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International Potato Center   |   Nairobi, Kenya   |   Log in or register to see the closing date

Global Program Leader

  • Post-graduate education
  • Project, program management
  • Manager (team leader)
  • Full Time
  • Temporary
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Job Summary

The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking a dynamic and experienced research leader to head its Global Potato Agri-Food Systems Research and Development Program across Africa, Asia and Latin America. The incumbent will lead an innovative portfolio of high impact research and development projects designed to increase the contributions of potato to sustainable intensification and diversification of agri-food systems, contribute to food security, nutrition and rural economic growth in priority countries within the framework of the organization’s sustainable development goals.
The preferred location for this role would be CIP’s offices in Nairobi, Kenya with frequent international travel (40-50%) in Africa, Asia and Latin America. This truly represents an opportunity to make a huge impact on the world, as the potato is a key crop for small farmers and communities in countries all over the globe.


  • Lead resource mobilization in support of strategic program priorities working closely with CIP global and regional teams.
  • Promote collaboration between scientists and researchers across biophysical and social science disciplines and between regions in support of program priorities.
  • Attract researchers, students, and visiting scholars to the program, providing opportunities for research collaboration and advanced training linking national and international agricultural research institutions.
  • Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with research institutions, development agencies, and private sector partners to accelerate progress and increase scale of impacts.
  • As a member of the Science Leadership Team, contribute to implementing CIP’s Strategic and Corporate Plan, and specifically develop and implement a rolling business plan for the program.
  • Ensure effective management of projects and financial resources related to the program.

General Information

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Contract type: Temporary
Job type: Full Time
Location: Nairobi
Area of work: Project, program management
Seniority: Manager (team leader)

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 10 years
Required skills: Modelling (research); Reporting; Partnerships; Programme management; Research planning; Team leadership
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)

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International Potato Center

Non-profit, social work

The International Potato Center, known by its Spanish acronym CIP, was founded in 1971 as a root and tuber research-for development institution delivering sustainable solutions to the pressing world problems of hunger, poverty, and the degradation of natural resources. CIP is truly a global center, with headquarters in Lima, Peru and offices in 20 developing countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America.