Director of Research Employment Opportunity – National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO)

Job Title:     Director of Research
Organisation: National
Agricultural Research Organization (NARO)
Duty Station: National
Coffee Research, Uganda
Reports to: Director
General NARO
About NARO:
The National
Agricultural Research Organization is established by the National Agricultural
Research Act, 2005 as a body corporate with the mandate to provide strategic
direction for publicly funded agricultural research in Uganda. The organization
is composed of the Council as its governing body, Committees of Council, a
Secretariat for its day-to-day operations with seven national and nine zonal
semi-autonomous Public Agricultural Research Institutes (PARI’s) under its
policy guidance.
Job Summary:  The Director of Research will serve as the
Head of the National Coffee Research Institute and will be responsible for
providing professional, technical and administrative Leadership necessary for
implementing the institute mandate.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Manage the implementation of Research
    and ensure the prompt delivery of adequate and quality research outputs,
  • Provide leadership in priority setting
    as a requisite for the implementation of research programs.
  • Provide policy advice on appropriate
    technologies and information for responsible agricultural practice;
  • Develop and implement a strategy on
    Resource Mobilization to enable the institute have additional funding for
    research and staff remuneration;
  • Formulate and implement strategic plans,
    research programs and annual budget in line with approved government
    policies;
  • Implement effective financial management
    policies and systems for tracking, monitoring and reporting financial
    performance against budget to ensure proper management and accountability
    of funds;
  • Implement effective human resource
    management policies and systems;
  • Develop effective communication,
    publicity and advocacy programs to ensure that role of the Institute is
    recognized by the public;
  • Putting in place participatory
    approaches and methods to monitor and evaluate the performance and impact
    of the Institute’s research activities and technologies;
  • Work closely with private sector to
    bring technology and research applications to the marketplace with a view
    to enhancing commercialization and availability of appropriate
    technologies to a wide array of stakeholders;
  • Monitor challenges in the operating
    environment to ensure that the Institute complies with relevant
    legislation as well as agricultural and environmental laws including other
    relevant policies and guidelines;
  • Ensure that research projects and
    program comply with National and sector development plans and strategies;
  • Participate up to 25 percent of his/her
    time in scientific research activities

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate must hold a PhD in
    the field of Agricultural Sciences, Biophysical Sciences or Agricultural
    Economics
  • A minimum of ten years’ experience in
    Livestock or agricultural research planning or management.
  • Equivalent experience obtained from a
    related field is acceptable
  • A proven record in research evidenced by
    at least five peer reviewed publications in the last five years.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of the
    role of agricultural research to poverty reduction
  • Excellent leadership, negotiations and
    communication skills including demonstrated ability to work collaboratively
    in teams.
  • Proven ability to influence and motivate
    staff towards the achievement of strategic objectives and goals.
  • Excellent working relationships with
    national, regional and international research institutions/centers as well
    as development partners and private agencies.
  • Must demonstrate a clear understanding
    and ability to uphold provisions of the Leadership Code Act, 2002.
  • The applicant should have served in a
    research, academic or related reputable research institution at a senior
    research/management level and above.
  • Age
    limit:
     Below 55 years
NB:  This is a re-advertisement so those who
applied earlier needn’t apply again.
How to Apply:
All interested
applicants should submit a hard copy of the application with a detailed
curriculum vitae prefaced with a statement of not more than 250 words
explaining why he or she considers oneself a suitable candidate for the job.
He/She should provide names, day-time telephone numbers, e-mail and physical
addresses of 3 (three) respectable referees who are able to provide a candid
opinion on his/her professional abilities, personal attributes and suitability
for appointment to this position. The application letter, CV, photocopies of
academic certificates and testimonials should be submitted to:
The Director General,
National
Agricultural Research Organization,
Plot 11-13, Lugard
Avenue,
P.O. Box 295,
Entebbe. Uganda
Deadline: 31st August 2018
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