Deputy Program Leader NGO Careers – International Potato Center (CIP)

International Potato Center (CIP)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Program
Ref.: 15- 42 DPL/IRS/SSA
About US:
The International Potato Center
(CIP) is a not-for-profit international agricultural research organization
supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research
(CGIAR) with a global mandate to conduct research on genetic resources of
potatoes, sweet potato, and other Andean roots and tubers, crop genetic
enhancement and improvement, integrated crop management and sustainable management
of natural resources.
About Strategic Program:
The Strategic
Program on Resilient, Nutritious Sweetpotato seeks to combat micronutrient
deficiency and improve nutrition and livelihoods amongst 15 million food
insecure households in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. The
Program currently comprises a dynamic portfolio of over 30 research and
development projects in 16 countries. We pay specific attention to gender and
poverty aspects of our work and monitor our impacts closely. At this time, the
Program seeks to scale up our success to more countries through strategic
research and development partnerships.
Job Summary: The Deputy
Program Leader will be responsible for project management and program
development and offer expertise in program management, proposal development and
technical writing, as well as good technical understanding of agriculture and
nutrition in the context of international development.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Program management (60%)
Assist the Program Leader in managing the implementation
and management of the global sweetpotato program portfolio.
Work closely with Project Leaders and their teams to
ensure projects generate high-quality results and contribute effectively to
wider CIP and CGIAR objectives. Specifically, support Project Leaders in
technical reporting, work planning, partnership management, and during major
reviews and evaluations.
Regularly review technical project reports to donors
and project partners for technical quality, consistency, and completeness.
Coordinate review of monthly internal project
updates and work with Project Leaders and relevant CIP teams to identified and
address technical and operational issues that require support.
Coordinate reporting of Program progress to CGIAR
Consortium Research Programs and contribute to high-level analysis and
synthesis of results for donor forums.
Significantly contribute to the monitoring and
annual update of the rolling Program Business Plan.
Program development and resource mobilization (30%)
Assist the Program Leader in identifying and
responding to opportunities for continued program development and growth,
working with CIP’s Resource Mobilization Unit and other relevant CIP teams.
Specifically, support Country Managers and Project
Leaders to develop funding proposals, including hands-on support for writing
and negotiations with implementing partners. This will often involve extensive
travel to project countries.
Publications and Communications (10%)
Actively contribute to technical publications and
presentations based on Program research and development as will be agreed with
the Program Leader.
Manage internal communications within the Program to
ensure that project teams are well connected for research and management.
Works closely with the CIP communications
specialists, contribute to external communications about the Program through a
wide range of media.
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate must hold a PhD degree in a
relevant discipline, including agricultural, biological, or social sciences. An
equivalent degree with strong experience may also be considered.
A minimum of ten years’ management experience in
international development, including at least five years senior
responsibilities in project or program management.
Excellent command of program management tools,
including up-to-date MLE approaches, business planning, and communications.
Excellent proposal and report writing skills with a
proven track record of success.
Direct work experience in field-based research or
development projects, preferably in agriculture. Direct work experience in
sub-Saharan Africa is an advantage.
Broad knowledge and understanding of the priorities
and approaches of CGIAR research and development programs, in particular of the
agriculture and nutrition agenda.
Excellent leadership skills that support teamwork
and service within complex work relationships.
Excellent English written and verbal communication
skills are essential. Working proficiency in French is a strong advantage.
Ability and willingness to travel extensively, and
at times at short notice, to project locations in Africa and other regions.
Conditions: The salary
will be internationally competitive, paid in US dollars, and commensurate with
How to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to apply online through our
CIP’s Job Opportunities website. Click
. Choose Vacancy with Title Deputy Team Leader. The applicant must
upload a cover letter, a fully updated C.V with the names and contact
information of three references that are knowledgeable of the candidate’s
professional qualifications and work experience.
NB: CIP is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified
women and professionals from developing countries are particularly encouraged
to apply

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