CIAT works in collaboration with hundreds of partners to help developing countries make farming more competitive, profitable, and resilient through smarter, more sustainable natural resource management. We help policy makers, scientists, and farmers respond to some of the most pressing challenges of our time, including food insecurity and malnutrition, climate change, and environmental degradation.
Beans provide a highly nutritious food, containing protein, fiber, complex carbohydrates, vitamins, and micronutrients; about 400 million people in the tropics eat beans as part of their daily diet. Beans also provide income for millions of people, particularly in Africa and Latin America. Farmers struggle to satisfy consumer demand, producing around 12 million tons of common beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) every year worldwide.
With our partners, CIAT develops improved beans that show resilience under harsh growing conditions, which are worsening as a result of climate change impacts. Decades of CIAT research on bean have led to massive uptake of improved varieties, with significant impacts on food security in major bean-producing countries. CIAT preserves the world’s largest and most diverse collection of beans. Most of the germplasm originates in the Neotropics where beans where domesticated thousands of years ago. Mexico, Peru, Colombia, and Guatemala are particularly well represented. The collection also contains important diversity from Europe and Africa and, to a lesser extent, Asia.
With the aim of successfully keep tackling these challenges and ensure relevance of CIAT’s research on common beans, the Center is looking for a strategic, highly motivated, and experienced Bean Program Leader & PABRA Director. The position will be located at CIAT’s regional office in Nairobi, Kenya.
Requirements and Qualifications
Applicants are invited to send a cover letter illustrating their suitability for the above position against the listed qualifications, competencies, skills together with a detailed curriculum vitae, including names and addresses of three referees knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience. All correspondence should be addressed to the CIAT Human Resources Office to Tomás Solís (firstname.lastname@example.org) and should clearly indicate “Application: Bean Program Leader & PABRA Director”.
For detailed information please click the following link: Position details
Closing date for applications: Until a suitable candidate is identified.