Guinea Regional Center Manager

University of California, Davis

Davis , California

The Horticulture Innovation Lab builds international partnerships for fruit and vegetable research to improve livelihoods in developing countries. The program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and led by a team at the University of California, Davis, as part of the U.S. government's Feed the Future initiative. 

The program team and its projects help the world's poorest people break out of a persistent cycle of poverty by improving smallholder farmers' abilities to grow and sell high-value crops. Improving livelihoods through higher profits and diversified, nutrient-rich diets iis a primary goal for the Horticulture Innovation Lab's research efforts around the world. The program's work is guided by ensuring gender equity, improving information access, targeting innovative technologies and increasing research capacity. 

Horticulture Innovation Lab projects span the value chain of fruit and vegetable production, from seed systems to postharvest processing. Individual projects are led by U.S. university researchers with collaborating partners in developing countries, with funding from $40,000 to $2 million. Collaborations have included more than 18 U.S. universities and 200 organizations in more than 30 countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Through partnerships and collaborative research, the program also aims to build the capacity of researchers, institutions and farmers to advance horticultural science.  Location:(Other)  Allow Applicants to Attach:Resume

The Center Manager will support the Chief of Party in leading the Guinea Regional Center and implementing its objectives. The manager will organize and manage on and off-site technology and technical trainings with local partners. The individual will organize and implement a graduate student internship program with UC Davis, Zamorano and other university partners.  

Physical Demands:-Travel (up to 50% of the time) to remote areas with the possibility of limited access to comforts. 

-Able to lift objects weighing up to 50 lbs., and safely utilize hand-tools and electric tools for simple construction activities.  Work Environment:-Work and live in Guinea. 

-May need to work varied schedule to meet business needs. 

-UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.  Background Check Required: 

This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.

Minimum Qualifications:-Experience in international development and agriculture or horticulture; working in a developing country context; and technical competencies in agriculture and horticulture with knowledge of low cost horticultural technologies. 

-Project management experience with international grants. 

-Interpersonal skills to consult and coordinate with teams from diverse cross-cultural experiences. 

-Excellent oral and written communication skills. Working with excel, email, and word. 

-Organizational skills to successfully manage multiple projects 

-Fluency in speaking and writing in English and French.  Preferred Qualifications:-Bachelor's Degree in agriculture or related field, or equivalent experience/training. 

-Experience with the design process, building and modifying technologies for use in rural and resource poor settings. 

-Experience with USAID and/or Feed the Future funds. 

-Experience or familiarity with university-led Feed the Future Innovation Labs. 

-Skills to navigate requirements from more than one institutional system, including identifying an effective path forward when these requirements conflict. 

-Experience in business skills, accounting, and budgeting.