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CIAT Uganda Jobs 2021 – Fresher Diploma Field Technician

Job Title: Fresher Diploma Field Technician – CIAT Uganda Jobs 2021

Organization: International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Duty Station: Kawanda, Uganda



International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) Profile:

The Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) – a member of the CGIAR Consortium ( – delivers research-based solutions that harness agricultural biodiversity and sustainably transform food systems to improve people’s lives in a climate crisis ( The Alliance focuses on the nexus of agriculture, nutrition and environment, working with local, national, and multinational partners across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and with the public and private sectors and civil society. 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.

The Alliance is a new venture created to turn food and agriculture systems around to be more sustainable healthy, and inclusive. Combining the experience and strengths of the two organizations – including genebanks, use and conservation of agrobiodiversity, climate-smart and digital agriculture, nutrition, and participatory research – will help the Alliance lead the way on six key Levers of change: (1) food environment and consumer behavior, (2) multifunctional landscapes, (3) climate action, (4) biodiversity for food and agriculture, (5) digital inclusion, and (6) crops for nutrition and health. These are all the pressure points where the Alliance can play a catalytic role with interventions that can trigger multiplier effects for positive change.



Job Profile:

The Field Technician will work with the PABRA technical team to execute bean experimental trails and research field data collection. The Position reports to the Senior Field Technician and Research Associate (Bean Breeder) and is based at the National Agricultural Research Laboratories (NARL) – Kawanda.



Roles and responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Senior Field Technician and Research Associate (Bean Breeder), the Field Technician will provide support on the execution of bean experimental trails and research field data collection based at the National Agricultural Research Laboratories (NARL) – Kawanda. More specifically he/she will:

  • Participate with the PABRA research team at Kawanda to conduct field bean experimentation trials
  • Execute planting of field trials in consultation with the RA bean breeder
  • Where necessary develop field plans and layout for various seasons
  • Prepare seed for planting in the field according to scheduled work plans,
  • Conduct harvesting of research materials from field following specific protocols for specific trials, follow proper post-harvesting procedures to ensure good seed quality
  • Carry out bean pollination to develop new segregating populations and make selections from segregating populations based on the trait being studied.
  • Maintain breeding populations and progenies based on the objective of the breeding program.
  • Work with the senior field technician to collect and record agronomic data and pest and disease resistance data and enter into spreadsheets using appropriate computer packages and deliver the data for analysis to the Research Assistant- Plant breeding.
  • Any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.




  • Diploma in Agriculture and at least two (2) years’ experience in Agricultural field activities in a Research Institute
  • Willingness to learn new techniques.
  • Possess basic training in crop production and research techniques in crop improvement
  • Attention to detail, the ability to follow oral and written instructions, and knowledge of both scientific equipment and how to care for plants.
  • Basic knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, data entry, and email software
  • Ability to communicate adequately in English
  • Ability to spend extended periods of time in the field.
  • Ability to use handheld digital equipment for data collection
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions relating to research methods and experimental design.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records, prepare reports and make mathematical calculations.
  • Ability to interpret field plans
  • Demonstrate a high level of integrity
  • Positive attitude, courteous and strong service orientation.
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Commitment to CIAT’s mission and core values

Terms of employment:
This is a nationally recruited position based in Kawanda, Uganda. The contract will be for a two-year period, subject to a probation period of three (3) months and is renewable depending on performance and availability of resources.

The Alliance offers a multicultural, collegial research environment with competitive salary and excellent benefits; we believe that the diversity of our staff contributes to excellence. The Alliance is an equal opportunity employer, and strives for staff diversity in gender and nationality.



How To Apply for CIAT Uganda Jobs 2021

Applicants are invited to visit to get full details of the position and to submit their applications. Applications MUST include reference number Ref:101955- Field Technician – PABRA as the position applied for. Applications should be saved as one document using the candidate’s last name, the first name for ease of sorting.

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

Please note that email applications will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Closing Date: 17th June 2021



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