- Job Title
- Ethiopia Programme Manager
- Post Number
- Closing Date
- 30 May 2019
- Starting Salary
- £31,250 - £38,100
- Hours per week
- Expected/Ideal Start Date
- 01 Aug 2019
- Months Duration
- Interview Date
- 07 Jun 2019
Main Purpose of the Job
This is a new post to support the work of the John Innes Centre in and with Ethiopia. The creation of this post reflects the increasing importance of Ethiopian partnerships to JIC in the context of its broader Alliance for Accelerated Crop Improvement in Africa (ACACIA). This post will work across a portfolio of research and capacity building projects to ensure optimum short-term and long-term impact of JIC science and scientists in Ethiopia.
This is an outward-facing role. The post holder’s priority external relationships will be with key Ethiopian, regional and pan-African stakeholders. These include the Ethiopian Institute for Agricultural Research (EIAR), African Women in Agricultural R&D (AWARD) and the Biosciences East and Central Africa – International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) research hub. The post holder will also be expected to develop relationships with UK and international organisations in-country (e.g. DFID, FCO, BMGF).
Internally, the post holder will need to work closely with the project leaders of key projects and encourage the engagement of a wide variety of staff and students with JIC’s work in Ethiopia.
Main Activities & Responsibilities
- Ensure the success of a new, ground-breaking project on pathogenomics in Ethiopia – including project management, communications and capacity building activities.
- Deliver a high-profile, pan-African capacity building course in Ethiopia on wheat improvement – including leading on venue selection, programme development, participant selection and final delivery.
- Organise advanced science training placements for Ethiopian women scientists at JIC – through the African Women in Agricultural R&D (AWARD) programme with the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR).
- Strengthen Ethiopian networks in wheat improvement – working with a new GCRF Royal Society – African Academy of Sciences “Future Leaders – African Independent Research” (FLAIR) Fellow moving his research from JIC to Africa in 2019.
- Organise a bioinformatics workshop in Ethiopia – as part of a BBSRC GCRF project to build a community of practice in this area.
- Facilitate key relationships in Ethiopia as part of a major BBSRC GCRF project on grass pea – including organising consortium and stakeholder meetings in-country.
- As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role.
Education & Qualifications
- Degree in relevant subject
- Formal project management training
Specialist Knowledge & Skills
- Experience of working with international partners to deliver projects
- An understanding of the role of agriculture in international development
- Experience of project management in an international context
- Significant research experience with documented outputs (e.g. publication record)
Interpersonal & Communication Skills
- Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work as part of a team
- Demonstrated ability to work independently, using initiative and applying problem solving skills
- Excellent time management and organisational skills
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability to present complex information with clarity
- Promotes equality and values diversity
- Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
- Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of information where appropriate
- Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required
- Attention to detail
- Willingness to work overseas for extended periods
Who We Are
John Innes Centre
The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology, carrying out fundamental and strategic research, to train scientists and making our findings available to society.
Our research makes use of a wide range of disciplines in the biological and chemical sciences including; cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics and molecular biology.
We pride ourselves on being a welcoming and inclusive working environment for all. We have a diverse and multicultural scientific community and thrive on our European and international links. We are proud to hold a prestigious Athena SWAN Gold award, recognising the impact of our work in promoting gender equality in science. We are also a proud member of the Stonewall Diversity Champion’s programme and, as a Disability Confident employer, guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post.
The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852), limited by guarantee (registered in England No. 511709) and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.
The Department of Crop Genetics undertakes fundamental research on the biology of cereals, brassicas and legumes to understand the genetic and molecular basis of phenotypic variation. A major goal is to develop the technologies and knowledge base to provide a predictive framework that will underpin conventional and novel plant breeding strategies. This will enable high-yielding, stress and disease resistant varieties, with a particular end-use quality, suitable for an efficient but benign agriculture.
The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology based in Norwich. As part of the Alliance for Accelerated Crop Improvement in Africa (ACACIA), the John Innes Centre has an increasing number of priority projects and partnerships in Ethiopia, including collaborative research and capacity building activities.
Applications are invited for an Ethiopia Programme Manager to manage this programme.
This outward-facing role will work across multiple partners in multiple projects, ensuring that shared objectives are achieved and that funders’ expectations are met.
This post offers the opportunity to work in an exciting area of collaboration which is a priority for many funders. It is a new role with the possibility of significant impact and visibility.
The post holder will:
• Ensure the success of a new, ground-breaking project on pathogenomics in Ethiopia
• Deliver a high-profile, pan-African capacity building course in Ethiopia on wheat improvement
• Organise advanced science training placements for Ethiopian women scientists at JIC
• Strengthen Ethiopian networks in wheat improvement
• Organise a bioinformatics workshop in Ethiopia
• Facilitate key relationships in Ethiopia as part of a major BBSRC GCRF project on grass pea
The ideal candidate:
The ideal candidate for this post is a trained research scientist with experience of research impact. They will be educated to degree level in a relevant subject and will have full-time research experience with documented outputs (e.g. publication record).
The ideal candidate will also have an understanding of the role of agriculture in international development. They will possess exceptional communication and interpersonal skills with experience of working with international partners to deliver projects.
Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,250 to £38,100 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full time post for a contract of 18 months. Applicants wishing to explore secondment into this post are encouraged to contact the John Innes Centre.
Interviews will be held on 7th June 2019.
We are an equal opportunities employer, actively supporting inclusivity and diversity. As a Disability Confident organisation, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy. The John Innes Centre is also proud to hold a Gold Award from Athena SWAN and is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.
The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.