Position title
Senior Principal Plant Breeder

Kenya Seed Company Limited, established under the Companies Act, 2015, is a Commercial State Corporation under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation. Its primary mandate is to produce and market top quality certified agricultural seeds.

  1. Developing, evaluation and release of maize seed varieties.
  2. Maintenance and supply of adequate breeders seed for bulking.
  3. Undertake development of inbred lines for yield and other agronomic attributes.
  4. Coordinate preparation of materials for check plot inspections.
  5. Maintain germplasm inventory and ensure ideal storage conditions.
  6. Undertake collection, analysis and interpretation of data from crop experiments.
  7. Screening of various seed technologies in order to apply corrective measures for biotic and biotic plant stresses that affect crop productivity.
  8. Carry out description of released varieties and other germplasm in terms of distinctiveness, Uniformity and Stability (DUS).
  9. Coordinate efficient and effective utilization of assigned resources.
  10. Preparation and presentation of research papers on seed technology trends.
  11. Providing guidance, mentorship, motivation and supervision of assigned staff.
  12. Assist in development of departmental annual budgets, work plans and procurement plans.
  13. Assist in preparation of departmental technical reports.

For appointment to this grade, one must have:

  • Master degree in plant Breeding or equivalent qualification from a recognized institution.
  • Bachelor Science degree in Botany, Agriculture, Seed Science or equivalent qualification from a recognized institution.
  • Have a minimum of ten (10) years relevant work experience four (4) of which must have been in a middle management position.
  • Certificate in Management Course lasting not less than four (4) weeks from a recognized institution.
  • Must be a member of a relevant professional body.
  • Must have released at least two (2) varieties.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Team player.
  • Working knowledge of computer applications.
  • Must have valid driving license.
  • Fulfill the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution.
Employment Type
Full-time, Permanent & Pensionable
Job Location
Nairobi, Kenya
Base Salary
Date posted
December 14, 2022
Valid through
December 20, 2022
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