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Sunday, 2 March 2014

Director General - The National Agricultural Research Organisation Uganda

Job Title:  Director General
Organisation: The National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO)
Duty Station: Entebbe,
Country Uganda
Reports to: Chairman, NARO Council

About NARO:
The National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) is established by the National Agricultural Research Act 2005 to provide strategic direction for publically funded agricultural research in Uganda. NARO is governed by a Council, with a Secretariat responsible for its day-to-day operations.

Job Summary: The Director General will primarily serve as the Chief Executive of the NARO Council Secretariat and the Accounting Officer of the National Agricultural Research Organisation.

Key Duties
Rendering expert advice to the Council in respect of the business of the Council;
Developing strategies and operational plans to guide the Council in achieving its policy objectives;
Acting as the daily liaison between the Council and the parent Ministry as well as other policy making organs
Coordinating and implementing policies, programmes and activities of the Council and reporting on them to the Council;

Actively mobilizing, managing the funds, property and affairs of the Council;
Coordinating and monitoring of research programmes and the award of contracts using the various funds available to the Council;
Responsible for the general management of the Secretariat including supervision of the technical directorates;
Developing agricultural research management strategies and plans including partnership and collaborative linkages with regional and international research organisations and initiatives;
Developing an efficient and cost effective internal management structure
Provide and maintain the image of NARO to the stakeholders, public, private and other development partners
Make sure that NARO activities and programs are aligned with government policies, programs and millennium development goals.
Performing any other duties that may be assigned to her/ him by the Council.

The suitably qualified Director General must possess a PhD in the field of Agricultural sciences, natural sciences or agricultural economics.

Skills and Experience:
A minimum of ten years’experience in agricultural research at senior management position.
Proven track record in agricultural research
Comprehensive  understanding and knowledge of national agricultural and rural development problems of Uganda; and the current Government’s policies and strategies to address them.
Possess a clear personal view of how agricultural research can be made to contribute more effectively to sustainable development
Possess the ability to provide strategic leadership to a complex organisation in a dynamic development environment, and for designing and implementing institutional innovations for enhancing sustainability of the national agricultural research system
Possess the ability to inspire high performance levels across multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional and multi-stakeholder teams.
Ability  to work with   regional and international research
organisations/ initiatives
Excellent track record in mobilising funds for agricultural research from various funding sources
Ability to command respect in the international scientific community and at the highest level of the Government. Evidence of recognition at these levels will be an advantage.
Age: Between 45 - 55 years.

All applicants who desire to work with the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO)  should send hard copy applications with updated detailed curriculum vitae prefaced with a statement of not more than 250 words explaining why he or she considers oneself to be the most suitable candidate for the job. He/She should provide working day-time telephone numbers, name, e-mail and physical addresses of 3 (three) respectable referees who are able to provide a candid opinion on his/her professional abilities, personal attributes and suitability for appointment to this position.

The Chairman
NARO Governing Council
P.O. Box 295
Entebbe, Uganda
NARO Secretariat, Plot 11 -13 Lugard Avenue, Office No. 18

Deadline: 13th March 2014 by 5pm