USAID IFPRI Project Jobs – Senior Program Assistant – Biosafety at The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Organisation: The
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Funding Source: U.S.
Agency for International Development (USAID)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Country
Coordinator, Biosafety Program
About IFPRI:
The International Food Policy
Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks sustainable solutions for ending hunger and
poverty. Founded in 1975, IFPRI is a member of the CGIAR Consortium, a global
research partnership for a food secure future. The mandate of IFPRI is to
identify and analyze alternative national and international strategies and
policies for meeting world food needs in ways that conserve the natural
resource base, with emphasis on low income and on the poorer groups in the
Job Summary: The
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Senior Program Assistant –
Biosafety will provide strategic technical support to the activities of the
Uganda Feed the Future Biosafety Activity. The Uganda Feed the Future Biosafety
Activity is a complementary program to the Program for Biosafety Systems,
managed at IFPRI headquarters in Washington D. C. and funded by the U.S. Agency
for International Development. (USAID)
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Carry
    out regular reviews and prepare summarized updates and briefs on
    advancements in biosafety policy and regulation, compliance, risk
    assessment and management.
  • Develop
    a detailed work plan for program activities in Uganda in consultation with
    the supervisor. Performance will be evaluated in reference to this work
  • Support
    in organizing training workshops, communication workshops, and
    consultations and prepare reports for all activities conducted
  • Produce
    and disseminate newsletters, communication briefs, regulatory documents,
    and any other document as will be guided by the work plan and country
  • Manage
    the program’s online and print communication systems
  • In
    charge of developing budgets for program activities in consultation with
    the supervisor and keep track of expenditures in liaison with the office
    administration and submit timely accountabilities for all program
    expenses, and
  • Perform
    any other duties that may be assigned by the supervisor and / or IFPRI.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    USAID Project Senior Program Assistant – Biosafety should hold a Master’s
    Degree in Biological Sciences from a recognized institution and a minimum
    of two years post qualification experience in any of the following:
    science policy formulation, biotechnology and biosafety policy
    development, research and development, social development, specifically in
    relation to Uganda.
  • Past
    experience in working with donor funded programs is highly preferred.
  • Possess
    excellent planning, budgeting, and reporting skills
  • Highly
    self-motivated, dynamic, and out-put oriented
  • High
    level of integrity and commitment to work
  • Proven
    communication and analytical skills
  • Sound
    knowledge of Uganda’s science and technology policy environment and policy
    making in the country
  • Clear
    knowledge of Uganda’s biotechnology and biosafety landscape
  • Possess
    the ability to work in a multi-sector and multi-cultural environment
  • Excellent
    computer skills in office applications as well as demonstrated ability to
    manage and utilize online information resources and media
  • Proven
    ability to multi-task as needed, consistently meet deadlines, and manage
    time well.
  • Demonstrated
    professional level of attention to detail and accuracy of work
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates should send their applications with detailed curriculum
vitae that including all contact details plus those of three referees. In
addition, applicants must submit soft copies of academic and professional
testimonials /certificates. The complete applications must be sent by email to with the subject line Senior Program Assistant –
Deadline: 2nd March 2015 by 5:00 pm EAT
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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