NARO Job Opportunities

The National Agricultural Research Organisation was established by the National Agricultural Research Act 2005 as a body corporate with the mandate to provide strategic direction for publicly funded agricultural research in Uganda.

The organisation is composed of the Council as its governing body, Committees of Council, a Secretariat for its day-to-day operations, and semi-autonomous Public Agricultural Research Institutes (PARI’s) under its policy guidance. The Director General invites suitably qualified Ugandans to apply for the following positions at the NARO Secretariat and respective PARIs.

Application Procedures:

Interested persons with the requirements should submit three sets of applications together with a detailed curriculum vitae giving telephone and e-mail addresses; and names and addresses of 3 (three) referees as well as copies of academic certificates and testimonials to the undersigned not later than 5:00 p.m. EAT on 23rd February 2024.

Applicants are advised to quote the reference number of the post applied for on the top left-hand corner of the envelope.

Applicants should not apply for more than Two Posts.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and notified via NARO website, telephones, and e-mail addresses as provided on the CV. Short-listed candidates will be required to provide certified copies of their Academic Qualifications.

Only applications responding to this advert and attendant timelines will be received.

All applications should be hand-delivered to the address below.  Application sent through email will not be considered.

The Director General,
National Agricultural Research Organization,
Plot 11-13, Lugard Avenue,
Entebbe – Uganda

Reports to: Director of Research
Salary Grade: UR3RS
Age Limit: Not more than 55 years

Overall Responsibility: To study biochemical, physiological and chemical structures and function of plants, animals and micro-organisms such as bacteria and viruses and use research to develop industrial and agricultural products.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Plan, design, and evaluate the composition and function of catalytic proteins and other biological molecules
  2. Investigate the genetic, physiological, chemical, physical and structural composition of cells, tissues and organisms
  3. Investigate the control of metabolism, growth and development of plants, animals and micro-organisms
  4. Identify cellular and developmental events that insure continuity of plant life to improve priority crops
  5. Determine the influence of internal and external environments in plants, animals and micro-organism
  6. Apply diversified knowledge of scientific research principles, practices, and protocols in the conduct of research projects
  7. Develop and test new biochemical products
  8. Participate in the formulation of strategic management plans for the research institute including development of annual work plans and budgets
  9. Develop grant proposals to secure funding for conducting specific research programmes in line with the institute’s strategic management plan and identified research priorities
  10. Prepare analyse, concept papers, technical and scientific papers and reports as well as other documentation for publication and dissemination
  11. Provide technical leadership and consultation to team members, professional co-workers and other collaborators

Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

  • PhD in biochemistry, Chemistry, Plant physiology or equivalent qualifications
  • Excellent leadership, inter personal and communication skills including demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in teams.
  • Six years’ experience at the level of Senior Research Officer or equivalent experience from a reputable organisation.
  • The applicant should have conducted research and published as first author and/or co-author of at least ten articles in peer reviewed journals.
  • The applicant should have successfully supervised three post-graduate students in the past five years,

Reports to: Director of Research
Salary Grade: UR4RS
Age Limit: Not more than 55 years

Overall Responsibility: To conduct research leading to establishment of causes of plant diseases, their mode of transmission, epidemiology, forecast and management.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  1. Identify pathogens causing plant diseases
  2. Undertake isolation, culturing and characterization of economically important plant causing pathogens
  3. Conduct regular surveillance of economically important crop diseases in the country
  4. Determine yield losses of economically important diseases on major crops
  5. Study and understand the epidemiology (interplay of factors) of plant diseases
  6. Develop appropriate disease management strategies
  7. Develop grant proposals to secure funding for conducting specific research programmes in line with the institute’s strategic management plan
  8. Apply advanced analytical techniques, modifications and extension of scientific theories and practices in the conduct of research projects
  9. Participate in determining priority research experiments
  10. Formulate and design experiments/studies with implementation plans and schedules. Also determine resources requirements and prepare annual budgets as required for the research project

Minimum Qualifications

  • A PhD in Crop Sciences including but not limited to; Plant pathology, Plant entomology, Plant microbiology, and Plant biotechnology.
  • Excellent leadership, inter personal and communication skills including demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in teams.
  • Four years’ experience at the level of Research Officer or equivalent experience from a reputable organisation
  • Possession of four peer reviewed publications.
  • Extensive knowledge in Plant pathology
ABI ZARDI – Arua District, Ngetta ZARDI – Lira District, MUZARDI – Mukono District

Reports to: Director of Research
Salary Grade: UR4RS
Age Limit: Not more than 55years

Overall Responsibility: A successful applicant shall be responsible for planning, designing, conducting research and presenting findings on respective field for enhanced and sustainable agricultural production.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  1. Plan, design, implement and evaluate forage species and their responses to animal production.
  2. Identify constraints to livestock and forage production.
  3. Collect and evaluate promising forage production.
  4. Collect and evaluate promising forage germplasm and feed resources for improved livestock nutrition.
  5. Study the effects of different forage/feed resources on livestock production.
  6. Develop strategies for improving livestock production through improved nutrition.
  7. Determine nutritional requirements for annuals, by species, breed, physiological status and production levels.
  8. Identify feeds resources that can provide animal the nutrient in question.
  9. Provide models for rational feed utilization, generate feed composition tables and feeding standards.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

  • A PhD in Livestock Science including but not limited to; Veterinary medicine, Livestock nutrition, Livestock breeding and genetics, and Livestock production.
  • Excellent leadership, inter personal and communication skills including demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in teams.
  • Four years’ experience at the level of Research Officer or equivalent experience from a reputable organisation
  • Possession of four peer-reviewed publications.

Reports to: Director of Research
Salary Grade: UR4RS
Age Limit: Not more than 55years

Overall Responsibility: A successful applicant will be responsible for planning, designing, conducting research and presenting findings on respective field for enhanced and sustainable agricultural production.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  1. Identify vector related problems affecting the Livestock industry and types of insects that have potential commercial value.
  2. Identify and characterize vectors causing livestock problems and prioritized vector/insects of economic importance and have potential commercial value.
  3. Study the biology and ecology of the vectors of economic importance and species of insects that have commercial value.
  4. Determine the risk factors attributed to vectors of economic importance and damages and consequences caused by vectors.
  5. Develop appropriate measures for controlling the effects of the vectors.
  6. Evaluate the commercial value of these insects/insect products and determining marketability/ market potential of commercial insects.
  7. Evaluate existing methods of exploitation of insects/insect products, and determine potential of maximum exploitation
  8. Determine and evaluating constraints that hinder maximum exploitation of commercial insects and develop appropriate measures.
  9. Develop breeding programme for mass artificial production of insects
  10. Develop appropriate technologies that address poverty and sustainable natural resource management.
  11. Perform any other duty assigned to you by the Director.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience

  • A PhD in Animal Science including but not limited to; Zoology, Insect biology, Insect ecology, Insect biochemistry, Insect physiology, and Insect breeding and genetics.
  • Excellent leadership, inter personal and communication skills including demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in teams.
  • Four years’ experience at the level of Research Officer or equivalent experience from a reputable organisation
  • Possession of four peer reviewed publications.

Reports to: Respective Programme Leader
Salary Grade: UR5(I)RS
Age Limit: Not more than 55years

Overall Responsibility:

A successful applicant shall be responsible for planning, designing, conducting research and presenting findings on respective field for enhanced and sustainable agricultural production.

Specific Tasks and Responsibilities

  1. Design and implement farmer participatory research for crop commodity systems.
  2. Collect, analyze and interpret agronomy and on-farm research trial data.
  3. Study the effects of various cropping systems on crop yield and determine the most efficient cropping system for optimum crop production.
  4. Identify nutrient needs of the various crops (plant nutrition) and develop corrective measures to alleviate the problems.
  5. Develop appropriate crop and soil management technologies that are gender responsive and avoids soil resource mining but increase crop yield.
  6. Study the effects of weeds, weed competition and nutrient mining on crop yield, diseases and insect pests.
  7. Collaborate with other researchers in multiplication of early generation seed.
  8. Disseminate study results through farmer feedback workshops, training workshops and sessions, conferences, seminars, brochures, newsletters, journals, reports, media, field days and agricultural shows.
  9. Contribute to the development of training and outreach materials, training of farmers, extension personnel, university students and interested parties on pasture improvement and management.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

  • Applicants should hold a Master’s Degree in Soil Science or Crop Science with a bias in Agronomy.
  • Should have a minimum of three years demonstrated working experience in a related field and proven record of publication in referred journals.
  • Possession of a PhD is an added advantage.

Reports to: Director of Research
Salary Grade: UR5(i) RS
Age Limit: Not more than 55years

Overall Responsibility

To study food products and processes for enhanced productivity.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  1. Assesses the hazards associated with production, handling, processing, storage, marketing and consumption of coffee-based food products.
  2. Participate in assessing the packaging options for processed coffee-based foods on the Ugandan market
  3. Investigate the genetic, physiological, chemical, physical and structural composition of coffee plant cells and tissues
  4. Investigate the control of metabolism, growth and development of coffee plants.
  5. Identify cellular and developmental events that ensure continuity of coffee plant.
  6. Develop technologies aimed at ensuring product integrity and safety of processed and unprocessed coffee-based foods
  7. Develop commercial coffee-based food products using innovative techniques
  8. Develop technologies aimed at harnessing low-value coffee-based agricultural produce and by-products for production of high value food products using up-market techniques
  9. Develop appropriate packaging material for products derived from food biotechnology
  10. Develop systems and models for management of waste derived from coffee-based food processing establishments/plants/industries
  11. Perform any other duties assigned to you by the director and the designated supervisor

Academic Qualifications and Experience

  • Masters and bachelor’s degree in any of the following fields; Food science/technology, Biochemistry, Nutrition, Plant physiology, Microbiology or Chemistry
  • Should have a minimum of three years demonstrated working experience in a related field and proven record of publication in referred journals.
  • Possession of a PhD is an added advantage

Reports to: Programme Leader
Salary: Salary Grade UR 6
Age Limit: Not more than 50years

Overall Responsibility

To plan, monitor and collect data from experiments to support research processes in a programme

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  1. Develop a field plan for conducting experiments on either the Institute’s research farm or on land belonging to farmers
  2. Prepare materials such as seedlings, fertilisers, measurement instruments and other supplies for undertaking field experiments
  3. Prepare the crop/forage experimental plot, planting seeds and labelling each experimental block according to the field plan
  4. Collect data on crops/forage, specimens and samples at various experimental plots
  5. Monitor the experimental plots for germination and sprouting as well as replanting, gap filling and tagging of crop/forage fields.
  6. Weed and thin excess, diseased, weakling and stunted seedlings to ensure continuous growth of crops.
  7. Application of fertiliser, inoculations, infestations and labelling according to crop field specifications
  8. Undertake harvesting and post-harvesting activities including drying and packing of target crop/forage.
  9. Conduct crop/forage disease surveillance by visiting farmers to establish extent of disease and pest outbreak
  10. Participate in crop/forage baseline surveys to determine farmer needs and production constraints as well as establish the impact of technology adoption
  11. Participate in developing and delivering education and training programmes to farmers and other stakeholders including students on visits and attachments
  12. Participate in agricultural exhibitions and other programmes designed for technology transfer.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

  • Hold a Diploma in agricultural Science with a focus in crop production.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in agricultural Science with a focus in crop science is an added advantage.
  • Skills in statistical data analysis
  • Demonstrate Skills in field sample collection.
  • Demonstrate motivation of working for long hours.

Reports to: Programme Leader
Salary: Salary Grade UR 6
Age Limit: Not more than 50years

Overall Responsibility

To plan, monitor and collect data from experiments to support research processes in a programme

Specific Tasks and responsibilities:

  1. Develop a field plan for conducting experiments on either the Institute’s research farm or on land belonging to farmers
  2. Prepare materials such as measurement instruments, tools and other equipment for undertaking field experiments
  3. Prepare the experimental plot, labelling each experimental block according to the field plan
  4. Collect data, specimens and samples of insects and ticks from vegetation and farm animals at various experimental plots according to work-plan
  5. Collect Preservation, identification of genera and species of insects and ticks to identify diseases they cause
  6. Maintenance of ticks and tsetse colonies for insecticide, accaricide resistance sand sensitivity, testing and disease control
  7. Application of inoculations, infestations and labelling according to field specifications
  8. Conduct disease surveillance by visiting farmers to establish extent of disease and ticks outbreak
  9. Participate in baseline surveys to determine farmer needs and production constraints as well as establish the impact of technology adoption

Minimum Qualifications and experience

  • A diploma in Animal Production.
  • Bachelor’s degree Veterinary medicine or Animal production is an added advantage.

Reports to: Programme Leader
Salary: Salary Grade UR 6
Age Limit: Not more than 50years

Overall Responsibility

To plan, monitor and collect data from experiments to support research processes in a programme

Specific duties and responsibilities

  1. Provide support to Scientists undertaking research and experiments with livestock and insects and contributing to experiments performed in order to generate a technology/information
  2. Implement/set up research experiments and trials
  3. Submitting data sets to Scientists for analysis
  4. Contribute to technology promotion and information dissemination through involvement in production of information materials such as brochures, factsheets, user guides, and manuscripts
  5. Contribute to production of livestock feed, breed materials, diagnostic kits
  6. Perform experimental testing, monitoring experiments, making observations and maintaining quality control records as well as preparing test results and writing reports of findings
  7. Operate equipment, preparing, installing and undertaking maintenance and repair of laboratory instruments and equipment
  8. Contribute to outreach activities and institutional capacity strengthening through farmer trainings, supervision of internship students, instruction of students and performing other special assignments

Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

  • A diploma in Animal Production.
  • Bachelor’s degree Veterinary medicine or Animal production is an added advantage.

Reports to: Programme Leader
Salary: Salary Grade UR 6

Overall Responsibility
To plan, monitor and collect data from experiments to support research processes in a programme

Specific duties and responsibilities

  1. Prepare work plans for field sampling and data collection on the biology and ecology of different species of fish.
  2. General data and biological and ecological parameters of different fish species.
  3. Characterization of sampling ponds including composition, relative abundance, population structure, maturity distribution.
  4. Collection and preservation of fish samples for food and fecundity analysis.
  5. Interact with fisher communities to understand their problems.
  6. Participate in workshops, Agricultural shows and any other activity related to information dissemination.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

  • A diploma in Fisheries Management.
  • Bachelor’s degree in; Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Zoology is an added advantage.

Reports to: Director Corporate Services
Salary Grade: UR3RS
Age Limit: Not more than 55 years

Overall Responsibility: Ensuring security of NARO’s land assets by providing technical leadership in the management of land matters.

Specific tasks and responsibilities

  1. Establish and regularly update the NARO land cadastre for easy access to the land information and planning.
  2. Coordinate surveys and titling of NARO institutional lands
  3. Undertake cadastral verifications to support decision making on land matters.
  4. Prepare land use maps for NARO institutional lands for improved land use planning and governance.
  5. Undertake capacity building of farm managers and human resource officers on cadastral tools for land management for improved land governance and land use planning.
  6. Provide technical liaison with both national and international institutions on matters of land management.
  7. Ensure that Institutes develop and implement land-use plans.
  8. Ensure land use is compliant with regulations, making suggestions for sustainable use, and researching the impact of development.
  9. Work with the legal office in matters of land litigation.
  10. Perform any other tasks that may be provided by the Director Corporate Service and /or Management from time to time.

Required Qualification and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in any of the following fields: Surveying, Cartography or Geo-informatics plus a Master’s Degree in any of the mentioned fields from a recognised university.
  • Must have knowledgeable in either Surveying or Cartography.
  • At least 10 years’ experience in coordinating issues of land surveys, titling, acquisition and appropriation in a government institution.
  • Must have a formal training in the field of GIS and Remote Sensing and demonstrable experience working with mapping software or Autocad for land management.
  • Must be conversant with institutional, legal frameworks and mechanisms in national land governance and management.

Reports to: Senior Administrative Officer
Salary Grade: UR6Admin
Age Limit: Not more than 40 years

Overall Responsibility

To attend to the front desk administrative support services including directing guests to the offices that they can be attended to.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Scheduling appointments in consultation with Senior Administrative Assistants.
  2. Responding to telephone inquiries, giving information to callers, routing calls to appropriate officials, and placing outgoing calls.
  3. Updating the office diary, providing information to callers and visitors.
  4. Receiving official visitors and walk-in customers by ascertaining the nature of business and directing them accordingly.
  5. Receive, sort, record and distribute mail, general correspondence and documents to appropriate officials.
  6. Scheduling appointments and screening requests for meetings.
  7. Preparing both local and international itineraries, confirming travel, freight and hotel reservations.
  8. Performing any other tasks that may be provided by the Supervisor from time to time.

Qualifications

  • Applicants should hold a Degree in Office Management and Secretarial studies from a recognised institution.
  • Training in public relations/customer care.

Reports to Human Resource and Administration
Salary: Salary Grade UR 6 Admin

Overall Responsibility: To keep files, correspondences and records; and dispatch mails to relevant officers for action.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  1. File records and documents in alpha/numeric order as well as according to subject matter.
  2. Sort, file, folio, store, retire, check, correct and ensure that documents and other records are secure and accounted for.
  3. Classify files and records according to a predetermined coding system to facilitate rapid and accurate filing and retrieval.
  4. Opening, labeling and replacing worn out file covers.
  5. Register and track file movement in the file movement register.
  6. Receiving, opening, recording and dispatching and delivering mails.
  7. Undertake periodic identification of completed and finalized records and ensure proper archiving.

Academic Qualifications and Experience

  • Diploma in records management from a recognized Institution
  • At least three years of working experience in a recognized institution

Reports to: Administrative officer
Salary: Salary Grade UR 7
Age Limit: Not more than 50years

Overall Responsibility: To drive institute vehicles that are in clean and sound mechanical condition

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Undertake routine and preventive maintenance of motor vehicle by checking and topping-up the level of petrol, oil, water, battery electrodes and tyre pressure before operating the vehicle.
  2. Regularly clean and polishing the vehicle, changing tyres as well as making minor repairs or adjustments.
  3. Drive motor vehicle (car and van) to transport directors, staff, clients and others to designated locations.
  4. Perform miscellaneous errands such as collecting and delivering mail and other items as well as buying goods, supplies and consumer items.
  5. Load and offload baggage, goods and other material supplies with due regard to the safety of other people.
  6. Maintain records of the motor vehicle’s daily activity showing journey, mileage, petrol, oil and signature of authorising officer to account for all the journeys made.
  7. Regulate the radio, heating, lighting and ventilation system for passenger comfort.
  8. Observe traffic and safety precautions in order to prevent accidents and to avoid traffic violations. In addition, undertakes first aid in case of injuries.
  9. Report motor vehicle accident to the traffic police and the Maintenance Officer, obtaining police abstract report and completing insurance accident report form in conformance to traffic rules and regulations.
  10. Requisition for petrol, lubricants and spare parts and maintaining a record accounting for the same.
  11. Take the motor vehicle for major service or repairs in accordance to planned preventive maintenance schedule or insurance accident report.
  12. Assist in performing miscellaneous tasks such as photocopying documents and cleaning the compound when not driving.
  13. Perform any other duties assigned to you by the immediate supervisor/Director

Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

  • Applicants should possess a driving Permit without any endorsements (Valid driving permit with at least two classes.
  • Uganda Certificate of Education (“O” Level) with at least four passes.
  • Applicants should have a minimum of five (5) years relevant experience driving cars, buses and/or vans.

Reports to: Administrative Assistant
Salary: Salary Grade UR 8
Age Limit: Not more than 50 years

Overall Responsibility: To undertake patrol duties to inspect, check, guard and protect infrastructural facilities, buildings and installations including equipment, machinery and property against theft, fire, equipment malfunctions, vandalism and illegal entry

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Patrol assigned areas to detect and prevent signs of intrusion and examines doors, windows and gates to ensure they are securely locked.
  2. Raise the alarm or responding to the alarm and investigates disturbances.
  3. Check for irregularities, such as fire hazards, leaking water pipes and calls the police or fire departments in cases of fire emergency or presence of unauthorized persons.
  4. Guard entrance or exit, checking identification cards, screening individuals and motor vehicles as well as preventing passage of people or prohibited articles from entering or leaving restricted areas.
  5. Provide information and warning violators of rule infractions, such as loitering, smoking, or carrying forbidden articles.
  6. Apprehend, detain or evict intruders, offenders and violators from premises using force when necessary.
  7. Write reports of daily activities and irregularities, such as property damage, leaking pipes, theft, fire or presence of unauthorized persons or unusual occurrence.
  8. Perform any other duties assigned to you by the Director and the designated supervisor,

Minimum Qualifications

  • Uganda Certificate of Education
  • Certificate of Good Conduct in Security Operations or Law Enforcement
    Six (6) months of on-the-job training in law enforcement or security work

Tenure: The tenure of office is 5 years’ contract renewable upon satisfactory performance

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