Fresher USAID Project Jobs – Horticulture Officer at ACDI/VOCA

Organisation: ACDI/VOCA
Project: Resiliency
through Wealth, Agriculture, and Nutrition in Karamoja (RWANU)
Funding Source: USAID
Reports to: Agricultural
Extension Specialist
Duty Station:  Uganda

About USAID RWANU Project:
international NGO that is currently implementing the USAID-funded PL 480 Title
II Development Food Assistance Program entitled “Resiliency through Wealth,
Agriculture, and Nutrition in Karamoja (RWANU).” The RWANU Program aims to
reduce food insecurity among vulnerable rural populations in selected
sub-counties of Amudat, Moroto, Napak and Nakapiripirit. The Program’s
strategic objectives are (1) improved availability and access to food and (2)
reduced malnutrition in pregnant and lactating mothers and children under five.
The RWANU Program takes a preventive approach to reducing malnutrition,
focusing on the first 1,000 days of life when conditional food rations will
have the highest impact. RWANU promotes diversified livelihoods strategies
including linkages to market opportunities to ensure long-term food security
and resilience to food insecurity shocks.
Job Summary: The Horticulture
Officer will support the USAID RWANU Project by organizing and carrying out Farmer
training groups to help them become more productive horticulture producers.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Provide specific technical support to RWANU field
based staff in Horticulture.
The incumbent will also keenly do field follow up to
horticulture producers to transform them to be commercial vegetable farmers
with links to farming as a business and marketing skills.
The incumbent will also assist groups in formation
of horticulture marketing committees and associations.
Work closely with the FEWs and Famers Training
Groups (FTGs) in setting of Horticultural demonstrations, Household Kitchen
gardens and Commercial horticultural gardens.
Evaluate groups and see potential of irrigation for
increased output.
Ensure field trainings on Horticulture are conducted
appropriately by the FEWs to the different groups and that the training is
practiced in individual household gardens.
Actively monitor the progress of Horticultural
groups assigned to the different FEWs.
Ensure high quality data collection of horticulture
Prepare and submit monthly reports of field
activities and ensure right information is captured in the reports.
Qualifications, Skills and
The applicant should preferably hold a degree or
Diploma in Agricultural Science with a bias in horticulture crops.
A minimum of two years field experience in
agricultural interventions with an understanding of group work approaches.
Computer literacy skills with proficiency in word
processing and spreadsheets.
Ability to coach and supervise staff
Excellent communication and reporting skills
Excellent interpersonal skills
Ability to work under minimum supervision and
meeting deadlines
Fluent written and spoken English language skills.
Karamajong language skills highly desirable.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates who desire to work in the USAID RWANU
Project should send their applications (only by e-mail) addressed to the Human
Resources Manager attaching their application letters and CV to
NB: Women are encouraged to apply as ACDI/ VOCA is an
equal opportunity employer. Only those shortlisted for interviews will be
Deadline: 11th September 2015
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