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Technical Assistant - African Fruit Fly Programme (AFFP)

  • Diploma, Associate's degree
  • Research, academy
  • Experienced (senior worker)
  • Full Time
  • Permanent

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Job Summary

ICIPE seeks to recruit a Technical Assistant in the African Fruit Fly Programme (AFFP) to support scientists and students in carrying out experiments and reporting on the same for all African Fruit.

Interested applicants should submit: (a) a confidentialcover letter, (b) detailed CV with names and addresses of 3 referees (including e-mail addresses, fax numbers),and (c) a statement illustrating suitability against the listed qualifications/competencies/abilities and skills.


  1. Conduct laboratory and field experiments as prescribed by scientists following icipe scientific procedures and guidelines;
  2. Collect and record data for scientific research and maintain a proper data retrieval system;
  3. Enter data from experiments/trials using appropriate computer software;
  4. Perform basic analyses of data and generate reports for both internal and external use;
  5. Care for and maintain colonies of insects and natural enemies related to the African Fruit Fly Programme;
  6. Assist in identifying and maintaining excellent contact/rapport with farming communities involved in the Fruit; 
  7. Fly Programme R&D work and assist in their training;
  8. Ensure that experimental equipment and laboratories are clean and well maintained;
  9. Monitor and facilitate in the procurement of lab supplies in a timely manner, and maintain an inventory of supplies and equipment at all times;
  10. Participate in the training of interns and students on attachment;
  11. Assist in driving AFFP staff whenever required;
  12. Supervise junior technical staff and assist them to overcome work bottlenecks that they may encounter, and report on the same to supervisors in timely manner;
  13. Undertake any other duties assigned by the supervisor.

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Contract type: Permanent
Job type: Full Time
Location: Nairobi
Area of work: Research, academy
Seniority: Experienced (senior worker)

Job Requirements

Required education: Diploma, Associate's degree
Required relevant work experience: 2 years
Required skills: Supervision; Research and development; Training delivery; Laboratory operation; Specimen collection; Data analysis; Experimentation
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)

International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology

Non-profit, social work

icipe — African Insect Science for Food and Health is a world-class research centre with a mission to alleviate poverty by ensuring food security, improving health, protecting the environment and building the capacity of researchers and communities across the developing world through the application of insect sciences. Employing more than 500 national and international staff, icipe is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya with outposts in Ethiopia and on the shores of Lake Victoria in western Kenya. icipe has a proud reputation and history of delivering worldquality science that has made crucial contributions to African food and health policy, delivered development outcomes to rural communities, and has been at the forefront of building Africa’s biological research capacity. The Centre’s research activities span the African continent with partnerships linking research organisations, not only across Africa, but also the globe. In addition, more than 100 graduate students and a number of postdoctoral fellows contribute to icipe’s research portfolio annually.

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