Technical Specialist/Youth Skills Development & Community Engagement Jobs – RUFORUM

Organisation: RUFORUM
(Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Manager/Training
and Community Engagement
About US:
The Regional
Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), established
in 2004, is a consortium of 42 universities in 19 countries of Eastern, Central
and Southern Africa (ECSA). The organisation evolved from the Forum on
Agricultural Resource Husbandry (FORUM) program of the Rockefeller Foundation.
RUFORUM is registered as an International Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO)
and has mandate to oversee graduate training and networks of specialization in
the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Work closely with member universities, partner institutions and
    networks to develop programme/project proposals that are attractive and
    develop agricultural skills for the youth that engender employability and
  • Support initiatives for curricular reforms for teaching/ training,
    learning and research methodologies and practices that are relevant to the
    skills demand and create valuable and attractive opportunities for
    economic empowerment of the youth.
  • Develop programmes and support initiatives for strengthening
    agri-business, entrepreneurship and community engagement.
  • Develop programmes/ projects that promote engagement and solid
    networks between agricultural training, learning and research
    institutions, industry and the farming community that are mutually
    beneficial and address existing challenges.
  • Monitor and assess the quality and impact of agricultural skills
    development programmes for the youth in liaison with the Planning,
    Monitoring and Evaluation Unit.
  • Advocate for support that propels youth participation in the areas
    of agricultural science, technology and innovation for skills enhancement.
  • Facilitate agricultural institutions to profile investment
    opportunities to guide youth engagement in agri-business, entrepreneurship
    and innovation.
  • Develop programmes/ projects that link tertiary agricultural
    training institutions to scale out innovative farming models to the
    farming communities.
  • Develop programmes/ projects for agricultural tertiary institutions
    that support community action research plans, community engagement and
    strengthening commodity value chains that benefit the farming community.
  • Develop programmes/projects to optimize community uptake of
    beneficial research outputs and outcomes.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold an MSc degree in relevant field of science
    including agriculture, biological or environmental/ natural resources
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Education Management or Project Management.
  • Five years in university/ research or training institution.
  • Ability to prioritise work and work under minimum supervision
    towards the desired results.
  • Ability to analyse divergent views objectively.
How to Apply:
Applications with
detailed curriculum vitae (in pdf form), copies of certificates, transcripts,
names of three referees and the applicant’s Skype Address; daytime telephone
contact should be sent online to our E-mail with the subject Appointment in
RUFORUM followed by the Job title. For example “Appointment in RUFORUM: Systems
Email to: 
Deadline: 30th September, 2018
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