6 Fresher Project Field Officer NGO Job Opportunities - Self Help Africa

Organization: Self Help Africa
Project Name: Agriculture and Market Support (AMS) Project
Funding Source: World Food Programme (WFP)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Project Coordinator-Agriculture & Market Support

About US:
Self Help Africa (SHA) is an International Non–Governmental Organisation implementing rural development, sustainable food and livelihoods security programmes in nine countries in Africa. SHA’s vision is an economically thriving and resilient rural Africa with a mission to support sustainable livelihoods for Uganda’s smallholder farmers.

About WFP AMS Project:
 Self Help Africa Uganda, in partnership with World Food Programme (WFP), will implement Agriculture and Market Support (AMS) Project in the Districts of Masindi, Kiryandongo and Adjumani, from June 2017 to May 2018. The project will offer training and other capacity building services intended to improve livelihoods for 3,000 farmers.

Job Summary: The Project Field Officer will support the effective planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the AMS project in their respective districts. S/he will provide technical backstopping to producer organisations and associations in order to promote and expand capacity in agro-marketing. The Project Field Officer-Agricultural Market support will support the effective planning and implementation, monitoring and reporting of the WFP-Agriculture and Market support project in Masindi, Kiryandongo and Adjumani. S/he will provide technical backstopping and support to producer organisations and associations to promote and expand capacity in agro-marketing. Based in Kiryandongo or Adjumani, this position will nevertheless require a continuous presence in the targeted communities.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • The incumbent will also mobilise producer organisations to contribute resources for production, post-harvest reduction and marketing selected commodities including maize, beans, sorghum.
  • Prepare and conduct producer organization and association profiling and capacity assessment to identify needs including training and input needs.
  • Formulate and /or improve comprehensive training materials for effective delivery of training to the producer organisations and associations.
  • Implement timely participatory and pragmatic training in farming as a business, postharvest handling, VSLA and value addition and in accordance with the training curriculum agreed and validated with the producer organisations and associations.
  • Support producer organisations and associations to establish strong formal legal, governance and operational committees to improve their performance and institutional capacity.
  • Support and/or facilitate producer organisations and associations to develop and implement comprehensive business and store plans to improve their business operations.
  • The Project Field Officer will also link farmers to strategic stakeholders including input providers including post-harvest equipment, financial institutions, market information providers, and produce markets.
  • Support and strengthen bulking and collective marketing, including training on bulking and collective marketing, support to SCP lending schemes.
  • Monitor, follow up and mentor group performance with support from the Monitoring and Evaluation coordinator.
  • Support and train producer groups and networks in market information systems, market data collection, analysis  and  dissemination,  price  determination  and  setting,  and accessing and utilising market information through different channels. Ensure the provision of weekly commodity market price information.
  • Contribute to the planning and carrying out exchange visits, conferences and farmer exhibitions on produce marketing.
  • Conduct regular crop performance monitoring and provide technical production advice to producer groups.
  • Participate in regular monitoring and data collection on the SCP utilisation (deposits and sales) and training activities, and regular data entry into both internal and WFP databases, data analysis and reporting on trends and changes.
  • Actively contribute to the development of weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly workplans and reports 
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicants for the Project Field Officer job opportunities should hold Diplomas in agriculture, agribusiness or marketing. Other qualification will be considered if complemented by extensive practical experience.
  • A minimum of two years’ experience in the field of agribusiness/agricultural production, agricultural produce marketing, market information and linkages.
  • Extensive knowledge of the specific context, issues and challenges related to agricultural production and marketing in Northern Uganda.
  • Previous experience of working in the region essential.
  • Experience in community mobilisation and sensitisation/training in the fields of agriculture and marketing and strong technical knowledge in agricultural production with an emphasis on enhancing produce quality.
  • Proven knowledge of and experience in support and training of small-scale farmers in enhancement of produce quality, post-harvest handling, and produce bulking, collective marketing and market information.
  • Good writing and reporting skills with attention to detail and data accuracy. Experience in working with data and databases highly valued.
  • Competence in Microsoft office (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Powerpoint).
  • Fluent command of English and at least one of the following languages-Madi/Luo/Runyoro.
  • Good motorcycle riding skills and valid riding permit and willingness to ride motorcycles.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send a filled application form, download here, with a cover letter indicating 3 referees, two of whom should have been direct supervisors to uganda@selfhelpafrica.net including your name and the job being applied for in the Subject Line.

Deadline: 26th June 2017

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