Research Officer I – Regional Tree Seed Centre Coordinator

Hawassa, Ethiopia International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Research Officer I – Regional Tree Seed Centre Coordinator

The Position: The World Agroforestry (ICRAF) seeks to recruit a Research Officer I – Regional Tree Seed Centre Coordinator who will assist in coordination of activities in seed source management and seed procurement of Provision of Adequate Tree Seed Portfolios (PATSPO) in the Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples’ regional centre at Hawassa.

General: The World Agroforestry Centre (also known as the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry-ICRAF) is an independent research institution which generates science-based knowledge about the complex role trees play in agricultural landscapes and rural livelihoods. As part of the Centre’s work to bring tree-based solutions to bear on poverty and environmental problems, researchers – working in close collaboration with partners – are developing new technologies, tools and policy recommendations for increased food security and ecosystem health. The Centre’s headquarter is located in Nairobi, Kenya, and research is conducted in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We are supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and receive funding from over 50 different donors. To learn more about our organization, please visit our website:

Key Responsibilities:

  • The PATSPO Regional Seed Centre Coordinator is responsible for coordination of all project inputs to the Regional Seed Centre in Hawassa with the PATSPO / ICRAF Office in Addis Ababa and Head of the Regional Seed Centre in Hawassa;
  • Responsible for all infrastruc­ture, vehicles and equipment provided by PATSPO during the period of the project implementation;
  • Responsible for liaison and coordination of collaboration with the relevant authorities and projects in the region under supervision of the Research Officer III – Seed Source;
  • Assist in preparation and implementation of annual work plans for the Regional Seed Centre with focus on the PATSPO-supported activities and inputs;
  • Follow up on use of funds and budgets for PATSPO inputs;
  • Monitor and evaluate PATSPO supported activities, inputs (physical and financial) and related assumptions;
  • Identify needs for, propose and coordinate procurement of local equipment and materials.

Minimum Requirements:


  • MSc degree in forestry or related field Broad / specialized knowledge of methods, techniques and processes


  • Knowledge of project technical subjects required. 
  • Familiarity with development and relevant techniques in the subject matter
  • Ability to plan work and multi-task
  • Computer literacy i.e. knowledge in MS Office
  • Ability to analyze data and prepare progress records and reports
  • Manages staff in their day to day activities
  • Updates relevant manuals/protocols
  • Flexible on work hours including travel and extended field work
  • Follows policies and procedures
  • Prepares progress reports for review
  • Provides candid and helpful feedback taking into consideration the job grade of the person
  • Aware of impact of own work
  • Makes decisions within own area of work and requires approval from Supervisor


  • At least 3 years post-graduate working experience.
  • Field experience indispens­able.
  • Management and administrative experience an additional advantage.

Duty Station:  Hawassa, Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR), Ethiopia

Job Grade:   HG13

Monthly Base Salary: Birr 35,492 (Negotiable depending on the salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment:  This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position, initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding. The ILRI remuneration package for nationally recruited staff in Ethiopia includes very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc. The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus in Addis Ababa. Dining and sports facilities are located on site.

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number: REF: RTSCC/16/20 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: clicking on the "Apply Now" tab above before 19 March 2020.

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Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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