Position: Program Coordinator for the Feed the Future (FtF) Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss. Full-time, unclassified, 12-month position, renewable term position.
Location: International Grains Program (IGP Institute),College of Agriculture, Kansas State University
Position Description: Kansas State University has successfully been funded by USAID to serve as the Leader with Associate Awards management entity (ME) for the Feed the Future (FtF) Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss. The K-State ME will initially undertake research in four FtF focus countries of Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana and Guatemala through a strategic and applied research and education program aimed at providing global leadership in food security by reducing post-harvest loss and food waste of durable staple crops (grains, oilseeds, legumes, root crops, seeds) and their processed value-added products. This program will require confronting constraints on integrating smallholder farmers (male and female), producer cooperatives and agribusiness enterprises with market-based value chains from seed to end-user.
The primary responsibilities of the Program Coordinator (PC) will be to support the Managing Technical Director and Administrative Director of the Innovation Lab with respect to overall coordination of projects, and for developing and maintaining collaboration and communication among all program experts and partners in the U.S. and abroad. Support includes, but is not limited to, administering research grants and service contracts; initiate initial drafts of on-line project reporting and assure timely submission to granting agency; scheduling project team meetings (many of them virtually); providing coordination and communication support to the PI and research staff across multiple continents; compiling data and technical information for monthly, quarterly and annual newsletters and time-sensitive reports. Working with ADM Institute staff in preparing content and maintaining the Innovation Lab website housed on the UIUC server; working with IGP staff and content experts in organizing and facilitating on-site and distance training courses (many of them in overseas locations) including enrollment, travel and hotel arrangements for participants and speakers; extracting, synthesizing and compiling data and technical information from complex research and technical papers for monthly, quarterly and annual newsletters, reports, web pages etc. assuring quality, completeness and timeliness; review and confirm expenses for all Innovation Lab activities; supporting timely procurement of equipment and supplies, tracking purchase orders, invoice approvals and deliveries; assist with the timely preparation and submission of Associate Award proposals and extramural funding requests, research contracts, and project reports including developing new project budgets; assisting with the on-going monitoring of project outputs and reporting requirements against agreed upon deliverables; assisting in interfacing with the respective administrative entities of contracted U.S. and international institutions. Provide operational support in other areas deemed necessary and fulfill other duties as assigned by the Managing Technical Director or Administrative Director.
B.S. degree. Excellent organizational, project monitoring and evaluation and data management skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to speak clear English, and the demonstrated ability to review reports, research and technical papers. Proficiency in computer programs including MS Office, InDesign, Photoshop. Experience using content management systems for updating and designing websites. Proficiency creating and using spreadsheets and databases. Experience with communication planning and mass media. Ability to be proactive and productive in a fast-paced, research and outreach environment and be able to identify innovative solutions to problems. Strong commitment to expanding and fostering diversity and team work. Proven ability and commitment to work across multiple cultural environments.
Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge of the university policies and procedures and experience working in a university setting.
Salary and Benefits: Commensurate with experience and qualifications. Kansas State University has an attractive benefit package that includes a retirement plan; group medical, dental, and life insurance plans, workers compensation; vacation leave; sick leave, and other benefits.
Application Procedure: Submit a letter of application, current resume, and have three letters from professional references sent to email@example.com
Contact: Dr. Dirk E. Maier, Professor and Director, International Grains Program, Kansas State University, 201 Shellenberger Hall, Manhattan, Kansas 66506-2201. Telephone: (785) 532-6161; Fax: (785) 532-7010, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Date Available: January 1, 2014
Review of applications will begin: January 2, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. For additional information see http://www.grains.ksu.edu.