There are currently two calls for consultants and one tender.

Working at the Crop Trust

The Crop Trust considers its staff its most important asset. The Crop Trust devotes considerable resources towards ensuring their well-being and the establishment of a productive environment.

We aim to attract and retain the most competent, experienced, innovative and energetic professional talent that can be found. The Crop Trust encourages professional and personal growth, provides a safe and well-equipped work environment and provides opportunity for staff participation in matters that affect the staff and their work.

The Organization is an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring staff regardless of nationality, race, gender, religion, political persuasion, marital status, or sexual orientation. The Crop Trust strives to provide a fair and equitable treatment to its staff, and discourages all forms of unfair discrimination.

The Crop Trust offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package for its regular staff.

Job Vacancies

Consulting service – Seeds For Resilience

The Capitalisation of the Endowment Fund of the Global Crop Diversity Trust and Strengthening of National Seedbanks project (Seeds for Resilience, in short) aims to empower national seed collections, by safeguarding them in perpetuity through and endowment fund, documenting and managing them appropriately for conservation and use, and promoting their use, as a basis for climate adaptation of vulnerable African cropping systems. The project is supported by the Federal Republic of Germany through KfW and is conducted in Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, Ghana and Nigeria.

For this project, the Crop Trust is looking for an experienced consultant to work under the guidance of the information systems program manager and in close collaboration with the genebank managers of the Seeds for Resilience project, in the identification and documentation of metrics to monitor the status of the collection.

The tender document states the scope of the services desired as well as required qualifications. Responses are to be submitted by 30 October 2020.

Call for consultants – Global Crop Conservation Strategies

To ensure that Crop Trust is able to call upon a professionally qualified, gender-balanced, geographically diverse, linguistically able and highly motivated corps of professionals for a range of temporary assignments, our International Professional Consultancy Roster requires strengthening in the area of Global Crop Conservation Strategies.

The Crop Trust therefore invites qualified individuals, including existing consultants, to submit their expression of interest (EOI) to be considered for future short- or long-term consultancy assignments at the Crop Trust for work in the framework of the Crop Trust’s project “Breathing New Life into Global Crop Conservation Strategies” on developing Global Conservation Strategies for a number of crops.

Interested candidates are asked to send in applications as soon as possible, as projects are already ongoing in 2020,  but no later than 31 December 2020.


Bond Feasibility Study Consultancy

The Crop Trust is exploring new, more diverse funding channels to achieve the current endowment targets. The Crop Trust has therefore developed a concept
note for a “Food Security Bond” (FSB), an innovative, blended financial mechanism that would generate long term funding from both the public and private sectors to support national, regional and international crop collections.

The Crop Trust is seeking Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified and experienced service providers interested in preparing a comprehensive feasibility study for a bond issuance. Proposals are due via email as a PDF file by midnight (CEST) on 4 September 2020. Questions on the RFP can be sent to Janet Muir, Director of Finance, prior to 21 August 2020. For further information please refer to the Request for Proposal below and relevant governance documents, including the Crop Trust’s Investment Policy Statement.


The Crop Trust accepts applications on a continuous basis for internships. In order to provide interns with a meaningful experience, we are only able to accommodate a limited number of interns at any one time.

The length of internships varies, but typically appointments are for a period of three months. Internships are initially unpaid for the three-month duration, but depending on organizational needs and performance of the interns, the intern may be offered a temporary staff contract which includes a stipend. Interns must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program (having completed at least two years of undergraduate work) or have completed their undergraduate program within the last six months, or be currently enrolled in a masters level or other post-graduate program. Depending on the length of the assignment, interns may be eligible for annual leave and medical leave.

Candidates must already have eligibility to legally reside in Germany for the full period of their assignment (the Crop Trust cannot assist in this) and must provide proof of adequate medical insurance.

The Crop Trust will also consider applications from graduates of masters programs or other post-graduate programs in an area that is relevant to the Crop Trust and who demonstrate an interest in the specific area in which they may operate at the Crop Trust. Persons who meet these criteria are considered ‘Fellows’. Fellow positions have a duration of not less than one year and may not exceed a period of two years. These positions are paid, entry-level positions with entitlement for enrollment in the Crop Trust’s medical scheme and retirement plan. Fellows are also entitled to annual leave and medical leave. Any relocation costs, if relevant, are normally not covered for fellow positions.