Senior Platform Associate Job Vacancy in Kenya - The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT

Position Title: Senior Platform Associate

The Organization

The Alliance of Bioversity International ( and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) ( delivers research-based solutions that harness agricultural biodiversity and sustainably transform food systems to improve people’s lives. Alliance solutions address the global crises of malnutrition, climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental degradation.

With novel partnerships, the Alliance generates evidence and mainstreams innovations to transform food systems and landscapes so that they sustain the planet, drive prosperity, and nourish people in a climate crisis.

The Alliance is part of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future.

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a not-for-profit institution that generates agricultural innovations to meet Africa’s most pressing challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and natural resource degradation. Working with various partners across sub-Saharan Africa, we improve livelihoods, enhance food and nutrition security, increase employment, and preserve natural resource integrity. IITA is a member of CGIAR, a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. Please visit for more information on IITA.

About the position

The Senior Platform Associate will be part of a team that provides general coordination and operational support along the Use Case initiation, development, testing and validation, and scaling activities of developed minimum variable products.

Main duties and responsibilities include:

  • Scope, Initiate and design, launch and maintain, the global One Stop Shop for Agronomy Solutions Platform.
  • Support Regional Team Leads to initiate, launch, and maintain the Regional One Stop Shop Platforms across 6 CGIAR Regions
  • Work with Use Case Teams, Communities of Practice to identify and appropriately package validated tools, approaches, methodologies for hosting and sharing information on the project Platform.
  • Initiate and package impact testimonials from the field and host these on the project Platforms.
  • Support the planning and implementation of the projects, advocacy and campaigns strategy, systems, and guidelines
  • Support the impactful planning and implementation of advocacy and campaigns actions at regional and global level
  • Support and represent the project in regional and global, advocacy actions as needed or requested, contribute to administrative, financial and communication tasks, preparing and reviewing internal documents, participate in internal meetings and team dynamics.
  • Plan for and organize global and regional events to promote Agronomy at Scale by sharing learnings and impact.
  • Initiate discussions with other platforms that host agronomy support tools and develop structured collaborations with them.
  • Identify and facilitate the planning and execution of multi partner advocacy and campaigns actions (fora, conferences, workshop, etc.) co-hosted with the project at regional and global level
  • In collaboration with the Communications Lead, MELIA, and programs team, regularly develop and disseminate key advocacy messages resulting from the project
  • Contribute to preparation of monthly reporting and contribute to the Annual Global reports


  • Relevant University degree in Agronomy or any other related field. A Masters’ degree would be an added advantage.
  • Three to five years of work experience in a similar role, preferably in an international non-profit & non-governmental setting.
  • Experience in working with agricultural development programmes.
  • Understanding and work experience in the development and deployment of digital tools in agriculture.
  • Knowledge and experience in programme management and coordination.
  • Demonstrated experience in interacting with project teams in multiple contexts
  • A working understanding of innovation systems and their management.
  • Capability to take part in Scaling Readiness Training to Associate Certification.
  • Report writing skills, and ability to communicate in English
  • Competence in computer skills.
  • Ability to work in diverse teams.

How to apply

Applicants are invited to visit to get full details of the position and to submit their applications. Applications MUST include reference numberRef:102479- IITA- Senior Platform Associate as the position applied for. Application and CV should be saved as one document using the candidate’s last name, first name for ease of sorting.