18 June 2013

NARO Jobs - Head Quality Assurance at National Agricultural Research Organisation

Organisation: National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO)
Duty Station: Entebbe, Uganda
Reports to: Director Corporate Services

About NARO:
The National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) is established by the National Agricultural Research Act 2005 as a body corporate responsible for the coordination and oversight of all aspects of agricultural research in Uganda.

Job Summary:  The Head Quality Assurance will lead the Quality Assurance Unit and will be responsible for the day-to-day management of all aspects of quality assurance in research programmes, services and outputs of the National Agricultural Research System.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Develop, direct and coordinate an organisation wide quality research implementation frame work.
  • Develop and recommend to the Council for approval standards and guidelines for conducting and delivering agricultural research services;
  • Guarantee research programmes, services and processes meet agreed standards;
  • Maintain a database of all the agricultural research service providers;
  • Monitor the performance of agricultural research service providers and developing a dynamic and demand-responsive system for capacity strengthening of service providers, and overseeing the associated capacity strengthening activities;
  • Ensure that the process of agricultural research priority setting at national and zonal level comply with agreed standards and guidelines.
  • Ensure that the vetting process for the competitive grant awarding process complies with agreed standards and guidelines;
  • Ensure that the quality of official publications, reports and information released by the organisation are of a high standard.
Qualifications, Skills & Experience:
  • At least Masters Degree in the field of natural sciences or socioeconomics.
  • Possession of a PhD will be an added advantage.
  • Good understanding of the role of agricultural research in agriculture and rural development.
    At least 10 years experience in agricultural research management at a senior level.
  • A track record in agricultural research or research in other related fields evidenced by peer reviewed publications
  • Evidence of technical knowledge and skills relevant to research quality assurance
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities as well as team building and administrative skills
How to Apply:
All interested candidates should send their hand-written applications together with a detailed curriculum vitae (CV), day-time telephone numbers and names and addresses of  at least 3 (three) referees as well as copies of professional certificates and testimonials to: The Director General, National Agricultural Research Organisation, P.O. Box 295, Entebbe, Uganda.

Deadline: 4th July, 2013

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