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  • Posted: Oct 9, 2019
    Deadline: Oct 15, 2019
  • icipe's mission is to help alleviate poverty, ensure food security and improve the overall health status of peoples of the tropics, by developing and extending management tools and strategies for harmful and useful arthropods, while preserving the natural resource base through research and capacity building. The Centre's vision is to pioneer global scienc...
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    Driver/Technical Assistant

    Job Description

    icipe seeks to recruit a Driver / Technical Assistant. The position is tenable in Nairobi at the icipe Duduville campus. This is two-year contract, renewable subject to continued project needs, funding for the position, and performance of the staff member. This is a nationally recruited position. A competitive compensation package
    will be offered to the right candidate. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    The position is responsible for assisting the following Plant Health theme projects field research activities in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania:

    •  AU-Tuta IPM Project
    •  SipFeed Project, and
    •  Other projects in the Plant Health Theme.


    • Assist the scientists, PhD and MSc students in performing routine field activities related to the Plant
      Health Theme.
    •  Provide logistical support to the Plant Health Theme at icipe and during field activities
    • Participate and support laboratory activities when based at icipe headquarters.
    •  Liaise with field staff of NARS partners and community members to undertake field activities.
    •  Driving Plant Health Theme project vehicles in the research areas and on any errands within Nairobi and
      its environs.
    • Carry out routine basic maintenance of the vehicles as deemed necessary to keep them in good working
    •  Carry out other daily chores, casual labour, and any other activities assigned by the supervisor.


    • A valid and accident-free driving licence, with at least three years’ post-qualification driving experience
      and good knowledge of automobile mechanics.
    • Mean grade ‘D’ in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), or equivalent level of education.
    • Basic computer skills, such as MS Word and the ability to communicate via e-mail.
    • Minimum professional knowledge/skill required
    •  Good knowledge of automobile mechanics.
    •  Ability to communicate effectively in both English and Kiswahili.
    •  Familiarity with the geography (road network) in East Africa will be an added advantage.
    • Minimum relevant practical work experience required
    • Must be aged below 40 years.
    •  Prior experience with similar research and development organisation and knowledge of basic concepts
      in conducting experiments

    Method of Application

    Applications will be accepted up to 15th October 2019. Interested applicants should submit: (a) a confidential cover letter; (b) detailed CV with names and addresses of 3 referees (including email addresses, fax numbers); and (c) a statement illustrating suitability against the listed qualifications/competencies/ abilities, and skills. Candidates are required to apply online through: or by Email: icipe is an equal opportunity employer. It fosters a multicultural work environment that values gender equity, teamwork, and respect for diversity.

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