Associate Coordinator

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The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) is one of the 15 not-for-profit research institutions that make up the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) funded mainly by various countries, private foundations, international and regional organizations.

CIAT conducts socially and environmentally progressive research aimed at reducing hunger and poverty, and preserving natural resources in developing countries.

CIAT is seeking applications for the position of Associate Coordinator, in the Lake Kivu Pilot Learning Site of the Sub -Saharan Africa Challenge Program.

The position will be based at the Regional Office of CIAT at Kampala, Uganda under the Researcher Category and reports to the Regional Coordinator for Africa.

CIAT is the Lead Institution (LI) in the Lake Kivu Pilot Learning Site (LKPLS) on behalf of the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA).


Work in collaboration with ASARECA and FARA to:

  • Support the coordination and facilitate Task Forces of the LKPLS in planning, reviewing and implementing workplans and activities.
  • Liaise among and between the Task Forces (and other PLS of the SSA-CP) in the exchange of information, experiences and lessons learnt.
  • Facilitate and liaise inputs by support function providers (monitoring and evaluation, impact assessment, capacity development and mentoring, data management etc) to Task Force activities.
  • Coordinate the preparation of quarterly and annual progress reports of activities in the LKPLS.
  • Facilitate the development of communication briefs and technical publications for sharing among the LKPLS and other SSACP stakeholders, and in scientific fora and media.
  • Work with the Lead Institution Project Accountant, to support timely reporting and accounting for funds disbursed to Task Forces.
  • Facilitate and coordinate logistical and other arrangements in LKPLS as and when called upon.
  • Provide research support to Task Forces.


    The candidate shall have the following competencies and experience:

  • PhD preferably in any of the following: Economics Natural Resource Management (NRM), Crop Improvement, Product Development or Marketing.
  • At least 5 years of relevant and successful experience in agricultural research.
  • Demonstration of management experience advantageous. Excellent English both written and spoken.
  • French is an added advantage.

    Terms of employment:

    The position is internationally recruited.

    The contract will be for a one-year period.

    CIAT offers internationally competitive salary packages, is an equal opportunity employer, and strives for staff diversity in gender and nationality.

    Women and candidates from Africa are particularly encouraged to apply.

    Applicants are invited to send a cover letter illustrating their suitability for the above position against the listed qualifications, competencies, skills together with a detailed curriculum vitae, including names and addresses of three referees knowledgeable about the candidate's professional qualifications and work experience.

    Applications should be addressed to:

    The Regional Coordinator, CIAT Africa R.Buruchara @ with copies to ciatadmin-Uga @ and J.C.Novoa @ and should clearly indicate "Application for Associate Coordinator LKPLS of the SSACP" on their application letters or email submissions.

    All applications will be acknowledged, only short listed candidates will be contacted.

    Learn more about CIAT by accessing the website:, FARA and about Sub-Saharan Africa Challenge Programme:

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