Regional Coordinator-Southern Africa
About this position
If research management and coordination, applying research results for development, fund raising and partnering are your strengths then you are probably the person we are looking for! Southern Africa has exciting agroforestry opportunities for such work. Based in Lilongwe, you will cover Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe, with possible outreach to other countries in the sub-region. You will report directly to the Deputy Director General, Partnerships and Impact.
Your Duties and Responsibilities will include
1. Research and Development Planning and Delivery.
- To refresh the strategy and programme for agroforestry in the region in consonance with ICRAF’s vision and strategy and contextual realities in the mandate countries;
- To spot opportunities and mobilize resources to support the research and development agenda for the region;
- To contribute to the design, coherence and implementation of ICRAF’s global research projects within the region;
- To manage regional staff/teams and resources for successful delivery of planned outputs, both in terms of quality and quantity (especially International Public Goods); and to carry out own research and publishing in this context;
- To organize and facilitate in collaboration with national partners the strengthening of capacity for agroforestry to be included and implemented in development strategies at all scales (from policy to institutions and programmes); and
- To create a conducive environment for science to thrive and attract students, senior fellows and postdoctoral scientists to collaborate with ICRAF;
2. Partnerships and Institutional Brokering.
- To represent the World Agroforestry Centre in scientific, diplomatic and other forums in the region, in countries and internationally.
- To initiate and maintain collaborative arrangements between World Agroforestry Centre and strategically-chosen partners at regional and country level.
3. Administrative aspects
- To provide direction and oversight for the region’s contributions to ICRAF’s annual planning and management process e.g. the annual science Meeting, medium term plans, and Plan of Work and Budget.
- To lead the development of a bi-annual regional operational plan that integrates dimensions of regional science, regional management and regional finance.
- To guide, mentor, motivate and evaluate performance of regional staff/teams;
- PhD in agriculture, agroforestry, forestry, or natural resource sciences, preferably with a focus on agroecosystems.
- A minimum of 10 years post PhD experience working in the area of research and/or education in agriculture or natural resources; of which at least 4 years in developing countries, especially in Africa;
- Natural instinct for research and its application to solve development problems, with some experience in achieving impact
- Some experience in leading or coordinating a multi-country, multi-institutional research project
- Experience in supervising staff and in mentoring young scientists
- Substantial publishing record with publications in or related to agroforestry;
- Evidence of capacity to mobilize resources;
- Proof of positive experience to manage a large programme, staff and teams
- Good communication skills in English is absolutely necessary; knowledge of Portuguese or other languages is an advantage
- Familiarity with CGIAR and partnering will be an advantage.
Terms of offer
We offer a collegial, diverse and gender-sensitive working environment, and we strongly encourage applications from qualified women. This position is on international terms. The appointment will be for an initial period of three (3) years, renewable subject to nine (9) months probation period.
How to apply
- A cover letter illustrating your suitability and salary expectations
- A detailed and up to date curriculum vitae
- The names and addresses of three referees, including telephone, fax numbers and email addresses.
Address these to: Human Resources Unit, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), PO Box 30677, Nairobi, Kenya OR via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Indicate “Regional Coordinator-Southern Africa” on the application letter.
Applications will be considered until 15th August 2011 or until a suitable candidate is identified and selected.
Please note that only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted.
Visit our website: www.worldagroforestry.org
The World Agroforestry Centre (also known as the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry or ICRAF) is an independent research institution which generates science-based knowledge about the complex role trees play in agricultural landscapes and rural livelihoods. As part of the Centre’s work to bring tree-based solutions to bear on poverty and environmental problems, researchers – working in close collaboration with partners – are developing new technologies, tools and policy recommendations for increased food security and ecosystem health.
The Centre’s headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya, and research is conducted in 23 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We are supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and receive funding from over 50 different donors.