Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification within the College of Agriculture at Kansas State University is seeking an Assistant or Associate Director.
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Kansas State University (KSU) is the management entity (ME) for theFeed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification funded by USAID. The Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab (SIIL) supports research, knowledge sharing, and capacity building activities in relation to small-holder farming systems focused on ecological intensification in Africa and Asia (Senegal, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Bangladesh and Cambodia). These efforts will increase farm productivity from existing croplands; improve food production, safety, and quality; improve nutrition; and raise net income while reducing reliance on pesticides and fertilizers, reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, and leading to efficient and resilient farming systems that protect or enhance natural resources. The SIIL holds a broad view of sustainable intensification including social and economic factors that influence the adoption of improved practices. The research portfolio of the SIIL will cover areas of inquiry including stocktaking, mapping, analysis and guidance; farming systems research; linking sustainable intensification impacts across different scales; and sustainable intensification impacts on gender and nutrition. The Assistant/Associate Director will be part of the ME team of 8 staff members. Additional details are available at http://www.k-state.edu/siil/
The Assistant/Associate Director (AD) will have 50% management and 50% research commitment. The AD will serve as the administrative officer alongside the Program Director (PD) and will oversee the ME in organizing activities to facilitate technical and administrative goals of our program. The AD will conduct innovative research and lead responsibility for Program’s quantitative economic impact assessment and monitoring and evaluation. This responsibility involves economic, social and environmental performance reporting of all sub-awards and aggregating these research findings to quantify the impact of SIIL. The AD will supervise the SIIL Regional Coordinators in regards to in-country monitoring of research implementation and performance. The AD is expected to aggressively seek and secure extramural funds for SIIL. The AD is responsible for effective communication and establishing and maintaining close contact with other U.S. and international institutions, industry, USAID Missions and developmental partners. The title of Assistant or Associate Director will be commensurate with experience.
Advanced degree in agricultural economics, social sciences or other related fields. Experience in international research and development, and program implementation in Africa or Asia. Excellent organization skills and management capabilities. Proficient oral and written communication skills to operate seamlessly and clearly communicate to all clientele and maintain regular communication with all partners and funding agency. Versatile skills in international partnership development, program planning, performance monitoring and evaluation, and impact assessment. Extensive experience in the management of large multi-country funded projects with diverse portfolios. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the U.S.
Five or more years of relevant experience in research, leadership and management. Experience in grant writing; specific experience with USAID results framework, target setting, and monitoring and evaluation systems; specific field experience in Senegal, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Bangladesh or Cambodia; and the ability to be productive in a fast-paced, diverse research environments and be proactive in identifying innovative solutions to program implementation challenges in multiple settings.
Screening of applications will begin March 21, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.
Application must he uploaded through K-State Human Capital Services website and must include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and names of three references.
For additional information contact Dr. Gary Pierzynski, Search Committee Chair, Tel: +1 785-532-6101; E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Vara Prasad, SIIL Director, Tel: +1 785-341-2840 or E-mail: email@example.com