Office Assistant


International Potato Center


Ref: 2016/033/NRS/SSA




The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking an Office Assistant to work in our CIP office based in Eldoret, Kenya.

The Center: CIP is a not-for-profit international agricultural research-for-development organization with a focus on potato, sweetpotato, and Andean roots and tubers. Its vision is of roots and tubers improving the lives of the poor. CIP is dedicated to achieving food security, improved well-being, and gender equity for poor people in root and tuber farming and food systems of the developing world. CIP works with partners to contribute high quality science, technology, and capacity strengthening for sustainable science-based solutions. CIP is headquartered in Lima, Peru, with staff and activities in over 30 locations across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. CIP is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. CGIAR is a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. Its science is carried out by the 15 research centers who are members of the CGIAR Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations. The CIP Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) main regional office is in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Position: The Office Assistant will be responsible for keeping the office and surrounding area clean. The Assistant is expected to be courteous to staff and visitors and provide a welcoming environment to the office.

The principal tasks and responsibilities include the following:

  • Keep the office premises and surrounding area clean and tidy (cleaning, dusting, mopping and drying floors, windows, furniture and kitchen equipment);
  • Make tea/coffee for CIP staff and visitors;
  • Replenish consumables (soap, tissue, paper towels) on regular basis;
  • Keep an update on the conditions of office items and kitchen equipment;
  • Weekly count of office items and recording them;
  • Photocopying and Binding;
  • Carrying out messenger duties (e.g. posting parcels, banking services, payment of bills, obtaining quotations);
  • Make sure the office is locked properly at the end of the day;
  • Any other duty assigned by the supervisor within the overall function of the job.

The successful Office Assistant will have:

  • A KCSE Certificate as minimum educational qualification;
  • Fluency in English and Swahili required;

Conditions: The employment contract will be for a two-year term (with three months’ probation period) with the possibility of renewal subject to performance and availability of funds.

Applications: Applicants should apply through CIP’s Job Opportunities website (, including a cover letter summarizing their relevance to this position, a full C.V. and the names and contact information of three referees knowledgeable about the candidate’s work experience. Screening will begin on 22nd October, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Learn more about CIP by accessing our web site at

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

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: CIP - International Potato Center
  • Location: Eldoret
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
  • Closing Date: 2016-10-22

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