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Deadline of this Job: 13 September 2022
About us
World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is one of the largest independent conservation organizations in the world. We are an independent international organisation committed to environmental protection active in almost 100 countries. WWF works with regional, national and local government agencies, private sector, civil society organizations (CSOs) and the local communities to implement its various conservation programmes commonly referred to as practices; Energy/Climate, Forestry, Wildlife, and Freshwater in the region.
WWF-Uganda Country Office is looking for experienced, dynamic and committed professionals to fill the following position:


Deadline of this Job: 08 September 2022
The Organization
The Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) delivers research-based solutions that harness agricultural biodiversity and sustainably transform food systems to improve people’s lives. Alliance solutions address the global crises of malnutrition, climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental degradation.
With novel partnerships, the Alliance generates evidence and mainstreams innovations to transform food systems and landscapes so that they sustain the planet, drive prosperity, and nourish people in a climate crisis.
The Alliance is part of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future.
About the position
Based at the Alliance office at Kawanda, Uganda, the Scientist – On-farm trial will ensure that the viability of multi-crop on-farm trial networks is assessed in close consultation with breeding programs and relevant service organizations in East Africa and that such networks are implemented in at least two countries.

Responsibilities
• Collect data through interviews, stakeholder consultations, and other means to assess the feasibility of implementing multi-crop on-farm trial networks.
• Document findings, opportunities, and possible issues in implementing the on-farm trial networks after assessment with breeding teams.
• Monitor the evolving experience of on-farm trial implementers and data users and document outcomes in coordination with the different work package leaders (adoption of the tricot approach and its effects on decision-making).
• Organize information sharing activities to support the 1000FARMS community of practice.
• Perform other tasks as determined by the project leader.
• Coordinate the implementation of on-farm trials in close cooperation with existing NARES-CGIAR breeding networks, such as the Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA).
• Collaborate in training activities to extension agents (field agents) and trial coordinators, in close cooperation with the 1000FARMS Capacity Building work package.
• Represent the 1000FARMS Platform in interactions with key stakeholders.
• Develop and implement a stakeholder engagement strategy together with the 1000FARMS team as well as represent the 1000FARMS Platform in interactions with key stakeholders (E.g breeders, variety release committees).
• Lead the design of agreed rules to share seeds, resources and data between the stakeholders that constitute multi-crop on-farm trial networks.
Provide quarterly reports about progress on project activities and stakeholder interactions
 
Requirements
• A PhD degree in a relevant discipline, with over 5 years of work experience.
• Work experience with CGIAR or other international organizations
• Work experience in East Africa.
• Experience in publishing academic research results and must have published articles in ISI journals.
• Knowledge of quantitative research methods relevant for this position.
• Affinity with agriculture and experimental agricultural sciences (plant breeding, agronomy).
• Entrepreneurial attitude, willingness to learn about on-farm experimentation, and a strong drive to scale the impact of agricultural research.
• Excellent communication skills in English, both written and spoken, including scientific communication and report writing.
• Proficiency in relevant software packages (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
• Well-developed skills in personal organization, priority setting, problem solving and communication with team members to solve and report difficult issues.
• Excellent skills in teamwork, negotiation, communication, and diplomacy, with the ability to interact courteously and effectively with people at all levels in a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment, including external stakeholders.
• Excellent eye for detail and critical thinking.
• Ability to legally work in Uganda as local staff.

Benefits
Terms of employment
This is a locally recruited position, and all benefits are denominated and paid in Ugandan Shillings. The Alliance of Bioversity CIAT remuneration package includes a competitive salary, leave provisions and medical insurance. The initial contract will be for a period of two (2) years, subject to a probationary period of six months and is renewable based on performance and availability of funds.
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