Senior Intellectual Property Rights Officer Career Jobs – National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO)

Organization: National
Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO)
Duty Station: Entebbe,
Uganda
Reports to: Deputy Director
General, Agricultural Technology Promotion
About NARO:
The National Agricultural Research Organisation is established by the
National Agricultural Research Act 2005 as a body corporate with the mandate to
provide strategic direction for publically funded agricultural research in
Uganda. The organisation is composed of the Council as its governing body,
Committees of Council, a Secretariat for its day-to-day operations with
semi-autonomous Public Agricultural Research Institutes (PARI’s) under its
policy guidance.
Job Summary:  The Senior Intellectual Property Rights
Officer will provide leadership and guidance in identifying and protecting NARO
products with potential for commercialization, and ensuring that rewards and
benefits are shared according to policy guidelines.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
  • The
    jobholder will provide leadership and guidance in developing and
    implementing policy frameworks for commercial exploitation of NARO’s intellectual
    properties
  • Support
    and strengthen Intellectual Property Management in NARO.
  • Actively
    promote economic activity arising from the products of research and
    innovation
  • Draft
    agreements and other IP documents concerning research for utilisation of NARO
    IPs. In addition, follow up all IP legal arrangements to ensure
    currency and relevancy.
  • Ensure
    availability and security of an inventory/database of all NARO’s research
    activities and innovations leading to intellectual assets.
  • The
    incumbent will coordinate the provision of research entrepreneurial
    skills, and raise awareness through training of staff and
    stakeholders on Intellectual Assets and Intellectual Property Rights.
  • Carry
    out regular beneficiary assessments to get feedback and advise the research
    process accordingly.
  • Perform any other duties as may be
    assigned by the immediate supervisor.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience:
  • The applicant for the NARO Senior
    Intellectual Property Rights Officer job vacancy must be a Ugandan who
    possesses a good Bachelor’s
    degree in agriculture, biological and environmental sciences plus a
    Master’s degree focussing on intellectual property rights from a
    recognised university.
  • At
    least four years’ experience in managing and promoting application of IPR
    to benefit organisations and individuals.
  • Demonstrable
    working experience of commercialising intellectual property rights.
  • Good
    report writing and communication skills.
  • Excellent
    interpersonal skills and ability to work, and timely produce accurate
    results in an environment with multiple and challenging tasks to be
    handled simultaneously.
How to Apply:
All candidates who wish to join NARO are encouraged to send their
applications to the Director General, National Agricultural Research
Organization, P.O. Box 295, Entebbe, Uganda.
The complete applications should include applications, detailed
curriculum vitae giving day-time telephone contacts, names and postal/e-mail
addresses and daytime telephone contact of 3 (three) referees of good standing
in society as well as copies of professional certificates and testimonials.
Deadline: 7th October 2016
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