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FAO’ AGRICULTURAL WATER FOR AFRICA (AgWA) DELEGATION VISITS AU- SAFGRAD OFFICE

FAO’ AGRICULTURAL WATER FOR AFRICA (AgWA) DELEGATION VISITS AU- SAFGRAD OFFICE IN OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO

The FAO Agricultural Water for Africa (AgWA) delegation was namely composed of : Mr Maher Salman, Technical Adviser, Land and water Division, FAO-Rome; Mr Fethi Lebdi, Coordinator, Agricultural water for Africa, AgWA, FAO-Addis and Mr Moussa Konate, Resident Engineer, FAO-Ouagadougou.


Taking the floor, Mr Salman gave a brief of the activities of AgWA in promoting agricultural water use efficiency in Africa. He informed on the technical and policy/planning approach of AgWA in achieving increased irrigation water use efficiency in Africa and that the team was in Burkina Faso to access the Suru irrigation water scheme.

In his side, Dr Elmekass gave a brief of the activities of AU-SAFGRAD and projects implemented in strengthening policies and Institutions toward building livelihood resilience in the dry parts of Africa. The importance of agricultural water was reiterated as of cross-cutting concern that defines livelihood activities and welfare in the dry parts of Africa.

Areas of collaborations were identified in the AU-SAFGRAD’ initiative in promoting small irrigation schemes in Africa. The facilitation of a virtual platform on small irrigation schemes, which is to be the start point, was found to be part of AgWA strategic focus in promoting agricultural water use efficiency. The strategic advantage of AU-SAFGRAD as a specialized technical office of Africa Union Commission was highlighted as a potent means for informing national and regional policy makers.

It was agreed that the collaboration should produce concrete policy-focused outcomes that would serve as input at the next Specialized Technical Committee of Agriculture, Water, Rural development and Environment.

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Mr. Youssoupha MBENGUE, Information and Outreach Officer, AU SAFGRAD,                           Email: Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. , Tel: +226 78234178, +226 25311598, Ext. 7312

 

 

Mr. KOUTOU Mamadou, Senior Programme Officer, to represent AU SAFGRAD to the 3rd Senior Officials Meeting of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) on science, technology and innovation

AFRICAN UNION

PR Nº108/2016

 

The 3rd Senior Officials Meeting of the Africa-EU high level policy Dialogue
on Science, Technology and Innovation

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 4thApril 2016: The department of Human Resources, Sciences and Technology (HRST) today 4th April 2016 held the 3rd Senior Officials Meeting of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) on science, technology and innovationin collaboration with the European Commission at the African Union Commission (AUC), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The EU-Africa High-Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) on science, technology and innovation (STI) is a platform established to promote dialogue on STI between the EU and Africa under the Lisbon 2007 Joint Africa-EU Strategy. The HLPD has so far held two Senior Officials meetings, in Addis Ababa in October 2011 and in Brussels in November 2013.The Senior Officials in their second meeting agreed to work towards a long-term co-owned Research and Innovation Partnership (R&IP). They further agreed on the first priority namely “the role of science, technology and innovation in ensuring Food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture, (FNSSA)”. In the implementation of these conclusions, the Bureau of the EU-Africa HLPD worked on the development of a roadmap towards this EU-Africa R&I Partnership on FNSSA for collaborative research and innovation, taking the whole value chain into consideration. This roadmap proposes the basis for a joint research agenda, short-to medium term actions towards implementation (2014-2017) and reflections on long-term options for implementation (2018-2020 and beyond) and is based on the input of three different working groups.

The Commissioner of the Human Resource, Science and technology (HRST), H.E Dr. Martial De-Paul Ikounga in his remarks appreciated the efforts of the senior officials since the Lisbon 2007, and also expressed his gratitude to the HLPD Bureau for successfully organizing this third policy dialogue. “It is now time for European and African continents, with their rich and complex history, to forge a new and stronger partnership that builds on their new identities and renewed institutions, capitalize on the past and provide a solid framework for long-term, systematic and well integrated cooperation”. The Commissioner expressed.

H.E. Dr. Martial De-Paul Ikounga reiterated that the ambition of the Lagos Plan of Action was that no African country could obtain consistent results from its research system unless it commits at least 1% of its GDP. He emphasized that while simulation within the context of STISA 2024 shows that for the year 2013, 1% of the continent's GDP could amount to 23 billion U.S. dollars it is disheartening to observe that only two or three countries have so far achieved or are in the phase of achieving the goal of 1% of investment in R&D.

Furthermore, the Commissioner re-emphasized that the roadmap developed on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture within the EU-Africa partnership will be instrumental in delivering on the people centered long-term Agenda 2063 and in addressing the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

He acknowledged the efforts of the EU in its funding strategy for the economic growth of Africa through investing in Science, technology and innovations. Mr. Wolfgang Burtscher, Deputy Director General and Co-chair of the HLPD; DG research and Innovation European Commission in his statement appreciated the role of Science, technology and innovation, which has gained momentum with agenda 2030, and further calling for increased international cooperation. The deputy director mentioned that EU’s commitment ‘’HORIZON 2020’’ is open to
international cooperation. EU has strong investment within the areas of science and technology, geared towards providing solutions for example: climate change, sustainable energy production, and food and nutrition security. Mr. Wolfgang Burtscher expressed deep gratitude to the African Union Commission for hosting the HLPD meeting and to the bureau of the HLPD for a better implementation of the Science, Technology and Innovation at continental levels. He applauded AU’s interest in investing in science, technology and Innovation
and reiterated the significance of adopting the roadmap towards the jointly EU-Africa Research and Innovation partnership. Mr. Burtscher underlined that the European Commission already dedicated a 97.5 Euros budget towards implementation. He welcomed the commitments some of the European and African countries are ready
to make towards this Research and Innovation partnership.

Prof. Hany El-Shemy, Dean of the faculty of Agriculture, AU Co-chair of the HLPD called upon delegates to work hard during the two days deliberations to come up with insightful recommendations and outcomes. In addition, professor El-Shemy underscored that Africa has potentials, resources but investing in science and technology is a prerequisite, by the partnership between AU and EU, Africa will move forward its Agenda 2063.

 

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H.E. DAVID G. BALA, OUTGOING AMBASSADOR OF NIGERIA TO BURKINA FASO, PAYS A FAREWELL VISIT TO AU SAFGRAD OFFICE

H.E. DAVID G. BALA, OUTGOING AMBASSADOR OF NIGERIA TO BURKINA FASO, PAYS A FAREWELL VISIT TO AU SAFGRAD OFFICE.

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso – 17 February 2016. HE David G. BALA, outgoing Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Burkina Faso, pays a farewell visit to AU SAFGRAD Office. He used the opportunity of the visit to highlight the crucial role of Agriculture in Africa, hence African Union SAFGRAD programmes.

                                                                     

HE David G. Bala (in the left), in company   with Dr. A. ELMEKASS, posing with the   gift offered by AU SAFGRAD Staff Association

HE David G. BALA, outgoing Ambassador of Nigeria to Burkina Faso, with two of his officers, were received at AU SAFGRAD Office by the Coordinator, Dr Ahmed ELMEKASS, and the staff. The reception was to bid farewell to His Excellency in recognition of the roles played in promoting regional integration driven by sustained agricultural development.

In his welcome address, AU SAFGRAD Head of Mission congratulated the Nigerian diplomat for successfully completing his tenure in Burkina Faso and for the exemplary roles played in regional integration and development. “Although I am not a part of Burkina Faso Government, but as an African, I appreciate your achievements here in Burkina Faso, our host country” added Dr. Ahmed ELMEKASS. Finally, the Coordinator briefed the visitors on AU SAFGRAD programmes and activities, notably the recent projects on opportunities and challenges of Strategic Agricultural Commodities value chain development in the sahelo-saharian zones in Africa. AU SAFGRAD Head of mission concluded by wishing HE David G. BALA a successful continuation of his career.

In his response, The Ambassador noted the key role of AU as a unifying entity to promote peace and prosperity in African Continent. He particularly identified with the activities of AU SAFGRAD in promoting livelihood resilience in Africa semi-arid zones through Agriculture development. He pointed out that increased and sustained agricultural production holds the key to economic development in Africa. This is against the backdrop of falling prices of mineral resources particularly crude oil.

A gift of locally made bronze statue and light refreshment were provided by the staff Association of AU SAFGRAD to the Ambassador.

Contact for further details: Mr. Youssoupha MBENGUE, Information and Outreach Officer, AU SAFGRAD, Email: Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. , Tel: +226 78234178, +226 25311598, Ext. 7312

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VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: 01 DRIVER FOR AU-SAFGRAD

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: 01 DRIVER FOR AU-SAFGRAD

The African Union Commission’s specialized technical office for the promotion of agricultural research for development in semi-arid Africa (SAFGRAD) has been re-institutionalized in 2003 as one of the technical offices under the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the AUC. It is based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Its mission is to advance agricultural and rural development within the semi-arid zones of Africa. It has the mandate of facilitating the advancement of agricultural research, technology transfer and dissemination for the development of livelihoods in semi-arid zones of Africa. It designs and implements programmes and projects in accordance with this mandate. 

AU-SAFGRAD’s important functions include facilitation, coordination, advocacy and networking as part of the regional efforts to move the African agricultural development agenda forward. It enters into strategic partnerships with regional and/or sub-regional and international institutions with a view to collaborating for synchronised efforts and synergy so that noticeable impacts are achieved. AU-SAFGRAD is assisted by a Steering Committee whose members are drawn from Regional Economic Communities, relevant UN agencies, International Agricultural Research Centers, and regional and sub-regional institutions who have stakes in what constitutes its core business.

The Commission of the African Union invites applicants for the following position:

 

1.Post

Post title:                               Driver

Post level:                              GSB7

Duty Station:                        Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Immediate Supervisor:          Finance and Administration Officer

 

2. Major duties and responsibilities:

  • Operate and      maintain official cars in a clean and serviceable condition and Perform      minor maintenance when necessary;
  • Transport      Officials of the Organization and visiting Personnel to and from all      Diplomatic Missions and/or International Organization and Government      Offices;

and make the necessary arrangements for the accommodation services;

  • Ensure the planning and preparation of trips (itineraries, travel times, schedules);
  • Drive offices’ vehicle for transportation of authorized personnel and delivery/collection of cargo, pouch and other items;
  • Make field trips in/or out out-side the country;
  • Ensure that the required steps have to be seriously taken according to the rules and regulations of AUC and host country in case of involvement in accident;
  • Ensure the respect of traffic low in the host country
  • Deliver official      documents and/or pick up and deliver light office equipment
  • Perform any      other duties as assigned

.

 

2.Educational Qualifications: Candidates must have at least CEPE. A higher educational qualification will be an added advantage.

 

3.Work experience requirement:

  • Candidates must have at least 10 years of appropriate experience.
  • Hodler of a valid Grade C Driving License,
  • Good knowledge of car mechanics,
  • Relevant work experience with another international organization will be an added advantage.

5. Language requirement: Ability to speak, read and write French. Knowledge of any of the other of AU languages will be an added advantage.

6. Age requirement:

Candidates must preferably be not more than 45 years old.

7. Tenure of Appointment: The appointment will be made on a fixed term contract for a period of three (3) years, of which the first twelve months shall be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract shall be for a period of two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and deliverables

8. Gender Mainstreaming: The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.         

9. Application: To apply, please submit the following:

  • Application letter;
  • A detailed and updated CV, indicating your nationality, age and gender;
  • Names and contact details (including e-mail address) of three references;
  • Certified copies of degrees and diplomas.  

10. Remuneration: Indicative basic salary of US$ 6,536 (GSB7 step 1) per annum plus other related entitlements-e.g., education allowance (75% of tuition and other education related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of US$2,520 per child per annum, maximum 4 children), etc.

11. The applications must be received not later than 29 January 2016, and should be addressed to:

AU -SAFGRAD

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

P.O. Box 01BP1783 Ouagadougou 01

Fax: +22625311586

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VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: MAIL RUNNER FOR AU-SAFGRAD

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: MAIL RUNNER FOR AU-SAFGRAD

The African Union Commission’s specialized technical office for the promotion of agricultural research for development in semi-arid Africa (SAFGRAD) has been re-institutionalized in 2003 as one of the technical offices under the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the AUC. It is based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Its mission is to advance agricultural and rural development within the semi-arid zones of Africa. It has the mandate of facilitating the advancement of agricultural research, technology transfer and dissemination for the development of livelihoods in semi-arid zones of Africa. It designs and implements programmes and projects in accordance with this mandate.

AU-SAFGRAD’s important functions include facilitation, coordination, advocacy and networking as part of the regional efforts to move the African agricultural development agenda forward. It enters into strategic partnerships with regional and/or sub-regional and international institutions with a view to collaborating for synchronised efforts and synergy so that noticeable impacts are achieved. AU-SAFGRAD is assisted by a Steering Committee whose members are drawn from Regional Economic Communities, relevant UN agencies, International Agricultural Research Centers, and regional and sub-regional institutions who have stakes in what constitutes its core business.

The Commission of the African Union invites applicants for the following position: 

1.Post

Post title:                               Mail Runner

Post level:                              GSB6

Duty Station:                        Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Immediate Supervisor:         Finance and Administration officer

 

2. Major duties and responsibilities 

  • The Mail Runner will ensure that in-coming and out-going mail are received and distributed accordingly;
  • Making of photocopies, sending/ receiving of faxes and binding of documents;
  • Distributing mail and parcels, including the collection of documents;
  • Delivering and collecting equipment and stationery supplies;
  • Sort odd-sized mail by hand, sort mail that other staff members have been unable to sort, and segregate items requiring special handling;
  • Check items to ensure that addresses are legible and correct, that sufficient postage has been paid or the appropriate documentation is attached, and that items are in a suitable condition for processing;
  • Bundle, label, and route sorted mail to designated areas, depending on destinations and according to established procedures and deadlines;
  • Search directories to find correct addresses for redirected mail;
  • Accept and check containers of mail from large volume mailers, couriers, and contractors;
  • Open and label mail containers;
  • Perform any other duties as assigned.

3. Educational Qualifications: Candidates must be holders of BEPC. Additional educational qualification would be an added advantage.

4. Work experience requirement: Candidates must have at least 5 years of appropriate experience. Similar work experience with another international organization will be an added advantage

5. Other relevant skills

 

  • Computer literacy will be added advantage

6. Language requirement: Ability to speak read and write in French. Knowledge of one AU languages would be an added advantage.

7. Age requirement: Candidates must preferably be not more than 45 years old.

8. Tenure of Appointment: The appointment will be made on a fixed term contract for a period of three (3) years, of which the first twelve months shall be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract shall be for a period of two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and deliverables

9. Gender Mainstreaming: The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.         

10. Application: To apply, please submit the following:

  • Application letter;
  • A detailed and updated CV, indicating your nationality, age and gender;
  • Names and contact details (including e-mail address) of three references;
  • Certified copies of degrees and diplomas.

11. Remuneration: Indicative basic salary of US$5,686 (GSB6 step 1) per annum plus other related entitlements-e.g., education allowance (75% of tuition and other education related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of US$2,520 per child per annum), etc. 

12. The applications must be received not later than 29 January 2016, and should be addressed to:

AU -SAFGRAD

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

P.O. Box 01BP1783 Ouagadougou 01

Fax: +22625311586

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AVIS DE VACANCE DE POSTE: 01 AGENT DE LIAISON

 

VACANCE DE POSTE:

01 AGENT DE LIAISON POUR L'UA-SAFGRAD

Le bureau technique spécialisé de la Commission de l’Union Africaine pour la promotion de la recherche et du développement agricoles dans les zones semi-arides d’Afrique (SAFGRAD) a été ré-établi en 2003 comme l’un des bureaux techniques placés sous la tutelle du Département de l’Economie Rurale et de l’Agriculture de la CUA. Il est basé à Ouagadougou au Burkina Faso.

Sa mission consiste à promouvoir le développement agricole et rural dans les zones semi-arides d’Afrique. Il a le mandat de faciliter les progrès de la recherche agricole, du transfert et la diffusion de technologies pour le développement des moyens d’existence dans les zones semi-arides d’Afrique. Le SAFGRAD conçoit et met en œuvre des programmes et des projets conformément à son mandat.

Les principales fonctions de l’UA-SAFGRAD comprennent la facilitation, la coordination, le plaidoyer et le réseautage dans le cadre des efforts régionaux visant à faire avancer l’agenda du développement agricole africain. Il établit des partenariats stratégiques avec des institutions régionales et /ou sous - régionales et internationales en vue d’une collaboration pour des efforts synchronisés et une synergie dans le but de produire des impacts remarquables. L’UA-SAFGRAD est assisté par un Comité Directeur dont les membres sont issus des Communautés Economiques Régionales, des agences compétentes des Nations Unies, des Centres Internationaux de Recherche Agricole et d’institutions régionales et sous – régionales ayant des enjeux dans les fonctions essentielles du bureau.

La Commission de l’Union Africaine lance un appel à candidatures pour le poste suivant:

1.Poste

 

Titre du Poste:                                  Agent de Liaison

Grade du Poste:                                GSB6

Lieu d’Affectation:               Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Supérieur Hiérarchique:      Responsable Administratif et Financier

 

2. Principales tâches et responsabilités

1.L’Agent de Liaison doit veiller à ce que le courrier entrant et sortant soit reçu et distribué correctement;

2.Faire des photocopies, envoyer/ recevoir des fax et faire la reliure des documents;

3.Distribuer le courrier et les colis et prendre les documents;

4.Livrer et prendre les équipements et le matériel de bureau;

5.Trier manuellement le courrier selon les dimensions, trier le courrier que d’autres membres du personnel n’ont pas pu trier et séparer les articles nécessitant une manipulation spéciale;

6.Vérifier les envois pour s’assurer que les adresses sont lisibles et correctes, que les timbres postaux sont suffisants ou que la documentation appropriée a été jointe, et que les envois sont dans un état convenable pour le traitement;

7.Rassembler et attacher, étiqueter et expédier le courrier trié à leurs destinations respectives dans le respect des procédures en vigueur et dans les délais fixés;

8.Consulter les annuaires pour trouver les bonnes adresses du courrier renvoyé;

9.Réceptionner et vérifier les contenants des courriers et envois volumineux;

10.Ouvrir et étiqueter les contenants de courrier;

11.Effectuer toutes autres tâches confiées. 

3. Qualifications: Les candidats doivent être titulaires du BEPC. D’autres qualifications seront un atout supplémentaire.

4. Expérience professionnelle: Les candidats doivent avoir au moins 5 ans d’expérience dans un domaine pertinent. Un travail similaire dans une autre organisation internationale sera un atout supplémentaire.

5. Autres compétences pertinentes

  • Des connaissances en informatique seront un atout supplémentaire

 

6. Compétences linguistiques: Savoir parler, lire et écrire le Français. La connaissance d’une autre langue de l’UA sera un atout supplémentaire.

7. Conditions d’Age: Les candidats doivent être âgés de 45 ans maximum de préférence.

8. Durée du contrat: Le recrutement sera fait sur la base d’un contrat à durée déterminée pour une période de trois (3) ans dont douze premiers mois d’essai. Par la suite, le contrat sera établi pour une période de deux ans, renouvelables sous réserve de satisfaction.

9. Prise en compte du Genre: La Commission de l’UA garantit les mêmes chances et

opportunités à tous et les femmes remplissant les conditions sont fortement

encouragées à postuler.         

10. Candidature: Pour toute candidature, veuillez soumettre un dossier comprenant les pièces suivantes:

  • Une lettre de demande;
  • Un CV détaillé et actualisé indiquant votre nationalité, âge et sexe;
  • Les noms et les adresses complètes (y compris l’adresse e-mail) de trois personnes références;
  • Les copies certifiées des diplômes et certificats.

11. Rémunération: Le salaire de base indicatif et de 5.686 $ US (GSB7 échelon 1) par an plus d’autres avantages connexes –ex: indemnité d’études (75% de frais de scolarité et autres dépenses éducatives connexes pour chaque dépendant éligible à concurrence de 2.520 par enfant par an pour un maximum de 4 enfants), etc.

12. La date limite de dépôt des candidatures est fixée au 29 janvier 2016 à l’adresse suivante:

UA -SAFGRAD

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

01 BP 1783 Ouagadougou 01

Fax: +22625311586

 

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