ASARECA Non-profit Jobs – Programme Assistant

Organisation: ASARECA
Duty Station:  Kampala,
About US:
The Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and
Central Africa (ASARECA) is a sub-regional not-for-profit association. It was
established in 1994 by 11 member countries represented by their national
agricultural research for development institutes. The 11 member countries are:
Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar,
Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. The major objective of ASARECA
is to develop policies and programs aimed at deepening co-operation in
agricultural research and policy among its member countries for the mutual
benefit of all the stakeholders in the agricultural sector.
Job Summary:  The
Programme Assistant will be responsible for providing technical input on the
policies related to Livestock and Fisheries.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Receive periodic reports from
    stakeholders, review and provide feedback on the quality of the reports in
    consultation with the theme manager;
  • Prepare draft synthesis reports, drafts of
    contract agreements and letters of requests for services;
  • Support in developing requests for
    research calls/ proposals and send them out, receive applications and
    prepare the evaluation forms that are used for selection;
  • Receive and respond to inquiries from
    different stakeholders pertaining to the work of the theme;
  • Actively coordinate workshop
    duties/activities i.e. drawing          up
    a list of invitees, prepare the workshop budgets, draft invitation
    letters, repertoire, 4 compile workshop publications and proceedings,
    facilitation, etc;           
  • Render support in facilitating project
    inception workshops and Project Review meetings;
  • Receive and follow up on the sub-grant
    financial 4 accountabilities and forward them to the finance unit;
  • Prepare annual work plans and budget for
    the theme in consultation with the theme leader;
  • Support in consolidating the themes
    technical reports into the corporate annual report;
  • Assist to carry-out Monitoring and
    Evaluation of projects in liaison with the ME&L Unit; and Take record
    of minutes for meeting and track to ensure actions are implemented.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate should hold a Masters
    of Science in Agriculture – Livestock, Fisheries & Aqua culture A PhD
    in Animal Science or Fisheries will be an added advantage.      
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in
    research in an agricultural oriented organisation at middle-level
    management preferably with an International NGO particularly those
    addressing agriculture through application of partnership approaches.    
  • Past experience in science writing
    demonstrated by publication in peer refereed journals.
  • Possess the ability to analyse data and
    extract reporting materials.
  • Good understanding and appreciation of
    regional agricultural issues.
  • Good skills in Monitoring and Evaluation,
  • Management of partnerships, Communication
    and Knowledge management.
  • Past exposure and experience in setting up
    and managing donor compliance monitoring systems, developing and
    implementing relevant tools
  • Past exposure and experience of training
    and transferring skills to stakeholders (through workshops and one-to-one
  • Possess excellent interpersonal,
    management and team development skills;
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Strong leadership skills and demonstrated
    ability to manage a diverse group of stakeholders.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and
    ability to demonstrate error-free writing
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send your
application in confidence to the address below by indicating the job title on
the subject line and send (by post or email). The  application letter and curriculum vitae must
contain details of your qualifications, experience, present position, current
and expected remuneration as well as copies of professional/ academic
certificates. Please include day and evening telephone numbers, e-mail address,
names and addresses of three references. Please send to:
Head of Human Resource and Administration
Plot 5 Mpigi Road
P.O. Box 765, Entebbe, Uganda
Deadline: Monday, 4th May 2015.
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