9 Oct 2019

Driver/Technical Assistant at ICIPE

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ICIPE is a pan-African and non-profit Centre of Excellence for research and development and capacity building
in insect science and its applications. Its mission is to help alleviate poverty, ensure food and nutritional security
and improve the overall health status of peoples of the tropics by developing and extending management tools
and strategies for harmful and useful arthropods, while preserving the natural resource base through research
and capacity building.

Job Description
icipe seeks to recruit a Driver / Technical Assistant. The position is tenable in Nairobi at the icipe Duduville
campus. This is two-year contract, renewable subject to continued project needs, funding for the position, and
performance of the staff member. This is a nationally recruited position. A competitive compensation package
will be offered to the right candidate. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
The position is responsible for assisting the following Plant Health theme projects field research activities in
Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania:

  •  AU-Tuta IPM Project
  •  SipFeed Project, and
  •  Other projects in the Plant Health Theme.


  • Assist the scientists, PhD and MSc students in performing routine field activities related to the Plant
    Health Theme.
  •  Provide logistical support to the Plant Health Theme at icipe and during field activities
  • Participate and support laboratory activities when based at icipe headquarters.
  •  Liaise with field staff of NARS partners and community members to undertake field activities.
  •  Driving Plant Health Theme project vehicles in the research areas and on any errands within Nairobi and
    its environs.
  • Carry out routine basic maintenance of the vehicles as deemed necessary to keep them in good working
  •  Carry out other daily chores, casual labour, and any other activities assigned by the supervisor.


  • A valid and accident-free driving licence, with at least three years’ post-qualification driving experience
    and good knowledge of automobile mechanics.
  • Mean grade ‘D’ in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), or equivalent level of education.
  • Basic computer skills, such as MS Word and the ability to communicate via e-mail.
  • Minimum professional knowledge/skill required
  •  Good knowledge of automobile mechanics.
  •  Ability to communicate effectively in both English and Kiswahili.
  •  Familiarity with the geography (road network) in East Africa will be an added advantage.
  • Minimum relevant practical work experience required
  • Must be aged below 40 years.
  •  Prior experience with similar research and development organisation and knowledge of basic concepts
    in conducting experiments

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted up to 15th October 2019. Interested applicants should submit: (a) a confidential cover letter; (b) detailed CV with names and addresses of 3 referees (including email addresses, fax numbers); and (c) a statement illustrating suitability against the listed qualifications/competencies/ abilities, and skills. Candidates are required to apply online through: http://recruit.icipe.org or by Email: [email protected] icipe is an equal opportunity employer. It fosters a multicultural work environment that values gender equity, teamwork, and respect for diversity.

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