Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Program Leader – Feed and Forages Biosciences

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a principal scientist to lead its new Feed and Forages Biosciences program. This leadership position is part of the Biosciences Directorate. The appointee will develop and lead ILRI’s evolving and expanding portfolio of research in Feed and Forage Biosciences.

ILRI works with partners worldwide to enhance the roles that livestock play in food security and poverty alleviation, principally in Africa and Asia. The outcomes of these research partnerships help people in developing countries keep their farm animals’ alive and productive, increase and sustain their livestock and farm productivity, find profitable markets for their animal products, and reduce the risk of livestock-related diseases. 

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2014, an operating budget of about USD83 million. A member of the CGIAR Consortium working for a food-secure future, ILRI has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, a principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and offices in other countries in East, West and Southern Africa and in South, Southeast and East Asia. 

Responsibilities:
• Lead the coordination of a complex multidisciplinary research program primarily directed towards genetic improvement of feed and forage species supporting livestock production, involving gene bank management, genomics, bioinformatics, tissue culture and plant genome modification, large-scale phenotypic evaluation, and end-user liaison for crop adoption.
• Develop a Research Program, lead and manage an international team of molecular biologists, plant breeders and geneticists, and animal nutrition scientists addressing a range of research on livestock forages, and feeds sources, in developing countries.
• Develop and implement a large-scale research program in Feed and Forage Biosciences.
• Raise grant money for a sustainable research group.
• Participate in the leadership group for the bioscience directorate.

Requirements:
• A PhD in Agriculture, with extensive experience in plant molecular biology, including forages molecular breeding, with a minimum of 10 years of experience post-PhD;
• A passion for generation of scientific knowledge that advances pro-poor development;
• A proven research record demonstrating experience in research design, quantitative and qualitative analytic methods and peer-reviewed outputs;
• Extensive experience in areas including several of the following: molecular genetics and genomics, quantitative genetics, population genetics and applied plant breeding;
• Excellent track record in leading and securing resource identification, facilitation of interactions within and between organizations, and will be an excellent communicator;
• Creativity, adaptability and a willingness to work in a team context
• Demonstrated ability to deliver multi-disciplinary research outputs and to initiate and manage cross-disciplinary research activities;
• Demonstration of superior program planning, coordination and management skills across a range of physical locations;
• Familiarity with aspects of livestock production, crop-livestock systems, and animal nutrition;
• Strong English language skills, both written and spoken (proficiency in other languages is an advantage)

Post location: The position is based at ILRI’s Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya or ILRI campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. . Extensive travel to other countries and regions will be required.

Position level: The position is Principal Scientist Level.
Duration: 3 years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and continued funding.
Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive international and salary and benefits package which includes 15% Pension, Medical insurance, Life insurance and allowances for: Education, Housing, Relocation, Home leave, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.
*Benefits are tax free subject to compliance with tax regulations of country of citizenship.

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae: a list of publications and names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience should be included in the curriculum vitae. The position title and reference number: PL/AB/08/14 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter.

All applications should be submitted through our recruitment portal, http://ilri.simplicant.com by 24 September 2014.

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer. Suitably qualified women and citizens of developing countries, with experience of working internationally, are particularly encouraged to apply.


East Africa Dairy Development-II Country Project Manager

Tracking Code: 2014056

Job Description
Function:
The East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) Country Project Manager, under the overall guidance of the EADD Regional Director  and coordination with Heifer Uganda Country Director will provide the overall leadership to staff and other EADD consortium partners in the implementation of all components of the EADD-II project in Uganda. The position will assume the overall responsibility of assuring quality in service delivery of field operations including compliance with the institutional mission and objectives.   This position will also be responsible for preparing Uganda EADD-II plans, as per the overall project plan,  annual operating plans and budgets, ensure agreed outcomes are implemented and achieved. In addition, the position will lead the development of appropriate monitoring, learning and evaluation framework at the country, project and farm level.  EADD-II is an ambitious five-year program designed to transform the lives of resource poor farming families through a competitive and inclusive dairy value chain in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

Required Skills

Responsibilities:
  1. Lead and execute all EADD country plans and budgets (e.g.:  work plans and strategic plans), and ensure proper maintenance and use of assets.
  2. Facilitate the transformation of producer organizations (POs) into formal collective enterprises that stimulate rural dairy business hubs, into financially viable and sustainable business entities.
  3. Identify and develop investment and financing options in dairy value chains with the view to increase net returns to actors.
  4. Design and roll out appropriate support intervention to improve milk quality and value addition capacity, and provide ongoing support to POs with the goal of increasing production and business capacity.
  5. Develop the capacity of input service providers and their linkages with POs.
  6. Participate in designing of EADD staff training programs, as well as any inter-organizational training and learning events, in collaboration with Heifer Uganda country office, wherever appropriate.
  7. Identify and establish linkages with banks and/or microfinance institutions ready to engage with POs and agro entrepreneurs and assist in developing proposals for funding;
  8. Facilitate development of business planning guidelines and conduct strategic business planning sessions for member organizations.
  9. In cooperation with the Heifer Uganda Country Director, manage all stakeholder relationships.
  10. Ensure quality service delivery in operations, including compliance with project goals and objectives.
  11. Network and forge new working relationship with EADD and POs relevant external stakeholders, including, but not limited to, Government, Dairy board, processors, agro-vet providers etc. with the objective that they adopt, support and lead the Hub dairy development program.
  12. Design catalytic activities within the value chain (e.g. the concept of quality based pricing).
  13. Ensure timely generation and dissemination of relevant reports.
  14. Provide overall technical guidance and forward progress on emerging programmatic issues.
  15. Represent EADD in various stakeholder meetings, workshops, conferences and shared learning events, ensuring that EADD interests are taken care of at all levels.
  16. Oversee both department and individual staff performance, providing ongoing feedback and development, as well as identify opportunities for coaching, staff development and training.  Ensure timely completion of annual performance staff appraisal.
  17. Work with partners and stakeholders in improving sharing of experiences across Uganda.
  18. Participate in the design of a monitoring and evaluation framework.
  19. May perform other job-related responsibilities as assigned.
Required Experience

Minimum Requirements:
  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in the fields of Agriculture Economics, Business Administration, Rural Development, Enterprise Development or other related field, plus five (5) years of related experience.
  • At least 10 years’ experience in a mix of economic growth/trade, value chain competitiveness, investment promotion, or agriculture development.
  • At least five (5) years’ management-level work experience, leading a team of 10 or more employees, preferably with multi-partner projects.

Most Critical Proficiencies:
  • Strategic business and project approach to development of suitable and financial viable farmer organisations.
  • Knowledge of project plans, annual operating plans, budget preparation and monitoring.
  • Strong analytical ability to review progress, identify and capitalise opportunities, and mitigate risks, to ensure projects maintains timelines.
  • A good understanding and sensitivity to issues associated with poverty, hunger and environment, and knowledge of the context to which non-profit organizations operate.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the latest developments in advancing good/best practices in value chain development that reaches women, youth, and underprivileged.
  • Knowledge of enterprise development and linkages to poverty alleviation.
  • Proven team leadership and supervisory skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement strategies aimed at providing institutional capacity building to key partner institutions with a view to build a more efficient, competitive, and sustainable dairy industry.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Proven experience in building the capacity of partner institutions to document and disseminate industry information, manage knowledge, measure progress and plan and advocate within the industry.
  • Proficient knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, presentation tools, electronic mail (Microsoft Office Suite preferred) and Internet Explorer.
  • Knowledge of and experience with setting up cottage industries for processing locally branded dairy products (e.g. cheese, butter, fortified milk and yoghurt among others) for onward supply to niche and markets.
  • Knowledge of and experience with equity financing and developing private/public partnerships.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in English and, preferably, Swahili, both oral and written.

Essential Job Functions and Physical Demands:
  • Preparing and presenting documents in a well-designed and attractive format with superior attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated creativity, ability to think systematically, willingness and ability to incorporate innovative solutions.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work cooperatively, tactfully and diplomatically with culturally diverse groups of people.
  • Willingness and ability to assign and review the work of direct reports and to use participatory management skills with junior and senior staff.
  • Proven team leadership and supervisory skills with the ability to train and work cooperatively with a diverse staff.
  • Constant face-to-face, telephone and electronic communication with colleagues and the general public.
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively throughout Uganda and other EADD project sites.
  • Ability to carry and lift up to 30 pounds (14 kilograms) floor to waist.
  • May require constant sitting; working at a computer and focusing for extended periods of time and performing office environment activities while on the road and/or in remote conditions.
  • Working with sensitive information and maintaining confidentiality.
  • Ability to manage and execute multiple tasks with little supervision while meeting sometimes inflexible deadlines.

Job Location: Kampala, Kampala, Uganda
Position Type: Full-Time/Regular
Job Level: Manager
Client: Non U.S. Based Locations
Closing Date: September 1, 2014


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Regional Finance Manager- Africa

Position: Regional Finance Manager- Africa
About RI: Relief International (RI) is an international relief and development agency with cross-sectoral programs bridging relief and development.

Reports to: Regional Director and Technical reporting to Global Finance Director

Position Summary: The Regional Finance Manager - Africa is accountable as the regional finance  focal point for country offices in the region. S/he is responsible for supporting  the capacity building efforts of country office finance teams, providing  oversight of country offices, ensuring compliance with local laws, regulations, RI and donor policies and procedures including quality and timely internal  and external reporting, consolidating and monitoring regional activities,  performing quality financial management analysis for decision support and  providing gap filling for key finance positions in country offices. S/he will  proactively work with the Global Finance Director and HQ management on  key issues and opportunities and find and implement solutions at the country  office level. 
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
Financial Accounting, Reporting, and Control:
  • Perform quality reviews and analysis of monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports related to Country Offices assigned by the Global Finance Director. 
  • Provide ongoing supervision and feedback to Country Finance Managers to improve effectiveness in financial management. 
  • Provide leadership and manage the implementation of the unified accounting system in UK, US and Africa 
  • Perform comprehensive reviews of Country Office financial reports to include performance analysis in the following areas: balance sheet, income statement, cash, grants/contracts, unrestricted and general contributions, actual expenses vs. budget, forecasting and budgeting, adequacy of adherence to generally accepted accounting principles and RI financial procedures. 
  • In collaboration with the Country Finance Managers and the Global Finance Director, identify and implement preventive and corrective actions to address issues found during the reviews. 
  • Support the Country Offices in cash management, budgeting and forecasting, policies and procedures, responses to audit findings and trouble shooting in finance and accounting
  • Provide assistance to Country Offices in the preparation of their operational and donor budget and forecasting.
  • Ensure that payroll is properly handled and supported by properly filled timesheets, contracts, vacation balance etc. with grant codes identified.
  • Provide policy clarifications and assistance to the Country Offices in understanding and complying with RI and donor policy and procedures including awards and contracts.
  • Provide support to country offices to ensure that all financial records and backup documentation are archived monthly on the server and readily available for audits.
  • Review and finalise donor financial reports for submission 
  • Ensure Country Offices provide all required financial data (monthly, quarterly and annually) for review and consolidation and analysis, including budgets and forecasting data. 
  • Produce insightful management reports, including commentary both for regional and global needs periodically.
  • Oversee Africa month end closing and manage the distribution of BVA’s to programme department
  • Manage the day to day performance of the Africa Finance Manager and Finance Officer, ensuring that they complete all necessary work to support the above responsibilities to an appropriate standard, encouraging their own personal development and dealing with any performance issues as required and conducting staff annual performance evaluation.
  • Provide support for UK statutory audit in preparing lead schedule of Debtors, Creditors and Interagency reconciliation, grants receivables, deferred income prepayment and accruals schedules and carrying out other audit preparation responsibilities assigned by the financial controller
  • Ensures Country Offices are in compliance with local government Tax Law and tax reporting.
  • Carry out regular support visits to countries if required.
Human Resources and Development
  • Assist Country Offices with staffing issues and capacity building in accounting and financial management. 
  • With guidance from the Global Finance Director, perform periodic analysis in capacity of finance staff in Country Offices in finance and accounting and recommend appropriate actions to address any gap in skills. 
  • Assess Country Office staffs’ ability to perform satisfactorily in financial management and to meet RI performance standards. 
  • Develop training materials and quick reference guides where necessary and conduct tailored training programs for Country Office finance staff in coordination with management in HQ and the regional unit. 
  • Provide orientation for new finance staff in country offices on RI policies.
  • Ensure all Country Offices have updated copies of the RI policy and procedures and help Country Offices develop local policies and procedures that are realistic and conform to general financial management principles.
Policy and Strategy Development
  • Supportmanagement at HQ in talent review and management initiatives to develop and retain skilled country office finance staff.
  • Support HQ management to incorporate high and medium risk issues into RI’s global risk register in quarterly Country Office financial reviews and contribute in recommending mitigation mechanisms.
QUALIFICATIONS &REQUIREMENTS
This position demands a dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding 
and fast paced environment.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and unwavering commitment to RI’s mission; proactive, hands-on and confident communicator who will work with finance colleagues across the global organisation.
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business management or similar and advanced university degree in Finance, Accounting or CPA / ACA / ACCA required
  • A minimum of 8years’ experience as finance supervisor / lead position and 5 years with international non–profit agencies. US and EC government funded grants financial and administrative management experience preferred; 
  • A track record in grants management as it relates to compliance and reporting of government, corporate and foundations grants.
  • Excellent financial and analytical skills
  • Excellent communication and drafting skills for effective reporting on program financial performance;
  • Ability to manage a financial/monitoring team and demonstrate leadership;
  • Ability to operate in a cross-cultural environment requiring flexibility;
  • Familiarity with the aid system, and understanding of donor and governmental requirements;
  • The candidate must be detail-oriented and able to work independently;
  • Experience with Sage, Sun Systems and QuickBooks is a very strong preference
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; experience in effectively communicating key data, including presentations.Fluency in English required - ability to communicate in local languages a strong asset.
  • Ability to travel overseas occasionally as required.

Regional Enterprise Development Coordinator - Ghana

Position: Regional Enterprise Development Coordinator - Ghana
Location:  Accra, Ghana 

About RI:  Relief International (RI) and it division EnterpriseWorks (RI-EW) is a leading global change organization committed to transforming adversity into renewal for the world’s most vulnerable populations. By partnering with the private sector, beneficiaries and communities on the front-lines, RI bridges the gap between immediate relief and long-term community development.

Summary of Responsibilities
Coordinate RI’s social enterprise programming in West Africa inclusive of business strategy and product development, carbon revenue generation and management, conversion of Ghana program into new legal entity, partnership/investor relations and integration into new regional markets. 

RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Coordinate  RI’s Social Enterprise (SE) programs in West Africa, with particular emphasis on supporting expansion of current operations throughout Ghana
  • Update the strategic regional planning process through annual business plan, business development strategy, financial projections/budgets, and performance analysis; streamline business operations as appropriate for commercial entity.
  • Support employees, partners and stakeholders, as well as potential affiliates/subsidiaries in implementing the strategic business plan
  • Ensure proper financial management and reporting for Social Enterprise operations.
  • Lead business expansion across the region within the framework of RI Ghana’s integrated commercial entity
  • Identify and secure opportunities for integration into new markets and lead country development of local production and/or sale structure for SE products/new products
  • Lead product portfolio diversification through product feasibility research and new market assessments
  • Strengthen existing production, supply chain, distribution and sales networks for regional access and supplyManage SE carbon revenue program implementation and revenue generation activities; support, where appropriate, development of additional carbon financing schemes for new products/ RI country programs
  • Lead commercialization and marketing effort for program related VERs
  • Identify and secure additional sources of capital (debt and equity) beyond the traditional donor base and develop and maintain a database of potential partners inclusive of angel and strategic investors
  • Support strategic program marketing strategies for international promotion about unique and defining business platform
  • Support RI’s transformation as a leader in this sector 

QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS:
This position demands a dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to multi-task and achieve results in a demanding and fast paced environment.
  • Solid business background required, with particular emphasis on marketing and supply chain management. MBA preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as part of a team
  • Previous experience managing carbon financing programs;
  • Previous experience managing Improved Cookstove Programs a plus
  • Experience in market research, product trial and assessment
  • Demonstrable expertise of capacity building with local civil society
  • Experience in non-profit as well as for-profit budget and contract management
  • A minimum of 5  years experience in distribution/wholesale/ importation of local product/ local manufacturing/franchise operations preferred
  • Experience with microfinance, helpful
  • Previous work experience in West Africa
  • Ability to excel within different and often unique contexts
  • Native English speaker, strong command of French preferred

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Application Procedure: To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, salary history, three professional supervisory references (with contact information) and your date of availability. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 


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