Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
§ Institution, Program and Project Management and Evaluation: Design, formulation, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation of R&D&I projects, programs and institutions in agriculture and natural resources. Direct and applied research and development as well as extension. Capacity development and institutional innovation of agricultural organizations devoted to R&D&I and outreach. Long term experience in diverse type of evaluations.
§ Institutional Experience: Exposure to, and knowledge of international and national organizations related to research and education (CATIE), government administration (Department of Canelones, Uruguay), as well as cooperation and policy development (IICA); private sector (Eli Lilly & Co.); universities (ISU); social and humanitarian (CARE) as well as conservation (WWF) NGOs. Excellent knowledge of R&D&I national and international institutions in various continents. Experienced in research, training, education and capacity development.
§ Networking and Strategic Alliances: Extensive experience in development, management, coordination and evaluations of inter-programmatic and multi-disciplinary networks and partnerships (FONTAGRO, PROCISUR, CARE-WWF). Promotion of strategic alliances between national research and extension organizations, civic society and the private sector.
§ Thematic Specialization: Sustainable agriculture; plant protection; Integrated Pest Management; pesticides; environmental studies in the context of poverty reduction, food and nutritional security, and socio-economic sustainable development with environmental considerations. Solid background on rural development, natural resources and the environment.
§ Geographic Experience: World-wide field activities; experienced in countries in Africa and Asia, with long-term practice in Latin America. Ten years covering tropical Central America, with four years residence in Guatemala and four in Costa Rica. Lived in Switzerland for almost 8 years from where he travelled extensively to Africa and Asia. Presently residing in Uruguay.
§ Abilities and capacities: Leadership, team work and conflict resolution in the context of scientific multidisciplinary teams as well as with farmers and producers. Excellent written as well as oral communication in various languages. Knowledge of most computer software.
§ Education and Languages. Ph.D. in Agronomy; M.Sc. in Botany; B.Sc. (Ingeniero Agrónomo) in Agriculture. Fluent in Spanish, English, Portuguese, and French.