Job Type
Permanent
Location
Afghanistan
Vacancy
Vacancy Status: Open
Experience
Extensive experience (5+ years) in agricultural research, with a proven track record of managing research projects and teams.
Contract Duration
1 year with the possibility of extension
Vacancy Number
AA-VA-209
Announced On
December 24, 2023
Application Deadline
February 8, 2024

Profile

Job Description:

The Agriculture Research Manager plays a critical role in driving agriculture research initiatives, providing strategic leadership to improve agricultural practices and outcomes. This role involves leading a team in conducting research and overseeing projects from inception to evaluation and reporting, ensuring they meet both company objectives and client needs. Integral to the Programs and Services Team, the manager ensures projects are delivered on time, within scope, and according to client requirements, managing resources and budgets to achieve high-quality results and client satisfaction.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

Strategic Leadership:

  • Develop and implement research strategies aligned with organizational goals.
  • Lead and mentor project teams, providing guidance, direction, and motivation to ensure high-performance levels and collaboration among team members.

Research and Development:

  • Conduct targeted research based on client needs to evaluate and recommend effective agricultural techniques, products, or technologies.
  • Analyze relevant data (if needed from client side) to provide informed recommendations.
  • Conduct agriculture value chains analysis and provide recommendations for improvement.

Project Management and Coordination:

  • Oversee project lifecycle, including planning, execution, monitoring, and closure, ensuring alignment with client expectations and deadlines.
  • Allocate and manage project resources efficiently, including personnel, budget, and materials, to meet project goals.
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to facilitate project success.
  • Manage risks and address potential challenges proactively.

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning:

  • Establish and implement frameworks to assess project effectiveness, adjusting as necessary to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Document project learnings and outcomes to guide future research and development efforts.

Data Analysis and Reporting:

  • Analyze agricultural data, translating findings into actionable insights and strategic recommendations.
  • Prepare and present detailed reports to stakeholders, highlighting project progress, outcomes, and impact.
  • Prepare regular progress reports, project documentation, and presentations for clients, stakeholders, and internal teams.

Client Engagement and Advisory Services:

  • Provide expert advice to clients, identifying opportunities for improvement in agricultural processes and practices.
  • Maintain strong client relationships, ensuring clear communication and satisfaction with delivered services.

Compliance and Ethics:

  • Ensure that all project activities adhere to ethical standards, relevant laws, and industry regulations.

Continuous Improvement:

  • Identify opportunities for process improvement, implementing best practices, and contributing to the development of standardized project management methodologies.

Feedback Collection:

  • Solicit feedback from clients and team members to continuously improve project management processes and client satisfaction.
  • Conduct post-project reviews to analyze project outcomes, identify areas for improvement, and incorporate lessons learned into future projects.

Job Requirements:

Education:

Master’s degree in Agronomy, Plant Science, Agricultural Science, Agricultural Economics, or a related field.

Experience:

Extensive experience (5+ years) in agricultural research, with a proven track record of managing research projects and teams.

Key Competencies:

  • Project Management Expertise:
    • Proficiency in developing comprehensive project plans and managing various project stages efficiently.
    • Strong understanding of project management methodologies and lifecycle.
  • Resource Management Skills:
    • Ability to allocate and manage resources effectively, including personnel, budget, and materials, ensuring project goals are met efficiently.
  • Team Leadership & Development:
    • Proven experience in leading, mentoring, and motivating project teams to ensure high performance and collaboration.
  • Quality Assurance & Control:
    • Commitment to ensuring the quality and accuracy of project deliverables, conducting reviews and evaluations to meet client requirements and industry standards.
  • Risk Identification & Mitigation:
    • Skills in identifying potential project risks and developing effective mitigation strategies to minimize disruptions and delays.
  • Stakeholder Collaboration & Communication:
    • Ability to collaborate with internal teams, external partners, and stakeholders effectively.
    • Strong communication skills for effective stakeholder engagement and alignment with project objectives.
  • Client Liaison & Relationship Management:
    • Experience acting as the primary point of contact for clients, managing expectations, addressing concerns, and maintaining positive relationships.
  • Reporting & Documentation Skills:
    • Proficiency in preparing progress reports, project documentation, and presentations for various audiences.
  • Compliance & Ethical Standards Adherence:
    • Knowledge and commitment to ensuring project activities adhere to ethical standards, relevant laws, and industry regulations.
  • Analytical & Technical Proficiency:
    • Deep understanding of agricultural practices, technologies, and value chains, with the ability to apply this knowledge to research and project implementation.
    • Strong analytical skills for data analysis and interpretation.
    • Ability to write technical and financial proposals.
    • Proficiency in using statistical and data collection tools like SPSS, STATA, and Kobo Toolbox for project management and research purposes.
    • Proficient in conducting in-depth research, analyzing complex data, and synthesizing information to make informed decisions and recommendations

Submission Guideline:

If you are interested in this position and meet the above qualifications, please submit your resume in PDF format to email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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