NGO Jobs – Associate Scientist, Virology at Bioversity International

Organisation: Bioversity International
Kampala, Uganda
Theme Leader for the
Production and Value Chain Systems
Bioversity International is
a research-for-development organization working with partners worldwide to use
and conserve agricultural and tree biodiversity for improved livelihoods,
nutrition, sustainability and productive and resilient ecosystems. Bioversity
International is a member of the CGIAR Consortium, a  global research partnership for a food secure future.
Bioversity International has more than 300 staff and scientists’ worldwide
working with almost 700 partners.  For
further information on Bioversity International, consult the Web page at
The Commodity Systems and
Genetic Resources Programme of Bioversity International pursues a systems
approach to achieving rural livelihoods improvements and the sustainable use
and conservation of commodity genetic resources, with emphasis on banana, cacao
and coconut. The approach is based on a combination of methods and tools for
the collection, characterization, evaluation and documentation of commodity
genetic resources, integrated management 
of pests and diseases, and the analysis and development of value chains.
This position responds to the need for effective and appropriate management of
viruses affecting banana production in smallholder systems of Sub-Saharan
Africa and global banana genetic resources conservation and movement. The
position requires extensive travel to field sites in Burundi, Malawi and DR
Congo, and coordination with research partners in France and Belgium.
Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Contribute
    to the development of  a
    collaborative research program for understanding host – vector – virus
    ecology of banana bunchy top disease (BBTD) in smallholder systems of Sub-Saharan
  • Facilitate
    farmer/village participatory experimentation in pilot sites in
    BBTD-infested areas of Central and Southern Africa (Burundi, Malawi, DR
    Congo in Kisangani and bas Congo) focused on local clean seed systems and
  • Support
    the design and implementation of improved guidelines for virus management
    in global banana genetic resources conservation and movement, with
    emphasis on banana streak virus (BSV);
  • Participate
    in the development and implementation of the global strategy for
    Bioversity and the CRP Roots Tubers and Bananas on banana virus
    epidemiology and management, systems for clean planting material,
    modelling of seed degeneration and agroecological intensification of
    banana production systems;
  • Contribute
    to the identification of funding opportunities for collaborative research
    and assist with the development of concept notes and funding proposals;
  • Support
    collaborative participatory and formal research with a focus on high
    quality science and capacity strengthening with research and field
  • Write
    technical and scientific publications and engage with a variety of
    research and development partners to achieve outcomes and impacts for
    rural livelihood improvement.
Skills & Experience:
  • A
    Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in plant pathology or a Masters in related
    fields with extensive field and experience and record of scientific
  • At
    least three (3) years of work experience with host-vector-virus ecology,
    laboratory techniques and a resulting record of peer-reviewed articles.
  • Field
    experience in tropical agriculture, preferably Africa.
  • Familiarity
    with and interest in participatory, gender-sensitive research and
    experimentation methods.
  • Good
    working knowledge of relevant software (MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint) and
    software database and advanced statistical analysis.
  • Excellent
    communication, interpersonal and team work skills including the ability to
    effectively interact with people at all levels and build consensus in a
    multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Excellent
    project management skills.
  • Good
    analytical and synthesizing skills including the ability to write clear
    and concise scientific documents.
  • Excellent
    command of the English language, both written and spoken.
  • Advanced
    French language skills, both written and verbal.
to Apply:
All Applications should be
submitted online through Bioversity Job Opportunities web page
by clicking the “Apply” button and completing the online application and attaching
the required information including contact details (address, telephone number
and e-mail address) of at least three referees, whom Bioversity will contact
for only short listed applicants.
Bioversity is an equal
opportunity employer and strives for staff diversity. 
Women and candidates from
developing countries are encouraged to apply. 
7th July 2013

but we will continue accepting applications until the position is filled
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