Junior Scientist – Agricultural Innovation Systems, Chercheur junior – Systèmes d’innovation agricole, Garoua , The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Junior Scientist – Agricultural Innovation Systems, Chercheur junior – Systèmes d’innovation agricole, Garoua , The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Role Responsibilities/ Responsabilités du rôle


The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF) envision a more equitable world where trees in all landscapes, from drylands to the humid tropics, enhance the environment and well-being for all. CIFOR and ICRAF are non-profit science institutions that build and apply evidence to today’s most pressing challenges, including energy insecurity and the climate and biodiversity crises. Over a combined total of 65 years, we have built vast knowledge on forests and trees outside of forests in agricultural landscapes (agroforestry). Using a multidisciplinary approach, we seek to improve lives and to protect and restore ecosystems. Our work focuses on innovative research, partnering for impact, and engaging with stakeholders on policies and practices to benefit people and the planet. Founded in 1993 and 1978, CIFOR and ICRAF are members of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food secure future dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources.

CIFOR-ICRAF is looking for a Junior Scientist – Agricultural Innovation Systems


ICRAF is looking for the services of a Junior Scientist – Agricultural Innovation Systems for its project « Strengthening Innovation Systems in the North of Cameroon » (ReSI-NoC), funded by the European Union for a period of 4 years (Oct 2020- Sept 2024) and implemented in collaboration with CIFOR, CIRAD and IRAD. ReSI-NoC aims to strengthen agricultural innovation systems to improve their role in the processes of inclusive planning, collaborative management and the co-design and implementation of technical, organisational and social innovations

Duties and responsibilities

Coordinate the implementation of project activities in project sites.

Provide technical inputs in field activities and training, with a focus on (i) facilitating the co-design and experimentation of innovations with relevant stakeholders, and (ii) strengthening capacities of communities and other stakeholders to innovate.

Contribute to the dissemination of project achievements through publications of scientific papers, technical reports, training and extension material, success stories, and other oral and written communications.

Organise project meetings, workshops, field trips, trainings and other project activities in the North Region of Cameroon.

Plan and monitor project activities, in collaboration with the project team and partners.

Supervise data collection, M&E and reporting of project activities, in consultation with project team and partners.

Prepare work plans and technical reports.

Education, knowledge and experience

Postgraduate degree in one of the following disciplines: rural development or social sciences, agricultural economy, natural resources management, human geography. At least 2 years’ experience in research-for-development, preferably in an international organization. Mastery of French and English. Familiarity with participatory research methods like innovation platforms, farmer field schools, co-design of technologies. Practical experience with designing and implementing training programmes for farmers, extension agents and local NGOs. Good oral and written communication skills and a track record of scientific publications.

Personal attributes and competencies

Ability to work under high pressure, meet deadlines, monitor and follow-up on pending matters under minimum supervision. Willing to travel and work in rural and remote areas. Having lived or worked in the North region of Cameroon, as well as familiarity with fulfulde language will be an asset.

Terms and conditions

This is a Locally Recruited position. CIFOR-ICRAF offers competitive remuneration in local currency commensurate with skills and experience. This position is on national terms and will be for an initial period of 17 months, subject to a probation period according to the local labour law. The contract could be renewed subject to performance, continued relevance of the position and availability of funds. The duty station will be in Garoua, Cameroon

Application process

The application deadline is 21 Apr, 2023

We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.

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