Management of agricultural research: A training manual. Module 5: Managing human resources

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Prepared by
V. N. Asopa
Indian Institute of Management
G. Beye

Research and Technology Development Service
Research, Extension and Training Division, FAO

Rome, 1997

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Session 1. Recruiting and maintaining staff in the research environment

Session guide: Recruiting and maintaining staff in the research environment

Session 2. The professional staff

Session guide: The professional staff
Hand-out 1: Coffee research institute: Job descriptions, qualifications and promotion criteria
Hand-out 2: Coffee research institute: Appointment and promotion of scientific staff
Hand-out 3: Coffee research institute: Appointment and promotion of administrative and other staff

Session 3: Human resources management exercise

Session guide: Human resources management exercise

Session 4. Performance appraisal

Session guide: Performance appraisal
Reading note: Performance appraisal

Performance appraisal system: The concept
Objectives of performance appraisal
Uses of an appraisal system
Characteristics of an appraisal system
Performance appraisal system: The process
Approaches and techniques in performance appraisal
Appraisal techniques
Components of the appraisal format
Attributes considered in evaluating performance
Management problems in evaluating performance

Identification of appraisal criteria
Assessment problems
Policy problems


Session 5. Performance appraisal case: Suzene Kopec

Session guide: Suzene Kopec
Case study: Suzene Kopec

Cocoa research institute of Savana
Ms Suzene Kopec
Promotion to TA grade II
Promotion to TA grade I
Stoppage of increment
Denial of promotion
Changed assessment procedure
Appeal to the promotions committee
Communication from the head of the department
Decision of the promotions committee
Executive director's dilemma
Annex 1: Categorization of scientific and technical staff in CRIS
Annex 2: Summary evaluation report of Ms Suzene Kopec
Annex 3: CRIS assessment reports