Research Assistant NGO Jobs – International Potato Center (CIP)

Organization: International
Potato Center (CIP)
Duty Station: Kampala,
About US:
International Potato Center (CIP) is a global and reputable
international organization that has a strong, state-of-the-art R&D
background, and is a recent World Food Price Winner and awarded with the
Al-Sumait Award for our Orange Flesh Sweet Potato work in Africa CIP is
dedicated to achieving food security, improved nutrition and well-being, and
gender equality for poor people in root and tuber farming and food systems of
the developing world. CIP is a member of the CGIAR Consortium, a network of 15
research centers that are mostly located in the developing world and supported
by more than 50 donor members.
Job Summary:  The Research Assistant will be based in
Kampala, Uganda and report directly to Regional Food Scientist and indirectly
to Regional Potato and Sweetpotato breeders in East Africa. This position will
work with RTBfoods teams at NARO (NARL-Kawanda and NaCRRI-Namulonge) and Food
and Nutritional Evaluation Laboratory (FANEL) team in Nairobi, Kenya. The
research assistant will also assist with Work Package (WP) 1, WP2-WP5
activities in RTBfoods project.
Key Duties and
Conduct food and nutritional analysis on roots,
tubers and banana crop samples;
Assist in organizing and administering all
aspects of sensory descriptive and affective tests for RTB crops and foods
applying defined methodologies while insuring a high standard of scientific
Assist in leading descriptive panels in
execution of product testing, appropriate test set-up and execution, and valid
data management;
Work as part of a team conducting capacity
building and research with scientists from NARO, CGIAR centers and RTBfoods
Conduct research and implement laboratory
operations at a logistical level (including help in development of standard
operating procedures, managing consumables stocks and procurement, drafting
risk assessments and obtaining permits) under the supervision of the Regional
Food Scientist and Program Leaders at NARO, and in consultation with other team
Ensure observation of good laboratory practice
including drafting risk assessments and surveillance of laboratory users’
Operate a subset of the platform’s laboratory
equipment, including several of the following: ELISA, fluorometer, UPLC, AAS,
UV-VIS, NIR, GCMS, LCMS and Texture analyzer;
Prepare laboratory chemical reagents and media;
Carry out routine tasks such as sampling and sample
testing, contribute to the development of laboratory protocols within the food
and nutritional analysis platform, conduct data analysis and interpretation;
To assist our partners in the reporting and
trending of testing results to the technical team, production and customers as

Skills and Experience: 
The ideal candidate must hold a Bachelor’s
degree in Food Science and or related subjects or Master’s degree with at most
1-2 years’ experience;
At least 5 years working experience in a
research environment or food industry;
Field and laboratory equipment managing;
Data base management;
Experiment execution in different settings;
Statistical research analyses;
Advanced level of MS Office;
Advanced knowledge of database work;
Advanced verbal and written communication skills
in English. Working knowledge of French will be an added advantage.
How to Apply:
All candidates are encouraged to Apply Online at the link
below. Submit your cover letter and a full C.V. with your references.
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