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Non Staple Crops Programme Manager
West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD)
Location: Dakar, Senegal
Last Date: July 31, 2010
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Reference:
Conseil Ouest et
Centre Africain pour la Recherche et le Développement Agricoles
West and Central
African Council for Agricultural Research and Development
Based in Dakar, Senegal
Call opening: 1st
Call closing: 31st
WHO WE ARE
March, 1987 upon a call of the Conference of African and French Directors of
Agronomic Research, it became the Conference of Directors of Agricultural
Research in West and Central Africa in 1995, then the West and Central African
Council for Agricultural Research and Development in 1999. CORAF/WECARD is now
one of the four Sub-regional Organizations (SROs) in Africa under the Forum for
Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), which brings together 22 National
Agricultural Research Systems (NARS).
The revision of
CORAF/WECARD’s Strategic Plan (2007-2016) was completed and endorsed by the
CORAF/WECARD General Assembly in May, 2007. This revised plan aims at achieving
the goals of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme [CAADP]
as well implementing the Agricultural policies of the Regional Economic
Communities of West and Central Africa (ECOWAS, UEMOA, ECCAS and CEMAC). Within
this context, CORAF/WECARD’s strategic intentions are articulated in its
is for a
sustainable reduction in poverty and food
insecurity in WCA through an increase in
agricultural-led economic growth and sustainable improvement of key aspects of
the agricultural research system.
Mission is to
sustainably improve the competitiveness,
productivity and markets of
the agricultural system in West and Central Africa by meeting the key demands
of the sub-regional research system as expressed by target groups.
Operational Plan (2008-2013), designed to implement the revised Strategic Plan
is underpinned by a centrally managed and programme-based approach with the
following main advantages:
Excellent opportunities for
inter-programme linkages and planning;
More effective monitoring,
evaluation and learning;
Simplified streams for
knowledge and information;
Independence from undue
Clear lines of accountability;
Clear focus for resource
mobilisation and development partners;
Coherence of all work conducted
with the new Strategic Plan.
are eight new Programmes in the Portfolio. This number may, however, increase or
decrease as demands and needs vary. The new programmes fall into the following
three broad categories:
around four Programmes:  Livestock, Fisheries and
Aquaculture;  Staple Crops;  Non-staple Crops;  Natural Resource
Management; and  Biotechnology and Biosafety, - which use an integrated
research approach based on systems and commodities, but employing new holistic
and participatory methodologies.
– around one
Programme:  Policy, Markets, Trade, Institutions and
Socio-economic - which, through research, identifies and responds to key issues
preventing achievement of improved markets, competitiveness and productivity.
– around two Programmes:  Knowledge
and  Capacity strengthening and coordination - to improve access to
information and knowledge management, including research into mechanisms and
Programmes are managed by Programme Managers, who are answerable to a Director
of Programmes based also at the CORAF/WECARD Secretariat. Programme Managers are
responsible for developing high quality programmes and associated priority
projects. They are also responsible for delivering Programme results, which
would make significant contributions to CORAF/WECARD’s overall objectives.
Projects are implemented through the networking of appropriate stakeholders led
by NARS-based centres. Project leaders focus on implementation with oversight
from appropriate governance structures.
In May, 2008,
the Australian Government committed itself to addressing the long term impacts
of the global food crisis on developing countries. This commitment was confirmed
through a four-year “Food Security through Rural Development Initiative”,
structured around three Pillars.
Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has been working with
the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) in developing a
research partnership with CORAF/WECARD that will address the first of these
three pillars, which is "Lifting agricultural productivity through increased
investments in international agricultural research and development". This
partnership will also contribute to the implementation of CORAF/WECARD’s
strategic plan and CAADP Pillar IV in particular. Research within the context of
this partnership will focus specifically on the improvement of mixed crop
livestock farming systems in the subhumid to semi-arid zone of West Africa.
is planning for an additional support to the Executive Secretariat in order to
facilitate its implementation.
vacancy is for the position of
Programme Officer, who will provide
management support to CORAF/WECARD’s Executive
Secretariat in the implementation of the AusAID-CSIRO-CORAF/WECARD partnership.
authority of the Director of Programme, the main roles of the Program Officer
Manage the allocation of
project resources – human, financial, material,
information – in collaboration with the relevant Directions/Units at the
Secretariat, so as to ensure that the project teams have all what they need to
carry out their work.
Connect and create synergies
between project teams and key stakeholders.
communication and liaison
Develop and maintain strong
relationships with research collaborators – at the
individual and institutional levels.
Facilitate project team
communication, through meetings, regular contacts and
using communication tools.
Manage daily interactions with
clients and provide timely and appropriate
information as needed.
Develop appropriate materials
in collaboration with the Communication Unit at the
CORAF/WECARD Executive Secretariat, which will facilitate information sharing
with the general public (eg web and media material) as well as with key
stakeholders (eg local farmers and communities, relevant local authorities,
Oversee planning, structure,
evaluation and reporting of major project meetings.
Create, implement, monitor and
revise work plans and timelines for project
activities and ensure the appropriate allocation of resources.
Play a central role in project
planning, review and evaluation.
Coordinate project reporting.
Manage internal processes on
behalf of the project team e.g. archiving, IT
requirements, internal reporting.
Support project teams so that
they comply with organisational policies and
guidelines e.g. publication policy, travel policy, social ethics guidelines.
Track project expenditure with
the relevant unit concerned at the Executive
Secretariat of CORAF/WECARD, and give feedback to project leaders and teams.
Ensure that funds are
transferred on time from CORAF/WECARD towards project
collaborators and consultants, and address any issues related to finance.
Ensure that clients are
provided with acquittal and invoicing information.
5. Support the
Director of Programmes
Manage the daily administration
of the project.
Draft general correspondence
and responses to enquiries and field requests for
When required, represent the
Director of Programmes at project meetings and
A PhD degree in an
agriculturally related topic.
At least 5 years experience or
interest in international development issues and
particularly in rural regions of West and Central Africa.
Experience or interest in
farming systems research, education, capacity building
and/or sustainable agriculture.
Demonstrated experience in
CORAF/WECARD and its operations, philosophy and
approaches and possession of a broad vision of national, regional, international
research issues, placing
CORAF/WECARD’s Programmes and initiatives into this context.
Capacity to hit the ground running,
and bring in ideas for entry points, initiatives
could be pursued, and good networks in the area of the partnership.
Diplomacy, persuasion and negotiation
Fluency in both French and English
Ability to work independently in a
range of environments and situations.
Propensity for working in
multi-disciplinary, multi-country teams.
Willingness to travel extensively
within the sub-region and internationally.
Good communication and interpersonal
skills and ability to get your point across to
government and development partner officials, succinctly and diplomatically, and
to be responsive to inputs.
Well-organised, with good planning and
Flexible, quick-thinking, and ability
to remain calm and positive in response to the
challenges of travel and work.
Skills in writing and editing
scientific literature and/or ‘general’ material
Skills in data collection, management
Computer literate and fully familiar
with the Microsoft Office® Suite of software.
Ability to remember people’s names and
WORKING WITH CORAF/WECARD
CORAF/WECARD is not
just looking to fill a vacancy. Whenever it recruits, it is looking for
individuals, who share its values, are adaptable and resourceful, and who will
complement the team and contribute to the development of the Organisation.
remuneration will depend on the skills, experience and track record of the
successful applicant, and will be internationally competitive.
heavily in creating a culture of quality, professionalism, mutual support and
team work. It creates opportunities for continuing formal and informal
professional development and training.
The candidate must be
a national of a CORAF/WECARD member state.
The Programme Officer
will be based at the CORAF/WECARD Secretariat in Dakar, Senegal.
The Programme Officer
will report directly to the Director of Programmes, and comply with the
reporting requirements of CORAF/WECARD for its senior management.
A two-year initial
contract, subject to positive performance evaluation of the selected candidate
for the first year will be proposed.
The renewal is based on
execution of the contract
satisfactorily judged and on the availability of financial resources of the
If you are interested
in applying, please e-mail a covering letter and your detailed CV, which must
also include the names and contact details of three of your referees.
should be addressed to the Executive Director of CORAF/WECARD, Executive
Secretariat, N° 7 Avenue Bourguiba, BP 48 Dakar-RP, Senegal and emailed to
The application should
be received at the CORAF/WECARD Secretariat no later than midnight on the 31st
July, 2010. Only
short-listed candidates will be contacted for
As required by CORAF/WECARD,
the selected candidate will undertake and pass a medical clearance prior to
acceptance by CORAF/WECARD.
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