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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 more than 30 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 donors.
 
Vacancy: IUCN Post-Doctoral Fellow – Restoration Ecology
 
Location: Nairobi

Job Category: Post Doctoral Fellow

About the position
: Support cutting-edge research on restoration ecology as part of a Bonn Challenge initiative on “filling knowledge gaps on the restoration of degraded smallholder landscape mosaics”.
 
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
  • Research functional proxies for ecosystem health that can be used to assess land degradation status and for monitoring of progress towards restoration of degraded ecosystems.
  • Research opportunities for restoration of degraded land, specifically to:
  1. Facilitate the maintenance or recovery of biodiversity in mosaics of agricultural and (semi-)natural systems.
  2. Increase and maintain above- and belowground carbon stocks.
  3. Enhance water quality and availability.
  • Contribute towards the development and implementation of a near-real-time geoscience laboratory that utilizes remote sensing and rigorous statistical approaches for targeting restoration ecology.
Requirements
  • PhD in applied ecology, with specialization in Tropical Ecosystems, Biodiversity Conservation, Environmental and Spatial Studies or similar field.
  • 2 years’ experience in research. Field work experience will be a plus.
  • Strong background in mathematical statistics and modeling, with advanced R statistical programming skills.
  • Background in spatial modeling and geo-computing.
  • Knowledge and experience in remote sensing a plus.
  • Good English language skills, French a plus.
Terms of Offer

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

This position is remunerated on International terms and will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.

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

How to Apply

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 to apply online

Job Title: Program Assistant, Fellowships and Institutional Partnerships (AWARD)

Location: Nairobi

The Position: The main role of the Program Assistant (PA) is give programmatic and administrative support to the Fellowships and Institutional Partnerships Program.

Duties and Responsibilities
 
a) Training and workshops
  • Manage the AWARD calendar of training activities
  • Manage the contracts with training partners
  • Develop and manage checklist for training courses, mentoring orientation workshops (MOWs), monitoring meetings etc.
  • Liaise with hosting centers on all logistical arrangements
  • Liaise with respective Coordinators to get the complete list of participants for respective courses and update it with the required details accordingly
  • Respond to enquiries from AWARD clients/partners about events and follow up on course registrations
  • Liaise with the Communications Unit for updating and setting up the webpages for AWARD courses
  • Following up with participants on their pre-course work and deadlines
  • Create and send out 360 surveys and generate individual reports for course participants
  • Liaise with service providers on printing workshop materials (workbooks/hand-outs/name tags etc.)
  • Manage ordering of materials (MBTI, HBR and related articles and books), equipment required for the courses
  • Ensure workshop materials, equipment, rooms required, including audio-visual needs are available, organized accordingly and ready at all times for respective courses
  • Manage the events, including setting up, instructing external contractors and internal staff assistance
  • Work closely with the Operations Team to ensure all course logistics requirements are met
  • Liaise with M&E to ensure evaluation forms are updated and the M&E unit has the final list of participants for online distribution of the M&E forms
  • Track and maintain a database of training partners
  • Maintain a database of selected trainers and potential trainers for AWARD
  • Support coordination of training courses
  • Organize field trips when required
b) Fellowship, Mentoring, and Alumnae activities
  • Support AWARD Fellows’ Science Conference participation
  • Coordinate mentors’ participation in training courses
  • Support alumnae activities
  • Administrative support
c) Support to the Deputy Director, Fellowships and Institutional Partnerships and program staff
  • Provide day to day support to Deputy Director (DD), Fellowships and Institutional Partnerships and program staff
  • Manage internal meetings, consultants and meetings with partners and follow-up actions
  • Organize Team meetings, develop the agenda, take minutes and follow up on action points
  • Liaise with Operations Team concerning program travel, meetings and other logistics
  • General administrative support to the DD and program staff
Essential Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree and other relevant training
  • Advanced computer skills, experience in MS Word, Excel and Outlook
  • At least three years’ experience in managing complex projects or events
  • Communication and report writing skills
  • A high standard of written/spoken English
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to multi-task and able to work well under pressure
  • Have excellent planning, organizational and time management skills
  • Experience of International Organization particularly in Non-Profit Organization
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Willingness to travel across Africa
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. 

The position will be based at the AWARD Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

How to Apply
 
Please combine into one document the following:
  • 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;
CLICK HERE to apply online

Job Title: Senior Officer Fellowships (AWARD)

Location: Nairobi

Job Category: Regionally Recruited Staff


The Position:
 To provide oversight and strategic direction of AWARD’s Fellowship program. 

The AWARD project is implemented in partnership with an extensive network of implementation partners. 

These partners include research networks and several of Africa’s National Agricultural Research Organizations (NAROs), together with specialized training/development providers.

Key Responsibilities
 
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provide strategic leadership to AWARD’s Fellowship initiatives including smooth implementation of all fellowship activities.
  • Plan and coordinate Fellowship selection process, from call for applications to final selection and acceptance of new fellows.
  • Plan and manage the day-to-day delivery of the AWARD Fellowship activities to world-class standards.
  • Overall management of the fellowship cycle and calendar.
  • Communicate with fellows’ (mentors and mentees) with regard to the fellowship participation.
  • Provide standards for service delivered and ensure timely and accurate reporting of all fellowship activities as per requirements.
  • Advise the Deputy Director, Programs and the AWARD Director of any need to modify the content/delivery of AWARD Fellowship.
  • Review the effectiveness and efficiency of systems, procedures, etc. and recommend and execute corrective actions for improvement of services and products.
  • Track and maintain a database of the fellowship activities and uptake by participants.
  • Manage, guide and supervise consultants engaged in the fellowship delivery.
Mentoring
  • Identify mentors for AWARD Fellows, match fellows to mentors, track progress of mentoring relationships in close collaboration with the M&E team.
  • Serve as a resource person and sounding board for mentoring relationships.
  • Coordinate mentoring orientation workshops for AWARD and partner institutions.
Training and Leadership
  • Support fellows/mentors to identify suitable courses within the fellowship package.
Science
  • Support fellows/mentors identify suitable science courses, advanced science training placements, and professional organizations.
Progress Monitoring
  • Tracking numbers and reporting on the AWARD Fellowship in close collaboration with M&E
  • Organize country and sub-regional progress monitoring events
Others
  • Project proposal and fundraising for fellowship related activities
  • Provide regular management reports (progress against fellowship objectives, finance; staffing; other issues)
  • Represent AWARD in meetings and forums with a view of building and strengthening partnerships with relevant sub-regional, Africa-wide, and international stakeholders in ARD.
Essential Qualifications
  • MSc in agriculture or related field
  • Computer skills
  • A minimum of 8 years of relevant professional experience
  • Fluent in both English and French
  • Experience and comfort working in Francophone Africa
  • Experience in project management
  • Ability to communicate effectively with different target audiences including African agricultural scientists, leaders of African ARD institutions, etc.
  • The ability to network with ARD stakeholders and research institutions on a regional and global scale
  • Impeccable communication and writing skills
  • Good understanding of ARD landscape in Africa
  • Advocacy, proposal writing, and negotiation skills
  • Have excellent planning, organizational and time management skills
  • Experience of International Organization particularly in Non-Profit Organization
  • Ability to work as part of a diverse and high functioning team
  • A willingness to travel across Africa.
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 regional 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. 

The position will be based at the AWARD Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

How to Apply
 
Please combine into one document the following:
  • 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;
CLICK HERE to apply online

Job Title: Deputy Director, Gender in Agriculture (AWARD)
 
Location: Nairobi

Job Category: Internationally Recruited Staff

The Position
: This position will work closely with the Director on major initiatives that raise AWARD’s global and regional profile by taking a leadership role in ensuring that AWARD’s M&E and Communications support to the program (both internally and externally) has a strong and expertly informed gender-focus. 

The ideal candidate will be able to translate AWARD’s M&E data into compelling narratives and share these in a variety of formats with key stakeholders.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Direct and manage the department that is responsible for effective, impactful, and credible monitoring, evaluation, communication, learning, adaptive management, and resource mobilization.
  • Prepare and manages department budget based on annual operating plans and monitors to ensure activities are operating within budgetary limits.
  • Provide direction to the Senior Officers for Communication and M&E, as well as overall leadership to other staff in the department, all from an expert focus on gender in agriculture.
  • Responsible for development M&E and communications initiatives and collaborations, with an expert focus on gender in ARD, African women scientists) and the larger ecosystem (their institutions, other partner organizations, donor community, M&E professionals, media).
  • Oversees the management of the communications activities to ensure materials, messages, and materials are consistent, of high quality, and supportive of the strategic direction of the program.
  • Supervise overall M&E activities to ensure that data collection, analysis, and use are in line with the high standards expected from AWARD.
  • Supervise resource mobilization activities and ensures synergies and triangulation with M&E and communication.
  • Provide strategic support to the Director in overall leadership of the program’s current activities as well as planning and preparations for a future Phase III, with a view of building up AWARD as a leading contributor to knowledge about gender in agriculture.
  • Serve as contents expert in programmatic discussions on gender in agricultural research and development.
Essential Qualifications
  • A Master’s in agricultural research or social science, with a particular focus on gender and gender-responsive research (a PhD degree would be preferred).
  • A minimum of 10-15 years international experience working in research, and/or international development environment.
  • Knowledge of, and experience in communication of program results, e.g. through proven track record in monitoring and evaluation, knowledge management, communication, or public relations.
  • Proven ability in publication and communication of program results to a variety of audiences.
  • Professional experience in Africa in gender-responsive agricultural research and development, with Western and Southern Africa experience (and language and cultural knowledge) being particularly advantageous.
  • Excellent leadership, supervisory, planning and organization skills.
  • Strong analytical skills, expertise in handling both quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Effective communication, presentation and problem handling skills.
  • Strong written and oral skills, flexibility and sense of humour.
  • Must be “digitally savvy” with demonstrated affinity for social media, electronic data management systems, and/or other online tools.
  • Team-building skills with a collaborative management style.
  • Creative, conceptual and analytical thinker.
  • Ability to interview, select and supervise staff, as well as delegate work effectively.
  • Ability to establish goals and priorities for staff and evaluate performance.
  • Ability to forge and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of representatives of AWARD’s diverse stakeholders.
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 regional 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. 

The position will be based at the AWARD Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

How to apply
 
Please combine into one document the following:
  • 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;
CLICK HERE to apply online

Applications will be considered until 19th January 2015. 

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


We invite you to learn more about AWARD and World Agroforestry Centre by accessing our web sites www.awardfellowships.org and www.worldagroforestry.org

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