IRS POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
IRS POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT Project Manager (Fodder Innovations) Ref: PM/FI/09/02 General: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is a non-profit international research organisation, serving a global mandate to reduce rural poverty through increased productivity of small-holder livestock systems and sustainable use of the natural resources that support them. ILRI has staff and research activities in Latin America, Asia and Africa. ILRI’s headquarters are based in Nairobi, Kenya and a principal campus is located in Ethiopia. ILRI is one of the 16 research centres supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), which comprises over 55 member countries, international organisations and foundations. ILRI is the convenor of the CGIAR’s System-wide Livestock Programme. The co-sponsors for the CGIAR are the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The position: Through the CGIAR’s System-wide Livestock Programme (SLP) and with funding from the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom, ILRI is expanding work on assessing and meeting the demand for fodder as a means to improve rural livelihoods and reduce poverty. In 2003 a major new project will be implemented through the SLP with activities initially in India and Nigeria. Project activities in China, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nicaragua, Vietnam and Syria will be developed as funding for work in these countries is secured. An experienced scientist and manager is required to lead and manage the Project. Specific duties of the Project Manager will include: Coordinating the assessment of demand for, and the testing and dissemination of, fodder technologies with partner institutions (including CGIAR Centres) in the target countries. Through project representatives in the target countries, working with farmers in the participatory selection and evaluation of fodder for local systems. Supervising and coordinating the implementation of research and development interventions on delivery pathways and seed systems in support of farmer uptake of fodder interventions. Working with project representatives in the target countries to ensure that project activities are monitored and impacts assessed. Supervising and training of project staff. Coordinating the preparation and submission of technical and financial reports to the participating institutions, donors and the System-wide Livestock Programme The Project Manager will also contribute to the development of related R&D projects including writing grant proposals to secure project funding. He/she will lead and guide assigned staff and will provide intellectual input and disciplinary expertise to other ILRI programmes/projects. Location: India with extensive travel to project countries. Qualifications: The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. or equivalent academic qualification in a discipline related to the production or utilisation of dual (food-feed) crops or forages and expertise in participatory research approaches. Experience: A minimum of 5 years experience in the management of inter- disciplinary and multi-partner projects is essential. Extensive knowledge of crop / livestock systems and the participatory evaluation of fodder crops with small-scale farmers in developing countries are required. Experience of forage/feed seed industries in developing countries and of working in one of the target countries is desirable. Skills and abilities: Excellent management and interpersonal skills are essential. The post will require a high level of creativity, organisational and R&D innovation, and a proven ability to effectively lead an inter-disciplinary and multi-partner team. Terms of appointment: The position is a three-year appointment with the possibility of renewal for a further three years, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding. Salary, dependent on experience, will be paid in US dollars. ILRI provides excellent benefits including employer-paid medical, life and disability insurance and retirement benefits. Relocation, annual leave travel, education allowances and a housing allowance for accommodation are also provided where appropriate. Applications: Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the names and addresses (including telephone, fax and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidates professional qualifications and work experience to the Human Resources Manager, ILRI, P.O. Box 30709, Nairobi, Kenya; Fax: 254- 2-631499; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org The name and reference number of the position for which the application is made should be clearly marked on the envelopes of mailed, or on the fax or email applications. Screening of applications will begin on 30 th September 2002 and will continue until the post is filled. To find out more about ILRI, visit our Website at http://www.cgiar.org/ilri/ ILRI is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women and professionals from developing countries are particularly encouraged to apply.