Winrock International: Job Annoucement


POSITION TITLE:            Research and Development Team Leader

LOCATION:                       Kindia, Guinea

DEPARTMENT:                Agriculture & Enterprise

REPORTS TO:                   Chief of Party

Winrock International is implementing the Feed the Future Guinea Agricultural Services: Strengthening Market-led, Agricultural Research, Technology and Education (SMARTE) program. SMARTE is a five-year program seeking to train young Guineans as agricultural entrepreneurs, produce high quality information for agricultural businesses and producers, provide demand-driven extension and advisory services, and co-develop profitable and practical agricultural technologies with the private sector and research and development institutions. The project takes a market-focused, private sector-led approach that will ensure the sustainability of the activity beyond the cessation of donor funding.


The Research and Development Team Leader is responsible for implementing activities related to identifying and verifying global technologies and appropriate technical packages that result in increased incomes for actors in the rice, horticulture and Livestock value chains. He/she works with the Institut de Recherche Agronomique de Guinee (IRAG) and private sector partners to identify, pilot, scale, and market technologies to farmers throughout Guinea. The Team Leader will facilitate linkages between Guinean private enterprises and sources of these technologies. He/She coordinates closely with other donor-funded programs and private sector actors to ensure technologies can be commercialized in locations with high potential for adoption. The team leader will work close with the Extension and Advisory Services team to develop extension materials to allow clients to make informed investments and correctly apply technologies. He/She also works with and train a cadre of young agricultural professionals to use, demonstrate, and market the technologies, providing quality assurance to the professionals and to producers. The Research and Development Team Leader will oversee two Coordinators, along with a cadre of young agro-business associates.



  • Bachelor’s degree in education, agriculture, health economics, international development, social science or other related field.


  • Minimum of 10 years of experience working with the private sector or donor-funded programs on research and development in agriculture or agricultural productivity;
  • Experience in facilitating development of evidence based technologies; 
  • Experience specific to Guinea required. 

Skills & Knowledge:

  • Demonstrated private sector experience in developing, selling, or conducting market analyses for products in the agricultural sector.
  • Excellent leadership and communication skills.
  • Ability to implement a protocol review system for technologies that will define their source, potential market, economic benefits, commercialization pathway, financing options, promotional activities, extension support for end users, and predicted impact for the project.


·      Excellent French language communications skills are required.

·      English language proficiency a plus.


  • The incumbent must be willing to live in Kindia with travel up to 25% of the time.


Applications should include the following documents:

a.     A cover page letter addressed to the SMARTE Chief of Party

b.     An update CV with relevant experience

c.     A valid national identity piece (passport, national identity card or birth certificate)

The application should be submitted by email to with the reference Application for Research and Development Team Leader in the subject line of your email. All applications should be submitted before 23H59 August 14th, 2017.


                                                                                             SMARTE Chief of Party


Créé le Lundi 31 juillet 2017 à 11:17