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Job Position: Value Chain Specialist and Project Coordinator
(Ref: DDG-R4D/VCS/PC/05/17)

Duty Station: Bukavu, DR Congo.
Background: The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) invites applications for the internationally recruited position of Value Chain Specialist and Project Coordinator.

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a not-for-profit institution that generates agricultural innovations to meet Africa’s most pressing challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and natural resource degradation. Working with various partners across sub-Saharan Africa.

IITA is seeking a Value Chain Specialist and Project Coordinator for the project titled Tuendelee Pamoja II. Food for the Hungry (FH) is the main grantee of this project and has awarded a sub-contract to IITA.

The project’s goal is to ensure improved livelihood of vulnerable households in South Kivu and Tanganyika of DRC.

This goal will be met by achieving the following objectives:

(1) Improved crop and livestock productivity and storage and

(2) Increased household income. IITA will work closely with
partner CGIAR centres, ILRI and ICRAF, to ensure achievement of these objectives.

This position is contingent upon IITA receiving funds from the donor.

Position/Responsibilities
The tasks will include:
 Lead the implementation of project activities in close cooperation with partner CGIAR centers,
INERA and other relevant stakeholders.
 Work closely with partner CGIAR centers (ILRI and ICRAF) to ensure deliverables are met.
 Provide technical and administrative support to INERA in the implementation of their activities.
 Manage the project budget (annual budgeting, budget execution monitoring, assisting with financial
reports to the donor)
 Compile technical reports from activities led by IITA as well consolidate information from partner
CGIAR Centers for submission to FH.
 Cooperate with other initiatives in the Central hub (and beyond) working on similar topics’
 Supervise project staff as designated.
 Represent the project in meetings, conferences, workshops etc. as delegated.
 Collaborate with partner CGIAR centers and other research institutes to support/ enhance project
outputs and develop synergies with other projects to maximize impact.
 Contribute to new proposals for funding.
 Communicate research results to various audiences and in various forms, with specific focus on top quality, peer-reviewed journals.
 Engage with other IITA staff and projects.

Educational Qualifications
The candidate should have a post-graduate degree in post-harvest and value addition or a related field.

Core Competencies:
 Experience in post-harvest and value addition.
 Experience in project management (technical and financial)
 Experience in managing teams effectively and demonstrated ability to collaborate well across
disciplines and with key collaborative institutions and agencies.
 Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
 Demonstrated ability to take initiative
 Ability to work independently in a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural environment.
 Fluent in English and French

General information: The contract will be for an initial period of three years. IITA offers internationally competitive remuneration package paid in U.S. Dollars.

Applications: Applications must include covering letter which should address how the candidate’s background/experience relates to the specific duties of the position applied for, curriculum vitae, names and addresses of three professional referees (which must include either the Head of the applicant’s current or previous organization or applicant’s direct Supervisor/Superior at his/her present or former place of work). The application should be addressed to the Head, Human Resources Service.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Please complete the online application form
Closing Date: 16th June 2017

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