Early Generation Seed (EGS) and Policy Coordinator Dutch Embassy Project Jobs – Wageningen UR Uganda

Organisation: Wageningen
UR Uganda
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Chief
of Party
About US:
Wageningen UR Uganda Ltd works
on processes of innovation and change through facilitating innovation,
brokering knowledge and supporting capacity development. Wageningen UR Uganda
is part of Wageningen University and Research, under the unit Centre for
Development Innovation. Wageningen UR Uganda is implementing a 4 year ISSD Plus
project funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Kampala. The
programme aims to strengthen the development of a vibrant, pluralistic and
market-oriented seed sector that is able to address key challenges that hamper
the seed sector development such as seed quality assurance and availability of
foundation seed. The project is implemented in collaboration with the National
Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) for public varieties and food crops
and private sector for vegetable seed.
Job Summary: The Early
Generation Seed (EGS) and Policy Coordinator will support innovative and new
ways to address bottlenecks in the EGS system and seed sector policy
environment. The coordinator will report to the Chief of Party and work in
close collaboration with the Deputy Chief of Party, NARO holding Ltd Foundation
Seed Unit manager, NARO Sec, breeders, and NSCS on improving the EGS system.
The ISSD Plus project works with NARO on coordination of production and
marketing of foundation seed of legumes and other selected crops; pilot a
pre-booking system and a tractability system that will track quantities and
quality of foundation seed produced. In addition, the project will also support
some decentralised foundation seed production as a business (provide business
support) and work with Local Seed Businesses to produce and market foundation
seed for selected crops. The coordinator is responsible for operationalising
outcome 3 of the ISSD plus project: increasing access to quality early
generation seed. The coordinator will also support and strengthen seed sector stakeholders’
governance and facilitate public-private sector collaboration to enhance seed
quality assurance systems and operationalisation of the QDS system.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Early generation seed
  • Together with Chief Of Party and business
    consultant work with NARO to establish sustainable EGS production
  • Support the development of a tracing system for
    EGS production and sale
  • Support the development of an external quality control system for EGS
  • Development of a pre-order and advance system
    for EGS
  • Track production figures of EGS and compile
    seasonal report
  • Set up and monitor initiatives with ZARDIs and
    LSBs to produce and market foundation seed
  • Support
    and mobilise the initiatives towards increased access to and availability
    of foundation seed at zonal and national level
  • Prepare annual and quarterly works plans for
    component 3 of the ISSD Plus project and prepare quarterly and annual
    reports on
    progress towards
    achieving outcomes, outputs and activities.
Public sector and policy
  • Organization of national seed sector
    stakeholder meetings
  • Support public sector organisations to increase
    their effectiveness and efficiency in specif
    ic supportive tasks in the seed value chain;
  • Support the development and implementation of
    diversified seed quality assurance mechanisms (registration,
    accreditation, certification, quality declared seed);
  • Support awareness raising and capacity building on the implementation of seed
    regulations at national and zonal level;
  • Closely collaborate with MAAIF (NSCS, NARO,
    etc.) in the development of innovative approaches supporting public-
    private partnerships in seed sector development;

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    candidate must hold a Master’s Degree in crop sciences preferable with an
    orientation towards seed science
  • A
    combination of Degree in crop Science and MBA is an added advantage
  • At
    least five years’ work experience in the seed sector in Uganda
  • Three
    years’ experience working with or in collaboration with NARO on early generation
    seed provision
  • Proven
    ability to understand business principles and (local) seed business
  • Demonstrated
    ability in stakeholder management (across different levels) and working
    with small-scale farmers
  • Affinity
    with capacity development and institutional change processes;
  • A
    strong interest in linking theory with policy and practice;
  • Excellent
    English language skills
  • Computer
    literate, excellent in word processing, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS
    Access, internet use, website content management systems and statistical
  • Ability
    to work well in a multi-disciplinary team, excellent interpersonal skills,
    analytical and attentive to detail
  • Ability
    to analyse issues and problems systematically, gather broad and balanced
    input, draw sound conclusions and translate them in monitoring strategies
    and documentation
  • Willingness
    to travel widely within the country.
  • Ugandan
How to Apply:
All suitably and qualified and
interested candidates should send their application letters and updated CVs
(max. 6 pages) to hr@issduganda.org
NOT attach certificates or academic qualification.
Deadline: 4th March 2018
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