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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Director of Research Job at National Agricultural Research Organization - Career Opportunity in Uganda

Vacancy title:
Director of Research 

Jobs at:
National Agricultural Research Organization 

Deadline of this Job:
31st August 2018 5:00 p.m

Duty Station:

Date Posted: 13th August 2018 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed , Employment Type: Full-Time


The National Agricultural Research Organization is established by the National Agricultural Research Act 2005 with a mandate to provide strategic direction for publically funded agricultural research in Uganda. The Organisation is governed by a Council, with a Secretariat for its day-to-day operations. The Chairman NAR Governing Council invites suitably qualified Ugandans to apply for a vacant position at National Coffee Research Institute, Kituza—Mukono District.

Post: Director of Research
Reports to: Director General NARO
Salary scale: UR 2(i)
Institute: National Coffee Research Institute

Overall Responsibility: The Successful applicant will serve as the Head of the National Coffee Research Institute and will be responsible for providing professional, technical and administrative Leadership necessary for implementing the institute mandate.

Specific Tasks and Responsibilities: The specific tasks of the successful candidate will be to:
  • Manage the implementation of Research and ensure the prompt delivery of adequate and quality research outputs.
  • Provide leadership in priority setting as a requisite for the implementation of research programs.
  • Provide policy advice on appropriate technologies and information for responsible agricultural practice; Develop and implement a strategy on Resource
  • Mobilization to enable the institute have additional funding for research and staff remuneration;
  • Develop and implement strategic plans, research programs and annual budget in line with approved government policies;
  • implement effective financial management policies and systems for tracking, monitoring and reporting financial performance against budget to ensure proper management and accountability of funds; implement effective human resource management policies and systems;
  • Develop effective communication, publicity and advocacy programs to ensure that role of the institute is recognized by the public;
  • Putting in place participatory approaches and methods to monitor and evaluate the performance and impact of the Institute’s research activities and technologies;
  • Work with private sector to bring technology and research applications to the marketplace with a view to enhancing commercialization and availability of appropriate technologies to a wide array of stakeholders;
  • Monitor challenges in the operating environment to ensure that the institute complies with relevant legislation as well as agricultural and environmental laws including other relevant policies and guidelines;
  • Ensure that research projects and program comply with National and sector development plans and strategies;
  • Participate up to 25 percent of his/her time in scientific research activities
Required Qualification and Experience:
interested candidates should meet the following conditions:
  • A PhD in the field of Agricultural Sciences, Biophysical Sciences or Agricultural Economics
  • At least 10 years’ experience in agricultural or livestock research planning or management. Equivalent experience obtained from a related field is acceptable.
  • A proven record in research evidenced by at least five peer reviewed publications in the last five years.
  • Clear understanding of the role of agricultural research to poverty reduction.
  • Excellent leadership, negotiations and communication skills including demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in teams.
  • Proven ability to influence and motivate staff towards the achievement of strategic objectives and goals.
  • Excellent working relationships with national, regional and international research institutlons/ centers as well as development partners and private agencies.
  • Must demonstrate a clear understanding and ability to uphold provisions of the Leadership Code Act, 2002
  • Must have served in a research academic or related reputable research institution at a senior research/ management level and above.
Tenure of Office: Five years contract renewable once subject to satisfactory performance.
Age limit: Not above 55 years
Job application procedure
The interested applicants should submit three copies a hard copy of the application with a detailed curriculum vitae prefaced with a statement or not more than 250 words explaining why he or she considers oneself suitable tor appointment to the job. He/ She should provide names, day-time telephone numbers, e-mail and physical addresses of 3 (three) respectable referees who are able to provide a candid opinion on his/her professional abilities, personal attributes and suitability tor appointment to this position, The application letter, CV, photocopies of academic certificates and testimonials should be submitted to the undersigned to reach him not later than 5:00 p.m 31st August 2018. The Director General, National Agricultural Research Organization, Plot 11-13, Lugard Avenue P.0. Box 295, ENTEBBE This advert can also be viewed on NARO website at