Wednesday, January 09, 2008


EMPLOYMENT: Post-doctoral Fellows Social Science (FARA)

Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) wishes to appoint 3 post-doctoral social scientists to carry out social science research on Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation within the Sub-Saharan Africa Challenge Program (SSA-CP).

Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation within the SSA-CP will serve several functions; (i) facilitate the operation of the innovation platforms (ii) track progress (iii) track learning and change (iv) collect data for testing hypothesis (v) collect data for project management (vi) write reports and spearhead the widespread dissemination of findings in the study.

The social scientist will therefore be responsible for conducting action research to develop appropriate monitoring and evaluation systems both that serve these functions at multiple levels (innovation platforms, community, research and development (R&D) institutional level) that can help to facilitate the monitoring and evaluation of organization and institutional change arising from the process, the effectiveness of the IAR4D, and impacts of agricultural innovations on livelihoods.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. preferably in Rural Sociology, Development Studies or any other relevant social science discipline, with practical experience in participatory monitoring and evaluation and applying qualitative and quantitative methods for research and data analysis. The candidate will have demonstrated skills in working as a member of a multicultural and multidisciplinary team and a solid record of research publication. Skills in organizing capacity-building activities are required. It is desirable that the candidate has leadership potential, the ability to foster development of teams, fluency in English. Depending on the location, ability to communicate in French or Portuguese will be an added advantage. Willingness to travel extensively and to spend a significant amount of time in the field working with rural communities and project teams is a must for this position. The appointment will be for two years starting immediately renewable subject to performance and availability of funds.

SSA CP works in three Pilot Learning Sites across SSA. These are (1) Kano-Katsina-Maradi axis covering part of Nigeria and Niger Republic in West Africa (2) Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi axis in Southern Africa and (3) Lake Kivu axis (Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo). Successful Candidates will be located with collaborating institutions in the sites.

Screening of CVs for this position will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications, including Curriculum vitae and the names and contact details of three professional referees (including telephone, fax numbers and email address), should be sent to Dr. Wale Adekunle, SSA CP Coordinator, FARA Headquarters, 2 Gowa Close, Roman Ridge, PMB CT 173, Accra Ghana. Email with a copy to Dr. Monty Jones, Executive Director of FARA; FARA Headquarters, 2 Gowa Close, Roman Ridge, PMB CT 173, Accra Ghana. Email

We invite you to learn more about SSA CP and FARA by accessing the web site

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