JOB POSTS: Research Programme Director; Information and Communication Manager; Botswana

Posted on 1 February 2009. Filed under: Announcements, Jobs & Internships, Opportunities, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

[Please note that this blog post advertises two different job posts, both located in Francistown, Botswana with the same organization. Read carefully before applying.]

The Southern Africa Federation Of the Disabled (SAFOD) is seeking to engage the services of dynamic, qualified and experienced professionals for the positions of Research Programme Director and Information and Communication Manager. Both positions will be based in the SAFOD Research Centre in Francistown, Botswana. The following are the new positions that need to be filled in the SRP as soon as possible; see Application details at the bottom for instructions in how to apply:

1.RESEARCH PROGRAMME DIRECTOR:
Reporting to the SAFOD Director General, the Research Programme Director will have overall responsibility for the management of the SAFOD Research Programme.This would include all aspects of the professional, financial and administrative management of the programme. The Research director will also be accountable to DFID Central Research Department.

Management Responsibilities:
·Co-ordination of the Research Programme with the SAFOD member DPOs and with other disability programmes in the region to avoid duplication and to promote synergies;
·Ensuring gender dimensions are mainstreamed into research themes;
·Terminating unsuccessful activities;
·Act asan ex-officio member of the SRP Technical Advisory Board (TAB);
·Ensuring timely delivery of the activities of the SRP;
·Reviewing the progress of the SRP in terms of potential impact on disability policy and practice;
·Disseminating and promoting the use of SRP-generated knowledge for the benefit of disabled people in SAFOD member countries;
·Line management of SRP staff, which includes a Research Programme Manager and a Communictions Officer;
·Financial management of the budget and expenditure of the SRP;
·Safe-guarding any database of knowledge generated by the SRP so that it remains accessible after the research programme ends;
·Safeguarding any work that may be commissioned to contribute to the achievement of the purposes established for the SRP.
SRP Implementation:
Overall responsibility for implementing the SRP programme.
Development of the SRP will include the following tasks:
·Identification of future research activities;
·Identifying the stakeholders for research outputs within and beyond the SRP,
·With the advice of the Communications Manager, establish the means by which these outputs may be used and how they should be packaged and promoted;
·Establishing strategic relationships with SRP partners and with other collaborating research institutions in target countries to promote the transfer of knowledge to stakeholders;
·Development of new consortium milestones for agreement with DFID.
The Research Director may identify and commission work to achieve the outputs within the annual budgets and the financial limit set by the contract.
General
Taking into consideration the views of the Technical Advisory Board, establish all necessary arrangements to achieve the SRP outputs in a cost-effective way and to achieve best value for money in the commissioning of activities;
Establish and maintain liaison with relevant DFID advisers and with local institutions in SAFOD-member countries in which research activities are to be implemented;
Set up criteria for commissioning research and ensure research proposals are fully appraised to ensure that quality, developmental relevance and demand criteria are met;
Monitor progress against the outputs and milestones, and producing regular financial, operational and technical reports within prescribed deadlines;
Monitor SRP expenditure against the approved annual budget allocation and the financial limit with accurate forecasting of expenditure and submit quarterly and annual financial reports in the format prescribed by DFID. Provide additional financial information as required.
Prepare, for submission to DFID and with TAB endorsement, annual work plans and annual reports in the format prescribed and participate as required in SAFOD monitoring and review activities;
Facilitate access to the SRP for the Mid-Term Review of the programme mid-way through the programme cycle.

2.INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION MANAGER
The Communications Manager will be an expert in communicating research. The post will be full-time and the post-holder will report to the Research Programme Director.
The Communications Manager will have overall responsibility for planning and implementing a communications strategy. The post will involve close engagement with the research work, people, debates and partners across a range of countries, especially those where SAFOD is operating. This post will be crucial in helping the programme to develop policy-influencing strategies linked to research results. The postholder will need to combine strong interpersonal and communications skills with the vision, networking skills and entrepreneurial ability to develop and implement a communications strategy which promotes research to a wide audience.
Responsibilities include the following:
Take the lead to identify and establish the means by which research products will be packaged, promoted and adopted, inter alia:
·Planning and implementing a communications strategy for the SRP in consultation with research and management staff;
·Undertaking a communications assessment for the entire programme, including the capacity and needs of the SRP partners to collaborate and deliver communications components;
·Undertaking stakeholder analyses, in collaboration with research staff, to identify key audiences for research findings at different stages of research;
·Ensuring the identification and establishment of effective dissemination of research findings to key stakeholders;
·Packaging of research in a form appropriate for use by stakeholders, including disabled people;
·Working with research staff to produce outputs, mostly in print and electronic formats, such as policy briefings, resource guides, comments and opinion pieces, drawing on research findings as they emerge;
·Maintaining the SRP website, including monitoring of use and establishing subscription mechanisms for interested parties;
·Producing SRP newsletters, periodically;
·Promotion of research products to target institutions and beneficiaries;
·Syntheses of knowledge and lesson-learning on specific themes;
·Maintain effective relationships with SRP partners and with other collaborating research institutions in target countries to promote the transfer of knowledge to stakeholders;
·Ensure effective design and implementation of all research projects being conducted under the programme;
·Advise the Research Director on all matters relating to the implementation of the research programme and standard operating procedures and project management;
·Ensure that good relations are maintained in all the communities in which research is being conducted through regular and scheduled community meetings;
·Represent the programme at community functions and fora as required to provide information to community leaders /DPOs and partners about the programme and research conduct;
·Liaise with Director General to ensure local capacity building throughout SAFOD via sharing of experience in research management and, where appropriate, dissemination of key findings.
Person Specifications:
a)Experienced communications expert with a solid understanding of the processes for achieving evidence based research and targeted outputs for policy change;
b)Strong interpersonal communication skills to work and communicate with a variety of stakeholders including people of varied disabilities, academic research community; international development donors, disabled peoples’ organisations and so on;
c)Strong background and commitment to community based research and knowledge and skills of participatory learning and action research;
d)A social science degree or equivalent in communications and experience in the research field;
e)Excellent oral and/or written communications skills to work and communicate with people of varied disabilities, and capacity to edit and draft research reports and written out puts;
f)Computer literacy and Internet experience;
g)Knowledge in website and data base design;
h)Knowledge of a non-discriminatory society and that disability does not mean inability.
Key Result Areas:
·Development of a Communications Strategy to ensure the efficient and effective systems of dissemination and communication of SRP research products and findings to key stakeholders;
·Development of a capacity building programme to strengthen SRP member capacity to undertake disability research and disseminate findings;
·Establishment of outreach and mobilization programmes on disability research and related advocacy activities to effect change on the basis of key findings;
·Establishment and maintenance of a resource center holding documentation and information regarding disability policy and practice, as well as housing SRP programme research products;
·Maintenance of a database of SRP stakeholders as part of the communications strategy.

Application Details
Interested in these highly rewarding positions ?
Please send your applications, together with CVs, to the Personnel Assistant at:

Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD)
No. 19 Lobengula Street
Box 2247 Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Tel: 263-9-69356; Fax: 263-9-62944
E: safod@netconnect.co.zw OR info@safod.org
Website: www.safod.org
SAFOD Regional Headquarters Botswana
Plot Number 6230 Tati River Plots
P. O. Box 3236 Nswazwi Complex
Francistown, Botswana
Tel/fax: +267 240 5156
Tel:+ 267 240 5164
E-mail: safod@botsnet.bw



I received both of these job announcements via the Global Partnership on Disability and Development email discussion group, which people can subscribe to for free.

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