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Position Announcement: Executive Director



Date of announcement: 17 October 2016

Application Deadline: 9 January 2017


The Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies(SMAIAS) invites applications to fill the post of the Executive Director within its Secretariat.


Previously known as the African Institute for Agrarian Studies(AIAS), it was renamed to SMAIAS in 2016 by the Board of Trustees in honour of its late Founder and Executive 

Director, Professor Sam Moyo. Based in Harare, the SMAIAS has been in operation for

over thirteen years, established and registered as an independent Trust in 2002. The

SMAIAS aims to enhance Africa’s agrarian transformation by promoting informed

participation towards effective land and agrarian policies and reform, by means of Pan-

African and South-South partnerships, interdisciplinary research initiatives, policy

dialogues, training, and information dissemination. SMAIAS interacts with various

organizations and countries to assist them in developing capacity for policy formulation

and research. It also facilitates policy dialogue among governments, academics, civil

society and others on land and agrarian developments, especially on the land rights of

marginalized social groups.

Responsibilities and expectations

Under the overall authority of the Board of Trustees and the direct supervision of the

Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director will be expected to provide

intellectual, administrative and strategic leadership to the secretariat of the SMAIAS.

1) Core responsibilities:

• Provide overall leadership and management of the SMAIAS;


• Conduct research and contribute to the development of the SMAIAS intellectual


• Prepare and implement long term strategies;

• Liaise with donor agencies;

• serve as Chief Operating Officer of SMAIAS responsible for overseeing the day-today

operations of the Trust and implementation of such policies as may be

adopted by the Board of Trustees;

• Organize and prepare agenda for Board of Trustees Meetings and to serve on the

Board of Trustees;

• Ensure that SMAIAS operates in compliance with Deed of Trust regulations and

law relating to governance of Trusts;

• Represent SMAIAS in the initiatives of CODESRIA, the Agrarian South Network

(ASN), and such similar networks as will further the mission of the Institute;

• Coordinate the preparation of Donor and Annual Budgets for approval by the

Board of Trustees and be responsible for proper and effective management of

the financial resources of SMAIAS;

• Develop and implement fundraising plans and mobilize resources for SMAIAS


• Serve as official spokesperson for SMAIAS, write all press releases, Director’s

letters, brochures and related public materials; grants print and broadcast media

interviews as required; develop video and audio documentary material for media

distribution; represents SMAIAS at all educational, scientific and public functions

and develop public relations policy for SMAIAS subject to approval of Board of


2) Academic/ Technical Competencies/Qualifications:

Applicants must:

• Possess a PhD from a recognised institution of higher learning inany field(s) of

the Social Sciences;

• Have a long post-doctoral working experience (preferably 10 years but not less

than 5 years) at senior managerial level in a similar independent research


• Have good knowledge of, and affinity with, the intellectual tradition of SMAIAS,

CODESRIA, and the Agrarian South Network, and possess a demonstrable ability

to mobilise and promote Pan-African and South-South scholarship;

• Be experienced in fund-raising, resource management and the preparation of

reports for donors;

• Have a distinguished research and publication record on the Agrarian Question

in Africa;

• Be conversant about the debates on the Agrarian Question in the Global South


• Be fluent in English; a good working knowledge of French and Portuguese

would be an added advantage.

3) Other relevant skills:

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;

• Good knowledge of the workings of international independent research



• Capacity to work under pressure and in a multicultural environment;

• Excellent computer experience in using Microsoft office applications;

• Good planning and organisational skills;

• Efficient and well organised personality, and;

• Demonstrate ability to work to tight deadlines.

4) Remuneration

• A competitive remuneration package will be offered, in accordance with the

experience and qualifications of the candidate. This will be disclosed to

shortlisted candidates.

5) Location of post

• This post will be based at the SMAIAS secretariat office in Harare. Candidates

should be prepared to live in Harare.

6) Application procedure

The candidate should provide the following documents;

i. A letter of application;

ii. A detailed curriculum vitae;

iii. Certified copies of certificates of all indicated qualifications, and

iv. Three reference letters;

v. Three recent peer reviewed journal articles.

vi. Certified copy of passport.

Other supporting documents may also be required prior to recruitment.

The application should be submitted not later than 9 January 2017 via post to:

The Chairperson of the Board of Trustees

The Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies

19 Bodle Avenue, Eastlea

Harare, Zimbabwe


Email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. under the subject header: Executive Director

All applications will be treated in utmost confidence. However, only shortlisted

candidates shall be contacted.

The SMAIAS Trust reserves the right not to appoint any of the applicants for the post.

Only African citizens will be considered for this post.

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AIAS is a regional organisation that seeks to influence land and agrarian reform policies through multidisciplinary social science research, policy dialogues, training, networking and information dissemination