2 Director of Research Job Opportunities – National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO)

Job Title:         Director
of Research (2 Job Vacancies)
Organization: National
Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO)
Duty Station: 
Mukono and Rwebitaba Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institutes, Uganda
About US:
The National
Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) 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 Director of Research will serve as the
Head of the Public Agricultural Research Institute and will be responsible for
providing professional, technical and administrative Leadership necessary for
implementing the institute mandate.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Manage the implementation of Research and ensure the prompt delivery
    of adequate and quality research outputs.
  • Provide 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;
  • Develop and implement a strategy on Resource Mobilization to enable
    the institute have additional funding for research and staff remuneration;
  • Develop and implement 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;
  • Develop effective communication, publicity and advocacy programs to
    ensure that role of the Institute is recognized by the public;
  • Putting in place 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
  • 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

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold a PhD in the field of Agricultural Sciences,
    Natural Sciences, Biophysical Sciences or Agricultural Economics
  • At least 10 years’ experience in Agricultural or Livestock research
    planning or management. Equivalent experience obtained from a related
    field is acceptable.
  • A proven record in research evidenced by at least five peer reviewed
    publications in the last five years.
  • Clear understanding of the role of agricultural research to poverty
  • 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/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.
  • 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:
The interested
applicants should submit a hard copy of an application with a detailed
curriculum vitae prefaced with a statement of not more than 250 words
explaining why he or she considers oneself suitable for appointment to 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 indicating post
applied for, CV, photocopies of academic certificates and testimonials should
be submitted to the undersigned;
The Director
Agricultural Research Organization,
Plot 11-13, Lugard
Avenue P.O. Box 295, ENTEBBE
Deadline: Thursday 17th October 2019 by 5:00pm
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