Director of Research – National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO)

Job Title:    Director of Research
Organisation: National
Agricultural Research Organization (NARO)
Duty Station: National
Livestock Resources Research Institute (NaLIRRI)
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 Director of
Research will serve as the Head of the National Livestock Resources Research
Institute (NALIRRI) and be responsible for providing professional, technical
and administrative Leadership necessary for implementing the institute mandate.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·        
Oversee the implementation of Research and ensure
the prompt delivery of adequate and quality research outputs,
·        
Offer leadership in priority setting as a requisite
for the implementation of research programs,
·        
Provide policy advice on appropriate technologies
and information for responsible agricultural practice;
·        
In charge of developing and implementing a strategy
on Resource Mobilization to enable the institute have additional funding for
research and staff remuneration;
·        
Responsible for developing and implementing strategic
plans, research programs 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;
·        
In charge of developing effective communication,
publicity and advocacy programs to ensure that role of the Institute is
recognized by the public;
·        
Instilling participatory approaches and methods to
monitor and evaluate the performance and impact of the Institute’s research activities
and technologies;
·        
Work closely 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;
·        
Actively 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 program 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 interested candidates should hold Bachelor’s
degrees in either Veterinary Medicine or Animal science with a PhD in either
Livestock Sciences or in an agricultural related field.
·        
A minimum of ten years’ experience in Livestock or
agricultural research planning or management. Equivalent experience obtained
from a related field is acceptable.
·        
Excellent track record in research evidenced by at
least five peer reviewed publications in the last five years.
·        
Broad knowledge and understanding of the role of
agricultural research to poverty reduction.
·        
Excellent leadership, negotiations and communication
skills including demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in teams.
·        
Demonstrated ability to influence and motivate staff
towards the achievement of strategic objectives and goals.
·        
Excellent working relationships with national,
regional and international research institutions/centers as well as development
partners and private agencies.
·        
Must demonstrate a clear understanding and ability
to uphold provisions of the Leadership Code Act, 2002.
·        
The applicant must have served in a research,
academic or related reputable research institution at a senior
research/management level and above.
·        
Age
limit:
Below 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: 
27th August 2015 by 5:00 PM
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