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International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)   |   Nairobi, Kenya   |   Log in or register to see the closing date

Logistics Manager - (Genotyping)

  • Post-graduate education
  • Research, academy
  • Manager (team leader)
  • Full Time
  • Permanent
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Job Summary

The Excellence in Breeding Platform ( (EiB) is a new cross-commodity platform that supports the modernization of breeding programs targeting Africa, Asia, and Latin America for greater impact on food and nutrition security, climate change adaptation and development. The platform is part of the new CGIAR portfolio of research programs and platforms (, being led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, known by its Spanish acronym, CIMMYT®, a not-for-profit research and training organization with partners in over 100 countries.

The platform is seeking a Logistics Manager for Genotyping to optimize and streamline the flow of samples from a diverse range of breeding programs to genotyping laboratories, to assist with scheduling and forecasting with laboratories, and, to optimize the delivery of data back to the breeding programs. The successful candidate will need to find ways to drive down costs by identifying and implementing more efficient processes whilst ensuring timely delivery of high quality data to breeding programs.

This position is part of module 3 of EiB which works to ensure breeding programs targeting the developing world have access to low cost, high throughput molecular marker technologies. Module 3 seeks to enable the use of cost-effective molecular marker technologies to implement genomic selection, marker assisted selection and quality assurance processes with the ultimate purpose of increasing rates of genetic gain. To achieve this will require close management of complex logistical processes required to coordinate timely delivery of high volume, high quality genotypic data from multiple service providers to multiple customers.

By providing important outcomes to under-resourced peoples, CGIAR centers and partnering organizations help realize the founding mission of the CGIAR system by serving farmers and consumers in low-and-middle-income countries for greater impact on food and nutrition security, climate change adaptation and development. EiB will draw from innovations sourced from CGIAR centers, advanced research institutes, and the private sector to provide access to cutting-edge tools, services, and best practices while providing application-oriented training and practical advice.


  1. Optimize and streamline the flow of samples from a diverse range of breeding programs to the genotyping laboratories.
  2. Identify and implement more efficient processes to drive the cost of genotyping down.
  3. Work with genotyping laboratories to schedule sample flow and to optimize the delivery of data back to the breeding programs.
  4. Work with genotyping laboratories, breeding programs and the EiB Module 3 leader to ensure delivery of high quality genotypic data that is readily and easily able to be interpreted and utilized.
  5. Work with the Module 3 leader to develop capacity for genotype data application among member breeding teams.
  6. Work closely with members to implement forward marker selection, genomic selection and appropriate quality assurance in breeding programs.
  7. Find ways (including by identifying efficiencies and through negotiations) to provide marker technologies to members at a reduced cost.
  8. Communicate opportunities (such as access to genotyping) to members both directly and through an EiB supported online toolbox, including precisely how to access these opportunities.

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Contract type: Permanent
Job type: Full Time
Location: Nairobi
Area of work: Research, academy
Seniority: Manager (team leader)

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 3 years
Required skills: Cost tracking, analysis; Logistics planning and management; Training program planning; Laboratory operation; Natural sciences; Data analysis
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)

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International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

Non-profit, social workCompany size: 1000+ people

CIMMYT works throughout the developing world to improve livelihoods and foster more productive, sustainable maize and wheat farming. Our portfolio squarely targets critical challenges, including food insecurity and malnutrition, climate change and environmental degradation. Through collaborative research, partnerships, and training, the center helps to build and strengthen a new generation of national agricultural research and extension services in maize- and wheat-growing nations. As a member of the CGIAR System composed of 15 agricultural research centers, CIMMYT leads the CGIAR Research Programs on Maize and Wheat, which align and add value to the efforts of more than 500 partners.