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The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Aboriginal engagement is a strategic priority

Research Officer (Curriculum Development)

Department: Agricultural and Resource Economics

FTE: 1.0

Status: Term, two years


Open Date: 5/4/2017

Salary Information: $62,000 per annum plus benefits

Description: There is 1 opening(s) for this posting. Located in Saskatoon.

Primary Purpose: The Technical Education Development for Modernizing Agriculture in Ghana (TEDMAG) project is being carried out by a Consortium of the University of Saskatchewan (UofS), the University of Missouri (UM), and the University of Missouri Assistance Program (UMAP) office in Accra, Ghana.  The primary responsibility of the UofS is to update and modernize the agribusiness orientated curriculum at the certificate and diploma level for the five Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) colleges of Ghana.  The finalized curriculum must be market orientated, agribusiness focused, gender sensitive and promote environmentally sustainable practices. The final curriculum should also include several value chain analyses for the key agricultural crops and livestock types produced in Ghana.  The UofS is also responsible for training a sample of the current instructors in the revised curriculum material at the UofS.  

The Research Officer develops the required materials for the curriculum, works with the Consortium team to adjust the materials for training extension agents in Ghana, and trains a sample of the current instructors.

 Nature of Work: Reporting to the TEDMAG Project Co-director in the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department, the Research Officer’s work will entail compiling curriculum material from other institutions, selecting appropriate material, and developing new material as seen fit. 

The duties will also include compiling material, assembling it and creating documents that discuss the value chains of major agricultural crops and livestock types produced in Ghana.  The incumbent must also have the ability to teach the assembled material to a sample of the current instructors.  The volume of the work will include 4-6 complete courses, and 5-7 value chain analyses.

The incumbent is responsible, along with the team, to make decisions with regard to the appropriateness of the academic level of the material produced.

The incumbent will provide support to various related activities, and must be comfortable and capable of using various computer applications and software (i.e. Microsoft Office Suite).  The majority of the work will be performed in an office environment; however, periodic travel to Ghana (once or twice per year for durations of up to 1 month) will be required.  This role will work a 37.5 hour work week.  In addition, the role will require the ability to train current instructors and extension agents from Ghana in the material created.

Accountabilities: The key accountabilities include:

  • Communicates and collaborates with various stakeholders within the UofS team, the Consortium, and stakeholders in Ghana as required.
  • Surveys the literature with respect to the appropriate agribusiness training and education subject matter and academic levels for certificates and diplomas.
  • Develops an outline of the appropriate agribusiness subject matter needed for the five Agricultural Colleges in Ghana.
  • Organizes the subject matter into 4 – 6 courses with each one being of the appropriate academic level and duration so they can be taught successfully in a term/semester at the Colleges.
  • Ensures that the subject matter is organized to reflect gender sensitivity and environmentally sustainable agricultural practices. 
  • Surveys the literature with respect to value chain analysis theory and application. 
  • Surveys the literature for past studies of value chains for the major crop and livestock types produced in Ghana.
  • Adapts and updates past value chain studies and/or create new one for 5 – 7 of the major crop and livestock types produced in Ghana.
  • Reviews the proposed curriculum and value chain analyses with the Consortium and stakeholders in Ghana.
  • Provides a set of electronic and/or printed manuals of the agribusiness curriculum and value chain analyses. 
  • Trains a sample of instructors and extension agents from Ghana with the material created.

Education: The position requires an MSc in Agricultural Economics.  Knowledge about agriculture education in Ghana is an asset.

Experience: A minimum of 1 to 2 years of related experience developing materials and/or curriculums.  Experience utilizing Microsoft Office is required.  Experience working with international organizations and entities is preferred.

Skills: Candidates should have effective interpersonal, communication, collaboration and organizational skills along with an ability to work independently.  Individuals must have a valid Saskatchewan driver’s license and be able to travel internationally.

Please apply via email to Professor William J. Brown at

This position is in scope of Research.

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.