties and Responsibilities
Organize the program of technical assistance and project support to partner FIs,
Design and implement complementary programming to promote financial capability,
monitor project implementation for risks to youth clients
Relationship and project management
Coordinate and maintain strong working relationships between, local partner FIs and research partners;
project management and administration;
reporting and external relations; including dissemination efforts in-country
Background and Experience
Excellent project management skills entailing at least 7 years implementing projects 3 at field management capacity
Experience leading collaborative processes with diverse participants,
Deep knowledge of youth development and protection issues in local country context
Ideal candidates will have experience with undertaking research, microfinance; and working in, consulting to, or building partnerships with private-sector enterprises
Masters degree in relevant field preferred; else Bachelors plus equivalent work experience
Comfort interfacing with diverse stakeholders including high-level policy makers, professionals from various fields, and project beneficiaries/clients
Public speaking /representation abilities and knowledge of youth friendly approaches
Interested candidates meeting specified qualifications should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three referees and day time telephone contact to: