Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation CTCA Project Jobs – Agro Economist at Makerere University School of Public Health

Job Title:  Agro Economist
Organisation: Makerere
University School of Public Health
Project Name: Centre for
Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA)
Funding Source: Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
About US:
Makerere University School of
Public Health’s Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA) was established in
2011 by the World Health Organization (WHO) to support governments in African
countries to develop tobacco control policy and legislation as well as build
and sustain institutional capacity for tobacco control. This is done through
offering technical, institutional and cross sector support for tobacco control
at national and regional levels.
The Centre which is in its 2nd
phase funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through the African
Capacity Building Foundation envisions four outcomes including;
  • Adoption
    and implementing policies for farmers transitioning from tobacco farming
    to alternatives,
  • Increased
    adoption of policies and laws compliant with FCTC,
  • Increased
    implementation/enforcement officers of policies and laws compliant with
    FCTC and Development and implementation of national tobacco control
Job Summary: The Agro
Economist will provide leadership and technical support to governments in
targeted Africa countries to develop, adopt and implement policies for farmers
transitioning from tobacco farming to alternatives.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Steer
    the strategy and policy development in target countries for alternative
    livelihoods to tobacco growing
  • Carry
    out economic analyses to assess the profitability of alternative crops to
  • Create
    a strategy for linking farmers with existing programs (government,
    academia, private sector and CSOs) for farm support, capacity building and
    marketing of alternative enterprises.
  • Provide
    technical input in preparation of country strategy papers and terms of
    reference for studies
  • Conduct
    feasibility studies and make recommendations for action on alternative
    livelihoods by CTCA
  • Perform
    value chain analysis for alternatives to tobacco growing
  • Offer
    technical guidance and assistance in building South-South collaboration in
    the area of alternative livelihoods, health and economic cost studies.
    Also building collaborative partnerships and network with relevant expert
    agencies/ organizations
  • Conduct
    capacity building for target countries in relation to tobacco control and
    alternative livelihood
  • Offer
    technical assistance and guidance on the effects of tobacco and
  • Perform
    any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    applicant should hold a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics with
    background in socioeconomics or related discipline
  • Excellent
    analytical and decision making specifically for Agroeconomic data
  • Excellent
    writing and communication skills
  • Good
    research skills
  • Possess
    the ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working
    relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity
    and respect for diversity, including gender balance.
  • Ability
    to be a cooperative team player with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability
    to work under tight deadlines and on a results oriented basis.
  • Ability
    to develop innovative approaches and solutions.
  • Five
    or more years of progressively responsible experience in the program areas
    associated with this post, specifically on the economics of livelihoods.
  • Past
    exposure and experience working with, advising or providing technical
    support to governments on policy
  • Working
    knowledge of tobacco control and the WHO-FCTC is an added advantage
  • Excellent
    knowledge in English with any other international language
How to Apply: 
All candidates are strongly
encouraged to send an application letter, updated CVs with contacts of three professional
referees and copies of academic documents by email to:  Dean, Makerere University School of Public
Health, and copy
NB: Please send as one document in PDF
Deadline: 7th November, 2014.

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