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Vacancy: Science Coordinator - AWARD

About our organization


The World Agroforestry Centre is an independent research institution which generates science-based knowledge about the complex role trees play in agricultural landscapes and rural livelihoods. 

The Centre’s headquarters are located in Nairobi, which also hosts the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) project of the CGIAR Gender and Diversity Program.

AWARD is a pioneering project to boost the talent pool of African women in the agricultural sciences. 


AWARD delivers career development fellowships to hundreds of women in agricultural institutions throughout sub-Saharan Africa.  

The project covers 11 countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

Main Purpose of the Job

AWARD requires expertise to provide strategic, tactical and operational support to the AWARD Director in relation to four critical issues:

1. Coordination of AWARD’s science cornerstone, including smooth implementation of the advanced science training (especially regarding research attachments) and training in science skills (research proposal and science writing as well as presentation skills) regarding content of such courses and development of appropriate training material including gender-responsiveness of agricultural research)
 
2. Design and implementation of a specific training course on gender-responsiveness in agricultural research for development focused on collection and interpretation of gender disaggregated data, preferably in partnership with renowned capacity building institutions and preferably to be delivered by African trainers to be trained on this subject
 
3. Support towards monitoring and evaluation and reporting of the science cornerstone activities in AWARD II
 
4. Representation of AWARD in science / research related forums with a view of building and strengthening AWARD’s partnerships with relevant sub-regional, Africa-wide, and international stakeholders in ARD with a view to support sustainability of the AWARD approach.

AWARD’s science cornerstone is critical for the program’s success, particularly in the areas of gender-responsiveness in ARD and planning and implementation of competitive research attachments and other advanced science training, but also regarding a strategy for sustainability and forward planning. 

Consequently, the AWARD Team requires support in designing and coordination of implementation of these activities including selection of partners and trainer and handling host institution selection and follow-up, planning and implementation of science skills courses, and reflection / forward planning exercises.

Having regard to the current team composition in the science cornerstone (the science coordinator is supported by a science cornerstone officer) this role requires a full-time regionally recruited position.

Duties and Responsibilities


Under the leadership of the AWARD Director, the AWARD Science Coordinator will:
  • lead AWARD’s science cornerstone, in particular regarding competitive advanced science training of fellows and content of AWARD’s science skills courses
  • supervise and guide the AWARD Science Cornerstone Officer and Science Cornerstone Assistant in smooth implementation of all activities of AWARD’s science cornerstone
  • supervise and guide the AWARD Science Cornerstone Officer and Science Cornerstone Assistant in monitoring and evaluation of all science cornerstone activities
  • ensure timely and accurate reporting of all science cornerstone activities as per requirements/grants
  • support the Director in the development of material and trainers to deliver a course on gender responsiveness of agricultural research assist the AWARD team in developing a sustainability strategy with key African partners
Qualifications and Experience
  • PhD in a field of science relevant to sub-Saharan African agriculture
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in the development and management of research and development (R&D) projects in Africa
  • Proven experience in developing skills and careers of scientists
  • Proven experience in M&E of science capacity building and science projects/programs
  • Widely networked and well regarded within the sub-Saharan African science system: universities, national agricultural research systems, research networks, etc
  • Experience in gender responsiveness in ARD as well as inclusiveness of work places
  • Good written and spoken English. Good written and oral communication skills in French are highly desirable
Terms of offer

We offer a collegial, diverse and gender-sensitive working environment, and we strongly encourage applications from qualified women. 

This position is on regional terms and will be for an initial period of three (3) years, renewable subject to nine (9) months’ probation period, assessment of performance, continued relevance of the position and availability of resources.

How to apply
 

Vacancy: Genetic Resources Unit Manager

About our organization


The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is an independent research institution which generates science-based knowledge about the diverse roles that trees play in agricultural landscapes, and to use its research to advance policies and practices, and their implementation that benefit the poor and the environment. 

ICRAF is guided by the broad development challenges pursued by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). 

These include poverty alleviation that entails enhanced food security and health, improved productivity with lower environmental and social costs, and resilience in the face of climate change and other external shocks.

The Centre’s headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya, with eight regional and sub-regional offices located in China, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Peru and Cameroon. 

ICRAF conducts research in 28 other countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Main purpose of the job

The main purpose of the position will be to oversee the management of ICRAF’s Agroforestry Genetic Resources.

Specific responsibilities
  • Managing conservation and documentation of the Agroforestry tree collection in the seed genebanks and field genebanks to international standards.
  • Coordinating and managing viability and germplasm health monitoring.
  • Managing distribution of seeds from all ICRAF collections in accordance with provisions under the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) and country specific policies as relevant.
  • Planning and managing genetic resources characterization activities.
  • Organizing and managing activities and resources in the genebank and molecular laboratories.
  • Stratification of the collection to ensure the most efficient management whilst maintaining standards of quality and safety.
  • Liaising with genetic resources staff from national partner institutes in all regions where ICRAF operates to facilitate collection, conservation and use of  Agroforestry tree collection.
  • Developing proposals with colleagues, fund raising and monitoring progress against donor funded projects.
  • Developing and supervising research to promote the use of improved germplasm of exotic and indigenous tree species while avoiding problems associated with invasive species.
  • Supervising, overseeing and facilitating development of ICRAF’s GRU databases (relevant for conservation and use) specifically for agroforestry tree seed sources, high value AF tree provenances, improved materials, i.e., clones and varieties and field genebanks.
  • Contributing towards policy development with the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources and other relevant instruments, along with national policy frameworks.
  • Supervising research fellows linked to ICRAF Genetic Resources Unit.
  • Ensuring Genebank collaboration with other relevant CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) and Science Domains.
Requirements
  • PhD in Agronomy, Genetic Resources, Plant Physiology or any other related subject.
  • Knowledge of statistical packages.
  • At least seven years of experience in managing genetic resources collections, laboratory management or plant health for genebanks.
  • The applicant should display an understanding of international policies guiding access and benefit sharing for plant genetic resources and a proven publication record including scientific articles.
Terms of offer

We offer a collegial, diverse and gender-sensitive working environment, and we strongly encourage applications from qualified women. 

This position is on regional terms and will be for an initial period of three (3) years, renewable subject to nine (9) months’ probation period, assessment of performance, continued relevance of the position and availability of resources.

How to apply
 

Position Title:  Deputy Director General – Partnerships, Regions and Impact
 
Reports to:  Director General
 
Duty Station: World Agroforestry Headquarters in Nairobi
 
ICRAF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages female applicants to apply

Role: To provide oversight and strategic direction to staff in Regions, Partnership Office, Protocol, Capacity Development Unit and Impact and Extension Team
 
Duties and Responsibilities:
 
Management and leadership
  • Line management of ICRAF’s five Regional Programmes: working closely with i) Deputy Director General -Research to assist with links/synergies with the Science Domains and global projects; and ii) Deputy Director General –Corporate Services to provide oversight on regional and country performance, staffing, administration and operations;
  • Serve as a member of the Centre’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and participate in strategic planning and decision-making;
  • Guide and support the capacity strengthening efforts of the Centre, including oversight of the Capacity Development Unit;
  • Represent ICRAF at important global and regional fora;
  • Carry out any other tasks related to this portfolio as may be assigned by the Director General.
  • Guide the development and management of host country agreements in countries where ICRAF has a presence.
Partnership
  • Guide the Centre's efforts to form and maintain strategic partnerships with relevant organizations for the delivery of Agroforestry Research for Development;
  • Link partnering efforts with donor relations and resource mobilization activities at the Centre through the Programs Development Unit;
  • Position agroforestry favorably for partners to expand and deepen their agroforestry agendas and capacities;
  • Monitor and report internally and to the CGIAR Consortium, as appropriately, on matters relating to partnerships;
  • Guide ICRAF on handling of Hosted Institutions and also assist ICRAF scientists hosted by partner organizations.
Qualifications and experience
  • PhD in agricultural, agroforestry, forestry, natural resources management, social sciences or a related discipline 
  • Strong professional affiliations
  • 10 – 15 years of experience, with at least 5 years in developing countries, managing partnerships, Impact and administration responsibilities at a senior level.
Skills and Competencies
  • A good understanding of the role of partnership and impact assessment in a knowledge based organization
  • Strong conflict resolution and track record in managing collaborative relationships with a range of partners, including the private sector, in the agricultural or knowledge based institutions 
  • Detailed awareness and knowledge of some areas of the global agroforestry research agenda.
  • An established record of research achievements, including a substantive history of scientific publication
  • Strong interpersonal skills and communication ability in English, additional language (French /Spanish) is an added advantage.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster and manage interdisciplinary, gender-inclusive and multi-cultural teams
  • Excellent leadership skills and ability to make convincing presentations at high level
  • Extensive familiarity with tropical developing countries and regions
  • Demonstrated ability for decision making and follow ups.
Terms of offer
 
This position is remunerated on international terms. 

The appointment will be for an initial period of three (3) years, subject to a nine (9) month probation period.

How to apply

Click here to apply online

Position Title:  Leader of Science Domain 2

Specialization:  Tree Products and Markets

Reports to: Deputy Director General - Research

Duty Station: World Agroforestry Headquarters in Nairobi

ICRAF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages female applicants to apply

Main purpose of the job
 
The Leader of Science Domain 2 will channel efforts towards creating and supporting high impact research that focuses on aspects of markets, value chain and business development, enabling business environments, production and enterprise economics and strengthening of rural livelihoods. 

Research is set in the context of trees and agroforestry systems in farming landscapes and has a strong orientation towards development practice. 

Each Science Domain is led by a world-class researcher who conceptualizes, develops and oversees that domain and its sub-themes as well as seeking synergies and integration with CGIAR Research Programmes (CRPs), other Science Domains and our cross-regional and regional teams.

The SDs are the means to seek thematic coherence in our institutional agenda and the SD office teams are primarily focused on the first two of ICRAF’s roles, namely: 

(i) production of global public goods, and 

(ii) building robust evidence for better investments and policies. They also support our regional teams with roles concerning 

(iii) actionable knowledge, and 

(iv) capacity development. 

Each SD further instils a focus on innovation, gender advancement and wider public awareness and appreciation within the agroforestry arena.

Duties and Responsibilities:
 
1. Lead research focusing on the following themes:
  • Value chain analysis and development including post-harvest handling, for agroforestry tree products              
  • Consumer demand (including nutrition and its linkages to markets)
  • Institutional, political, and market context for value chain development and rural livelihood   strengthening (including standards and other market governance tools)
  • Input and service markets, particularly better understanding of how to organize nursery capacity in scaling
  • Enterprise development, with focus on cooperatives and producer associations
  • Rural livelihoods, vulnerability, and risk-reducing mechanisms, and 
  • Multi-stakeholder learning for improved design and implementation of value chain development
The research should be of global value leading to generation of new knowledge, methods, policies and capacity
 
2. Lead research in other relevant areas of production and enterprise economics of agroforestry systems as well as private sector engagement in public-private partnerships

3. Provide leadership for ICRAF's contributions to the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets.

4. Supporting functions for all the above:
  • Guide and build ICRAF’s capacity to carry out such research in all its regions.
  • Guide/supervise thesis research students
  • Initiate and manage partnerships with different national and international stakeholders (government agencies, private companies, donor agencies, NGOs, among others)
  • Interact with other senior staff to ensure useful incorporation of the activities mentioned above into other aspects of the Centre’s work
  • Project development and implementation and fundraising.
  • Contribute to the attainment of the Centre’s strategic goals and the CGIAR Consortium’s Strategic Research Framework
5. Carry out any other activities related to the Program as directed by ICRAF DDG-R.

Qualifications and experience
  • PhD in agricultural/natural resources economics, a related social science, business management, or a related discipline 
  • Strong publications record, including peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Research experience in developing countries
  • Experience with research themes that are prioritized in SD2
  • 10 years with minimum of 5 years postdoctoral experience
Skills and Competencies
  • Skills in research design and quantitative and qualitative data analysis
  • Strong track record in managing collaborative relationships with a range of partners, including the private sector, in the agricultural or natural resource management sectors
  • Demonstrated fundraising and proposal writing experience
  • Familiarity with international agricultural and environmental research
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, fluency in English and, ideally, French and/or Spanish
  • Ability to flourish in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams
  • Strong capacity to mentor young scientists/students
  • Willingness to travel frequently internationally
Terms of offer
 
This position is remunerated on international terms. 

The appointment will be for an initial period of two (2) years, subject to a nine (9) month probation period.

How to apply
 
Click here to apply online

Deadline: 31 Jul-2013


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

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