7 NARO Job Positions – Director of Research

Organisation: National Agricultural Research
Organization (NARO)
Duty Station and Job Ref:
National Crops Resources Research
Institute (NaCRRI), Namulonge – Job Ref: NARI/1
National Forestry Resources Research
Institute (NaFORRI), Kifu -Mukono – Job Ref: NARI/2
National Fisheries Resources Research
institute (NaFIRRI)       Jinja Job Ref:
Abi Zonal Agricultural Research and
Development Institute, Arua         – Job Ref:
Mukono Zonal Agricultural Research and
Development Institute, Mukono       – Job
Ref: ZARDI/2
Nabuin Zonal Agricultural Research and
Development Institute, Nakapiripirit – Job Ref: ZARDI/3
Ngetta Zonal Agricultural Research and
Development Institute, Lira – Job Ref: ZARDI/4
Reports to: Director General, NARO
About NARO:
The National Agricultural Research
Organization is established by the National Agricultural Research Act, 2005 as
a body corporate with the mandate to provide strategic direction for publicly
funded agricultural research in Uganda. The organization is composed of the
Council as its governing body, Committees of Council, a Secretariat for its
day-to-day operations with seven national and nine zonal semi-autonomous Public
Agricultural Research Institutes (PARI’s) under its policy guidance.
Job Summary: The Directors of Research will serve as
the Head of the Public Agricultural Research Institute (PARI) to which he/she
will be appointed and will provide professional, technical and administrative
guidance necessary for implementing the institute mandate.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
leadership in priority setting and implementation of research programmes,
policy guidance on appropriate technologies and information for responsible
agricultural practice;
and implement a strategy on Resource Mobilisation to enable the institute have
additional funding for research and staff remuneration;
In charge
of the development and implementation of strategic plans, research programmes
and annual budget in line with approved government policies;
effective financial management policies and systems for tracking, monitoring
and reporting financial performance against budget to ensure proper management
and accountability of funds;
effective human resource management policies and systems;
The Director
will develop effective communication, publicity and advocacy programmes to
ensure that role of the Institute is recognised by the public;
participatory approaches and methods to monitor and evaluate the performance
and impact of the Institute’s research activities and technologies;
with private sector to bring technology and research applications to the marketplace
with a view to enhancing commercialization and availability of appropriate
technologies to a wide array of stakeholders;
challenges in the operating environment to ensure that the Institute complies
with relevant legislation as well as agricultural and environmental laws
including other relevant policies and guidelines;
that research projects and programme comply with National and sector
development plans and strategies;
participate up to 25 percent of his/her time in scientific research activities
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
The ideal
candidate for the NARO Director of Research Jobs should hold PhDs in the field
of Agricultural Sciences, Natural Sciences or Agricultural Economics.
A minimum
of ten or more years’ experience in either agricultural research planning or
management. Equivalent experience  obtained
from a related institution is acceptable.
track record in agricultural research or research in other related fields
evidenced by at least five peer reviewed publications in the last five years.
understanding of the role of agricultural research to poverty reduction.Excellent
leadership, negotiations and communication skills including demonstrated
ability to work collaboratively in teams.
ability to influence and motivate staff towards the achievement of strategic
objectives and goals.
working relationships with national, regional and international research
institutions/centres as well as development partners and private agencies.
demonstrate a clear understanding and ability to uphold provisions of the Leadership
Code Act, 2002.
have served in a research, academic or related reputable research institution
at a senior research/management level and above.
Age limit: Not above 56 years
How to Apply:  
All interested applicants should submit a
hard copy of the application with a detailed curriculum vitae prefaced with a
statement of not more than 250 words explaining why he or she considers oneself
a suitable candidate for the job. He/She should provide names, day-time
telephone numbers, e-mail and physical addresses of 3 (three) respectable
referees who are able to provide a candid opinion on his/her professional
abilities, personal attributes and suitability for appointment to this
position. The application letter, CV, photocopies of academic certificates and
testimonials should be submitted to:
The Director General,
National Agricultural Research
Plot 11-13, Lugard Avenue P.O. Box 295,
Entebbe. Uganda
22nd May 2015 by 5:00 PM
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