Content and methodology of supervision The JPO will receive direct on-site supervision in Nairobi from the Senior Scientist, Genetic Diversity with significant support and direction for specific research components provided by scientists based in other Bioversity offices, mainly in Rome (Italy), Cali (Colombia) and Benin. The JPO will have a chance to interact with the scientists based in Bioversity’s Nairobi offices on the management of genetic diversity, including social, nutritional and economic aspects, with scientists based in BeCa for the molecular work, and more generally with the stimulating environment offered by ICRAF campus in Nairobi. The JPO will also interact with scientists based in the national research organizations of Ethiopia, Kenya and Mali, with farmers and development workers. The AE will participate in the comprehensive and integrated Performance Management process of Bioversity International.
The process involves the setting – in agreement with supervisors - of individual objectives linked to strategic plans; the identification of specific outputs and measures; regular review of progress made towards the achievement of objectives; formal feedback sessions with identification of strengths and weaknesses; final appraisal of work objectives with behavioural indicators; and lessons learnt for the next cycle. This formal process provides the framework within which the planning, execution and supervision of the AE’s work will take place and is part of a system that encourages professional growth and valorisation of the incumbent’s potential. The AE will receive a formal induction during which he/she will be given a thorough brief about the performance management process by the Human Resources Unit and will have a first chance to interact with the scientists that will be relevant for the implementation of her/his programme.