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Kampala, Uganda



March 7, 2024 at 2:00:00 PM

About the Organisation

Vi Agroforestry is a Swedish development organisation fighting poverty and climate change together. What started as a tree planting initiative in 1983, is today an agroforestry expert organisation working through local partnerships to run holistic agricultural development projects in East Africa and beyond.
We work in collaboration with farmer’s organisations, advising and training farmers in sustainable agricultural land management such as agroforestry. In agroforestry, trees are planted alongside crops and livestock on the farmland. This gives more fertile soils, better yields, and a richer variety of crops. Farmers shifting to agroforestry get more food and better incomes. The trees also help increase biodiversity, bind carbon, and stop soil from being washed away by floods.

Over the last ten years, we have contributed to the planting of over 148 million trees and helped more than 2.4 million improve their livelihoods. We offer outstanding expertise in agroforestry, climate change adaptation and mitigation, promoting well-proven practices based on scientific research. Our focus on both human and environmental sustainability makes us unique.

We are presently working in three East African countries: Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. We focus on where we are most relevant and can make a difference – both in terms of which countries to work in and what areas in the countries. The selection is based on criteria such as an area’s vulnerability to climate change, the value we can contribute, and resources available.

In the coming years, we will look into expanding our geographical area, both within the current countries in East Africa, and into new countries. Special attention will be given to exploring arid and semi-arid areas where agroforestry has great potential to make unproductive lands fertile.

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Job Title

Associate Scientist: Agroforestry and Carbon Development job at World Agroforestry Centre

Job Description

The position aims to enable effective design, implementation, coordination and management of integrated restoration livelihood and carbon projects in Uganda. The job holder assists in the implementation, capacity development of partners and support field staff in farmer training on agroforestry related topics; monitoring and evaluation activities; research, analyses and technical and donor reporting. The incumbent will supervise field assistants and community-based facilitators.

Duties and Responsibilities

Research Support.

  • Support the design and undertake research in agroforestry, restoration, tree nutrition and gender,

  • Collect, analyze, and summarize research data, conduct literature review and / prepare technical papers, policy briefs manuals, guidelines, training and workshop reports and other relevant documents.

  • Contribute to development, validation and deployment of various protocols and tools.

Extension Support.

  • Develop protocols, manuals and provide technical training and support to consortium partners and other stakeholders on agroforestry practices including FMNR, ANR, soil water conservation, bioenergy, tree planting, and management.

  • Lead action research and co-learning activities with consortium partners, field assistants and community facilitators lead farmers.

Monitoring, evaluation, and learning.

  • Support PMEL processes; i) working with other CIFOR ICRAF staff build the capacity of the implementing partners and lead farmers to establish baseline conditions and track outputs and option uptake; ii) participate in quarterly monitoring and review exercises providing relevant background work and documentation.

  • Support implementation of impact assessment strategy including supporting and coordinating quality control in biophysical/biomass baseline, tree tracking and end line data collection processes and complementary qualitative follow-up assessments.

Program management.

  • As the Restore Africa Uganda Focal Point coordinate CIFOR ICRAF input into the program.

  • Support the co-designing of project strategies with national lead organization and partners.

  • Support production of project implementation plans and progress reports

  • Support the undertaking of ESGI and project performance management.

  • Organize workshops, conferences on the projects and training of the partners.

Prepare papers, power points, posters, and other forms for presentation in the meetings, workshops, etc.

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Qualifications and Competencies

  • A PhD in a field related to agroforestry, forestry, agriculture; natural resources management, climate change mitigation/adaptation.

  • Over 5 years-experience in programs coordination and management with two () years of supervisory experience in an agricultural, forestry or environmental organization

  • Experience in data collection and analysis; research and writing; raining; community engagement; & communications.

  • Experience in conceptualizing, developing, and implementing scientific research; training materials and manuals to train different stakeholders.

  • Expertise and skills in Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learnings (documentation of key successes in a project).

Personal attributes and competencies:

  • Knowledge of data collection and analysis tools and computer packages.

  • People management and networking skills.

  • Research design, writing and good communication skills.

  • Ability to engage and work with rural communities and partners.

  • Work independently or with very limited supervision.

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