CABI is an international not-for-profit
organization that improves people’s lives by
providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in
agriculture and the environment. CABI is an intergovernmental organization that
can trace its origins back to 1910.
member countries guide and influence our core areas of work, which include International Development and Publishing.
have over 500 staff based in 16 countries. We have offices in Brazil, China,
Ghana, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Pakistan, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago,
the UK, the USA and Zambia.
International Development projects and
knowledge sharing and science, CABI helps address issues of global concern such
as improving global food security and safeguarding the environment. We do this
by helping farmers grow more and lose less of what they
produce, combating threats to agriculture and the environment from pests and
diseases, protecting biodiversity from invasive species,
and improving access to agricultural and environmental scientific knowledge.
CABI’s Knowledge Business
produces key scientific publications, including CAB Abstracts –
the world-leading abstracting and indexing database covering applied life
sciences. We also publish multimedia compendia, books, eBooks and full text
electronic resources aiming to further science and its
application to real life. CABI invests its publishing surpluses directly into
development projects, helping to improve livelihoods worldwide.
more information go to www.cabi.org and www.plantwise.org
Purpose of the role:
in conjunction with our international donors and partners, implements and
manages a wide range of initiatives around the world, ranging from research
projects to rural development activities. The successful candidate will become
part of the Project Development Group, supporting project development in all
regions, helping CABI staff to articulate project ideas, develop logical
frameworks and budgets, and ensuring that monitoring and evaluation, as well as
gender perspectives, are fully addressed in all CABI project proposals. The
candidate in Kenya will also be integrated in business development and Centre
business in Kenya (plus other Africa offices), and a key
to work closely with CABI scientists in the preparation and collation of
information for project proposals.
to ensure that concept notes and bid documents conform to the requirements and
priorities of donor organizations.
to handle financial information competently and confidentially, including
analysis and presentation of data in line with both donor requirements and with
CABI’s financial procedures.
to finalize project documents for submission, in excellent English and
presented in a clear, logical and winning style.
to gather donor intelligence, explore new funding opportunities through regular
monitoring of donor websites, and circulate this information to the appropriate
contact points within International Development and the Knowledge Business.
to assist project scientists to develop logical frameworks and to plan and
budget for project monitoring and evaluation.
to ensure that gender perspectives are adequately represented in project
to assist scientists with preparation of internal quality assurance documents
during the proposal process.
Knowledge & Skills
Fluency in English, with first class written and oral communication skills
Broad understanding of the use of applied biological science in international
development, especially relating to agriculture and the environment
Proven ability to rapidly evaluate complex information to ascertain its
potential usefulness, and to produce a synthesis
Attention to detail
Excellent numeracy skills
Familiarity with the logical framework and other strategic planning approaches
Good working knowledge of the MS Office suite of programs (Word, Excel,
PowerPoint and Outlook).
Understanding of gender issues and how to mainstream gender perspectives in
Competence in at least one other major language
Familiarity with file sharing and customer relationship management
Full driving licence
Education & Qualifications
A first degree and/or M.Sc. in a biological or social science, preferably in
agriculture, agricultural development or international development.
or equivalent experience.
Considerable and demonstrable post qualification experience in an agriculture
or agricultural development context – typically 5 years plus.
Proven experience of project development in an international development
Broad range of experience of operating on multiple projects and across borders
Significant developing country experience in agricultural development and
applied research, ideally working with a wide range of stakeholders including
local communities, NGOs, government officials, other partners, researchers,
Good knowledge of global and regional development issues including experience
in research management.
Highly motivated, organized and adaptable, with strong inter-personal and
communication skills. Proactive and enthusiastic in communicating with and
Comfortable working both independently or as a collaborative team player.
Able to work under pressure and deliver high quality products to tight
deadlines, with flexibility. Including occasional out-of-hours working.
Trustworthy and capable of dealing with sensitive information in a discreet and
Managing and prioritising a high workload with a flexible approach to changing
environments, including some travel.
Ability to articulate scientific concepts effectively to technical experts and
Creative and innovative in generating new ideas and undertaking research.
Strong influencing and networking skills – a natural ambassador.
Ability to work and interface at a senior level both internally and externally.
Keen to mentor and develop staff.
job description is not intended to be exhaustive. It is expected that the post
holder and CABI will adopt a flexible attitude and accept that the duties may
have to be varied according to circumstances, in particular changing corporate
requirements and individual development needs.
is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from candidates
irrespective of age, gender, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national
origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation or marital status. No
applicant will be disadvantaged by conditions which cannot be shown to be
justified and selection will be based on merit.
To apply please submit
your CV and a cover letter via our online recruitment portal at www.cabi.org/careers by 23rd