Technical Specialist, Research and Development Job Placement – RUFORUM (Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture)

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Organisation: RUFORUM (Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Manager, Research and Innovations
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), established in 2004, is a consortium of 42 universities in 19 countries of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa (ECSA). The organisation evolved from the Forum on Agricultural Resource Husbandry (FORUM) program of the Rockefeller Foundation. RUFORUM is registered as an International Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and has mandate to oversee graduate training and networks of specialization in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Develop proposals for RUFORUM’s research policy and strategy.
  • Identify new research and funding opportunities for RUFORUM Secretariat and the Universities.
  • Support bid development and bid submission process for identified research proposals to support the transnational needs of researchers and the Faculties.
  • Design, manage and plan the delivery of a series of internal and external workshops for academic, management, support staff and international partners on aspects of research policy and funding.
  • Develop guidelines for implementing competitive research grants.
  • Work closely with the Technical Committee for the approval of applications for research grants awards.
  • Under the guidance of the Manager Research and Innovations, oversee monitoring, evaluation and reporting on progress, accountability and compliance to the terms of research grants awarded to recipients and participate in monitoring and evaluating the outcome and impact of the grants awarded.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold a Master’s degree in Agricultural Sciences or related disciplines.
  • Postgraduate training/experience in Program/Project Management
  • At least five years in a reputable agricultural training university or research organisation
  • Ability to foster an environment where research can be supported
  • Ability to apply Microsoft Office applications
  • Should be a team player
  • Ability to monitor progress/quality and/or standards of research projects implementation against key criteria
  • Ability to take initiative in dealing with unanticipated events or managing risk
  • Ability to effectively communicate information
  • Ability to value and act with honesty and openness in relations with others
  • Ability to enforce accountability for individual or organizational commitments
  • Ability and flexibility to multi-task
Applications with detailed curriculum vitae (in pdf form), copies of certificates, transcripts, names of three referees and the applicant’s Skype Address; daytime telephone contact should be sent online to our E-mail with the subject Appointment in RUFORUM followed by the Job title. For example “Appointment in RUFORUM: Systems Accountant”
Email to: 
Deadline: 30th September, 2018

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