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ICRAF Vacancy: Project Accountant (Closing date: 21 December 2017)

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The Position: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) seeks to recruit a Project Accountant who will be responsible for maintaining proper financial and project records according to the procedures established by World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)/the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) by referring to respective guidelines. He/she will be responsible for preparing financial report as required by ICRAF/ILRI.

General: The World Agroforestry Centre (also known as the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry-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 more than 30 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. To learn more about our organization, please visit our website: www.worldagroforestry.org.

Key Responsibilities:

The duties of the Project Accountant will under the supervision of and in close collaboration with the ICRAF Country Representative (ICR) and the Senior Team Leader (STL)) that will include the following duties:

  • Prepare project payments by verifying documentation and ensure that payments have proper authorization and supporting documents;
  • Process project advance liquidation or expense recording after the receipt of the original invoices and relevant documents by verifying the supporting documents presented are appropriate, sufficient and in line with the policy;
  • Ensure project/ Provision of Adequate Tree Seed Portfolios (PATSPO) partners’ financial returns are submitted;
  • Review advance requests and financial returns by partners with reference to contractual obligations and partner financial obligations liquidation effected in the One Corporate System (OCS), and work closely with partner’s finance team for successful implementation of Provision of Adequate Tree Seed Portfolios (PATSPO);
  • Control bank account balances and report when the balance is low so as to take the necessary action before checks are written;
  • Prepare monthly project imprest reports, bank reconciliation and cash book records, and organize supporting documents in the manner required;
  • Prepare country office monthly project imprest request and share with ICRAF Head Quarters;
  • Maintain accurate, updated/real-time and secured accounting record in OCS;
  • Ensure the availability of sufficient cash at the bank and liaise with ICRAF Head Quarters for transfer of project imprest fund to the ICRAF Ethiopia office/ Provision of Adequate Tree Seed Portfolios (PATSPO);
  • Ensure that payment commitments are honored on time;
  • Check the accuracy and compliance of petty cash expenditure and its timely replenishment;
  • Review partners quarterly finance report & share to ICRAF Regional Office/PATSPO and work closely with partner’s finance team for successful implementation of PATSPO;
  • Prepare detailed monthly, quarterly and annual project internal financial report for PATSPO and share with the Project Management Team (PMT) for management decision;
  • The Project Accountant will report to the ICRAF Country Representative (ICR) and the Senior Team Leader (STL).

Education:

  • BA degree in Financial Management /Accounting from a recognized university

Experience:

  • A minimum of 5 years relevant working experience in similar positions at international organizations like the research institutions under the CGIAR setup is an added qualification

Skills:    

  • Familiarity with developments in accounting
  • Proficiency in MS Office and relevant accounting systems
  • Carries out work as instructed, Ability to coordinate, prioritize, and organize workload
  • Collects and analyses accounting data and prepare reports, Maintains records
  • Flexible on work hours
  • Follows policies and procedures
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Is receptive to feedback, Understands role and responsibilities
  • Appreciates impact of own work.
  • Aware of impact of own work

Duty Station:    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Grade: 2C

Minimum Base: Birr 16,616.00 (Negotiable depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment:  This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position, initial appointment is for three years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding. The ILRI remuneration package for nationally recruited staff in Ethiopia includes very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc. The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus on the outskirts of Addis Ababa. Dining and sports facilities are located on site.

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number: REF: PA/44/17 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 21 December 2017.

To find more about ICRAF, visit our Website at www.worldagroforestry.org.

To find out more about working at ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org/ilricrowd/

Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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ICRAF Vacancy: Tree Seed Centre Coordinators (4) [Closing date: 21 December 2017]

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The Position: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) seeks to recruit four Tree Seed Centre Coordinators to assist in coordination of activities in seed source management and seed procurement of Provision of Adequate Tree Seed Portfolios (PATSPO) at four regional centres in Mekelle, Hawassa, Bahirdar and Sebeta.

General: The World Agroforestry Centre (also known as the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry-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 more than 30 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. To learn more about our organization, please visit our website: www.worldagroforestry.org.

Key Responsibilities:

  • The Provision of Adequate Tree Seed Portfolios (PATSPO) Regional Seed Centre Coordinator is responsible for coordination of all project inputs to the Regional Seed Centre with the ICRAF Office in Addis Ababa and Head of the Regional Seed Centre;
  • Responsible for all infrastruc­ture, vehicles and equipment provided by PATSPO during the period of the project implementation;
  • Responsible for liaison and coordination of collaboration with the relevant authorities and projects in the region under supervision of the Liaison and Network Coordination Officer;
  • The PATSPO Regional Seed Centre Coordinator is answering to the ICRAF Country Representative (ICR) and the Senior Team Leader (STL).

Other Responsibilities:

The duties of the PATSPO Regional Seed Centre Coordinator will be under the supervision of and in close collaboration with the PMT including the followings:

  • Assist in preparation and implementation of annual work plans for the Regional Seed Centre with focus on the PATSPO-supported activities and inputs;
  • Follow up on use of funds and budgets for PATSPO inputs;
  • Monitor and evaluate PATSPO supported activities, inputs (physical and financial) and related assumptions;
  • Identify needs for, propose and coordinate procurement of local equipment and materials;
  • Monitor use of vehicle provided through PATSPO;
  • Monitor disbursement and accounting of imprests from PATSPO;
  • Liaise and cooperate with relevant local organizations, institutions, individuals, non-governmental organizations, and projects;
  • Under the guidance of and in collaboration with the PATSPO staff at the ICRAF Office in Addis Ababa conduct simple research on seed pre-treatment, processing methods, storage methods and conditions, etc.;
  • Assist the Regional Seed Centre staff in their duties whenever required or when requested by the Head;
  • Liaise with the Liaison and Network Coordination Officer of PATSPO regarding development of project plans and activities;
  • Monitor the PATSPO supported activities at the Regional Seed Centre on a continuous basis.

Education:

  • BSc degree or MSc degree in Forestry or any other related field.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years work experience for BSc degree or MSc degree with 3 years relevant experience
  • Knowledge of project technical subjects required.
  • Field experience is a plus
  • Management and administrative experience an additional advantage

Skills:

  • Familiarity with development and relevant techniques in the subject matter
  • Ability to plan work and multi-task
  • Computer literacy i.e. knowledge in MS Office
  • Ability to analyze data and prepare progress records and reports
  • Manages staff in their day to day activities
  • Updates relevant manuals/protocols
  • Flexible on work hours including travel and extended field work
  • Follows policies and procedures
  • Prepares progress reports for review
  • Provides candid and helpful feedback taking into consideration the job level of the person
  • Aware of impact of own work
  • Good knowledge of the local languages will be advantageous

Duty Station: (Mekelle, Hawassa, Bahirdar and Sebeta)

Please note that applicants need to specify the duty station they are applying for

Grade:  3A

Minimum Base: Birr 30,863.00 (Negotiable depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment:  This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position, initial appointment is for three years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding. The ILRI remuneration package for nationally recruited staff in Ethiopia includes very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc. The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus on the outskirts of Addis Ababa. Dining and sports facilities are located on site.

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number: REF: TSCC/40/17 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 21 December 2017.

To find more about ICRAF, visit our Website at www.worldagroforestry.org.

To find out more about working at ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org/ilricrowd/

Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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ICRAF Vacancy: Seed Procurement Officer (Closing date: 21 December 2017)

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The Position: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) seeks to recruit a Seed Procurement Officer who will be responsible for planning, exploration, collection, processing, testing, storage, documentation and distribution of tree seed accessions.

General: The World Agroforestry Centre (also known as the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry-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 more than 30 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. To learn more about our organization, please visit our website: www.worldagroforestry.org.

Key Responsibilities:

  • The Seed Procurement Officer is responsible for the coordination of seed procurement activities of Provision of Adequate Tree Seed Portfolios (PATSPO);
  • Responsible for the implementation of the seed procurement activities as outlined in the Project Implementation Plan (PIP), and for all applied seed research activities supported by PATSPO;
  • In collaboration with the Regional Seed Centre Heads and the Tree Seed Technology Coordination (TSTC) responsible for national coordination and monitoring of seed demand and seed collection planning and implementation;
  • Support the Seed Source Officer in his/her efforts to establish seed sources in line with estimated future demand;
  • In collaboration with the Capacity Building and Outreach Officer support his/her efforts to implement relevant information- and training activities;
  • The Seed Procurement Officer is answering to the ICRAF Country Representative (ICRP) and the Senior Team Leader (STL).

Other Responsibilities:

The duties of the Seed Procurement Officer will under the supervision of and in close collaboration with the ICRAF Country Representative (ICR) and Senior Team Leader (STL) that will include the following duties:

  • Based on the species specific priorities of integrated seed procurement/tree improvement/gene conservation, plan, prepare and implement the activities accordingly;
  • Prepare and implement annual work plans in the subject matter;
  • Prepare and follow up subject matter budgets;
  • In collaboration with the Regional Centre Heads, the Tree Seed Technology Coordinator (TSTC) and the Capacity and Outreach Officer compile annual national seed collection plans and support/coordinate collections;
  • In collaboration with the Seed Source Development Officer, plan, supervise and assist in national seed source exploration for priority species;
  • Prepare guidelines for and support seed processing activities/routines at the TSTC and the four Project Seed Centres (PSCs);
  • Prepare guidelines for and support proper routines at the seed laboratories at the TSTC and the four PSCs;
  • Support applied seed research on developing appropriate species wise techniques for monitoring of fruit formation, seed processing, storage and testing of seed of priority species at the TSTC and the four PTSCs;
  • Develop guidelines for seed crop assessment, seed collection, processing, storage, pre-treatment and sowing of priority species in Ethiopia;
  • Carry out networking with other professionals, organizations, institutions, projects, etc. in Ethiopia and the region;
  • Record all relevant data, process and document, whenever relevant, in Ethiopian publications and in international journals and other media.

Education:

  • At least BSc degree or MSc degree in Forestry or related field with postgraduate specialization in seed procurement and/ seed technology, and with a broad understanding of tree improvement

Experience:

  • A minimum of 5 years for BSc degree or 3 years for MSc degree post-graduate working experience including experience in research in seed procurement/seed technology. Post- graduate studies in either of the two subjects and/or experience from similar positions elsewhere will be considered an additional advantage.

Skills:    

  • Familiarity with development and relevant research techniques in the subject matter
  • Ability to plan work and multi-task
  • Computer literacy i.e. knowledge in MS Office
  • Ability to analyze data and prepare progress records and reports
  • Manages staff in their day to day activities
  • Updates relevant manuals/protocols
  • Flexible on work hours including travel and extended field work
  • Follows policies and procedures
  • Prepares progress reports for review
  • Provides candid and helpful feedback taking into consideration the job level of the person
  • Aware of impact of own work

Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Grade: 3A

Minimum Base: Birr 30,863.00 (Negotiable depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment:  This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position, initial appointment is for three years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding. The ILRI remuneration package for nationally recruited staff in Ethiopia includes very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc. The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus on the outskirts of Addis Ababa. Dining and sports facilities are located on site.

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number: REF: SPO/41/17 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 21 December 2017.

To find more about ICRAF, visit our Website at www.worldagroforestry.org.

To find out more about working at ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org/ilricrowd/

Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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ICRAF Vacancy: Project Management and Outreach Officer (Closing date: 21 December 2017)

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The Position: The World Agroforestry Centre seeks to recruit a Project Management and Outreach Officer will be handling the Management, coordination of administrative support functions and outreach activities, including monitoring of capacity building efforts, training, extension and marketing.

General: The World Agroforestry Centre (also known as the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry-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 more than 30 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. To learn more about our organization, please visit our website: www.worldagroforestry.org.

Key Responsibilities:

  • The Project Management and Outreach Officer is responsible for managing and coordinating all administrative support functions in the project office, including procurement, registration and maintenance of vehicles, equipment and utilities;
  • Responsible for all practical and data compilation aspects of capacity building, and for outreach within the project;
  • Responsible for the practical organization and implementation of project training courses, seminars, meetings and extension events as outlined in the Project Implementation Plan (PIP) and the annual work plans;
  • Responsible for the coordination of publishing and distribution of training, information and extension materials for project capacity- and outreach activities;
  • In collaboration with the Seed Procurement Officer, the Seed Source Officer and the Regional Seed Centre Heads responsible for coordination and monitoring of extension, training and marketing activities;
  • The Management and Outreach Officer will be responsible for coordination of capacity-building and outreach activities with Ministry of Environment, Forestry & Climate Change (MEFCC), Ethiopian Environment & Forestry Research Institute (EEFRI) and other projects or programmes with which Provision of Adequate Tree Seed Portfolios (PATSPO) collaborates;
  • The Management and Outreach Officer is answering to the ICRAF Country Representative (ICR) and the Senior Team Leader (STL).

Other Responsibilities:

The duties of the Project Management and Outreach Officer will be in close collaboration with the other ICRAF staff, including the following duties:

  • Manage administrative issues of ICRAF in collaboration with the PMT, ICRAF Nairobi and ILRI;
  • Manage the project office and supervise support staff;
  • Handle procurement requirements in liaison PMT, the accountant and ILRI;
  • Arrange travel and logistics for programme project staff and consultants;
  • In collaboration with the project accountant support the PMT to prepare and manage stakeholder contracts and closely monitor performance and payments;
  • Manage relationships on administrative matters with all project stakeholder;
  • Oversees the maintenance of effective programme filing and documentation systems;
  • Establish, keep and update the fixed asset register;
  • Based on the PIP prepare and implement organize and implement capacity development- and outreach activities in close collaboration with the technical project staff and resource persons from other institutions;
  • Support the preparation of and follow up on the relevant parts of PATSPO budgets;
  • Liaise with MEFCC, TSTC, the RSCs and other relevant partners in planning, coordination, and super­vision of extension and training activities;
  • Prepare and maintain register of important Ethiopian institutions, organizations and offices engaged in natural resource management, as potential receivers of information from ICRAF;
  • Prepare short quarterly ‘newsletter’ on ICRAF activities and achievement;
  • Distribute ICRAF information according to register of receivers;
  • Assist in the practical implementation of all planned activities of ICRAF.

Education:

  • At least BA degree in Management or Business Administration. General knowledge of project management and outreach activities.E

Experience:

  • A minimum of 5 years relevant working experience including experience project management and in planning and organizing training activities, seminars, extension arrangements, etc.
  • Experience from working with ICRAF in Ethiopia on capacity building and outreach projects and/or experience from similar positions elsewhere will be considered an additional advantage.

Skills:    

  • Familiarity with development and relevant techniques in the subject matter
  • Ability to plan work and multi-task, work under pressure and meet targets
  • Proficiency in MS Office
  • Ability to analyze data and prepare progress records and reports; Prepare, circulate and follow up various reports
  • Manages staff in their day to day activities
  • Updates relevant manuals/protocols
  • Flexible on work hours including travel and extended field work
  • Follows policies and procedures
  • Prepares progress reports for review
  • Aware of impact of own work

Duty Station:    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Grade: 2C

Minimum Base: Birr 16,616.00 (Negotiable depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment:  This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position, initial appointment is for three years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding. The ILRI remuneration package for nationally recruited staff in Ethiopia includes very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc. The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus on the outskirts of Addis Ababa. Dining and sports facilities are located on site. 

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number: REF: PMOO/43/17 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 21 December 2017.

To find more about ICRAF, visit our Website at www.worldagroforestry.org.

To find out more about working at ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org/ilricrowd/

Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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ICRAF Vacancy: Seed Source Officer (Closing date: 21 December 2017)

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The Position: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) seeks to recruit a Seed Source Officer who will be handling the planning, establishment, management, assessment and documentation of tree seed orchards and vegetative material mother blocks.

General: The World Agroforestry Centre (also known as the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry-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 more than 30 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. To learn more about our organization, please visit our website: www.worldagroforestry.org.

Key Responsibilities:

  • The Seed Source Officer is responsible for tree improvement (including seed source development and field gene conservation) within the project;
  • Responsible for liaison with the tree improvement and gene conservation programmes of Ethiopian Environment & Forestry Research Institute (EEFRI) and others;
  • Responsible for the implementation of seed source development programme as outlined in the Project Implementation Plan and the annual work plans;
  • In collaboration with the Seed Procurement Officer responsible for co-ordination and monitoring of seed demand, establishment of seed sources, and seed collection planning and implementation;
  • The Seed Source Officer is answering to the ICRAF Country Representative (ICR) and the Senior Team Leader (STL).

Other Responsibilities:

The duties of the Seed Source Officer will work under the supervision of the Project Management Team (PMT), including the following duties:

  • Based on the species specific priorities of integrated seed procurement/tree improvement/gene conservation, plan, prepare and implement the activities accordingly;
  • Prepare and implement annual work plans in the subject matter;
  • Prepare and follow up subject matter budgets;
  • In collaboration with the Seed Procurement Officer plan, supervise and assist in national seed source exploration for priority species;
  • Plan and establish seed stands cum ex situ stands and/or seed orchards (BSOs) of selected priority species;
  • Monitor project support to the subject matter and liaise with the programme of EEFRI and the Project Seed Centres (PSCs) in planning, co-ordination, and supervision of the establishment of species, provenance and/or progeny orchards/mother blocks/trials/conservation stands for selected priority species on different sites and in different seed zones;
  • Plan and assist in implementation of applied research and data recording;
  • Guide PSC staff in seed source development and management methods.
  • In collaboration with the Seed Procurement Officer compile, maintain and update national seed source register;
  • Carry out networking with other professionals, organizations, institutions, projects, etc. in Ethiopia and the region;
  • Record all relevant data, process and publish, whenever relevant, in Ethiopian and international journals and other media.

Education:

  • At least BSc degree or MSc degree in Forestry or related field with postgraduate specialization in tree improvement, and with a broad understanding of seed procurement.

Experience:

  • A minimum of 5 years work experience for BSc degree or 3 years post-graduate working experience for MSc degree including experience in research in tree improvement. Post- graduate studies in either of the two subjects and/or experience from similar positions elsewhere will be considered an additional advantage.

Skills:

  • Familiarity with development and relevant research techniques in the subject matter
  • Ability to plan work and multi-task
  • Computer literacy i.e. knowledge in MS Office
  • Ability to analyze data and prepare progress records and reports
  • Manages staff in their day to day activities
  • Updates relevant manuals/protocols
  • Flexible on work hours including travel and extended field work
  • Follows policies and procedures
  • Prepares progress reports for review
  • Provides candid and helpful feedback taking into consideration the job level of the person
  • Aware of impact of own work

Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Grade: 3A

Minimum Base: Birr 30,863.00 (Negotiable depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment:  This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position, initial appointment is for three years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding. The ILRI remuneration package for nationally recruited staff in Ethiopia includes very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc. The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus on the outskirts of Addis Ababa. Dining and sports facilities are located on site.

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number: REF: SSO/42/17 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 21 December 2017.

To find more about ICRAF, visit our Website at www.worldagroforestry.org.

To find out more about working at ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org/ilricrowd/

Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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ILRI Kenya: Stores Unit Closure for 2017 End Year Stock-take Exercise.

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ILRI Kenya Stores Unit will carry out the 2017 End Year Stock-take exercise from 21st – 22nd December 2017. During this period, only emergency requests will be attended to. You are therefore kindly requested to submit your Warehouse Order requests through the OCS by mid-day, Tuesday 19th December 2017. Normal operations will resume on Thursday, 28th December 2017.

Apologies for any inconveniences this may cause.

David Buluma|  Senior Stores and Transport Officer

New book chapter addresses the links between gender, climate change and agriculture

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In the recently published Climate-Smart Agriculture Manual, a chapter titled “Gender and Social Inclusion,” authored by Dr. Sophia Huyer and Dr. Mary Nyasimi, both with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), examines gender and climate change, and offers recommendations for mainstreaming gender in policy and climate-smart agriculture (CSA) activities in Zimbabwe.

CSA seeks to improve income and food security in the face of climate change by increasing agricultural productivity through sustainable and resilient measures. The ability to adopt CSA tools and practices, however, is not equal across gender and social lines. Removing gendered barriers to CSA is increasingly important as climate change and population growth threatens global food security and development goals. For instance, if men and women had equal access to resources, agriculture yields would increase by an estimated 20-30 percent.  

Across much of the developing world, women are highly dependent on natural resources to earn an income and feed their families. This reliance on agriculture means women are especially vulnerable to climate change and could greatly benefit from CSA technologies and practices. In Zimbabwe, however, even though women make up 70 percent of the agriculture labor force, their ability to adopt CSA tools and practices is limited by a number of constraints. For example, there are often gender disparities in access to financial resources, such as credit and capital. Women often miss out on extension services and are less likely than men to own land.  

 No agricultural technology or practice is gender-neutral." - Gender and Social Inclusion, Climate-Smart Agriculture Manual for Agriculture Education in Zimbabwe

Further, as agriculture labor is divided by gender norms, men and women perceive climate change differently. Research from Lushoto, Tanzania shows men and women have different priorities when it comes to preferred CSA practices. For instance, female-headed households are less likely to own land and are, therefore, limited in their ability to take advantage of long-term CSA strategies. Additionally, women are more likely to manage household crops and small ruminant livestock (sheep and goats), compared to men’s management of cash crops and large livestock. This division means men and women have different CSA needs. CSA policies and activities must take these differences into consideration or risk exacerbating gender-based inequities.

The chapter offers a number of recommendations for integrating the needs of women, and other marginalized groups, into climate change policies and practices. One place to start is gendered data collection with an intersectional lens. As women and their traditional responsibilities, such as managing household gardens, are often overlooked, the collection of sex-disaggregated data can reveal to researchers and policymakers the full extent of women’s activities and their impact.   

As many CSA strategies, such as manual weeding, can overburden women, it is important to engage women and other vulnerable groups in all stages of developing and promoting CSA solutions. The inclusion of women in this process can result in innovative strategies that are more likely to be adopted. For instance, in Nyando, Kenya, members of the Obinju Women’s Group took on the issue of late seasonal rainfall. Using a combination of cell phone technologies, like text messaging, and CSA approaches, the group developed an irrigation systems that reduces their reliance on rain-fed agriculture and began a combined savings and loan portfolio with other farmers’ groups in the area.

Gender must also be considered in education and information access. While research indicates both men and women value climate and weather information, they value different types of information and channels. Women tend to rely on informal networks and young people prefer the latest forms of information and communication technologies (ICTs), such as cell phones. CSA programs looking to engage women may benefit from promoting their work through less traditional communication mediums. A gendered approach must also be considered in agriculture curricula in order to prepare the next generation of agriculture professionals to integrate gender into their work.

Finally, women, the youth, and other marginalized groups must be incorporated across all aspects of CSA policy formation and implementation, including gender-responsive budgeting, in order to be truly inclusive. The active participation of these groups can help scale up CSA and make it a truly useful practice for the most vulnerable members of society.  

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End year stock taking

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ILRI Ethiopia Stores Unit will carry out the 2017 end year  Stock-take exercise from  December 27 – 29, 2017. During this period, only emergency requests will be attended. You are therefore kindly requested to submit your warehouse order requests through the OCS by Friday 22nd December 2017. Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, 2nd January  2018.

Apologies for any inconveniences this may cause.

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ILRI vacancy: post-doctoral scientist–Sustainable Livestock Systems (closing date: 29 December 2017)

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The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Post-Doctoral Scientist – Sustainable Livestock Systems to develop and implement a range of activities aimed at developing evidence around the impacts of public and market based development interventions and support the improvement of and scaling out of a crowdsourcing platform.

ILRI works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org

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This position will be part of the Index Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) team as it works to support sustainable livelihood options for dryland populations. The…

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ILRI vacancy: research associate (closing date: 15 December 2017)

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The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Associate to support sustainable livelihood options for dryland populations. The successful applicant will play a central role in supporting, managing, and implementing the research operations of the team. The candidate will also support team scientists with data analysis and writing to exploit the rich existing data and contribute to writing scientific papers.

ILRI works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org

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Moving closer to achieving climate-smart future for Southeast Asia

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Based on the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)’ Southeast Asia's vision, by 2025, the Southeast Asian region has achieved a stable food supply, and communities, especially those in the most vulnerable areas, have already improved their climate change resilience through the adoption of climate-smart technologies and practices.

By this time, institutional, public, and private sector’s capacities to implement measures to cope with climate change are already strong, and climate change adaptation and mitigation measures are fully integrated into both regional and national development plans. These goals guided the implementation of its flagship projects (FP) under the program.

On its third annual meeting, CCAFS SEA looked at the four flagship projects’ progress in terms of achieving the goals abovementioned since the second phase of the program started. The annual meeting was held on the 20th of November in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The beginnings of CCAFS

The regional agenda and research portfolio of CCAFS SEA are put into four flagships (FPs), FP1 – priorities and policies for climate-smart agriculture, FP2-climate-smart technologies and practices, FP3–low emission development ad FP4–climate services and safety nets.

The Climate-Smart Village (CSV) project serves as convergence point of the flagship projects. These are implemented to improve farming communities’ resilience to challenges brought about by climate change which are expected to be worsened by the region’s rapid economic growth.

At present, the projects of CCAFS SEA are mostly located in three countries of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia because they are among the most vulnerable countries to climate change in the region. However, there are also other projects implemented in the Philippines and Indonesia.

CCAFS flagship leaders Dr. Phil Thornton and Dr. Andy Jarvis, together with CCAFS SEA regional program leader Dr. Leocadio Sebastian, facilitated a special session on the future projects’ focus. Photo by Duong Minh Tuan/ICRAF

CSV achievements

During the review conducted during the event, participants discussed the successes and challenges faced by the flagship projects and looked at how much of the desired outputs and outcomes have already been achieved. The key emerging outcomes from CSV sites in Vietnam, Philippines, and Laos, have also been highlighted in the workshop.

For instance, in the first stage of the CSV project in Guinayangan Village in the Philippines’ Quezon Province, the implementers had successfully engaged with local governments. In addition, the incorporation of climate-smart agriculture into the local government’s agriculture extension services is expected to have benefitted around 5,000 farmers in Guinayangan Village. Guinayangan is also recognized as a learning site that influenced the implementation and rolls out of the Philippines’ Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture (AMIA) program.

As for the project of CSVs in the Mekong Basin, initial outcomes include eight climate-smart agriculture practices and technologies have been implemented with engagement of 100 local households. For example, in Vietnam’s Ky Son Commune, implementers have successfully coordinated with local governments, same with Guinyangan. They have also helped 2,000 farmers in achieving stable incomes and two neighboring villages in selecting 3 CSAs as priorities for scale out: stress tolerant rice varieties, dry season water storage, and pest smart practices for adoption during the first year of the project’s second phase.

Meanwhile, Rohal Suong CSV in Cambodia is now being poised to be selected as a demonstration site under IFAD-funded ASPIRE project (worth about USD 50 million).

A special poster session was held to showcase the significant outputs and emerging outcomes of the various CCAFS SEA's regional projects. Photo by Duong Minh Tuan/ICRAF

Points for improvement

Despite the successes of CCAFS SEA in the first phase and the first year of its second phase, several challenges are still needed to be addressed in the remaining years in the second phase.

The biggest concern to be addressed now pertains to the mobilization of funding for the projects because the total budget left is not enough to run all the projects while most of them will end next year.

Aside from this, Dr. Andy Jarvis, one of the Flagship Leader of CCAFS stated that there is a need to re-design the projects to make it fit with the situation. To address this concern, Dr. Godefroy Grosjean, an expert from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), suggested three ways they can improve mobilization of financial resources for the projects in the region.

According to him, the first step that CCAFS should do is to recruit a joint position with the Food and Agriculture Organization for a climate finance expert. Second, it is advised to develop new agenda on climate finance, including fiscal reform, evaluation of business models, and carbon pricing. The third step is taking new methodology such as behavioral economics, he said. 

Dr. Leocadio Sebastian, regional program leader of CCAFS SEA, also pointed out the gaps between discussions and the reality in the field where the projects were implemented. He called for all stakeholders to suggest solutions in order to cope with these challenges, so that the projects would be smoothly run in the coming years.

ICIPE Vacancy: Field Assistant (Closing date: 18 December 2017)

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The positions:  The International Centre of Insect Physiology & Ecology (icipe) seeks to hire a Field Assistant who will be based in Arba Minch, Ethiopia.

General: International Centre of Insect Physiology & Ecology (icipe) is a world-class research center with a mission to alleviate poverty by ensuring food security, improving health, protecting the environment and building the capacity of researchers and communities across the developing world, through the application of insect sciences. Employing more than 500 national and international staff, icipe is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya with outposts in Ethiopia and on the shores of Lake Victoria in western Kenya. ICIPE has a proud reputation and history of delivering world-quality science that has made crucial contributions to African food and health policy, delivered development outcomes to rural communities, and has been at the forefront of building Africa’s biological research capacity. The Centre’s research activities span the African continent with partnerships linking research organizations, not only across Africa, but also the globe. In addition, more than 100 graduate students and a number of postdoctoral fellows contribute to icipe’s research portfolio annually. For more information visit: www.icipe.org

Main Responsibilities:

  • Liaise with YESH project staff on preparation for and implementation of planned sericulture development activities mainly in Arba Minch Zuria but also in Meirab Abaya Woredas;
  • Assist in data collection under the supervision of the project staff;
  • Facilitate work with youth groups in implementing planned activities for enterprise establishment;
  • Assist in organizing logistics for training of youth groups and extension staff;
  • Prepare and submit a monthly activity report against set action plan;
  • Attend to other duties as assigned by Project Coordinator.

 Minimum Requirements:

Education:

  • Secondary school completed plus certificate of vocational training in agriculture or related areas Or College Diploma in Agriculture.

Experience:

  • Five years’ work experience after completion of secondary school plus certificate of vocational training in agriculture or related areas
  • Two years for college diploma holders

Skills:

  • Valid driving license to ride a motorbike will be an advantage.
  • Good working knowledge of written and spoken English, Amharic and Gamo/Wolaita essential
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Good interpersonal communication skills.

Duty Station:   Arba Minch, Ethiopia

Position level:   1C.

Minimum Base salary:   Birr 7,312 per month (Negotiable depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment: Initial appointment is for three years renewable appointment based on performance and funding availability. icipe offers a multicultural, collegial research environment with competitive salary and excellent benefits in line with ILRI salary applicable for its Nationally Recruited . ICIPE is an international and equal opportunity organization and believes that diversity of its staff contributes to excellence.

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number: REF: FA/39/17 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 18 December 2017.

To find more about ICIPE, visit our Website at http://www.icipe.cgiar.org

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