VACANCY: JUNIOR SCIENTIST – SOCIO ECONOMIST AND COMMUNICATION – MALI
About our organization:
The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is a non-profit global research organization that generates science based knowledge about the diverse and important roles that trees play in agricultural landscapes and rural livelihoods. The Centre’s vision is rural transformation in the developing world, as family farmers use tree based solutions based in agroforestry to improve food security, nutrition, income, soil, human and ecosystem health, and to help them adapt to and mitigate climate change. With their multidisciplinary research and the knowledge, they generate, ICRAF and its partners advance policies and practices that benefit the poor and the environment.
The Centre’s headquarters are in Nairobi, Kenya, and it conducts research in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. ICRAF is a member of the Consortium of 15 independent agricultural research centers of CGIAR. We are supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and receive funding from over 50 different donors. Activities in the West and Central Africa Region (WCA) are carried out in the Sahel, Upper Guinea and in the Humid Tropics Zones. The Regional Office is located in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The Regional Program has offices in Cameroon, Mali and Cote d’Ivoire. Activities focus on participatory tree domestication of high-value indigenous fruit, fodder and vegetable trees; and medicinal plants with particular emphasis on marketing of derived products, as well as on the links between agroforestry and climate change/environmental services.
Under the Feed the Future (FTF) initiative on technology Scaling Award funded by the USAID Mali Mission, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is looking for a Socio Economist and communication Junior Scientist for Scaling-up and communicating on climate-Smart Agroforestry Technologies (SmAT-Scaling) Project to be based in Samanko, Bamako, Mali.
To learn more, please visit our website: www.worldagroforestry.org
Under the direct supervision of the Smart Scaling Project Manager, the Socio-economist and communication Junior Scientist to be based in Bamako (Samanko station) and will perform all tasks related to field research activities, capacity building and communication/dissemination of agroforestry technologies and activities in Mali, to enhance the uptake of agroforestry innovations developed and contribute to the visibility of ICRAF Research in the Sahel.
Duties and Responsibilities
The incumbent will mainly be assigned to the following:
➢ Develop data collection instruments, sampling design and ffacilitate the gathering, processing and archiving of primary data in socioeconomic and biophysical analysis;
➢ Use advanced econometric software in quantitative and qualitative research analyses;
➢ Supervise and monitor the field activities carried out in ICRAF interventions sites;
➢ Assist in elaborating training modules and contributing to training actors on marketing, value chain analysis, M&E, and multi stakeholder’s innovation platforms modules;
➢ Contribute to produce technical and donor reports as well as, scientific articles for publication in peer reviewed socioeconomic journals;
➢ Provide a monthly feedback through a comprehensive report delineating updated information on the activities carried out;
➢ Maintain and strengthen the existing partnership between ICRAF and its partners;
➢ Contribute to develop concept notes for fund raising, and
➢ Support project proposal development and resource mobilization efforts in ICRAF in the field of Agroforestry and Natural Resource Management
To ensure effective internal communication he/she shall:
➢ Define project communication procédures.
➢ Elaborate an internal communication strategy and internal magazine.
➢ Elaborate an external communication strategy and external media
➢ Cover field activities and main evolution steps of work
➢ Update projects’ website with evolving field actions project activities
➢ Send events reports to internal newsletters
➢ Assist management in the organization of events and ensure effective coverage of project highlights during events
➢ Ensure good storage of folders and other communication medium and a database.
➢ Prepare terms of reference and ensure the preparation, monitoring and quality control of communication services/information/visibility (printing and distribution of brochures, media coverage, brochures, video / documentary, etc.)
➢ Carry out any other tasks requested by the Sahel Node Coordinator or the Supervisor.
Qualifications and experience:
A Master degree in agricultural Social Science, Socio-Economics, Rural Communication and Advisory or any other related fields is required for this position. The candidates are required to have at least 5 years of working experience in the domain of socio-economics, communication, sociology, agricultural education and extension, monitoring, evaluation and learning, and capacity building.
Skills and competencies
• A very good knowledge of participatory learning and knowledge sharing approaches;
• Very good knowledge on sampling design, data collection, processing and analysis;
• Responsive, rigorous, available;
• Good reporting and writing skills in English (to be proven);
• Proficient in English and French, and use of both languages to write reports, blogs, and journal articles.
A third national language (spoken in Mopti, Sikasso or Timbuktu) will be an advantage;
• Be creative and able to innovatively and having experiences in using Information and Communication Technology Tools in gathering field data and communicate achievements;
• Be familiar with statistics and econometric software. The use of Stata will be an advantage.
• Thorough knowledge in communication software and Country information law
• High quality of organizational skills
• Liability to manage stress and be pro-active
• Good familiarity with integrated management of natural resources projects (agricultural, forestry, agroforestry) research and development sectors will be an asset.
Terms of offer:
We offer a collegial, diverse and gender-sensitive working environment, and we encourage applications from qualified women. This position is remunerated on National terms. The appointment will be for an initial period of two (2) years, subject to a three (3) months’ probation period.
This position will be based in ICRAF’s Office in Bamako, Mali.
How to apply:
Go to https://worldagroforestry.org/working-for-icraf/vacancies, complete the application form and attach your cover letter and CV/Resume (as one document – labelled with your First Name and Last Name).
Applications will be considered until 2nd March 2018. Please note that only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted