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Wageningen UR Uganda seeks to recruit enthusiastic and highly motivated persons for the following positions, all based in Kampala:

Reports to: Deputy Chief of Party

Job summary

Coordinate the uptake of quality seed component of the ISSD plus project; Pilot commodity value chain integration of seed value chains and commodity value chains; Provide sound economic analysis on the feasibility of producing EGS on a cost-recovery basis and on institutionalisation of Quality Declared Seed system; and provide sound policy recommendations based on social and economic costs and benefits of the proposed solutions

Reports to: Chief of Party

 Job summary:

Support innovative and new ways to address bottlenecks in the EGS system and seed sector policy environment. The coordinator will work in close collaboration with NARO holding Ltd, NARO Secretariat, breeders, and MAAIF on improving the EGS system. Focus is on coordination of foundation seed production for legumes and other selected crops; pilot a pre-booking system; piloting a tractability system; and piloting decentralised foundation seed production as a business (provide business support). In addition, S/he will support and strengthen seed sector stakeholders’ governance and facilitate public-private sector collaboration to enhance seed quality assurance systems and operationalisation of the QDS system.

Reports to: Chief of Party

Job summary

The Research Officer (RO) reports to the Chief of Party and in close liaison with the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator and the Agricultural Economist. RO will support the Chief of party in the day-to-day coordination of the research project, safe-guarding scientific rigor, liaising with key stakeholders and provide (maize) agronomic knowledge on farming systems and climate smart agriculture.

 


INTEGRATED SEED SECTOR DEVELOPMENT

Mon 15 May 2017 until Fri 2 June 2017

Organised by Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation

Over the last decades, the formal seed system in most developing countries has shifted from a publicly dominated sector to a privately dominated sector. However, throughout the world, the largest quantities of seed are still produced by farmers themselves. Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) recognises the relevance of formal and informal systems and aims to balance public and private sector involvement.

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Creating vibrant, market oriented and pluralistic seed sectors

Contemporary lessons in seed sector development
Seed is an essential input for crop production. Access of farmers to affordable quality seed of superior varieties is key in increasing agricultural production and productivity. ISSD recognizes that farmers obtain their seed from different sources or systems, and builds programmes upon a diversity of seed systems. Supporting the development of a vibrant and pluralistic seed sector can substantially contribute to increasing food security and prosperity in developing countries.

In this course participants can broaden their international experience and strengthen their competencies to support seed sector development, taking an integrated perspective. The overall objective of the programme is to enhance the capabilities to translate the ISSD concept into strategies for making seed programmes and policies that seek enhancement by connecting to present practices. The training is experience-based and task-oriented and highly interactive. It includes lectures, visits to different Dutch seed companies and organisations, case studies, group discussions, assignments and field work.

Course objectives
Upon completion of the course you will:

  • be able to support farmer groups in taking an entrepreneurial approach towards seed production and trade;
  • know how to strengthen private and public functions in seed sector development;
  • know how to address through partnerships and innovation institutional bottlenecks in the seed sector;
  • understand how international agreements impact on domestic seed policies, seed laws and regulatory frameworks;
  • understand the opportunities for putting the ISSD-concept into practice in your own work context.


Target audience
The course is designed for researchers, managers, policy makers and practitioners, working in a field related to seed sector development, employed by public, private, civil society, research, education and/or development organisations. Applicants should have a MSc degree and have at least three years of relevant professional experience. Proficiency in English is required.

Link to the course brochure: http://www.wur.nl/en/show/CDIcourse_ISSD_2017.htm

Application
Interested candidates can apply to Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation for admission to the training. Click here to apply.

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