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Senior Market Intelligence Specialist

Reference number: 100317
Job status: Inactive
Job category: Local Position
Duty station: Nairobi, Kenya
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The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF) envision a more equitable world where trees in all landscapes, from drylands to the humid tropics, enhance the environment and well-being for all. CIFOR and ICRAF are non-profit science institutions that build and apply evidence to today’s most pressing challenges, including energy insecurity and the climate and biodiversity crises. Over a combined total of 65 years, we have built vast knowledge on forests and trees outside of forests in agricultural landscapes (agroforestry). Using a multidisciplinary approach, we seek to improve lives and to protect and restore ecosystems. Our work focuses on innovative research, partnering for impact, and engaging with stakeholders on policies and practices to benefit people and the planet. Founded in 1993 and 1978, CIFOR and ICRAF are members of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food secure future dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources.

CIFOR-ICRAF is looking for a

Senior Market Intelligence Specialist


CIMMYT is seeking an experienced professional to support the Accelerating Genetic Gains in Maize and Wheat project ( project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the US Agency for International Development to implement an integrated Monitoring and Evaluation Plan.

Duties and responsibilities

  1. Lead market intelligence research to engage with breeding programs (CGIAR, NARS, private sector) on:
  • Consumer preferences for fresh and processed foods derived from cereal crops.
  • Strategies and needs of cereal processing industry strategies (and implications for raw material sourcing).
    Cereal seed retail markets.
  • Trends in food markets and implications for cereal processors and farmers.
     2. Support the capacity development of CIMMYT’s partners in the region, including seed companies, extension programs,                  national agricultural research centers, in areas related to market intelligence.
     3. Engage local stakeholders (seed companies, breeding teams, NGOs) on strategies, policies, and research needed to inform                breeding design and investments in East Africa and beyond through workshops, briefs, and periodic one-on-one                                  engagements.
     4. Engage staff from CIMMYT, NARS, NGOs, and seed companies in the region to understand plant breeding, seed                            production, and seed distribution, as input for designing a stronger client orientation by social science in its seed
         systems agenda.
     5. Support regional efforts to mobilize resources to expand the R4D agenda on seed systems and related areas of work.

Education, knowledge and experience

  • •MSc. degree in marketing (research), business management, food science and technology, agribusiness, or similar field with at least ten years of relevant experience in the private or public sector. •Track record of quality technical reports. •Experience in research looking at consumer preferences, food processing, product development, food marketing. •Demonstrated ability to excel in complex multidisciplinary research or development projects. •Good partnership building skills, including the ability to interact with private sector; deliver effectively; and moderate meetings with local partners. •A high degree of personal organization and ability to work under pressure. Personal attributes and competencies

Personal attributes and competencies

  • •Proactive, Problem Solving and Decision-making, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and Teamwork. •Strong analytical skills and ability to process both quantitative as well as qualitative information •Excellent interpersonal skills, including gender sensitivity and ability to work in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams as well as to develop strong and effective working relationships with partners. •Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.

Terms and conditions

  • This is a Locally Recruited Staff (LRS) position and on competitive remuneration in local currency, commensurate with skills and experience.

Application process

The application deadline is 12 Feb-2023
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.


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