Entry Level Assistant Programme Officer Food Security & Nutrition Employment Opportunity – AVSI Foundation

Organization: AVSI
Project Name: Sustainable, Comprehensive
Responses for vulnerable children and their families (SCORE) Project
Duty Station: Gulu, Uganda
Reports to: Programme
Officer (SCORE) Gulu Group Coordinator
About US:
AVSI Foundation
is an international not-for-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) founded
in Italy in 1972. Its mission is to promote the dignity of the person through
development cooperation activities, with special attention to education,
according to the social teaching of the Catholic Church. AVSI has been present
in Uganda since 1984, first supporting hospitals and agriculture projects in
Gulu and Kitgum districts, and later expanding around 1990 to establish the
present-day headquarters in Kampala, offices in Pader, Gulu and Kitgum, and
project activities in 12 other districts. AVSI staff has remained through the
long periods of instability in northern Uganda caused both by anti-government
rebellions led by Lord’s Resistance Army, and by conflict across the northern
border in Sudan, which caused displacement in both countries.
About SCORE Programme:
AVSI is leading
a consortium of partners including CARE, TPO and FHI360 is implementing a USAID
funded project titled “Sustainable, Comprehensive Responses for vulnerable
children and their families – SCORE” in 23 districts in Uganda.
Job Summary: The Assistant
Programme Officer Food Security & Nutrition will provide support to the
SCORE programme by contributing to the implementation of activities, in
particular, focusing on improving the socioeconomic status of vulnerable
children and their household members. Specifically, the incumbent will work
closely with the Gulu Group Coordinator and other Project Officers to support
the implementation of food security and nutrition activities at beneficiary
level within Gulu Group area.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Offer technical support to Farmer Field Schools
Facilitators on sustainable Farmer Field Schools approach, plan with
communities around the production cycle of their chosen enterprise and provide
training on demand in line with AVSI Foundation policy
Map nutritional needs of target communities and
promote linkages with nutrition and health services.
Provide training and support to local partners and
beneficiaries in urban horticulture and other food-production methods as
The incumbent will increase awareness of target
group on infant feeding practices, hygiene, balance diet and cooking
Carry out dialogues and workshops for vulnerable
households on the importance of creating and providing a supportive and
protective family environment and education for their children
Coordinate with the Economic Empowerment Project
officer to promote agricultural enterprises as avenues towards economic
strengthening and food security among VC households
Render support in reporting and documentation as
required by the supervisor
Work in liaison with the Gulu Group  Coordinator, and other SCORE Project Officers
to implement and monitor project activities at beneficiary level
Perform other duties within the area of
responsibility as requested by the Programme Officer (SCORE) Gulu Group
Qualifications, Skills and
The Assistant Programme Officer Food Security &
Nutrition should hold a diploma in agricultural and food sciences or nutrition
or any other related field. Possession of a University degree from a recognized
institution is an added advantage
Working knowledge of the Farmer field schools
approach is a requirement. Formal training an advantage.
A minimum of two years’ experience in improved
agricultural practices and/or nutrition.
Previous experience in training, sensitization and
support to community groups and households
Ability to interact with community groups and
communicate in the local language
People management skills – team building initiatives
Effective interpersonal skills – oral and written
communication skills
Computer literacy skills
Previous attendance in trainings/courses in
child-related programming including psychosocial support, child protection,
livelihoods, food security, and healthcare is an advantage
How to Apply:   
All suitably
qualified candidates should send their application letters, accompanied with
updated Curriculum Vitae indicating three professional referees and copies of
relevant certificates via E-mail with the subject line indicating ‘Application
for Asst. Programme Officer – Food Security’ addressed to:
The Human
Resource Manager,
P.O. Box 6785,
Kampala, Uganda.
E-mail to: hr.kampala@avsi.org
Deadline: 26th November 2015
by 5.00 pm

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