Advocacy and Policy Assistant Career Opportunity – International Potato Center (CIP)

Organization: International
Potato Center (CIP)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: CIP Country
About US:
The International Potato Center
(CIP) is a not-for-profit international agricultural research organization
supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research
(CGIAR) with a global mandate to conduct research on genetic resources of
potatoes, sweet potato, and other Andean roots and tubers, crop genetic
enhancement and improvement, integrated crop management and sustainable
management of natural resources.
Job Summary: The
Advocacy and Policy Assistant will work on Fast-tracking the Access to Improved
and Popular Varieties of Root Crops by Small Holder Farmers: A case of Sweet
potato and Cassava.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Oversee
    the advocacy, policy and orange-fleshed sweet potato work
  • The
    incumbent will also provide communications support, including:
    • Writing articles for local papers
    • Setting up and maintaining project & other relevant pages on
      the Sweet potato Knowledge Portal
    • The incumbent will also be making training videos
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Advocacy and Policy Assistant should preferably
    hold an MSc. or BSc. plus four years professional experience in Business
    Administration, Management, Communications, Marketing, Public Relations or
    related field
  • The
    applicant must possess significant experience in curriculum development
    and teacher training
  • Broad
    background/exposure to nutrition would be an advantage
  • Experience
    in the use of modern social media would be a plus (e.g. video, Facebook)
  • Excellent
    oral, written communications skills
  • Ability
    to effectively solve problems
  • Good
    computer skills
  • Accuracy
    and attention to detail;
  • Cross
    cultural sensitivity.
  • Strong
    e-mail communication skills, ability to write in a manner sensitive to
    cultural differences, and provide clarity to staff where English is not
    the primary working language of tire project
  • Ability
    to be a team player in a busy environment, often with tight deadlines
  • The
    applicant must be a Ugandan citizen.
How to Apply: 
All interested candidates are
encouraged to send their applications including a cover letter, summarizing
applicant’s relevance to this position, curriculum vitae, giving day-time
telephone number, names and addresses of three referees knowledgeable about the
candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience, as well as copies
of professional certificates and testimonials, by email to: Martha Ameru Email: with copy to Dr. Robert Mwanga, email:

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