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Tanzania Country Representative Job Vacancy - World Agroforestry Centre

About our organization

The World Agroforestry Centre (also known as the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry or ICRAF) is an independent research institution which generates science-based knowledge about the complex role trees play in agricultural landscapes and rural livelihoods.

As part of the Centre’s work to bring tree-based solutions to bear on poverty and environmental problems, researchers – working in close collaboration with partners – are developing new technologies, tools and policy recommendations for increased food security and ecosystem health.

The Centre’s headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya, and research is conducted in 23 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We are supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and receive funding from over 50 different

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About the position

The position seeks to build strong partnership with the United Republic of Tanzania institutions and development partners in the country and work together to generate tree-based solutions to the problems of rural poverty, hunger and environmental degradation.

The principal role of the Country Representative is to coordinate the development of a comprehensive agroforestry research for development programme for ICRAF in Tanzania.

This includes capacity strengthening, mobilizing resources for collaborative research with Tanzanian institutions and with other national agroforestry and land management programmes in the Eastern Africa Region.

The incumbent will promote collaborative research for development activities with NARS and other relevant institutions such as educational institutions, extension providers, NGOs, CBOs
and the private sector in the country.

The research agenda will include innovative research on climate change and agro-biodiversity as well as participatory evaluation and dissemination of the best-bet land management practices and agroforestry innovations that address issues of soil fertility, food security and environmental concerns in the context of opportunities and constraints to scaling up the wide adoption of agroforestry technologies among smallholder farmers.

Under the overall guidance of the Regional Coordinator for Eastern Africa and GRP leaders with projects and project proposals in Tanzania, and in effective partnership with appropriate institutions in the country, the incumbent will be expected to do the following tasks:
  • Plan and execute a collaborative agroforestry research for development agenda in Tanzania;
  • Plan and implement an effective resource mobilization strategy aimed at supporting a significant expansion of the ICRAF-Tanzania- project portfolio;
  • Build and maintain strategic partnerships with government, donors, farmer organizations, NGOs, the private sector, education and research institutions (including other CGIAR centers) and international agencies with a view to institutionalize land management and agroforestry research and development in the country;
  • Liaise with other East & Central Africa regional and national programme scientists and Tanzania institutions for technical exchange and collaboration;
  • Analyze, interpret, and report research and development results to ICRAF, donors and other development partners. As a research for development institution, ICRAF attaches emphasis on generating international public goods. Thus it attaches great importance to reporting of findings and experiences through peer reviewed articles and similar media;
  • Prepare technical and policy reviews on specific subject areas with emphasis on future land management and agroforestry research and development needs in Tanzania;
  • Supervise and participate in the preparation of training materials and participate in training courses as a resource person;
  • Assist in the preparation, implementation and management of the regional plan of work and budget;
  • Supervise, provide logistical support and report on all ICRAF activities in Tanzania, including financial and administrative oversight and
  • Undertake any other tasks as may be assigned by the Regional Coordinator for Eastern Africa
  • Ph.D. in a discipline relevant to land management and agroforestry;
  • At least five (5) years hands-on field experience in managing interdisciplinary programmes and multi-disciplinary staff, and projects focusing on the rural poor, ideally with experience in Sub-Saharan Africa and in particular, Tanzania;
  • Experience in designing and implementing multi-institutional programmes and projects;
  • Demonstrated understanding and appreciation of the role of science in contributing to development in rural areas;
  • Demonstrated English writing skills, and proven ability to contribute to the research and development literature;
  • Excellent oral presentation skills and computer literacy; and proven resource mobilization skills including proven evidence of being able to raise funds
  • Must be a Tanzanian national
Terms of offer

The World Agroforestry Centre is an equal opportunity employer and offers a collegial and gender-sensitive working environment. We believe that staff diversity promotes excellence and strongly encourage applications from qualified women.

This position is on local terms and will be for an initial period of three (3) years, renewable subject to six (6) months’ probation period, assessment of performance, continued relevance of the position and availability of resources.

How to apply

Applications for the position must include:
  • A cover letter illustrating your suitability for the position against the listed requirements and salary expectations
  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • The names and addresses of three referees, including telephone, fax numbers and email addresses.
All correspondence should be addressed to the Human Resources Unit via email: and should indicate “Application for Country Representative-Tanzania” on their application letters and email submissions.

Applications will be considered until 31 March 2011.

Please note that only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted.

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