Data Management Officer

at African Agricultural Technology Foundation
Published June 5, 2022
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Category Computer & IT  
Job Type Full Time  


AATF is an international not-for-profit organisation that facilitates and promotes public/private partnerships to enhance food security and livelihoods of smallholder farmers in SSA. AATF works with African governments, private and public technology owners and developers, NGOs, seed companies and African small holder farmers to identify and access technologies that address farmers’ key problems and empower them through availability of a choice of agricultural innovations that generate wealth and health for their families and communities.


AATF wishes to recruit a suitably qualified Data Management Officer, to be based in Nairobi, to provide data management support at both projects and Institutional level. This is a National Recruited position.


Responsible for data management using the different software available at the Foundation such as Breeding Management System (BMS) etc.

Responsible for producing and managing standardized data.

Define and implement data standards and best practices for Research Data Management by developing trait ontologies, phenotyping protocols, quality standards, templates, and field books.

Perform timely data entry, curation, and analysis of experimental data such as: analysis of variance for comparing genotype performance for single location and multi-environment GXE trials among others, using standard applications R, Meta-R, SPSS, GenStat, Breeding View, or any other applicable software.



A good understanding of agricultural data requirement for robust output and impact at all levels

Ability to coordinate, manage and inspire a diverse group of skilled professionals to collect and archive data efficiently and effectively.



Education: Masters in IT, Statistics or Agricultural Science or related field. A PhD shall be an added advantage.




With minimum of five (5) years’ experience in data management for a plant breeding program in a well-structured environment or donor funded organization.

Be proficient in the use of Excel, statistical packages (STATA, SPSS, R, GenStat, ASREML, GXE Biplot), computer programming languages (JAVA, Python) ability to use SAS shall be added advantage

Have good understanding of experimental design, statistics and its principle in plant breeding, agronomy practices and socioeconomic data analysis.

Experience in data management systems for agricultural research.

Familiarity with databases, commercial plant breeding software systems will be an added advantage.

Language Requirements: Fluency in written and spoken English. A working knowledge of a 2nd language – French/Portuguese would be an added advantage


Terms of Employment


This is a nationally recruited position based in Nairobi, Kenya. The contract will be for two years period, subject to a probation period of six (6) months and is renewable depending on performance and availability of resources. AATF offers a multicultural collegial environment with competitive salary and excellent benefits. AATF is an equal opportunity employer; committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all religious and ethnic backgrounds and any other diversity groups to apply and become a part of our organization.


How to apply

Submission of Applications


Qualified candidates are invited to visit our website to obtain the job profile and send their applications and clearly indicate on the email subject Data Management Officer.

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