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Job Title:               Project Extension Officer (4 Job Opportunities)
Organisation: Lutheran World Relief (LWR)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Humanitarian Manager

About US:
Lutheran World Relief is a US non-profit organization that works with local partners to provide lasting solutions to poverty, injustice and human suffering. LWF Uganda works to reduce people’s vulnerability, supporting them to realize their potential, to build on their assets, and to respond to their own problems and needs. LWF Uganda currently has five areas of operation in Pader, Kitgum, Adjumani, Katakwi, Sembabule, Kampala and Kamwenge Districts.

Job Summary:  The Project Extension Officer will lead field implementation of the project through planning field interventions, mobilizing project beneficiaries to actively participate in project interventions and delivering cost effective approaches to increasing food production for improved household food security and income generation for better refugee and host community livelihoods.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Routine work pattern but will work with technically demanding program elements.
  • Setting sound project objectives with the Humanitarian Manager.
  • Required to make sound judgements using technical knowledge, good understanding of the teams and cost effective use of the available resources
  • Problem solving related to the defined areas and mainly of technical nature in Food security and livelihoods. This involves decision making with the Humanitarian Manager.
  • Technical contribution in identifying, defining and providing evidence for innovative approaches and instruments for food security and livelihoods programming.
  • Develops a shared analysis of food security and livelihoods issues to inform reporting and learning.
  • Work patterns are fairly routine but at times can be relatively complex and may involve some pressure.
  • Supervises the lead/model farmers
  • Knowledge required includes understanding of food security and livelihoods issues.
  • Ensures effective planning, monitoring and implementation of food security and livelihoods program working with refugee and host community farmer groups.
  • To be the focal person for agricultural and livelihood activities in the assigned zone of operation;
  • Conduct capacity building for lead fanners and farmer groups in agronomy, postharvest handling and agri-business.
  • Facilitate participatory planning, implementation and evaluation of intervention with the beneficiaries;
  • Assist in making assessments livelihood options and market for improving agricultural production systems and non-agriculture income opportunities;
  • Collects market information and’ keeps beneficiaries informed;
  • Assist and advise beneficiaries actively In finding solutions to problems during the cropping cycle;
  • Assist in the preparation of the plan of operation and monthly work plans;
  • Contribute to the preparation of project progress reports and concepts for planned interventions;
  • Assist in the participatory impact assessment of project interventions through on-going monitoring and extension services;
  • Perform any other duties as may be required by the Humanitarian Manager.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Lutheran World Relief (LWR) Project Extension Officer career opportunity should hold a diploma (from a recognized institution) in Agriculture, Agribusiness, natural resource management, Community Development, or related field
  • One year of experience of implementing a Livelihoods program with an NGO or similar organization working in a refugee setting.
  • Hands-on experience of supporting farmers in agricultural production at field level.
  • Proven ability to analyze socio economic contexts and monitor changes to translate into appropriate planning, decision making and lesson learning
  • Deep commitment to LWRs core value and ability to model those values in relationships with colleagues and partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and sensitively within different value systems, diverse cultures and commitment to gender equity and empowerment.
  • Demonstrated experience of mainstreaming gender and protection in food security and livelihoods.
  • Commitment to Humanitarian Principles and action. Knowledge of the Sphere Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards a distinct advantage.
  • Knowledge of different modes of imparting knowledge to famers in the community will be an advantage
  • Good knowledge of the local dialect and Kiswahili is a distinct advantage
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in computer applications ' including, MS word, MS excel, Power point, and outlook.
  • Ability to ride a motor cycle
  • Ability to work for long hours with limited supervision.
  • Ability to work and live in remote refugee settlements.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their applications (One-page motivation letter, explaining the candidate’s suitability for the position and an updated Curriculum vitae (CV), with the names and e-mail addresses of three professional referees and send via Email to: skyakwera@lwf.or.ug

NB: Please do not include certificates for education, trainings, etc. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Deadline: 18th May 2018

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