Job Title: Agricultural Officer
Organization: Farm Africa
Funding Source: UK AID
Duty Station: Soroti, Uganda
Reports to: Project Coordinator
Farm Africa is an international NGO that seeks to increase the incomes and improve food security of smallholder farmers, pastoralists, agro-pastoralists, and forest dwellers in East Africa. We have recently launched a new UK AID funded FoodTrade programme linking smallholder farmers producing maize, beans and rice to export markets.
Job Summary: The Agricultural Officer will support the 25,000 smallholder farmers engaged in Farm Africa’s FoodTrade project to improve post-harvest handling and storage of staple food crops.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Improve post-harvest handling standards amongst 25,000 target farmers by:
· Organising, plan and deliver Training of Trainers (TOT) on post-harvest handling and storage of maize, rice and beans for 335 farmers
· Support these 355 farmers to reach other members of their communities/cooperatives and ensure quality storage of maize, rice and beans across the target population of 25,000 farmers within the project area.
· The incumbent will support the 335 farmers to use gender-disaggregated approaches when training community/cooperative members
· Work closely with East Africa Grain Council (EAGC) to deliver training that will help farmers to meet EAGC standards
Increase village level aggregation of maize, rice and beans in the target districts by:
· Supporting partner organisations to deliver awareness raising activities that inform community members about village aggregation centres and the benefits of aggregating and sell their staple food surpluses through them
· Supporting partner organisations to engage their farmers in aggregation at a FoodTrade satellite collection points
· Deliver TOT to 335 individuals from village aggregation centres and warehouses on aggregation and importance of having economic volume, and supporting them to share their
· learnings with their wider communities/cooperative members
· Support establishment and upgrade of grain storage facilities in line with EAC standards by:
· Assessing the 35 existing aggregation centres and 7 warehouses to identify upgrades required for them to meet EAC quality standards
· Mentoring and training staff at village aggregation centres and warehouses in optimal storage conditions for rice, maize and beans so that they can become EAGC certified satellite collection points and warehouses.
· Procuring and delivering basic equipment to village aggregation centres/satellite collection points and provide training in its correct usage
· Oversee upgrading of warehouses and satellite collection point structures in line with EAC standards
· Support satellite collection points and warehouses with gaining EAGC accreditation
Contribute to documenting and sharing lessons learnt from the project by:
· Contributing to identifying indicators and delivering monitoring and evaluation activities in line with Farm Africa’s monitoring and evaluation systems and processes
· Carrying out and participating in stakeholders’ forums/ workshops to discuss matters affecting the grain trade sector as required by the programme coordinator
· In charge of collecting, documenting and sharing project success stories, case studies, best practice and lessons learned in line with the requirements of Farm Africa’s communication’s team
Play a key role in delivering the wider objectives of Farm Africa’s FoodTrade project in Uganda including:
· Supporting the project coordinator with budgeting and planning
· Offer support in facilitating monitoring and communications visits from the wider Farm Africa team
· Carrying out any other duties as reasonably requested by the project coordinator
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
· The applicant for the Farm Radio Project Agricultural Officer should preferably hold a Degree in Agriculture, Agricultural extension, Agricultural economics, or related field.
· At least three years’ experience in implementing agricultural projects preferably for an NGO.
· Strong technical knowledge of optimal postharvest handling and strorage techniques for maize, paddy rice and beans.
· Broad knowledge of market information systems
· Previous exposure and experience of engaging and mobilising rural communities in development programmes
· Up-to-date knowledge of staple food markets in Uganda and East Africa
· Prior exposure and experience in designing and developing trainings for rural communities
· Experience of evidencing success for impact assessment and communications purposes
· Experience of using gender disaggregated approaches for farmer outreach
· Experience of assisting with monitoring and evaluation activities and fieldwork
· Prior exposure and experience of working with multiple partner organisations in a coordinated manner
· Previous experience of working in a remote setting
· Experience of producing content for donor reports
· Experience of managing budgets
· Strong written and verbal communication skills Holder of a valid motorcycle permit (must be willing to obtain one if not already a permit holder)
· Computer literacy i.e. working knowledge of Microsoft Office programmes, in particular Word, Excel and PowerPoint
· Flexible and ‘can do’ attitude
· Able to work under own initiative
· Good team player
Farm Africa’s Values:
· Being experts in our field, delivering insightful/impactful evidence-based solutions
· Pushing boundaries, being creative with new and old solutions
· Acting for the long-term, building relationships and delivering long-lasting change for farmers
· Working flexibly, taking advantage of the most effective solutions, whether from the communities, private sector or government
· Sharing knowledge with others, reaching more farmers than we do alone, ensuring effective technologies are widely accessed.
How to Apply:
All applicants must submit an updated CV, salary history and one-page application letter specifying the post title in the subject line to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: 5th September 2016 by 12:00PM
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