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Agriculture Program Manager (7398U) - 17779
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted May 3, 2021
Title Agriculture Program Manager (7398U) - 17779
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Economics - General
    International Relations/Foreign Service
    Public Policy & Administration

  • Manage the competitive research grant-making processes including drafting requests for proposals (RFPs), tracking applications, coordinating peer review, etc. Deepen expertise in randomized evaluations and the evidence base on agriculture and rural development; stay up-to-date on relevant research and policy developments. Facilitate the dissemination of research findings to partners and other stakeholders. Present at convenings with policymakers; identify publication outlets, update program websites, and draft policy briefs, articles, and blogs related to research findings. Regularly solicit and integrate insights from faculty, leadership, and partners on program development. Cultivate new and existing partners; conduct outreach to policy-makers, implementing organizations, and other stakeholders. Manage initiative-related conferences and large matchmaking convenings, including strategic development of agendas, recruitment of partners, coordinating press coverage, etc. Facilitate the development of a public data platform, and the meeting of associated milestones. Includes hiring and managing graduate students and other personnel working to harmonize, analyze, and display funded research outputs. May mentor one or more Associate, including work plan design, performance management, and professional development. Manage multi-year large-scale budgets and financial tracking for the initiative. Lead program monitoring and evaluation, including development of CEGA program outcome indicators and measurement, detailed workplans, and integration of findings into program performance. Support CEGA leadership in pursuing strategic opportunities to fundraise and expand CEGA activities by developing concept notes and drafting grant proposals, monitoring external research and policy initiatives relevant to the Center's sector areas, and supporting partnership development, outreach, and communication. Participate in center-wide management activities, internal work groups, performance management, process documentation, and strategic planning.

Required Qualifications
  • 4+ years of professional experience in an academic, non-profit, or social enterprise setting. Commitment to scientific, evidence-informed international development policy, and understanding of economics and impact evaluation. Exceptional communicator, both verbally and in writing. Strong financial management skills. Well-organized, with strong administrative skills and outstanding attention to detail. Self-directed, intrinsically motivated; proven capacity to manage work independently, multitask, collaborate, and adapt to change, while meeting time-sensitive deadlines. Strong skills in short- and long-term planning, analysis, problem-anticipation and -solving; ability to independently investigate solutions to challenges, and anticipate leadership/sponsor needs. Ability to use discretion and work effectively with colleagues at all levels and various backgrounds. Demonstrated ability to work diplomatically with diverse constituencies, displaying cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability.

  • Bachelor's degree (in economics, public policy, public administration, international affairs or a related field) with a focus on economic development and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree (in economics, public policy, public administration, international affairs, or a related field) with a focus on economic development and/or equivalent experience/training. At least 2 years working specifically on impact evaluation(s), e.g. supporting similar research programs, and/or experience coordinating empirical research projects in a developing country, such as overseeing field data collection and analysis. Knowledge of rural development and smallholder agriculture, and a love of learning. Experience writing research proposals, managing grants, and interacting with donor organizations. Adept at translating complex scientific findings into accessible, non-technical language. People management skills. Experience working in MS Office, Google Suite, Wordpress, Salesforce, and Adobe Creative Suite.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

The cover letter should be no more than one page, and include (1) your specific interest in working with CEGA, (2) your main qualifications for the responsibilities listed above, and (3) how you will contribute to diversity and inclusion on the UC Berkeley campus and within CEGA, including through life experiences and activities you have been involved in.

Other Information

This is a 12-month, full-time, 40-hours per week, Contract position with the possibility of extension. Please note this position is not eligible for US visa sponsorship.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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