NGO Jobs – Field Coordinator at Grameen Foundation

Reports to: CKW Network and Training Manager
Organisation: Grameen Foundation

About Organisation:  
Our Client is a leader in the fight against poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Middle East/North Africa and Latin America and is seeking to recruit a result driven and motivated individual for the vacancy above.

Job Summary: The Field Coordinator (FC) will oversee various field activities of the Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) project in Uganda which will include working with field officers, “Super CKWs”, various local district stakeholders, as well as coordinate field visits for the Organization and partners. The FC will also develop district profiles for the targeted areas, conduct field assessments for purposes of mapping and serve on at least one partner coverage team. This position presents a management opportunity for a dynamic leader to guide and manage a team that is at the core of leveraging ICT to improve the lives of the poor.
Availability: The Field Coordinator is expected to work a typical work week of 40 hours plus additional hours as necessary to get the job done. The position will be based in Kampala, but with lots of field work as the position suggests. This position will require frequent travel (75%) to the rural areas or even more as may be needed.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:
1. Oversee and guide field officers and other field-based contractors
  • Strengthen the skills of field officers in providing technical and moral support to the CKWs
  • Develop work plans and support schedules for the field-based officers
  • Develop success metrics for field officers to track CKW progress in terms of implementing project objectives.
  • Report regularly on progress in the field in terms of CKW technical capabilities, challenges, motivation and commitment towards disseminating information as well as data collection.
  • Streamline field activities to meet both the Organization’s objectives and partner expectations.
  • Troubleshoot and work with the backend technical support team to track CKW performance against set targets.
2.  Local stakeholder engagements
  • Make courtesy calls to relevant district officials to introduce the CKW project. The officials should include: District Agricultural Officer (DAO), Accounting Officer (CAO), Resident District Commissioner (RDC), NAADS Coordinator, and sub-county/village officials where necessary.
  • Draft templates of relevant documentation for district officials.
  • Letters of introduction from the Organization to district, sub-county and village officials.
  • Project overview documents
  • Sample marketing materials for launched and developed mobile applications
  • Organize orientation meetings for local government officials. 
3. Coordinate field visits and field assessments of partner sites
  • Develop district profiles for targeted areas
  • Develop field assessment check lists for partner sites
  • Map partner sites and CKW locations
  • Coordinate prototyping field visits for the Organization’s team
  • Test newly developed mobile applications with technology team
  • Coordinate field visits for various stakeholders and Organization’s team to offer support and see the CKWs in action
  • Field research with CKWs/clients for needs assessments and relevant feedback
4. Serving on at least on one partner coverage team
  • Attend  at least one partner meeting
  • Take notes to identify necessary field assessment needs
  • Schedule possible dates for field visits in consultation with the Organization
Qualifications, Skills & Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Social Sciences or Developmental Studies.
  • At least 5 years experience of working with rural development projects that are agricultural related 
  • Deep commitment to eradication of poverty and alignment with the Organization’s mission and understanding of and commitment to development in Africa and agriculture in general.
  • At least 5 years experience working with farmers in the rural areas, with a proven track record of achievement under a range of challenging situations in the rural areas
  • Excellent people skills – ability to manage complex situations (operational and tactical) with proven ability to work effectively with people from different cultures 
  • Strong leadership, and time management skills and ability to work collaboratively across different localities  in Uganda 
  • Innovative and creative enough to solve unstructured problems encountered in supervising field officers and a network of over 1000 CKWs. 
  • Ability to manage complexities under pressure.
  • Should have excellent presentation, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to act as a lead representative of GF in local government forum
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office and mobile phones
  • Ability to promote knowledge transfer through strong mentoring and team building skills
  • Enthusiasm and passion for development work in Uganda and the region
  • Belief in the potential to leverage information and communication technology (ICTs) for the benefit of small holder farmers –with practical experience.
  • Commitment to building social and gender equity into program design and approach
  • Ability to drive, bearing a valid driving permit will be an added advantage
  • Knowledge of information and communication technology (ICTs) preferred
  • Fluent in oral and written English
  • Proven communication and writing skills
Working Conditions:
This position requires the expected demands on physical efforts associated with working in rural areas. This position may occasionally require physical effort to walk to farmers homes which are inaccessible by car or motorbike, travel long distances back & forth or work beyond normal office hours to achieve a desired goal.
Work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of places such as offices, meeting or training rooms, residences, or commercial vehicles; e.g. use of safe work place practices with office equipment, and/or avoidance of trips and falls, and observance of fire regulations and traffic signals.

How to apply:
Please follow the instructions as stated below as failure to do so could lead to disqualification.
1.       Send an Application letter and CV/Resume.
2.      Merge these two documents into one document in either word or PDF format.
3.      Do not attach or send any scanned documents. These are sometimes too large for our inbox.
4.      Include the job title and/or reference number in the subject line of the email address and send your application by email to    
5.      Only successful candidates will be contacted. For all other inquiries please contact our offices directly

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