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3 USAID Project Agriculture Team Leader Employment Opportunities - International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Organization: International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Duty Station: Karamoja, Kigezi and Acholi, Uganda
Reports to: ERD Manager

About Us:
The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. It was created by Albert Einstein more than 80 years and has been working in Uganda since 1998. It has particularly working in the conflict zones where tens of thousands of people have been kills and over 1.6 million displaced. Following a peace agreement in 2006, Ugandans are returning home and looking to rebuild their lives. The IRC is there to protect women and children from violence and exploitation by fostering a safe environment and encouraging education, and is supporting farmers and small businesses, and helping communities promote peace and long-term development.

About USAID Project:
International Rescue Committee is planning to implement a forthcoming five-year $22-24 million USAID Integrated Community Agriculture and Nutrition (ICAN) project aiming to sustainably enhance the resilience of vulnerable households by increasing economic opportunities for poor households, improving nutrition with a focus on women and children, and strengthening community and local governance.

Job Summary:  The Agriculture Team Leader will ensure quality and scalability of the agriculture component of the ICAN project. The position is the focal point for the design and regular review of agriculture strategies and modules. The Agriculture Team Leader should ensure that the implementation strategies and approaches used are appropriate and cost-efficient in increasing farm production and productivity. The Agriculture Team Leader will be responsible for supporting Agriculture Officers towards program deliverables including activities such as value chain assessments, module design for farmer’s field schools with demonstration plots, organizing and mobilizing of farmer’s collectives, and supporting collective marketing efforts. The Agriculture Team leader will also be responsible for establishing relationships with public and private sector actors to ensure smooth, coordinated implementation.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
·         With her/his team develop and submit monthly work plans to Livelihoods Manager for review every 5th day of the month
·         Ensure that the monthly work plans are cognizant of the project work plan, indicator tracking sheet and spending plan
·         Submit monthly progress reports against work plan to the ERD Manager every 5th day of the month
·         Conduct monthly project review and planning meetings with Agriculture Officers; during the meeting, resolve observed obstacles, develop wok plan & cash need for subsequent month, and compile progress report for the month under review.
·         Conduct weekly meetings with each Agriculture Officer to review progress against set targets, provide performance feedback and provide technical guidance on how the staff can overcome the obstacles observed in current week
·         Carry out probation and annual performance evaluations of field officers within five days of due date
·         Resolve disciplinary issues that arise with ERD staff and inform ERD Manager same day of incident
·         Ensure advance leave scheduling for staff and inform ERD Manager ahead of time
·         Ensure that all the Agriculture Officers complete and submit their timesheets by the 5th day of the subsequent month
·         Foster the spirit of cohesion, teamwork, professionalism and mutual respect within the Agriculture team
·         Ensure coordination with local stakeholders in both private and public sector as well as with other organizations.
·         Collaborate effectively with other livelihoods staff and project staff

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
·         The applicant should hold a University degree in agriculture; specialized training in value chain development, farming as a business and collective marketing is an added advantage.
·         At least two to three years of experience in implementing livelihoods and agriculture projects with a good aptitude of logical framework approach;
·         Previous experience with rural growth strategies including, value chain development, local economic development, market-driven agricultural and private sector development initiatives.
·         Strong computer skills and analytical report writing
·         Security awareness
·         Attention to details.
·         Ability to plan ahead and yet accommodate unexpected tasks.
·         Excellent networking and liaison skills.
·         Flexible and able to adapt to the logistics constraints.
·         Fluency in English Language, both written and, spoken is required
·         Working Environment: One Agriculture Team Leader will be based on a field office in Acholi, Kigezi or Karamoja sub-region with frequent travel to project sites within target districts in the sub-region.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send an updated CVs and cover letters clearly indicating the position applied for as the subject to: (The Human Resource and Administration department, International Rescue Committee)

Deadline: 8th December 2017

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