Vacancy: Innovative Leader Sought for AWARD Director Position

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African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) is recruiting a Director, who will creatively lead, manage, and advance this ground-breaking, career-development program, empowering innovation across the continent.

AWARD equips top women agricultural scientists across sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate agricultural gains by strengthening their research and leadership skills through tailored two-year fellowships. AWARD is a catalyst for innovations with high potential to contribute to the prosperity and well-being of African smallholder farmers, most of whom are women.

AWARD currently works with women scientists from 11 anglophone sub-Saharan Africa countries, and is conducting a pilot project with women from five francophone countries. AWARD is supported largely by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development.

Director Position
We are seeking an innovative, creative leader with proven expertise and achievement related to gender issues in African agricultural development and the corresponding institutional landscape. The Director must be a strategic thinker with the ability to inspire and lead the program’s 15-member high-performance team, and must possess expert interpersonal skills in order to sustain a broad range of relationships with AWARD participants, donors, and partners.

Candidates should have substantial leadership and management experience, preferably at a senior level in a scientific, academic, or development environment. An advanced degree in a related discipline is required. They will also have a record of successful capacity development and fund raising. As AWARD’s top spokesperson, the Director will travel frequently internationally.

The Director will be based in AWARD’s office in Nairobi, Kenya, hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), which provides services such as finance, IT, and human resources support. AWARD is a CGIAR privileged service provider, and the Director will report to the Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). AWARD’s Steering Committee provides advice and guidance to the Director on a wide range of issues.

Living in Nairobi
Nairobi is a cosmopolitan city of about 3.1 million people, with a mild climate. The city offers excellent international schools and modern medical facilities, and is a convenient base for exploring Kenya’s renowned wildlife parks. AWARD’s attractive office campus is close to a range of social and sporting facilities. For more information, visit

For a full job description and application information, please visit the AWARD website. Application deadline is October 11, 2013. Applications must be submitted by email to Bob Moore, AWARD’s executive recruitment consultant, at Applications are treated in strict confidence. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted and only their references will be contacted, with their prior agreement.

AWARD welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, particularly women.
An attractive salary and benefits package appropriate to this senior position will be negotiated.

For the full job posting, click here.


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