Research Officer Dutch Embassy 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
Research Officer will support the Chief of party in the day-to-day coordination
of the research project, safe-guarding scientific rigor, liaising with key
stakeholders and provide (maize) agronomic knowledge on farming systems and
climate smart agriculture.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Support the Chief of Party to prepare a
    detailed work plan for the research project to collect, analyse, and
    present data to ev
    performance tools and experiments and informed decision-making on the
    planned experiments
  • Geographically map maize varieties and traits
    of these varieties for drought resistance using variety release data, past
    performance and possibly trials and
    review performance in these zones
  • Collect qualitative data on agronomy, climate
    smart agriculture, production risks, post-harvest handling and losses,
    storage for maize and farming systems, gender disaggregated
  • Map maize value chain actors and available quality grading for maize produce
    (literature review, linking with existing projects, and traders)
  • Map existing agricultural insurance products
    and organizations that are active in the agricultural insurance sector
  • Engage with seed companies that are interested to participate in the
    research project
  • Engage with organizations that are interested
    to provide insurance products to smallholder farmers
  • When relevant conduct trials/demos in
    collaboration with participating organizations
  • Liaise with the CIMMYT-DTMASS project, seed companies, Makerere University and
    others on agreed action plans and share progress of the research and other
    related information with the stakeholders
  • Organize and provide logistic support for all
    research data collection ac
  • Support MSc students conducting research
  • Write monthly and quarterly updates and annual
  • Contribute to the design and conducting surveys
    and special studies across the zones to and supervise field data
  • Collaborate with Coordinators and zonal experts in
    conducting spot checking and routine monitoring especially during the time
    that surveys and other research activities are ongoing.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of
    data collection tools to be used for the re
    search project

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold a Master’s degree in
    Agronomy / crop science with experience in the agricultural sector
  • At least five years’ relevant maize agronomic
    work experience
  • Technical experience in managing quantitative
    and qualitative data collection and analysis
  • Proven interest in conducting agricultural
    related research
  • Excellent conceptual and analytical skills
    directly related to the work in the seed and/or maize se
    ctor, including excellent writing
  • Capacity to produce high quality reports
  • Computer literacy skills i.e. proficiency in
    word processing, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, internet use
  • Ability to work well in a multi-disciplinary
    team, excellent interp
    skills, analytical and attentive to detail;
  • Willingness to travel extensively in Uganda;
  • Experience in climate smart agriculture, social
    inclusion and gender is a strong added benefit
  • Previous experience in the Uganda seed sector
    is an added
How to Apply:
All suitably and qualified and
interested candidates should send their application letters and updated CVs
(max. 6 pages) to
NOT attach certificates or academic qualification.
Deadline: 4th March 2018
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