48 Agricultural Extension Worker USAID Project Job Opportunities – Mercy Corps

Organization: Mercy
Duty Station:  Uganda
About US:
Mercy Corps is an International
NGO that exists to alleviate poverty and oppression by helping people build
secure, productive and just communities. Mercy Corps has been fully registered
in Uganda as an operational NGO. Currently Mercy Corps has an office in Kampala
and is implementing Food Security programs which comprise of Water and
Sanitation, Livelihood and Agriculture and Conflict Mitigation Management
Program in North and North Eastern Uganda. We implement programs in the
northern districts of Pader, Kitgum, Agago, Lamwo, Kaabong, Abim and Kotido
with funding from USAID, USDA, Walmart Foundation, SDC, DFID as well as other
private donations.
OUTCOMES Project is a five-year project aimed at improving the wellbeing of
children and youth orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV and other adversities in
Eastern & Northern Uganda using a multi-sectoral approach. BETTER OUTCOMES
is implemented by a consortium of five partners namely, World Education
Inc./Bantwana (WEI/B) as the Prime; Mercy Corps, Uganda Women’s Efforts to Save
Orphans (UWESO), Youth Alive and Friends of Christ Revival (FOC-REV). MERCY
CORPS ‘mandate under this project is to provide strategic and technical
leadership for the Economic Strengthening component of the project that aims at
empowering OVC, Youth and caregivers to access core services. Besides providing
overall leadership for the result area, MERCY CORPS is also directly
responsible for delivering the market system strengthening component of the
project that looks at working with the public and or private sector in the
agriculture sector amongst others to improve opportunities for income and asset
growth for youths and caregivers.
Job Summary: The
Agriculture-Extension Worker (AEW) will be responsible for providing  extension services to BETTER OUTCOMES Project
support youth and caregivers engaged in market oriented production of selected
agricultural enterprise in their respective sub counties in Eastern &
Northern Uganda. In collaboration with the private sector partners s/he will be
responsible for providing relevant agronomical trainings and provision of
embedded services and facilitating linkages to enhance the productivity and
profitability of the selected enterprises.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • With guidance from the Economic Strengthening Officer, the AEW will be responsible
    for providing extension services to BETTER OUTCOME supported youth and
    caregivers engaged in market oriented production of maize, beans, hot
    pepper, chilli and indigenous poultry in their respective sub counties.
    S/he will be responsible for relevant agronomic trainings, provision of
    embedded services like establishing demonstration gardens, organizing
    field days and facilitating market linkages to enhance the productivity
    and profitability of the selected enterprises.
  • Work closely with BETTER OUTCOME community
    based structures like Community Based Trainers (CBTs), District Based
    Trainers (DBTs), Para-Social Workers (PSWs) and Field Assistants (FAs) to
    ensure integrated approach to pro
    gram implementation
  • Establish and maintain productive working relationships
    with local government officials and line departments,
    soliciting their participation in all
    activities where possible.
  • In addition, she must establish and maintain
    good working
    and coordination with Sub County, Parish and village leaders and the local
    government extension workers, other development agencies, private sector
    partners and beneficiaries
  • Establish linkages and partnerships with local
    stakeholders – in
    dealers, buyers, government extension workers and create viable business
    linkage e.g support input agents to support the expansion of their village
    agent network
  • Actively participate in the developing
    quarterly work plan, ensure execution and timely reporting
    on agreed deliverables
  • Participate in all trainings and meetings
    facilitated by the consortium and private sector partners
  • Register new and existing youth and caregivers’
    household engaged in BETTER OUTCOME supported market base initiatives
    using the
    market linkage
    tool and later using a mobile phone. S/he will be responsible for basic
    data/information collection e.g. the size of the plot, top cross and
    animals, pricing, topics of interest and other project indicators
    developed by the M&E Team
  • Produce written reports on the program capturing deliverable outcomes and
    impacts related to all activities.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Agriculture-Extension Worker (AEW) job
    opportunity should hold a
    diploma or certificate in agriculture or
    related field like forestry or environment.
  • Certificate
    holders must have at least a minimum of 2-year field experience in
    agriculture extension services, farmers training, community mobilization
    targeting youth and women
  • Should be a youth or caregiver preferably from
    a BETTER OUTCOMES supported h
  • Should be a resident in the community with no
    other job
  • Should be able to read and write in English and
    speak local language
  • Should be eager to learn new things and able to
    use a smartphone
  • Must be willing to attend relevant trainings like use of smart phones to disseminate
    agriculture advisory services, HIV messages and also to collect data
  • Candidate must be willing to live within the
    sub county of operation and be able to travel extensively throughout the
    parishes within the sub count
    y or program sites.
  • Good computer skills i.e. MS office, MS Excel
    and ability to ride a bicycle is required.
How to Apply:
All candidates should send
their applications including a cover letter clearly stating your salary
requirements, CV with three referees, copies of academic
qualifications/certificates through the Senior Human Resource & Legal
Manager to ANY BOCY Civil Society Organization (C.S.O) district level.
Deadline:  13th April 2018
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