Monday, May 20, 2013
EMPLOYMENT: Science Coordinator—AWARD (ICRAF)
The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is an independent research institution which generates science-based knowledge about the complex role trees play in agricultural landscapes and rural livelihoods. Located in Nairobi, the Centre’s headquarters hosts African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), a preferred service provider of the CGIAR.
AWARD is a career-development program that equips top women agricultural scientists across sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate agricultural gains by strengthening their research and leadership skills through tailored fellowships. AWARD is a catalyst for innovations with high potential to contribute to the prosperity and well-being of African smallholder farmers, most of whom are women.
Since 2008, 325 women agricultural scientists from 11 sub-Saharan African countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia) have benefited from AWARD’s successful career development fellowships. AWARD recently launched a pilot program for women in five francophone countries (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte D’Ivoire, Mali, Senegal).
Main Purpose of the Job
AWARD requires expertise to provide strategic, tactical, and operational support to the AWARD Director in relation to four critical areas:
- 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), and development of appropriate training material, including gender-responsiveness in agricultural research.
- Design and implementation of a specific training course on gender-responsiveness in agricultural research for development (ARD)that is focused on the collection and interpretation of gender-disaggregated data, preferably in partnership with renowned capacity-building institutions, and preferably to be delivered by African facilitators to be trained in this subject.
- Support for monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of the Science Cornerstone activities in AWARD’s Phase II grant.
- Representation of AWARD in science/research-related forums, with a view to building and strengthening AWARD’s partnerships with relevant sub-regional, regional, and international stakeholders in ARD in order to support the sustainability of the AWARD approach.
The Science Cornerstone is critical for AWARD’s success, particularly in the areas of gender-responsiveness in ARD, and in the planning and implementation of its advanced science training for AWARD Fellows, including research attachments, as well as the development of a strategic plan for sustainability. The AWARD Team requires support in the design, coordination, and implementation of these activities, including selection of partners and trainers, selection of host institutions and follow-up, planning and implementation of science skills courses, and organization of reflection/planning exercises.
Given the current Science Cornerstone team composition (the Science Coordinator is supported by a Science Cornerstone Officer and a Science Cornerstone Assistant), 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, particularly regarding its advanced science training for AWARD Fellows and the development of content for the AWARD Science Skills Courses
- supervise and guide the AWARD Science Cornerstone Officer and Science Cornerstone Assistant in smooth implementation of all Science Cornerstone activities
- 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 in agricultural research, and 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 the skills and careers of scientists
- Proven experience in the 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 work place inclusiveness
- 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
Please prepare and submit:
- a cover letter illustrating your suitability for the position, and your salary expectations
- a detailed, up-to-date curriculum vitae
- the names of three referees, including addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, as well as fax details, if available
All correspondence will be via email only, addressed to the Human Resources Unit, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants should indicate “Application for Science Coordinator –AWARD” on their application cover letters and in the subject line of their email submissions.
Deadline: June 7, 2013