Programme Manager – High Value Non – Staple Crops Career Job at ASARECA

Organisation: The Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA)
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Job Description
Our client, The Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) is a sub-regional not-for-profit association. It was established in 1994 by 11 member countries represented by their national agricultural research for development institutes. The 11 member countries are: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
The major objective of ASARECA is to develop policies and programs aimed at deepening co-operation in agricultural research and policy among its member countries for the mutual benefit of all the stakeholders in the agricultural sector. As a responsible employer, ASARECA is committed to providing competitive employment terms to its employees. To help in achieving this, ASARECA is looking to recruit individuals with high integrity, dedication, and commitment to fill the position.
Job Summary:
The Programme Manager reports to the Deputy Executive Director and will be responsible for leading and managing the establishment of ASARECA’s regional research portfolio, up scaling and out scaling of technologies and innovations, building NARS capacity for research, extension and education in the programme areas.
This role involves developing the program strategy and identifying the thematic and strategic research priority areas, fundraising, providing programme leadership in projects and other program activities, implementation, mobilising and building strategic alliances and partnerships to enable ASARECA achieve its goals and objectives.
Key Duties & Responsibilities
·         Develop the programme strategic plan and set priorities for the programme in line with ASARECA’s strategic goals and objectives;
·         To lead in upscaling and outscaling of technologies and innovations;
·         Formulate operational plan, mid-term plans and annual work plans and required budgets based on the identified priorities and strategies;
·         Develop and drive implementation of scientific standards and processes to assure high quality outputs and achievement of targeted impact;
·         Ensure that the programme research portfolio and activities are enhanced through developing research calls, and organising evaluation of submitted concept notes and providing leadership for proposals development and capacity building;
·         Facilitate and encourage members of the winning team or partners to understand ASARECA’s requirements for processing fund requisitions and accountabilities, procurements to ensure effective, efficient and timely implementation of funded projects;
·         Identify capacity building needs, develop and implement a strategy to build capacity of the various stakeholders for IAR4D through organising group trainings (group courses, farmers and other stakeholders’ trainings) and post graduate training;
·         Manage research contracts with stakeholders through negotiations with winning teams, preparation of research grants and sub-grant agreements;
·         Provide intellectual leadership in the implementation of collaborative research projects to ensure quality and relevance of the research, organise monitoring and evaluation missions to ensure that the programme delivers against ASARECA’s goals;
·         Manage strategic alliances, partnerships and linkages and ensure strong teams in implementation of the projects;
·         Identify constraints within the programme and develop the terms of reference to source relevant consultants competitively in conjunction with the procurement and finance departments;
·         Manage staff issues, staff performance, identify and ensure monthly planning of activities for administrative staff in the programme area;
·         Provide effective guidance, coaching and evaluation of staff to assist them in developing their skills and abilities to ensure optimal performance;
·         Manage relationships and collaboration with partners, to ensure delivery of services;
·         Undertake programme budgetary planning and management. Approve requests for payment on programme activities and monitor project budgets to ensure value for money;
·         Ensure proper recruitment of programme support staff in collaboration with the Head of Administration;
·         Provide intellectual leadership in dissemination of research findings and other relevant information through appropriate media (publications in scientific journals, conference papers and policy briefs among others);
·         Source and manage resources for the implementation of the programme priority project areas; and
·         Contribute to the development of ASARECA’s institutional development with regard to the programme.
Qualifications, Skills & Experience
The successful candidates will have:
·         At least 10 years experience as a scientist including a minimum of five years experience in a senior Agricultural Research and Development Management position;
·         The jobholder should also have a minimum of five years experience in coordination or carrying out research at regional level;
·         Demonstrable experience in Agricultural Innovation Systems and Value Chain Analysis;
·         Strong experience in coordination and implementation of monitoring of agricultural technology dissemination and scaling up and out projects; and
·         Good strategic and systems thinking skills, leadership and people management skills.
·         We are looking for candidates with a PhD qualification in Agriculture, Agricultural Extension/Economics, Natural Resource Management or a related field.
How to Apply
If you believe you fit the required profile, send your applications in confidence to the address below. Please Indicate the position that you are applying for and send your curriculum vitae (by post or email) containing details of your qualifications, experience, present position, current and expected remuneration as well as copies of professional/ academic certificates. Include day and evening telephone numbers, e-mail address, names and addresses of three references to:
The People and Change Division
PricewaterhouseCoopers Limited
Communications House, 1 Colville Street
P O Box 8053 Kampala, Uganda
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Deadline: 12th October, 2012

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