July 5, 2022

Country: Ghana
Organization: International Potato Center
Closing date: 12 Jul 2022

The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking to recruit a dynamic and experienced Junior Research Assistant to set up and backstop Small Livestock Rearing Clubs, predominately with women. The two livestock species under consideration are cavies (Cavia porcellus L.) and guinea fowl. Cavy rearing will be piloted in the first year, and if successful adopted as the key livestock component. The selected candidate will also be responsible for researching and identifying local feedstuffs appropriate for use.

The Position: This position will be hosted by the International Water Management Institute in Ghana, on behalf of the International Potato Center. The selected candidate will be based in Tamale, Ghana and will report to the Project and Marketing Manager, Country Liaison.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Learn all aspects of cavy and guinea fowl rearing with the perspective of teaching others
  • Conduct a pilot cavy rearing effort with selected households, that includes detailed data collection on each component of the rearing process and writing a comprehensive report.
  • Set up, train, and backstop members of Small Livestock Rearing Clubs
  • Collaborate with local Ministry of Food and Agriculture Technicians working on small livestock
  • Identify local feed sources for small livestock
  • Collaborate with team members and market agents to develop demand for small livestock products and evaluate acceptability of cavy consumption by consumers
  • Work with team members to develop a comprehensive communication and advocacy strategy for nutritious foods, especially small livestock
  • Monitor the performance of small livestock clubs, utilizing digital and other tools adopted by the project
  • Writing of progress reports on a timely basis
  • Writing monthly stories from the field

Selection Criteria


  • BSc degree in animal science, animal feed or health, or closely related field
  • Minimum one (1) year of relevant work experience.
  • Experience rearing small livestock species
  • Training of field personnel
  • Strong communication and writing skills in English


  • Knowledge of essential business skills.
  • Previous work with private sector enterprises.
  • Experience with video technology
  • Experience utilizing social media
  • Experience in promotion activities
  • Knowledge of French a plus.
  • Knowledge of local languages such as Dagbani, Konkomba, Mamprusi, and Gonja.

Why should you consider this opportunity?

  • CIP is a global and reputable international organization that has a strong, state-of-the-art R&D background.
  • CIP is dedicated to achieving food security, improved nutrition and well-being, and gender equality for poor people in root and tuber farming and food systems of the developing world.
  • CIP is a member of the CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food secure future dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources.

What are we offering?

  • Compensation package commensurate with experience.
  • On-the-job learning opportunities with senior scientists
  • This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position limited to Ghana nationals and permanent residents only. The contract will be for an initial period of 2.5 years (with a 6-month probation period). Renewal is dependent on performance and availability of funds.
  • Work in diverse workplace committed to gender equality.

How to apply

Visit the following link: https://cipotato.org/open-vacancies/ and submit your cover letter and a full C.V. with your references. Screening of applications will begin on July 12, 2022 and will continue until the post is filled. All applications will be acknowledged; however only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

This position WILL have contact with children or vulnerable adults.

Learn more about CIP by accessing our web site at http://www.cipotato.org.

CIP is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

CIP does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). CIP also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts

About the author 


Parker Chuks is an experienced Career Specialist, Content Developer, and Progrmme Analyst. Driven by the latest IT innovations, he takes pride in identifying vocational and career opportunities for qualified job-searchers using a variety of assessments possible.

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