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The East African : Jan 26th 2015
The EastAfrican 46 APPOINTMENT JANUARY 24-30,2015 VACANCY Field ecologist position on the African Cassava Whitefly Project Since the 1990s, an unprecedented increase in cassava-whitefly, Bemisia tabaci, abundance has occurred in the cassava growing regions of East and Central Africa. The cassava whitefly is responsible for vectoring the plant viruses that have caused two on-going and devastating pandemics, Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD) and Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD). The key driver for the spread of both pandemics is the significantly increased whitefly abundance, but the factor(s) responsible for this phenomenon remain undetermined. A team of international researchers shall carry out ecological field work in cassava production landscapes to elucidate factor(s) that are driving this marked increase in cassava whitefly abundance. We have a position in the team for a Field Ecologist who shall: • • • • Collaborate closely with the Australian team at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to select field sites for sampling host plants, cassava varieties, whitefly, and natural enemies. Assist in the development of protocols for collecting landscape-level field data, and implement some of these independently. Assist in the analysis of data, writing of scientific publications, and contribute to project reports. Liaise with local land-holders and other stakeholders to access field sites and communicate the findings of our research. Collaborate with the broader project team by assisting other researchers and associated PhD students also involved with this project. This position is based at the Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute (MARI), Tanzania, and involves significant field work in East African countries and travel to Australia to work with the CSIRO team. We are seeking to recruit an African national doctorate (or a candidate that will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in ecology, preferably dealing with invertebrates, with a demonstrated research capability in population and community ecology (e.g. multi-species interactions). The successful candidate will also have a history of working with landholders in agricultural contexts, the ability to work effectively as part of a research team, plus the discipline to carry out autonomous research. They shall have a high level of written and oral communication skills in English with a record of high-quality publications in peer reviewed scientific journals. We are an equal opportunities organisation; appropriately qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply. For further information please contact Dr Peter Sseruwagi, the African Team Project Manager, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications should include: a comprehensive CV and a one-page covering letter explaining your interest in the project and how it relates to past experience and present motivation. Attachments should be in PDF format. The closing date for applications is Noon (Tanzania local time) on the 28th January 2015. CALL FOR APPLICATION COUNTRY REPRESENTATIVES Are you interested in East African Community integration and competitiveness? So are we. Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI), an international development company that manages the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, is currently accepting applications for East Africa Trade and Investment Hub Country Representatives. We have positions available in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Burundi. The East Africa Trade and Investment Hub is a five-year U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) project that partners with East African and U.S. businesses and the East African public sector to attract investment that drives economic growth. DAI is looking to hire country representatives to coordinate and facilitate East Africa Trade and Investment Hub activities and assistance at the country-level. Country representatives will be based in their home country and liaise with Nairobi-based project staff, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the East African Community public and private sector. We encourage candidates with the following qualifications to apply: • A firm understanding of economics, public policy and international trade. • A MBA or master’s degree in one of the above fields. • At least five years of experience analyzing, implementing, and working to improve trade policy and global competitiveness in developing countries, preferably East Africa. • Strong English language skills - both written and oral • The country’s citizenship or other eligibility to work in the country for which you are applying. • Prior experience on USAID and/or international donor programs is desirable. Interested applicants should send their CV and a cover letter via email to RecruitmentTIH@DAI.com by February 10, 2015, 11.59 Eastern Standard Time. Only candidates who send their information by the deadline will be eligible. Please write “Application for Country Representative” in the subject line. Please also indicate for which country you are applying. Visit www.eatradehub.org to learn more about this position.
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