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The East African : Nov 24th 2014
The EastAfrican APPOINTMENT NOVEMBER 22-28,2014 47 FOOD, AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES POLICY ANALYSIS NETWORK (FANRPAN) VACANCIES The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) is a regional policy research and advocacy multi- stakeholder network. The organisation has a thriving multi-tiered network consisting of a regional secretariat located in Pretoria, South Africa and more than 670 member organisations organized into national nodes in seventeen African countries. FANRPAN’s mission is to promote evidence based food and nutrition secure policies. FANRPAN is recruiting for six senior managerial positions for the project on “Improving Nutrition Outcomes through Optimized Agricultural Interventions (ATONU)” to be implemented over a six-year period, ending in December 2020. The ATONU project seeks to improve the nutrition of smallholder farm families and poor households through tailored nutrition sensitive agriculture programs that ultimately benefit women of child bearing age and children in the first 1000 days of life. The focus countries are: Ethiopia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana /Uganda. 1. Managing Director (Minimum requirements – MBA in International development, business, management, economics or PhD in related development field) 2. Work Package Manager: Design, Intervention, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Tools 3. Work Package Manager: Nutrition Specialist in behaviour change/family health/agriculture 4. Work Package Manager: Strengthening Capacity Development 5. Work Package Manager: Communications, Policy Advocacy and Knowledge The minimum requirements include: Masters Degree in agriculture and preferably PhD in nutrition, international development, management, economics or related development field; Ability to lead, coordinate and manage large, complex teams and partnerships. At least 10 years of relevant professional experience in developing countries (preferably Africa) and experience in agriculture, nutrition, or food security at regional and/or international level preferably in the NGO sector; Experience with large donor-funded development organizations will be a distinct advantage; Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; experience working and interacting with a variety of stakeholders and demonstrate ability to collaborate well across disciplines and with diverse partnerships. 6. Grant and Systems Manager (Minimum requirements – Undergraduate degree or equivalent experience in a related field. Graduate training in business or accounting; and membership of a professional body) 3 – 5 years’ previous work experience in grant management with wide range of donors; Computer proficiency in Microsoft tools and financial packages preferably Pastel. The positions will be based in Pretoria, South Africa with extensive international travel. For detailed Job Specifications please visit http://fanrpan.org/ projects/atonu/vacancies/ Deadline: 21 November 2014 (FANRPAN reserves the right to extend deadline should we fail to find suitable candidates) The shortlisted candidates will be expected to be available for selection interviews during the period 8 to 12 December 2014. Only applicants possessing the prescribed minimum qualifications and experience are invited to submit their electronic CVs and application letters to email@example.com. Country Manager for Iron Bean Product Development and Delivery and Coordinator of CIAT in Rwanda HarvestPlus leads a global effort to improve nutrition and public health by developing and disseminating staple food crops that are rich in vitamins and minerals. We work with public and private sector partners in more than 40 countries. We use a novel process called biofortification, based on conventional plant breeding, to achieve higher levels of micronutrients in high-yielding, high-profit varieties of key staple foods. HarvestPlus is part of the CGIAR Research Program for Nutrition and Health (A4NH). CGIAR is a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. Its science is carried out by 15 research centers in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations. HarvestPlus is a joint venture between two CGIAR Centers, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) based in Cali, Colombia and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington, D.C. The delivery of high Iron Beans in Rwanda is in full swing and the first wave of other high nutrient crops is currently under development and testing. For this purpose, HarvestPlus and CIAT are recruiting a highly motivated and skilled Country Manager (CM) for Development and Delivery of Biofortified Crops Rwanda. The position will also double up as the CIAT’s Country Coordinator for Rwanda. The position will be based in Kigali, Rwanda. Role and responsibilities The Country Manager will be responsible initially for planning, organizing, and implementing delivery of high-iron beans in Rwanda to farming households. Later, additional crops may be added to the portfolio. For this, the CM has two principal responsibilities: • Designing and implementing a successful delivery strategy, including assessing the potential for forming operational or strategic partnerships in areas such as seed supply, farm extension, market demand, and advocacy. • Ensuring that budgets and work plans with relevance for delivery are synchronized with other HarvestPlus managers (plant breeding, human nutrition, impact evaluation, and communications). In his/her role as the Country Coordinator, the CM will have the following responsibilities: • Provide leadership in the overall running of the CIAT Rwanda country office by ensuring that the CIAT staff working under the various programs/projects operate in a cohesive and integrated manner • Guide and supervise all administrative and financial aspects of the country office • Ensure good standing of CIAT with the government while maintaining positive visibility Requirements The candidate shall have the following competencies, skills, and experience and successfully demonstrated these attributes in actual work situations: • Experience in the conception, design, and management of strategies, initiatives, and programs. • Exceptional drive and entrepreneurship, a pronounced ability to motivate others. • Ability to work both persuasively and diplomatically in a team-based environment with a high degree of complexity and ambiguity. • Ability to build effective partnerships across the various parts of the supply chain. • Hands-on problem-solver with strong analytical abilities. • Successful experience working with the private sector and/or public policy makers • Strong end-product development focus and ability to successfully deliver products to market. • Experience in one or more of the following fields: marketing, advocacy, product delivery, behaviorchange approaches, economics, farm extension, seeds systems, plant breeding, nutrition, and health. • Speak and write English fluently. • Preferably, speak the country national language fluently. • Agree to intensive travel in the country and some travel outside of Rwanda. • Have a relevant university degree (preferably a Master’s degree or higher). • At least 7-years’ experience in similar positions in interdisciplinary environments of global impact at international/multicultural organizations. The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria, and general work performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills for this job. Terms of employment The Country Manager is a member of the HarvestPlus Regional Program Management Team. The contract will be for a two-year period, with a three-month probation period, renewable depending on performance. The performance of the Country Manager will be assessed by delivery targets of farmer adoption and consumption of introduced high-nutrient varieties by preschool children and mothers. We offer a multicultural, collegial research environment with competitive salary and excellent benefits. We believe that the diversity of our staff contributes to excellence. Women and developing country professionals are encouraged to apply. Applications Applicants should apply by e-mail, including a cover letter, a full C.V. including relevant certificates, one page essay on how you would approach developing sustainable markets for seed and grain for biofortified beans in Rwanda, and the names and contact information of three referees knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience. All applications should be sent to the Human Resources Office at CIAT at Ciatkenyainfo@cgiar.org. All applications will be acknowledged, only short listed candidates will be contacted. Closing date for applications: December 31, 2014 with extension until the position is filled. We invite you to learn more about HarvestPlus and CIAT by accessing the websites www.harvestplus.org and www.ciat.cgiar.org respectively.
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