Program Officer – Capacity Development Employment Opportunity – Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA)

Job Title:            Program Officer-Capacity Development
Organization:
  Association
for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA)
Duty Station:
Entebbe, Uganda
Report to:
The Theme Leader – M&E and Knowledge Management.
About US:
The Association for
Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) is a
sub-regional not-for-profit organisation covering eleven countries in Eastern
and Central Africa, comprising Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea,
Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. 


Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Component development and management: Support the Project
Coordinator in:
·        
Strengthening
the internal capacities of ASARECA and its regional and country level partners
·        
 Undertaking capacity gap assessments as well
be directed by the Project Coordinator
·        
Establishing
a staff development program for the Secretariat
·        
 Upgrading operational systems, especially
Financial, Knowledge Management, Procurement and MEL systems.
·        
 Developing an implementation framework to
strengthen partnership and collaborative capacities of the organizations and
their engagement at the national, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the
African Union Commission (AUC and the European Union (EU) levels to promote
climate relevant science, technology and innovation
·        
 Reviewing ASARECA regional implementation
framework to strengthen collaborative capacities of selected institutions in
ECA and to establish effective engagement approaches with national, RECs and AU
·        
Participating
in the co-development of a continental implementation framework
·        
Convening
sub-regional workshop to provide practical guidance on the use of tools and
systems.
·        
Strengthening
the enabling environment for effective implementation of the program
·        
 Developing and activating instruments and
processes of engagement with authorizing institutions, especially the RECs
·        
Undertaking
high-level policy dialogue and strategic meetings within the sub-region
·        
Developing
an accountability framework for the programme and providing input to regional
accountability framework in order to integrate them.
·        
Promoting,
facilitating the formation of, and operationalization of multi stakeholder
partnerships for innovation that focuses on climate change
·        
Mobilizing
international expertise and exchange and working collaboratively with
international organizations to strengthen capacities of the targeted
organisations to realize the outputs of the program
·        
 Representing ASARECA at high-level meetings
such as with EU, COMESA, EAC, and within the countries
Project monitoring: The candidate will work closely with the Theme Leader for Knowledge
Management to:
·        
Develop
policy analysis and implementation data collection tools
·        
 Support data collection, analysis and
dissemination of policy-related data / information
·        
 Effectively manage data and knowledge.
Reporting:
The candidate will work closely with the Project Coordinator to:
·        
Ensure
accurate and timely reporting of project activities
·        
Prepare
quarterly, semi-annual and annual and technical reports.
·        
Gather
and submit human interest stories



Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·        
The
ideal candidate must hold a Master’s degree in Development Studies,
Agriculture, Economics or related field
·        
 At least 5 years of relevant experience in
capacity strengthening for development programs
·        
Experience
in advocacy for enabling environment on markets and trade and in engagement of
private sector or wider stakeholder networks in national and multi-country
dialogues and other policy-enactment processes
·        
Knowledge
of and experience with project cycle management and management of personnel
·        
 Experience in working in the ASARECA region
·        
 Experience working on agriculture is a must.
Required Skills
·        
Strategic
and Systems thinking as well as Project Management skills
·        
Financial
management skills including management of aid project finance
·        
This
position requires a fluency in both written and spoken English, but knowledge
of French is an added advantage.
·        
Ability
to multi-task, set priorities, and work under tight deadlines.
·        
Excellent
conceptual, analytical and problem solving skills
·        
Excellent
networking ability with stakeholders (government agencies, NGOs, private
organizations).
·        
Experience
in diversity and inclusion (gender mainstreaming, participatory policy
processes)
·        
Computer
literacy especially strong knowledge of MS Office applications and relevant
analytical software
How to Apply:
Interested
applicants should submit a confidential cover letter and detailed CV with names
and addresses of 3 referees (including e-mail address and telephone numbers) to
the attention: Head, Human Resource and Administration, ASARECA Secretariat,
Plot 5 Mpigi Road,
P.O. Box 765
Entebbe, Uganda (hr@asareca.org).
Deadline: 30th October 2019.

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