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DEADLINE: Monday, May 29, 2023 at 12:00:00 AM







Deputy Director General Research Coordination

Reports to: Director General

Salary Grade: UR 1(ii)

Job Purpose:

The job-holder heads the Directorate of Research Coordination and is responsible for the management and supervision of agricultural research programs in the National Agricultural Research System (NARS). He/she deputizes the Director General.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

• Providing leadership in the development of appropriate methods, procedures, and systems for agricultural research priority setting at national and zonal levels.

• Coordinating the process of research priority setting and strategic planning at national and zonal levels in with relevant stakeholders in the National Agricultural Resach System.

• Managing the Competitive Research Grants scheme by providing leadership in the identification of the research areas, calling for research proposals, evaluating the proposals and awarding the grants in accordance with established guidelines.

• Leading the process for recommending to the Council of core research programmes for National and Zonal Agricultural Research Institutes.

• Providing leadership in the monitoring and evaluation of the research programmes of the National Agricultural Research System to ensure compliance with National policies, priorities and strategies.

• Coordinating the alignment of agricultural research with NDP III and the Agro-industrialisation program.

• Liaising with stakeholders, including potential new sources of funding.

Required Qualification and Experience:

• A PhD in the field of either Agricultural or Natural Sciences.

• At least 10 years’ experience in either agricultural research planning or management. Equivalent experience obtained from a related institution is acceptable.

• A proven record in agricultural research or research in other related fields evidenced by at least twenty-five peer reviewed publications five of which should be in the last five years.

• Evidence of technical knowledge and skills in research planning, monitoring and evaluation.

• Clear understanding of the role of agricultural research to socio-economic development of the country.

• Excellent leadership, negotiations and communication skills including demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in teams. g. Proven ability to influence and motivate staff towards the achievement of strategic objectives and goals.

• Excellent working relationships with national, regional and international research institutions/centres, government and private sector agencies, 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 institution at senior management level.

Tenure of Office: Five years’ contract renewable once subject to satisfactory performance.

Age limit: Not above 60 years






The interested applicants should submit a hard copy of the application specifying the position he/she is applying for with a detailed curriculum vitae prefaced with a statement of not more than 250 words explaining why he or she considers oneself a suitable candidate for 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 for appointment to the position applied for. 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. on Monday May 29th 2023.


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