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Job vacancy: regional science officer, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Vacancy Number: RSO/CCAFS/06/11
Department: Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Duration: three years with the possibility of renewal
Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) seeks to recruit a highly competent and dynamic Regional Science Officer.
Base salary from USD 40,000 plus attractive international staff benefits package
CCAFS is a new major collaborative endeavour between the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research and the Earth System Science Partnership, research communities, and their respective partners. Research over a ten-year period starting in 2010 is aimed at overcoming the additional threats posed by a changing climate to achieving food security, enhancing livelihoods and improving environmental management in the developing world.
East Africa is one of three CCAFS implementing regions. The program leadership of this region is based at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, and regional activities will be carried out in 4 countries and at six bench mark locations in the region.
The science officer will report to the regional program leader and will be responsible for managing and overseeing a growing portfolio of collaborative partnerships and action research activities.
Key responsibilities:
• Assisting with the development and management of research partnerships;
• Contributing to the writing of reports and program documentation;
• Coordinating the evaluation of partner research proposals and implementation of projects within the region;
• Organising and contributing to workshops, meetings, training and other dissemination events;
• Representing the region and CCAFS in national, regional and international meetings, and helping to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with partners;
• Reviewing and synthesizing knowledge and contributing to action research at local, national and regional scales within own areas of expertise.
• PhD or equivalent academic qualifications in a field related to agricultural sciences, social science or development practice and a minimum of two years of relevant work experience involving program management or a relevant MSc and at least four years experience in program management.
• Excellent writing and communication skills in English; good working knowledge of French would be an advantage.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to relate effectively with agricultural research and development partners at regional and/or international levels.
• A high level of computer competence (internet, email, spreadsheets, word processing, presentation packages; databases an asset) is required.
• Demonstrated ability to report and publish research that is relevant to development challenges and willingness to take initiative, work independently and with attention to detail.
Location: Nairobi, Kenya with frequent travel to areas where there are CCAFS activities.
Duration: This is an internationally recruited position for three years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding.
Benefits: We offer a competitive international remuneration and benefits package which includes: sPensions Medical insurances Life insurance and allowances for Children’s Educations Housings Securitys DisturbancesRelocations Home leave travel and annual leave entitlement of 30 days per annum plus 11 paid public holidays.
Applications: Applicants should send a cover letter explaining their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and indicating earliest availability, curriculum vitae and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to email: recruit-ilri-Ken@cgiar.org by 30 June 2011.
The Title and reference number of the position: ‘SCIENCE OFFICER: RSO /CCAFS/ 06/11’ should be clearly indicated on the email subject line. We regret but only online applications will be considered and only short listed candidates will be contacted.
To find out more about CCAFS and ILRI visit our websites at http://www.ccafs.cgiar.org/ and www.ilri.org
We provide a gender and diversity-friendly work environment, and particularly encourage suitably qualified women and developing country professionals to

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