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Bioversity International’s Junior Professional Officer Programme provides valuable work experience and training opportunities for young and motivated professionals who are interested in pursuing a career in a Research for Development environment and promotes an understanding of Bioversity International and CGIAR.

Junior Professional Offices currently assist our Headquarters and Country Office worldwide in carrying out our mission to deliver scientific evidence, management practices and policy options to use and safeguard agricultural biodiversity to attain global food and nutrition security.

Bioversity International will provide quality supervision whether you are undertaking a scientific, technical or support-related role, ensuring that you build a solid foundation for further career opportunities.  Several of our Junior Professional Officers have become permanent staff members of Bioversity International.

Meet some of Bioversity International’s Junior Professional Officers

Elisabetta Gotor

“I applied to the Italian Junior Professional Programme while I was about to conclude my PhD in Agricultural Economics at the University of Reading, UK. This opportunity was an incredible springboard that enhanced my career. It gave me the possibility to keep my research focus, merging it to the development world.” 

Robert Fungo

“In the three years I have worked with Bioversity International, I have gained significant experience. The position has enabled me to advance my knowledge and skills in research. The trust from colleagues reinforced my motivation to work for Bioversity in remote areas of the Congo Basin Forests of Central Africa and the Sahel”.

Riina Jalonen

 “The absolute highlight was to become Bioversity International’s gender focal point in one of the CGIAR Research Programs that Bioversity contributes to. This provided opportunities for networking with other centres, adding a social research dimension to my work, learning and responsibility for planning and budgeting for gender-responsive research within Bioversity.”

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