Jun 23, 2021
Vacancy Announcement: Position of the AWARD Director

#Repost: First posted in the Economist

At African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), we envision a robust, resilient, and gender-responsive agricultural innovation system working to drive prosperity and food and nutrition security for Africa.

We are seeking an innovative and ambitious new Director to lead us in our quest to equip top African scientists and research institutions with skills that will improve outcomes for Africa’s smallholder farmers as well as strengthening the voice of the continent’s women, on the farm, in the laboratories, in markets, and in policy forums.

AWARD works toward inclusive, agriculture-driven prosperity for Africa by strengthening the production and dissemination of more gender-responsive agricultural research and innovation.

We invest in African scientists and research institutions so that they can deliver agricultural innovations that better respond to the needs and priorities of a diversity of women and men across Africa’s agricultural value chains.

As our new Director, you will provide strategic leadership and management to advance the aims of AWARD as a leading champion for gender-responsive agricultural research. Passionate about our mission, the Director advances our agenda by creatively leading, managing, and engaging target beneficiaries, partners, and staff to catalyze empowering innovation.

You will be an innovative and creative leader able to inspire and lead a high-performance team. You will bring a strong capacity to network effectively, negotiate well and influence people across a wide range of sectors. In addition, you will have a strong understanding of, and commitment to, gender equality and the African agricultural research and development landscape.

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter, detailing how you fulfil the role description and personal specification to https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/ quoting reference 5191. The deadline for applications is 9am BST Monday 12th July 2021.

World Agroforestry (ICRAF) recognizes that a diverse workforce is key to the achievement of its strategic goals and objectives, believing in a rich diversity to increase research and management excellence. Our processes, such as recruitment, are conducted in a manner that is sensitive to the need to maintain gender and diversity.

The role will be based in Nairobi, Kenya (hosted by CIFOR-ICRAF).

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience

Download the AWARD Director candidate brochure here.


African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD). Hosted by World Agroforestry Centre, United Nations Avenue, Gigiri. P.O Box 30677-00100 Nairobi, Kenya.

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