Country: Netherlands
Organization: Royal Tropical Institute
Closing date: 15 May 2022

KIT Royal Tropical Institute has a vacancy for a Senior Advisor Agriculture and Seed Systems with the inclusive food systems team. The Inclusive Food Systems team works at the nexus of agriculture, food and nutrition. Specifically, we collaborate with national and international NGOs, local and national governments in low and middle-income countries and the private the private sector to generate and apply knowledge for seed sector development, agricultural innovation and extension, resilient agricultural livelihoods, and food systems. The team comprises of 11 advisors, which we would like to reinforce with the addition of a motivated Senior Advisor Agriculture and Seed Systems.

Your responsibilities are

Offer international advice and applied research services in international seed sector development;
Contribute to further development of the seed sector development portfolio of KIT;
Offer technical assistance to agricultural development projects;
Lead and contribute to the documentation and communication of experiences of KIT agricultural development projects and programs;
Participate in the evaluation of agricultural development projects;
Lead and contribute to proposal writing and acquisition.

About you

An MSc in agricultural sciences or rural development and a solid technical background. A PhD is highly desirable;
At least ten years of practical experience in agricultural development;
Experience in seed sector development;
Proven writing and publishing capacity;
Previous experience as a senior advisor in international development is an asset;
Project acquisition, planning and management experience;
Collegial attitude, capacity to work within a diverse team and to maintain good working relations with global partners;
Fluency in English. A professional working knowledge of French or Portuguese or is an asset;
Ability and willingness to travel for short missions on a regular basis.

What do we offer?

• An interesting and diverse working environment, within a unique organization;

• A starting salary based on qualifications and experience between 4.999, – and 5.678, – euro gross per month with a max growth to 6.074,- euro for a 40-hour working week, 8% holiday pay and admission to the ABP pension fund foundation;

• The initial contract is for 1 year, with the possibility of extension after demonstrated good performance;

• Approximately 25 annual vacation days plus 13 ADV days (when working full-time);

• A workplace in a historic building in the heart of Amsterdam, with the option of working from home;

• Travel allowance; NS-Business card or kilometer allowance, and bicycle plan.

Additional information**

KIT Royal Tropical Institute aspires to be an equitable and inclusive community. We consider inclusivity of talent and diversity of people and perspectives as valuable resources that contribute to our mission. KIT provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants regardless of gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, neurodiversity, functional impairment, citizenship, or any other aspect which makes them unique. We look forward to welcoming you to our community.

To apply, please use the online application form, via the link that you will find under this vacancy. You can apply until the 15th of may. Information about this position can be obtained by sending an email to Boudy van Schagen email:

About KIT

Based on a national heritage site in Amsterdam, KIT Royal Tropical Institute is an independent centre of expertise, education and hospitality dedicated to sustainable development. Guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, we assist governments, NGOs, and private corporations around the world to build inclusive and sustainable societies.

Our experts provide research, advisory and training services focussing on global health, economic development, gender and intercultural communication. Our campus houses an education centre, including a graduate school in global health, and is one of the city’s prime hospitality venues, comprising an eco-friendly hotel, and complementary conference and events facilities. We are also home to SDG House: a thriving community of sustainability experts, social entrepreneurs and NGOs with a membership of more than 70 organisations.

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