Monday, January 21, 2019

Entomologist/Laboratory Manager Job at World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg)

Position: Entomologist/Laboratory Manager

Overview: The World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) is a non-profit, autonomous international agricultural research center with headquarters in Taiwan and five regional offices around the globe. WorldVeg conducts research and development programs that contribute to realize the potential of vegetables for healthier lives and more resilient livelihoods. For more information please visit our website:

WorldVeg’s Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa located in Arusha, Tanzania conducts vegetable research and training and provides information services for the benefit of its stakeholders in the horticultural sector in Africa.

As part of its activities under the project ‘Multiflower’ (Introducing biological control measure for growing ornamental crops) and other projects, the Regional Office is looking for a talented, diligent, ambitious and reliable Tanzanian citizen, who places importance on quality, team-work and diligence for the position of Entomologist/laboratory manager.

Key responsibilities

  • The successful candidate will report to the Manager of the Multiflower Project, and will co-supervise one or more technicians.

Specific responsibilities may include:

  • Manage the entomology laboratory, including safety and ensure day-to-day functioning.
  • Conduct laboratory, screen house and field experiments to assess the efficiency of local natural enemies to control aphids.
  • Conduct laboratory experiments to develop a methodology for insect rearing.
  • Organize training on biological control, throughout Tanzania.
  • Contribute to project reporting and represent the project on different workshops and other events.
  • Prepare field reports.
  • Draft scientific publications.

Skills, knowledge and qualifications

  • A Master of Science (MSc) related to entomology from an accredited university.
  • Excellent knowledge of and proven experience in laboratory safety rules and functioning.
  • Proven experience in biological control. Previous experience with aphids and their natural enemies would be an asset
  • Experience in working with microbial agents is considered a strong asset.
  • Proven experience in conducting all aspects of laboratory, screen house and field trials; from design, implementation, collection, analysis of data to publication of results. A track record in publications is considered a strong asset.
  • Demonstrated experience in staff management.
  • A minimum of three years of experience in agricultural development within an international environment, preferably an international non-governmental organization (NGO).
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work independently and interact with partners and colleagues in a multi-cultural setting.

How to apply
Applicants are invited to send a cover letter, clearly illustrating their suitability for the above position against each of the listed items under ‘skills, knowledge and qualifications’, together with a detailed curriculum vita, including names and addresses of three referees. Applications should be sent by e-mail only with the title ‘Entomologist/laboratory manager’. Only applications sent by e-mail and following these requirements will be considered.

Only applications from short-listed candidates will be acknowledged. WorldVeg offers an attractive working environment in a multi-cultural setting with employees from different countries and diverse backgrounds. WorldVeg is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Closing date: Closing date for applications is 5 February 2019.
To apply for this job email your details to info-esa@worldvea.ora