World Agroforestry Centre Leader of Science Domain 2 Job in Nairobi Kenya

Leader of Science Domain 2
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Employer: World Agroforestry Centre
Specialization: Tree Products and Markets
Reports to: Deputy Director General – Research

ICRAF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages female applicants to apply

Main purpose of the job

The Leader of Science Domain 2 will channel efforts towards creating and supporting high impact research that focuses on aspects of markets, value chain and business development, enabling business environments, production and enterprise economics and strengthening of rural livelihoods. 

Research is set in the context of trees and agroforestry systems in farming landscapes and has a strong orientation towards development practice.
 Each Science Domain is led by a world-class researcher who conceptualizes, develops and oversees that domain and its sub-themes as well as seeking synergies and integration with CGIAR Research Programmes (CRPs), other Science Domains and our cross-regional and regional teams. 
The SDs are the means to seek thematic coherence in our institutional agenda and the SD office teams are primarily focused on the first two of ICRAF’s roles, namely:
(i) production of global public goods, and 
(ii) building robust evidence for better investments and policies. They also support our regional teams with roles concerning 
(iii) actionable knowledge, and 
(iv) capacity development. 
Each SD further instils a focus on innovation, gender advancement and wider public awareness and appreciation within the agroforestry arena.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Lead research focusing on the following themes:

  • Value chain analysis and development including post-harvest handling, for agroforestry tree products             
  • Consumer demand (including nutrition and its linkages to markets)
  • Institutional, political, and market context for value chain development and rural livelihood   strengthening (including standards and other market governance tools)
  • Input and service markets, particularly better understanding of how to organize nursery capacity in scaling
  • Enterprise development, with focus on cooperatives and producer associations
  • Rural livelihoods, vulnerability, and risk-reducing mechanisms, and
  • Multi-stakeholder learning for improved design and implementation of value chain development
The research should be of global value leading to generation of new knowledge, methods, policies and capacity
Lead research in other relevant areas of production and enterprise economics of agroforestry systems as well as private sector engagement in public-private partnerships
Provide leadership for ICRAF’s contributions to the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets.
Supporting functions for all the above:
  • Guide and build ICRAF’s capacity to carry out such research in all its regions.
  • Guide/supervise thesis research students
  • Initiate and manage partnerships with different national and international stakeholders (government agencies, private companies, donor agencies, NGOs, among others)
  • Interact with other senior staff to ensure useful incorporation of the activities mentioned above into other aspects of the Centre’s work
  • Project development and implementation and fundraising.
  • Contribute to the attainment of the Centre’s strategic goals and the CGIAR Consortium’s Strategic Research Framework
  • Carry out any other activities related to the Program as directed by ICRAF DDG-R.
Qualifications and experience
  • PhD in agricultural/natural resources economics, a related social science, business management, or a related discipline
  • Strong publications record, including peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Research experience in developing countries
  • Experience with research themes that are prioritized in SD2
  • 10 years with minimum of 5 years postdoctoral experience
Skills and Competencies
  • Skills in research design and quantitative and qualitative data analysis
  • Strong track record in managing collaborative relationships with a range of partners, including the private sector, in the agricultural or natural resource management sectors
  • Demonstrated fundraising and proposal writing experience
  • Familiarity with international agricultural and environmental research
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, fluency in English and, ideally, French and/or Spanish
  • Ability to flourish in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams
  • Strong capacity to mentor young scientists/students
  • Willingness to travel frequently internationally
Terms of offer

This position is remunerated on international terms. 

The appointment will be for an initial period of two (2) years, subject to a nine (9) month probation period.

How to apply


  • A motivational letter illustrating your suitability for the position.
  • Detailed and up-to-date curriculum vitae.
  • The names and addresses of three referees, including telephone numbers and email addresses, and fax details if available.
Address these to:

The Human Resources Unit, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) via email to: 

Indicate “Leader of Science Domain 2” on the subject line.
Please note that only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted.

Deadline: 30th April 2013

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