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  • Posted on: 16 April, 2018 Deadline: 30 April, 2018
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    The Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is a non-profit, global research organization dedicated to advancing human well-being, environmental conservation and equity. CIFOR conducts research that enables more informed and equitable decision making about the use and management of tropical and sub-tropical forest landscapes. CIFOR helps policy makers and practitioners shape effective policy, improve the management of tropical forests and address the needs and perspectives of people who depend on forests for their livelihoods. CIFOR’s multidisciplinary approach considers the underlying drivers of deforestation and degradation which often lie outside the forestry sector: forces such as agriculture, infrastructure development, trade and investment policies and law enforcement.

    Research Assistant - Cifor


    The Position:

    CIFOR and partners are implementing the project “Governing multifunctional landscapes in Sub-Saharan Africa: managing trade-offs between social and ecological impacts (GML)” funded by the European union (EU) through the Directorate-General for International cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO). Part of CIFOR work in this project focuses on piloting jurisdictional approaches in selected countries in SSA, with a specific focus on how global value chains and investments can be made more sustainable and inclusive, and leverage on the potential of finance for scaling up. Project activities include the design and implementation of viable business and financial models and supportive governance arrangements that contribute to i) addressing inclusivity and sustainability challenges facing agro-commodity production, and ii) identifying territorial governance arrangements and business models that contribute to reducing the forest footprint of international agricultural commodities. In addition, this position will contribute to support the development and testing of an impact monitoring system for the EU’s timber legality initiative Forest Law Enforcement, Governance, and Trade (FLEGT).

    The Research Assistant in this position is expected to undertake research, outreach and dissemination activities, and capacity building activities under the GML project. These activities are expected to result in the successful piloting of jurisdictional approaches in selected locations, the successful organization of multi-stakeholder workshops, at least one publications per year (in either a lead or co-author role), at least one presentation at an international conference, and engagement activities with project’s partners in selected countries. Furthermore, the Research Officer is expected to provide technical support to the project and CIFOR’s partners, especially with regards to the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), collection and analysis of quantitative and quality survey data, as well as analysis of data contributing the FLEGT impact monitoring system.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Contribute to the design of household and producer surveys and sampling approaches
    • Contribute to overseeing the administration of household surveys and producer surveys in research countries (e.g. Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya)
    • Contribute to the analysis of household data using qualitative and quantitative data analysis approaches
    • Contribute to the writing of knowledge products (e.g. Info Briefs, journal papers, technical reports)
    • Essential Academic and Professional Qualifications:
    • Master’s degree or higher in Geography, Development or Agricultural Economics, or GIS & Remote Sensing or related discipline.
    • Experience designing and conducting household socio-economic surveys
    • Experience analysing household surveys using quantitative (statistical) and qualitative approaches
    • Familiarity with the agricultural and forestry value chains
    • Proficient using GIS software and remote sensing techniques (optional but desirable)

    Skills and Competencies:

    • Experience working in a project context
    • Competent in personal organization and priority setting, with the ability to work effectively under time pressure and manage multiple priorities.
    • Have initiative and capable of working independently as well as an effective team player.
    • Good interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to effectively interact with people in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environment.
    • Values the sharing of information and continuous improvement in a cooperative atmosphere of constructive evaluation and learning.
    • Experience working with a wide and diverse network of groups and individuals.
    • Excellent facilitation and teambuilding capacity.

    Terms of offer:

    CIFOR is hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre and is an equal opportunity employer and offers a collegial and gender-sensitive working environment. We believe that staff diversity promotes excellence and strongly encourage applications from qualified women. This position is remunerated on national terms and will be for an initial period of two (2) years renewable, subject to six (6) months’ probation period.

    The position will be based at CIFOR offices in Nairobi, Kenya.

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    Senior Officer, Programs And Research- Award


    About AWARD

    African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) is working towards more inclusive, agriculture-driven prosperity for Africa. AWARD invests in African women scientists, research institutions, and the agribusiness sector by supporting the development and upscaling of agricultural innovations with the potential to bridge the gender gap in African agriculture.

    Four initiatives form the core of AWARD’s work:

    The AWARD Fellowship is a 2-year career development fellowship investing in science, leadership and mentoring skills for continent’s leading women agricultural scientists.

    Gender Responsive Agricultural Research and Development (GRARD) supports African research institutions to enhance gender responsiveness within their research priorities and processes.

    Gender in Agribusiness Investments for Africa (GAIA) supports Ag. Tech innovators whose agribusinesses address the needs and priorities of a diversity of both men and women across the entire agricultural value chain.

    AWARD Training builds the capacity of agricultural researchers and leaders and includes courses and workshops focused on building mentoring, leadership, and gender responsiveness skills.

    AWARD is hosted by World Agroforestry Centre, a member of the CGIAR that is headquartered on United Nations Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya.

    We invite you to learn more about AWARD and World Agroforestry Centre by accessing our web sites www.awardfellowships.org and www.worldagroforestry.org

    About the position:

    AWARD seeks to recruit a Senior Officer, Programs and Research to coordinate the design and implementation of AWARD key programs, including activities related to AWARD fellowships initiatives; Gender Responsive Agricultural Research and Development (GRARD); Gender in Agribusiness Investments for Africa (GAIA) and other special initiatives spearheaded by AWARD.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    The Senior Officer, Programs and Research is expected to contribute to AWARD programmatic activities through:

    • His/her support to AWARD fellowship activities – these include:
      • Coordinate and oversee overall management of fellowship cycles
      • Coordinate fellowship selection process, from call for applications to selection, vetting, and acceptance of fellows;
      • Coordinate the mentoring process and activities; and recommend programmatic changes based on M&E findings and other evolving dynamics (e.g. bilingual program set up); and
      • Ensure timely and accurate reporting of all fellowship activities including; tracking uptake of activities by participants to enrich internal reports and donor reporting.
      • Assist the main team for Pan African Fellowships in the design, and implementation including, organization of the orientation workshops, mentoring activities, documentation of lessons learnt and donor reporting.
    • His/her support to GRARD activities – These include but are not limited to:
      • Support AWARD engagement with selected research institutions implementing GRARD at different phases;
      • Support the management of GRARD activities and ensure alignment with other programs (fellowships, training and GAIA) to maximize total impact;
      • Contribute to the M&E and Research to translate data and evidence into actionable decisions and compelling reports;
      • Cross-cutting research and (gender) analysis – Fellowships, GRARD, GAIA and other special initiatives
      • Provide support on research and evaluation efforts, including literature searches, data collection/compilation, entry and analysis
      • Provide technical review of research/evaluation concept notes
      • Assure methodological soundness of research studies
      • Participate in preparation of manuscripts for peer review and presentations for conferences
    • His/her support to GAIA activities – These include but are not limited to:
      • Contribute to the proposal development, resource mobilization processes, plans for implementation and actual implementation;
      • Support the reporting process of GAIA activities in conjunction with the Deputy Director, Programs and team.
      • Other duties as assigned

    Required Academic and Professional Qualifications:

    • Advanced university degree (Master's Degree or equivalent) in socio-economic sciences and humanities with a strong focus on gender related studies, development studies or similar field is required.
    • At least three (3) years of professional work experience in program/project management related positions and particularly managing gender responsive research projects.
    • Fluency in English required; proficiency in French is an advantage

    Required Skills and Competencies:

    • Demonstrated technical expertise in at least one of the following areas: organizational change, gender in agricultural research, gender research methods, agricultural systems, survey design and interpretation, program evaluation
    • Ability to work with various stakeholders and maintain strong networks
    • Experience conducting data collection and analysis using both quantitative and qualitative methods
    • Demonstrated initiative and ability to prioritize, multi-task and work efficiently in a fast-paced team environment to complete projects with the set deadlines
    • Strong analysis/synthesis skills and ability to produce high quality research outputs and other key deliverables
    • Strong planning and organizational skills
    • Strong oral and written communication skills
    • Ability to work with diverse groups
    • Self-motivated with excellent interpersonal skills

    Terms of offer:

    We offer a collegial, diverse and gender-sensitive working environment, and we encourage applications from qualified women. This position is open to nationals and remunerated on Local Terms. The appointment will be for an initial period of two (2) years, subject to a six (6) months’ probation period.

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    Communications Specialist - CIMMYT


    The Position

    The Communications Specialist will actively communicate about key CIMMYT projects in Africa on a regular basis

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Work closely with the Communications Officer to provide communication and media support to prioritized special events/workshops/meetings and conferences.
    • Work with scientists and partners to visit farmers and on-station trials to write impact stories.
    • Write press releases, media invites and coordinate media visits to various events and field tours.
    • Write content for the production of publications, including newsletters, scientific reports, etc.
    • Support and coordinate photography and videography activities for field activities.
    • Work and follow-up with vendors (local and HQ) to produce high quality print and audio-visual communication products.
    • Prepare content for campaigns including messages, pictures, videos etc.
    • Monitor and upload content in projects websites.
    • Support new approaches to create and distribute multi-media content to the CIMMYT projects in the region.
    • Any other duties assigned by the supervisor

    Essential Academic and Professional Qualifications:

    • Minimum of a Master’s Degree in Journalism, Communications, or related discipline.
    • 3 years of experience in science communications, marketing, public relations, media campaigns, and/or nonprofit communications.
    • Non-profit organization experience or demonstrated understanding of the non-profit and/or agricultural research for development environments.

    Skills and Competencies:

    • Knowledge of adobe applications (graphic design applications would be an advantage).
    • Good photography and videography skills are a plus.
    • Experience with WordPress.
    • Proficiency in use of social networking and new media tools.

    The selected candidate must exhibit the following competencies: Communication, Innovation and Creativity, Decision-Making and Multi-Cultural Awareness/Sensitivity.

    Terms of offer

    CIMMYT in Kenya is hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and is an equal opportunity employer and offers a collegial and gender-sensitive working environment. We believe that staff diversity promotes excellence and strongly encourage applications from qualified women. This position is on local terms and subject to ICRAF HR policies and will be for an initial period of three (3) years subject to six (6) months’ probation period with a possibility of renewal.

    The position will be based in CIMMYT field office in Nairobi.

    Method of Application

    Interested candidates who meet the above qualifications and experience should send/ email their CVs and cover letter to HumanResources@cgiar.org not later than 30 April 2018. Please note that only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted. Please attach your cover letter and CV/Resume (as one document – labelled with your First Name and Last Name).

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