Post-Doctoral Fellow- Systems Agronomist Job Vacancy in Kenya - Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International

Position Title: Post-Doctoral Fellow- Systems Agronomist 


By sharing knowledge and science, CABI tackles global issues like poverty, hunger, education, equality, sustainability, climate change and biodiversity. We do this by helping farmers grow more and lose less of what they produce, combating threats to agriculture and the environment from pests and diseases, protecting natural habitats from invasive species, and improving access to scientific knowledge.

CABI is an international, inter-governmental, not-for-profit organization that improves people’s lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. Our approach involves putting information, skills and tools into people's hands. CABI's 49 Member Countries guide and influence our work which is delivered by scientific staff based in our global network of centres.


Oversee the successful implementation of PlantwisePlus activities in particular those aimed at enabling farmers to meet production standards, in order to ensure production and supply of safer food for domestic markets.


  • Undertake market assessments to identify appropriate agricultural value chains for applying existing or developing new voluntary production standards for local niche markets;
  • Undertake farmer group study to identify farmer groups for participation in voluntary production standards, discuss objectives and partnership agreements;
  • Undertake assessment to understand behavioural insights of smallholders’, and their willingness to adopt standards, contributing towards formulating sustainable intervention strategies
  • Develop standards assessment tool to assess the adoption rate of standards among smallholders;
  • Develop or link achievable voluntary production standards that describe expected production, harvesting, storage and processing practices for farmers;
  • Develop farmer-friendly training materials and guidance documents to support compliance with voluntary standards, and implement training programs for technical staff and farmers to, including standards compliance monitoring and technical backstopping
  • Ensure effective networking, collaboration and communication with national partners, especially those working on food safety and standards;
  • Closely collaborate and coordinate activities with PlantwisePlus task managers and global team leaders;
  • Support and link with other PlantwisePlus thematic areas and other CABI Initiatives like SPS, One health and seizing opportunities for synergies.


  • PhD in agriculture or horticulture required, preferably with specialisation in agronomy;
  • Less than 5 years post PhD.
  • Experience in applied research and development particularly in developing countries is essential;
  • Experience in value chain analysis and design, and implementation of successful agribusiness models in vegetables, fruits, and other food crops for farmers and farmer groups.
  • Experience of farmer group training in agricultural production, management, marketing, food safety, produce certification/standards;
  • Experience developing training manuals/ materials;
  • Experience in the development and implementation of various developmental projects involving fruits and vegetables;
  • Experience carrying out audit in GlobalGAP certification for Fruits and Vegetables is an added advantage;
  • Ability to help manage and motivate staff, build effective teams and encourage individual development and growth;
  • Ability to work both persuasively and diplomatically in a team-based environment with a high degree of complexity and ambiguity;
  • Hands-on problem-solver with strong analytical abilities and end-product focus;
  • Self-motivated, adaptable, well organized and able to work with minimal supervision;
  • Results focus in work planning, execution of tasks and reporting;
  • Capacity to build effective relationships with programme stakeholders;
  • Ability to work with diverse nationalities in a multi-cultural environment.


Grade: HAY Band 5

Reporting to: Deputy Director-Development and Outreach Africa


We aim to recruit and retain passionate people who have the necessary skills, knowledge and commitment to help us achieve our mission. Our benefits are designed to make our lives easier, improve our work-life balance, save money and safeguard our well-being. They include:

  • Competitive salary;
  • Defined contribution pension scheme with employee contribution that CABI will double-match up to 10% of gross salary;
  • 30 days of annual leave (including public holidays);
  • An Employee Assistance Programme, with a full calendar of health and well-being initiatives;
  • Life assurance and long service awards;
  • Flexible working options including family friendly policies;
  • Career development opportunities including internal promotions, mentoring and Development Bursary to visit another CABI centre;
  • A culture committed to being a fully inclusive, enjoyable and fulfilling place to work.


We are a thriving international organisation attracting a diverse range of talented people from around the world. Our staff currently comprises over 30 nationalities and as an equal opportunity’s employer we welcome applications from candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation or marital status. No applicant will be disadvantaged by conditions which cannot be shown to be justified and selection will be based on merit.

How to apply

To apply please submit your CV and a covering letter via our online recruitment portal at by 20th September, 2022.

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