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Wanted: Project Coordinator on Policy Action

2013 November 1
by bvancampenhout

filedsmallIFPRI-Kampala is involved in a project on Policy Action that was recently approved by the Dutch government. We are now looking for a strong candidate to fill the following position:

Background: The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) invites applications for the position of Project Coordinator on Policy Action.

IITA is an international non-profit agricultural research-for-development (R4D) organization established in 1967, governed by a Board of Trustees, and a member of the CGIAR Consortium. Our R4D approach is anchored on the development needs of tropical nations. We work with partners to enhance crop quality and productivity, reduce producer and consumer risks, and generate wealth from agriculture. We have more than 100 internationally recruited scientists from about 35 countries and 900 nationally recruited staff based in various stations across Africa. Please visit for more information on IITA. IITA commits to turning 7.5 million ha of farm land into sustainable use, one of the two Key Performance Indicators in its Refreshed Strategy 2012-2020.

PASIC is the Dutch-funded, IITA-led “Policy Action for Sustainable Intensification of Ugandan Cropping Systems”. The objective of the project is to stimulate action in selected policies or programs, relevant for intensification of smallholder production systems in Uganda, through evidence-based research and strengthening of relevant institutions. The Ministry of Agriculture, Animals and Fisheries (MAAIF) is the key partner and beneficiary of the capacity strengthening activities. The Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) and IFPRI are additional implementing partners. All partners are contracted by IITA. PASIC is managed by a Project Management Committee, composed of the four partners and guided by a Steering Committee, which, in addition to the four partners is composed of key stakeholders in the agricultural sector (CSO, public sector agencies, private operators).

We are looking for a suitably qualified and enthusiastic person to fill the position of Project Coordinator who will lead the “Policy Action for Sustainable Intensification of Ugandan Cropping Systems”. The Project will support sustainable intensification of cropping systems in Uganda through enhancement of the capacity of stakeholders in the agricultural sector to formulate and implement evidence-based policies.


  • Coordinate and lead PASIC activities, in particular:
    • Coordinate partner inputs and activities to ensure timely output delivery.
    • Supervise and be responsible for financial and technical management and reporting.
    • Engage and support cooperation between key stakeholders to advance evidence-based policy formulation within the agricultural sector.
    • Organize data collection efforts (e.g. surveys, monitoring) to describe and understand differences in cropping systems intensity levels.
  • Be responsible for the preparation of zonal investment plans for selected regions to advance intensification of cropping systems.
  • Engage with key public and private stakeholders to promote policy action for selected policies within the agricultural sector, including capacity strengthening activities.
  • Represent and report on PASIC progress to PASIC Management and Steering committee and to other relevant fora.

Educational requirements:

The candidate should have a PhD with relevance to policy action in the agricultural sector (e.g. development economics, rural sociology, social geography, political sciences) with 5 years post-PhD experience (or MSc degree and a minimum of 10 years post-MSc experience).

Core competencies:

  • Experience with policy action (policy formulation & implementation and public management), preferably within the agricultural sector.
  • Ability to stimulate and promote cooperation between various stakeholders (CSO, public sector agencies, private operators).
  • Deep understanding of processes and drivers in public governance structures (preferably within the agricultural sector) including ability to identify change agents and actively support creation of an enabling policy environment.
  • Familiarity with mixed methods approaches (rigorous evaluation, quantitative and qualitative methods) and experience in application of evaluation results for policy action.
  • Experience in managing research activities, including Human resource management, research design and implementation, financial reporting and accountability.
  • Documented ability to identify and prioritize multi-level technical, institutional and socio-economic constraints and opportunities for agricultural intensification for cropping systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to write, synthesize and (co-)publish policy documents and or journal articles.
  • Excellent English speaking and writing skills.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work with multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Commitment to gender equity and diversity.

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

General information: Initial appointment is for three years. IITA offers a competitive remuneration package paid in US dollars.

Applications: Applications which must include covering letter, curriculum vitae, names and addresses of three referees should be addressed to the Head, Human Resources Service. Please complete our online application form using this link:

Closing Date: 29th November 2013

IITA is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from women candidates.

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