Project Manager Job Vacancies – The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Duty Station:
Ref. No:
Reports to: The
Country Representative of IITA in Uganda
About US:
The International
Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a not-for-profit institution that
generates agricultural innovations to meet Africa’s most pressing challenges of
hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and natural resource degradation. Working with
various partners across sub-Saharan Africa, we improve livelihoods, enhance
food and nutrition security, increase employment, and preserve natural resource
integrity. IITA is a member of CGIAR, a global agriculture research partnership
for a food secure future.
 Background: The International Institute of
Tropical Agriculture (IITA) invites applications for the internationally
recruited position of Project Manager, under the Development Initiative for
Northern Uganda (DINU). 
Under the
Development Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU), a Government of Uganda
programme supported by the European Union (EU) and supervised by Office of the
Prime Minister, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has
received a grant to implement an action, building resilience to enhance food
and nutrition security, incomes and health in Northern Uganda. The three-year
grant action will be implemented by a consortium of partners in seven districts
of Amolatar, Apac, Dokolo, Otuke and 
Kwania in Lango
sub-region, and Kapelebyong and Amuria in Teso sub-region.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·       Provide overall leadership and coordination
of project team to ensure that project targets are achieved within the set
timelines and corresponding budgets.
·       Develop elaborate work plans for all actions
and activities of the project.
·       Coordinate planning, implementation,
reporting, monitoring, and evaluation of the project.
·       Create efficient mechanisms for synergies and
extensive sharing of knowledge between the three result areas.
·       Prepare the periodic financial and technical
reports which include – quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports.
·       Liaising with similar DINU and other projects
in Lango and Teso to ensure synergies and cohesion.
·       Establish and strengthen productive
partnerships with public (district) and private sector partners to facilitate
learning and knowledge sharing.
·       Organize coordination-planning and review meetings
with the project implementing partners.
·       Work closely with the MEL officer to develop
a performance management plan for the projects and monitor the implementation
processes to track milestones.
·       Contribute to publication of action research
results and success stories.
·       Perform any other activities as may be
assigned by supervisor.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·       The candidate should at least have a Master’s
degree in biological or social sciences or its equivalent from a recognized
university with experience in agricultural technology transfer and management
of partnerships.
·        Experience of at least 5 years as a project
manager of large-scale agricultural development projects, in East Africa and
Uganda in particular
·       Having experience and good understanding of
production, markets, nutritional development challenges and opportunities in
northern Uganda
·       Demonstrated ability to integrate gender and
youth issues into development projects for achieving gender- equitable project
outcomes and impacts
·       Proven experience working with climate smart
agriculture concepts with farmers, local and national governments
·       Ability to work collegially and
collaboratively in a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural environment
·       Demonstrated communication, networking, computer,
and organizational skills and ability to prepare high quality reports
·       Proven experience in engaging with public and
private sector stakeholders.
·       Demonstrated ability in stakeholder and
partner engagement and policy dialogue with emphasis on district engagement
·       Excellent leadership, interpersonal and team
building skills
·       Excellent writing skills
·       Willingness and ability to travel extensively
within and outside northern and eastern Uganda
IITA offers an
internationally competitive remuneration package paid in US Dollars.
How to Apply:
Applications must
include covering letter which should address how the candidate’s background/experience
relates to the specific duties of the position applied for, curriculum vitae,
names and addresses of three professional referees (which must include either
the Head of the applicant’s current or previous organization or applicant’s
direct Supervisor/Superior at his/her present or former place of work). The
application should be addressed to the Head, Human Resources Service. Please complete
our online application form using this link:

IITA is an equal
opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from women candidates. 
Please note that
only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Deadline: 4th April 2020
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