The Center: CIP is a not-for-profit international agricultural research-for-development organization with a focus on potato, sweetpotato, and Andean roots and tubers. Its vision is of roots and tubers improving the lives of the poor. CIP is dedicated to achieving food security, improved well-being, and gender equity for poor people in root and tuber farming and food systems of the developing world. CIP works with partners to contribute high quality science, technology, and capacity strengthening for sustainable science-based solutions. CIP is headquartered in Lima, Peru, with staff and activities in over 30 locations across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. CIP is a member of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research, a network of 15 research centers mostly located in the developing world and supported by more than 50 donor members.
The position: This position is intended to enhance project performance, as well as CIP’s overall ability to manage bilaterally funded projects. The SSA Regional Project Manager (SRPM) will have extensive experience in donor-funded projects. He/she will have the ability to improve SSA-wide policies and systems to become more transparent and accountable vis-à-vis donor requirements. Within this context, the SRPM will also ensure that SSA policies and systems are compliant with CIP-Lima’s requirements. Within the context of Project Management, the SRPM will have a proactive role, supporting the PI’s in project performance. This includes forward planning, as well as evaluating current performance. A secondary role is to ensure that all SSA offices follow best practices in administration and accountability within the above-mentioned context.
In this context, the position will be initially based in Kampala, Uganda and report directly to the Regional Operations Leader. The SRPM will work closely with the Liaison Scientist in charge of each office, as well as with the Regional Accountant and other colleagues.
Duties and Accountabilities:
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Assist Liaison Scientist with management of Uganda office:
- Master's Degree (MBA), Chartered Accountant or CPA.
- At least, ten years of experience as admin manager, controller of large business concerns or projects.
- Experience in project management and familiarity with donor funded project requirements
- MS Project proficiency and ability to compile financial reports for donors and main stakeholders.
- Strong knowledge and understanding of labor law, and revenue authority.
- Strong communication and writing skills in English and demonstration of competency in other languages (desirable).
- Excellent networking and relationship management skills.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Proven ability to set and work within targets and deadlines.
- Excellent budget management skills.
- Excellent time management skills, and ability to work effectively with little direct supervision.
- Commitment to working in a multi-partner, multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environment in Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Willingness to travel to SSA regional offices.
Conditions: Employment contract will be for a three-year term with probation period and possibility of renewal. Salary will be regionally competitive, paid in US dollars, and commensurate with experience. CIP provides additional benefits, including employer-paid medical, life and disability insurance and retirement benefits.
Applications: Applicants should apply by email, sending a letter of motivation, a full C.V., and the names and contact information of three referees knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to CIPemail@example.com. The reference name of the position should be clearly marked on the subject line of the email message. Screening of applications will begin on July 31, 2012 and will continue until the post is filled. All applications will be acknowledged; only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Learn more about CIP by accessing our web site at http://www.cipotato.org
CIP is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women and professionals from developing countries are particularly encouraged to apply.