Not for Profit Jobs – Projects Assistant at CABI

Organisation: CABI
Duty Station: Entebbe,
Reports to:
Communications & Extension Scientist
About CABI:
CABI is a not-for-profit
development-led organization supported by a solid scientific research base and
a world class publishing service. Our mission is to improve people’s lives
worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve
problems in agriculture and the environment. Our work increases food security
and protects biodiversity. We have over 350 staff based in 16 countries. We
have offices in Brazil, China, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Pakistan, Switzerland,
Trinidad & Tobago, the UK and the USA. CABI is an intergovernmental
organization that can trace its origins back to 1910. Our mission and direction
are influenced by government representatives from our 46 member countries who
help guide the activities we undertake. These include scientific publishing,
development projects and research, and microbial services. We are also leading
a major new initiative, Plantwise, which aims to improve food security and the
lives of the rural poor by reducing crop losses.
Job Summary:  The Projects Assistant will support the
delivery of CABI Africa projects in Uganda, which involve collaboration with
various partner organisations. The post holder will need to provide effective,
highly competent project support and consistently deliver in a manner which
promotes positive relationships. Also, he / she will support involve both
technical and administrative functions. Technical support will be in the area
of communication and extension, particularly in relation to crop production and
health. Administrative functions will include organising meetings and
workshops, ensuring proper documentation, and management of project technical
and financial documents. This will involve implementing CABI procedures for
project procurement, expenditure, and reporting.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Offer
    timely technical project support including activity planning, coordinating
    and conducting trainings and/or research with partners, compiling and
    disseminating technical information, backstopping project implementing
    partners, monitoring project activities, compiling activity reports.
  • Offer
    administrative and logistic support to projects including organising
    workshops and meetings, making payments to collaborators and partners,
    compiling accountabilities, procurement.
  • Represent
    CABI at project meetings and workshops
  • Offer
    support to office tasks such as maintaining Uganda office asset register,
    filing, reporting.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    Projects Assistant should hold a first degree in BSc in Agriculture
    majoring in agriculture extension and education option. Possession of a
    Post graduate qualification an added advantage
  • Working
    knowledge of agriculture, especially crop production, in Uganda
  • Excellent
    interpersonal and communication skills
  • Organisational
    and administrative skills, including project planning and budgeting
  • Fluency
    in oral and written English
  • Good
    working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and
  • Past
    experience of working in agricultural related projects with diverse
    partners such as local communities, NGOs, government departments, research
  • Significant
    experience of office and financial systems an advantage
  • Unquestionable
    level of personal integrity
  • High
    initiative and self-driven requiring little or no supervision
  • Team
  • Creative
    and innovative
  • Fast
    learner and pro-active personality
  • Ability
    to work with limited direct supervision
CABI is an equal opportunities
employer and welcomes applications from candidates irrespective of age, gender,
race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, disability, religion,
sexual orientation or marital status. No applicant will be disadvantaged by
conditions which cannot be shown to be justified and selection will be based on
By taking the CABI Equal
Opportunities Survey you will be helping us to follow best practice
recommendations that employers should monitor selection decisions to assess
whether equality of opportunity is being achieved. Please follow the link to
take the survey. Click Here
The information in the survey
will be treated as confidential and used for statistical purposes only, forming
no part of the selection process. This information will be received separately
from your application.
How to Apply: 
All candidates are encouraged
to send their applications to this E-mail: quoting Job
Reference 20/2015 and state where you saw this advertisement i.e. website. Please include the following;
  • A
    covering letter describing in full how you meet the candidate profile, and
    to include details of your current remuneration;
  • Updated
    full Curriculum Vitae;
  • The
    names and contact details of three referees, one of whom must be your
    current or most recent employer – referees will not be contacted without
    your prior permission
Deadline: Friday 27th February 2015 Midnight GMT UK

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