ATSAF - Job News 05-2008

February 22, 2008.  

1. Georg-August-University, Goettingen, 2 Doctoral Student Positions

2. CIMMYT, plant breeders

3. WAPCA, Country Coordinator Wanted for Primate Rehabilitation and Conservation Project

in Ghana/West Africa




2 Doctoral Student Positions for Agricultural Economists


The Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development of the Georg-August-

University of Goettingen (Germany) has two openings for doctoral students to work in

research projects related to the economics of high-value agricultural supply chains in

developing countries. The positions are funded for a period of three years, with a starting

date in April 2008 (or somewhat later). In particular, research on the following topics shall be

carried out:


1. Impacts of contract agriculture in the small farm sector.

2. Impacts of technological innovations in the small farm sector.


Both projects are carried out jointly with international organizations under the guidance of

Professor M. Qaim. The regional focus is East Africa and/or Southeast Asia, and the

research will involve collection of primary farm survey data in selected study countries.

Students will participate in the International PhD Program for Agricultural Sciences in

Goettingen (IPAG).


Successful candidates should have an outstanding Master´s degree (or equivalent) in

agricultural economics (or related discipline), experience with quantitative economic

techniques, proven interest in rural development policy issues, excellent command of the

English language (preferably also German), and very good computer skills.


Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, academic certificates and

transcripts, an executive summary of the Master´s thesis, and names and E-mail addresses

of two references. The documents should be E-mailed until 12 March 2008 to Sylvia Schmidt





The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is seeking applications

from innovative, self-motivated, scientifically outstanding plant breeders to support the

development of high-yielding, drought tolerant maize germplasm in Sub-Saharan Africa. The

position contributes to and draws on the experiences of a large multi-disciplinary research

team with focus on drought tolerance. It will be based at CIMMYT´s Nairobi Office in Kenya

but will involve travel to other CIMMYT field sites in eastern and southern Africa and involve

collaboration with public and private, local and international partners. CIMMYT-Kenya is

hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya. The position is initially

available for three years and could lead to a career position within CIMMYT.


More detailed description of the position is posted on:


We would highly appreciate your assistance in sharing this information to anyone who might

be interested and qualified for the position.


CIMMYT is an equal-opportunity employer and strives for staff diversity in gender and





Country Coordinator Wanted for Primate Rehabilitation and Conservation Project in

Ghana/West Africa


A highly motivated and dedicated person required as country coordinator for the West African

Primate Conservation Action (WAPCA).


Hiring Organisation: The NGO West African Primate Conservation Action, founded in 2001,

is an initiative of several European zoos and conservation organisations with the common

goal to enhance the conservation of primates in the Eastern Upper Guinean Forest in West

Africa. In cooperation with the Ghana Wildlife Division WAPCA implements conservation

activities in Protected Areas where viable populations of the target species still exist.

WAPCA furthermore collaborates with Accra Zoo where a breeding facility for endangered

primates has been established.

Education campaigns at the zoo and at the forest sites are being conducted to raise

awareness among local people about conservation topics.

Further information on WAPCA can be found on


Job Description: We are looking for a long-term coordinator and representative for WAPCA

who is based in Ghana. Work will consist of the continuation of currently ongoing activities

and the conceptualisation and development of new projects in cooperation with the European

WAPCA office. All activities will take place at Accra and at Protected Areas in the Western

Region of Ghana. The coordinator will take an active part in supervising the Centre for

Endangered Primates in Achimota/Accra and in the management of all WAPCA

conservation activities in Ghana.

Furthermore, liasing with other NGOs, Wildlife Division, donors and other partners will be an

important tasks. The person will be responsible for around 15 office and field employees.

At the project sites in Western Region community projects must be supervised and trainings

for local people and Wildlife Division staff organized.

The development of tourist attractions is planned and will be realised.

Furthermore, the acquisition of funds, regular project reports and the administration of the

NGO´s local finances form part of the coordinator´s responsibilities.


Qualifications: Applicant must have very good oral and written knowledge of the English

language. Experience in conservation work is necessary. Work and travel experience in

tropical countries is mandatory.

Knowledge in primate keeping, zoo work and practical skills (e.g. mechanics, carpentry etc)

are helpful as well as computer knowledge.

The applicant should have high diplomatic communication skills and leadership qualities and

must be prepared to deal with a broad variety of local people from different backgrounds.

Abilities to work independently, well organized and reliable is mandatory. The position holder

must be able to work aim focused, e.g. set working targets, follow up and regularly report on



Conditions: The candidate will work together with the present coordinator in Ghana for some

weeks before taking over her position. During the stay in Ghana he/she will be based in

Accra, but inland travel to remote places with basic conditions will be part of the job.


Term of Appointment: start in April 2008, on the base of a one year renewable contract, long-

term stay is preferred.


Application Deadline: 29 February 2008

Please send applications, including curriculum vitae, references and your desired salary, as

soon as possible to the WAPCA Office at Heidelberg Zoo:

Heidelberg Zoo, WAPCA office,

Tiergartenstr. 3, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany,

Fax: +49-6221-645588


Contact Information: Sandra Reichler, secretary of WAPCA Europe,



Sonja Wolters, present country coordinator in Ghana





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