Plant Research Assistant (SOG/ST 3)

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Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing
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The Plant Research Assistant (SOG/ST 3) is to assist with the execution, management, and monitoring of research under laboratory, greenhouse, and field conditions, as well as pest identification, diagnostic and advisory services.



  • Field and laboratory experiments laid out. 
  • Experiments maintained and monitored. 
  • Experimental data recorded and compiled 
  • Material and physical resources for projects mobilized. 
  • Field Assistant supervised 
  • Pay bills for approval prepared and submitted 
  • Samples submitted for diagnosis are received and recorded 
  • Preliminary identification of pest/disease conducted. 
  • Specimens are prepared, preserved and cultured 
  • Laboratory equipment maintained and serviced 
  • Assisted with the transfer of technology to students, farmers and extension officers. 



Technical/Professional Responsibilities 

  • Assists with the implementation of field laboratory trials by preparation of the necessary equipment and materials, monitoring, processing and recording of the experimental data
  • Ensures that all procedures and treatments are executed as required according to specifics of experimental designs 
  • Assists with the processing and preliminary diagnosis of pest problems and where possible give suggestions for their management 
  • Prepares preservers, cultures or rears specimens for identification and research Assist in the preparation of reagents (chemicals) and other materials, and equipment required for laboratory and field experiments 
  • Assists with the routine maintenance and servicing of tools and equipment used for routine work 
  • Assists with preparation and maintaining detailed inventories for controlling and monitoring the use of equipment, supplies and materials; giving timely notice of needs for replacement to supervisor 
  • Assists with transfer of technology to extension officers, farmers, open day, field days
  • To accompany supervisors on farm visits and other holdings in relation to pest problems
  • Assists in the sourcing acquisition of materials, equipment and supplies for the assigned Plant Protection Unit 
  • Helps in compiling and maintaining all relevant experimental, pest identification, diagnostic advisory and regulatory records where necessary
  • Attends workshops, seminars and training sessions 
  • Performs other tasks assigned by or through his/her supervisor from time to time 


Human Resources Responsibilities 

  • Supervising Field Assistants employed or assigned to assist with research and regulatory work 


Other responsibilities 

  • Performs a wide range of sundry tasks and activities assigned by or through supervisor



  • Experiments laid out correctly, according to project specifications 
  • Accurately collected data on a timely basis 
  • Careful management experiments in order to maintain the integrity of the research projects
  • Accurate records kept of experimental, diagnostic, advisory, and regulatory work records
  • Prepared, prescribed, and reared insect specimens according to specifications
  • Excellent maintenance of laboratory space materials and equipment 
  • Experimental data recorded and compiled according to set standards 
  • Material and physical resources for projects mobilized according to set standards
  • Field Assistant properly supervised 
  • Pay bills for approval prepared and submitted within the agreed timeframe
  • Samples submitted for diagnosis are received and recorded within the agreed timeframe and according to set standards 
  • Preliminary identification of pest/disease conducted according to set standards
  • Assisted with the transfer of technology to students, farmers and extension officers as required and within set timeframe 




  • Good interpersonal skill 
  • Good oral communication skills 
  • Good written communication skills 
  • Good problem solving and conflict management skills 
  • Ability to use initiative 
  • Customer and quality focus 



  • Excellent knowledge of laboratory techniques 
  • Thorough knowledge of plant protection 
  • Knowledge of associated disciplines within and beyond Plant Protection
  • Knowledge of the operations of Government / Knowledge of the Ministry’s policies and procedures 
  • Proficiency in the use of relevant computer applications 



  • Associate degree in Agriculture from CASE or another reputable institution



  • Exposure to hazardous pesticides and harmful laboratory reagents 
  • Exposure to dust, bacterial and fungal spores 
  • Exposure to long hours of solar radiation in the field and also rain soak Risk associated with long-distance road travel, often off – track in unfamiliar and high risks areas 
  • Occasional long working hours 


Please note that we thank all for responding, but only short listed applicants will be contacted.


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