Forum for African Women Vice Chancellors Launched – Empowering African women leaders for economic development

Women Forum

Above: Prof. Judi Wakhungu (left), Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources and Prof. Adipala Ekwamu (right), RUFORUM Executive Secretary during the launch of the forum at the TICAD Side event organised by JKUAT in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo Credit: Photo by JKUAT/Stephen Wakhu

The first Forum for African Women Vice Chancellors, FAWoVC was launched yesterday (24 August 2016) during the women leadership meeting on Higher Education for economic empowerment. This event took place during the side event for the upcoming sixth edition of Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) happening this week in Nairobi, Kenya.

Addressing the opening session, the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Professor Judy Wakhungu, called for political commitment to gender mainstreaming in all productive sectors of Africa’s economy. Dr. Peggy Oti-Boateng from UNESCO emphasised the need to strengthen collaboration, learning and building synergies among existing women forums in Africa so as to create meaningful contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals.

“Gender disparity in agriculture persists because challenges facing women farmers are still inadequately tackled in agricultural policy strategy and programs” said Dr. Asa Torkelsson, the Economic Empowerment Advisor, UN Women during her presentation.

The event provided a platform for networking, lesson learning and mentorship among the female Vice Chancellors while tackling issues affecting the low number of women in STEM and leadership. The two day meeting brought together 20 Vice Chancellors from African Universities, representatives from German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), UN Women, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organisation (UNESCO), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) and RUFORUM. During the event, Professor Mabel Imbuga, Vice Chancellor of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology was elected the interim chairperson of FAWoVC. Click here to download the press release.

Related articles linked to this press release include: Promoting Gender Inclusivity in Agricultural Sector through Collaborations and Women Vice Chancellors in New Growth Agenda for Africa.

Call for applications for admission into postgraduate programmes for the 2016/2017 – Bunda Campus

The Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) is inviting applications from suitably qualified persons for admission into its Bunda-Campus postgraduate programmes for the 2016/2017 academic year commencing on 10th October, 2016.

Africa Centre of Excellence in Aquaculture and Fisheries Science (AquaFish)

World Bank (WB) has embarked on a project which is called Africa Centre of Excellence (ACE II) whose aim is to strengthen selected Eastern and Southern Africa higher education institutions to deliver quality postgraduate education and build collaborative research capacity in the regional priority areas clustered as follows: Industry, Agriculture, Health, Education and Applied Statistics. Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) in Malawi, is hosting the Africa Centre of Excellence in Aquaculture and Fisheries Science (AquaFish) whose main objective is “to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in the production of high skilled fit-for-purpose critical mass of agricultural scientists for improved aquaculture and fisheries management in order to enhance food, nutrition and economic security in Eastern and Southern Africa”.  Specifically, the AquaFish intends to  achieve the following, a) train critical mass of MSc and PhD graduates who are competent to create innovations that will revolutionize the aquaculture and fisheries sector in Africa, b) enhance capacity of the center of excellence to attract national and regional students and train world class scientists that are relevant to industrial and developmental needs in the aquaculture and fisheries sector in Africa, and c) Improve innovations/technologies for increasing fish production, value addition and marketing, through partnerships. The centre will employ innovative, entrepreneurial and multidisciplinary approaches to training, research and outreach on production, value addition and fisheries management, through strategic partnerships. AquaFish Centre builds on LUANAR’s track record of serving as a regional training centre in aquaculture and fisheries science for Africa, as evidenced by hosting the AU-Aquaculture Working Group, NEPAD SanBio Fish Node, Afri-fish Net. AquaFish intends to undertake the project holistically by looking at the whole Fish value chain, hence a multidisciplinary approach. Click here to download full call.

Vacancy: Project Manager Research Management

Deadline by 17:00 on Friday, 26 August 2016.

SARIMA is an association of Research and Innovation Managers that operates at an institutional, national and international level, as well as across the value chain. The purpose of the association is to promote research and innovation management for the benefit of southern Africa. Research Management (RM) is a key strategic focus area for SARIMA and numerous activities and projects undertaken by the Research Management portfolio, in co-ordination with the Innovation and Technology Transfer and Africa Engagement portfolios.

SARIMA requires the services of a part-time Project Manager to co-ordinate, facilitate and implement activities and projects for the Research Management Portfolio.

Job Scope:

The Project Manager’s duties will include:

  • Wide consultation and liaison at national level with stakeholders and organisations
  • Liaison with international partners and stakeholders on RM initiatives
  • Planning and implementation of RM Portfolio activities
  • Drawing up of documentation (e.g. concept notes, guidelines, toolkits, etc.) as part of deliverables on the RM Portfolio’s projects
  • Driving the implementation of, and monitoring outcomes from, professional development and networking initiatives of the RM Portfolio, including facilitation and development of training material
  • Identification and initiation of new projects in support of the RM Portfolio’s strategic plans
  • Project management, management of budgets and liaison with funders
  • Drafting funding related applications and proposals (inclusive of budget preparation)
  • Development of reports to funders or other stakeholders on projects and initiatives, in consultation with the RM I&TT Portfolio members
  • Facilitation of workshops, courses, etc., making presentations for promotion and/or training purposes.
  • Updating of the RM section of the SARIMA website
  • Development of information resources on RM
  • Promoting the RM Portfolio activities of members through newsletters, social media, etc.
  • Providing professional support to the SARMA Committee and the RM Portfolio

These functions need to be performed in close conjunction with especially the Vice-President RM, as well as the broader SARIMA Committee and SARIMA staff. The Project Manager may not serve SARIMA in any other capacity (such as a member of the Committee).

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