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The East African : February 10th 2014
The EastAfrican APPOINTMENT FEBRUARY 8-14,2014 47 VACANCY Agri-Fin Mobile Program Advisor, Uganda Mercy Corps is looking to fill the position of Agri-Fin Mobile Program Advisor to be based in Kampala, Uganda. The Agri-Fin Mobile program approach works with partners to build sustainable models, where farm and crop management tools and financial services are “bundled” in affordable, unified platforms on mobile phone channels to promote mass uptake commercially. The Program Advisor will be responsible for technical oversight of the program, market research and partner development as well as supporting country coordinators to manage project implementation. Job Type: Full Time, with 50% international travel Duties: • Maintain a clear vision and strategy for the program that can be clearly communicated to team members, government, partners, investors, media, Mercy Corps colleagues and program clients; • Develop close working relationships with all project participants and stakeholders – including the primary stakeholders, operations departments, private sector and NGOs – all parties required to establish a shared vision of the project and achieve objectives; • Review business plans annually based on new opportunities, including products, financial and outreach projections; • Document all lessons learned from the program and prepare periodic case studies, beneficiary stories and annual e-books for publication; • Lead the process of writing, editing, assembling, and submitting program reports as well as publishing all program related case studies, e-books and lessons learned; • Represent Mercy Corps and Agri-Fin Mobile at public events, conferences and workshops to promote the Agri-Fin Mobile program and disseminate learnings; • Manage and promote program online resources such as website, facebook, twitter, etc; • Actively seek opportunities to leverage the program. Work with Mercy Corps’ Social Innovations, TSUs, and country field offices to identify areas for program coordination, as well as opportunities for related new programming; and • Provide ongoing and active support to developing Agri-Fin expansion strategies, and proposal development. For full position requirements and to send an application, please visit: http://bit.ly/LqfYje For this and other positions, please visit: www.mercycorps.org/careers PhD STUDENTSHIP KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme is well known internationally for its diverse health studies, including clinical, epidemiological, immunological and health systems research At the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Programme we are keen to build capacity for research in East Africa. We are aware that good PhD training is the foundation for a successful research career. As such, our PhD scheme is aimed at providing students with an opportunity to carry out their training in a high quality research environment. The Programme is seeking to recruit a PhD Student with time to be split between Kilifi and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel, Switzerland. The PhD student will work on a project characterizing heterogeneity in malaria dynamics. The studies are based on the observation that malaria transmission, morbidity and mortality, and contributing factors such as mosquito breeding sites or access to treatment, are unevenly distributed at a local level. Characterising patterns of fine-scale heterogeneity, how areas interconnect and how they respond to interventions will provide information for use in models to predict the effects of interventions and more generally in designing effective malaria control strategies. The successful candidate will receive PhD supervision from a statistician and an epidemiologist. We are looking for a candidate who has a background in statistics, mathematical modelling, epidemiology or a related field. Deadline for this application is 18th February. For full job descriptions and application procedure details, please check our website (www.kemri-wellcome.org). Find the PhD Studentships under the Careers section. Procurement Short Term Consultancy one local hire position Location: Nairobi, Kenya For its operation in Somalia, the World Bank is looking for a highly organized, energized and experienced professional to serve as the Procurement Short Term Consultant (STC). The STC will be appointed to work for 150 working days spread over a period of one year with possibility of extension based on work demand and successful performance of the candidate. This position is geared to assisting the World Bank staff, Somalia Government and other agencies in implementing World Bank financed/administered programs. The STC will be located at Nairobi, however, may be required to travel to Somalia, if needed and also depending on the security situation there. The STC will draw on support, as necessary, of the Operations Solutions Team of the Global Center on Conflict, Security and Development (CCSD) in Nairobi and will work under the guidance and supervision of the Procurement Hub Coordinator for Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan based in Juba, South Sudan as well as the Regional Procurement Manager (RPM), AFTPE based in Washington DC. Duties and Accountabilities: (i) works independently on procurement matters in the performance of the Bank’s fiduciary and service functions; (ii) employs appropriate methodologies for handling simple and complex procurement tasks; (iii) working across countries/sectors, is responsible for reviewing and handling the technical, commercial and legal aspects of procurement; (iv) provides operational advice to clients and Bank staff on concepts, policies and procedures for international and local procurement; (v) participates in missions as sole procurement expert on large projects; (vi) assesses procurement implications of project design, evaluates institutional capacity of borrowers and develops suitable procurement plans; (vii) negotiates and resolves difficult procurement issues with Borrower agencies and handles questions/complaints on bidding and award issues; (viii) designs and conducts workshops to educate procurement professionals in the Bank and in borrower; (ix) prepares a range of procurement-related documents and reports; (x) provides guidance, training and handson support to procurement and project staff of Somalia; (xi) interacts with Managers and Technical Specialists in the work unit and staff from other agencies, donors, consultants and borrowers. Selection Criteria: The successful candidate will be holder of a Master degree with a major in a relevant discipline (e.g. Engineering, Law, Procurement, Finance, Business or Commerce) and relevant training in procurement work with at least five (5) years of direct relevant work experience as Procurement Specialist or alternatively, having had responsibilities with a substantial content of his/her position in the procurement area in or outside the World Bank. Good knowledge of all concepts and principles of and approaches to international procurement, and of public procurement systems. Knowledge of procurement systems, practices and agencies in borrower countries. Specialized knowledge of and significant experience in 2-3 substantive areas/aspects of procurement. Proven analytical and evaluative skills, including the ability to independently provide well researched analyses of key procurement issues and problems. Knowledge and understanding of technical, commercial and legal aspects of procurement at all phases of Bank lending operations. Understanding of Bank business objectives, policies and practices related to project/sector and critical links to procurement. Task/project management skills. Strong communication skills and persuasiveness in presenting, discussing and resolving difficult issues, both orally and in writing - English is Essential. Ability to identify complex issues and to respond and handle accordingly; does not add unnecessary complexity to tasks or projects. Ability to deal sensitively in multi-cultural environments and build effective business relationships with clients and colleagues. Ability to function effectively in multi-disciplinary teams within a matrix management environment. Electronic Applications: Qualified candidates are requested to submit their Curriculum Vitae and statement of interest to JobsKenya@worldbank.org. The World Bank is committed to achieving diversity of gender, nationality, culture and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Closing date is February 23, 2014.
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