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:
NARI/3
Abi Zonal Agricultural Research and
Development Institute, Arua         – Job Ref:
ZARDI/1
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:  
·        
Provide
leadership in priority setting and implementation of research programmes,
·        
Provide
policy guidance on appropriate technologies and information for responsible
agricultural practice;
·        
Develop
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;
·        
Implement
effective financial management policies and systems for tracking, monitoring
and reporting financial performance against budget to ensure proper management
and accountability of funds;
·        
Implement
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;
·        
Ensure
participatory approaches and methods to monitor and evaluate the performance
and impact of the Institute’s research activities and technologies;
·        
Work
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;
·        
Monitor
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;
·        
Ensure
that research projects and programme comply with National and sector
development plans and strategies;
·        
Actively
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.
·        
Excellent
track record in agricultural research or research in other related fields
evidenced by at least five peer reviewed publications in the last five years.
·        
Clear
understanding of the role of agricultural research to poverty reduction.Excellent
leadership, negotiations and communication skills including demonstrated
ability to work collaboratively in teams.
·        
Proven
ability to influence and motivate staff towards the achievement of strategic
objectives and goals.
·        
Excellent
working relationships with national, regional and international research
institutions/centres as well as development partners and private agencies.
·        
Must
demonstrate a clear understanding and ability to uphold provisions of the Leadership
Code Act, 2002.
·        
Must
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
Organization,
Plot 11-13, Lugard Avenue P.O. Box 295,
Entebbe. Uganda
Deadline: 
22nd May 2015 by 5:00 PM
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