2 Fresher Project Field Officer – Sustainable Livelihoods and Inclusive Markets For Refugees Project NGO Jobs – Self Help Africa

Organization: Self Help Africa
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Project Manager
Salary: UGX 1,500,000 p/m

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 Project:
SHA Uganda Programme will in July 2018 start a pilot project with South Sudanese Refugees living in settlement areas in Adjumani District. This project builds on the work that we are doing in agricultural marketing with the host communities in the refugee settlement areas in Adjumani District, Northern Uganda. The project will specifically promote a range of Climate Smart Agriculture technologies so as to support refugee communities to sustainably produce diverse high value nutritious foods in the small plots of land allocated to refugees in settlement areas.

Job Summary:  The Project Field Officers will support the effective planning and implementation, monitoring and reporting of the Sustainable Livelihoods and inclusive Markets (SLIM) refugee’s project. S/he will provide technical backstopping and support to refugees and host community producer organisations and associations to promote and expand capacity in production and marketing of bio-fortified foods in Adjumani District.  The purpose of the job is to facilitate the planning and implementation, monitoring and reporting of project activities directly with beneficiaries and other stakeholders. This includes technical backstopping and other support to beneficiary individuals, producer organisations and associations and other stakeholders like local CBOs/NGOs and private sector players, who are working with project beneficiaries.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Facilitate activity planning and implementation of plans with beneficiaries
  • Sensitise communities on what the project will do, including project methodologies and approach.
  • Establish good relationship with local leaders and opinion leaders in the area.
  • Coordinate mobilization and scheduling of community and/or group meetings.
  • Facilitate participatory needs identification and problem analysis and planning exercises.
  • Make follow-ups to review progress on implementation of the plans.
  • Prepare reports on group and/or community planning processes in accordance with the project implementation plan.
Liaison and linkage with government officials, local businesses, CBOs and other service providers within the project area
  • Promote linkages and cordial relationship with government officials and other NGOs
  • Identify public and private sector service providers within the project area whose services and activities may be useful to the project beneficiaries
  • Provide information to the beneficiary communities and groups on existing service providers and businesses in the area.
  • Assist the PM in creating awareness on project activities and approach to government officials, businesses and NGOs in the project area.
  • Perform any other assignment that may be given to you regarding linkages and liaison with other NGOs, private sector and government.
Supporting institutional and business development for smallholder farmers and/or farmer groups
  • Support groups formation and organisational development processes, including registration and development of constitutions and/or group rules
  • Training group members and leaders in group dynamics, Prepare and conduct producer organization and association profiling and capacity assessment to identify needs including training and input needs.
  • Develop and or improve training material
  • Lead in training in Good Agronomy Practical (GAPs), soil and water conservation, farming as a business, postharvest handling, VSLA and value addition and in accordance with the training curriculum agreed.
  • Train the refugees and host communities in nutrition education and including supporting them to establish permaculture/kitchen gardens.
  • Link farmers to market players including input providers, post-harvest equipment, suppliers, financial institutions, market information providers, and buyers.
  • Manage the implementation of agro-input voucher system activity.
  • Lead organise farmers to engage seeds multiplication and local seeds business.
  • Strengthen bulking and collective marketing,
  • 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.
  • Conduct linkage of producers to market information providers.
Support the integration of women and other marginalised groups in project activities
  • Sensitise communities on gender related issues.
  • Identify and promote measures to enhance the participation of women and other marginalised groups in project activities
  • Work closely with M&E coordinator to ensure gender concerns are manifested in the project M&E reports
  • Do any other duties assigned to you by your supervisor concerning the maximisation of women’s and other marginalised groups’ involvement in project activities.
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)
  • Implement project M&E plans with support from PM and M&E coordinator
  • Participate in data collection based on agreed M&E tools and processes as advised PM and M&E coordinator
  • Facilitate learning, promote peer-learning between staff and partners, participate in relevant national networks and actively engage in organization level focal groups.
  • Explore opportunities for positioning, innovation, upscaling and potential follow up projects
  • Effective monitoring, reflection and evaluation system

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The prospective employee for the Self Help Africa (SHA) Project Field Officer job must hold a Diploma in any field (preferably agriculture, extension, social sciences, agribusiness, business administration or related disciplines)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of community facilitation skills
  • Experience in participatory market system programming and value chain analysis/Development of different agricultural commodities
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of key aspects of SHA development work; including food, nutrition and livelihood security and cross-cutting themes (e.g. youth, social inclusion, environment, HIV and AIDS);
  • Skills in training and facilitation of community processes, including organization and mobilization of communities and networking among different development partners such as youth groups, community-based organisations, government officers and SHA staff;
  • Outstanding communication, interpersonal and presentation skills management and organizational skills, including proficiency in computer packages especially with MSOffice and other related packages;
  • Commitment to international and humanitarian NGO codes, standards and practises;
  • High level of integrity and high standards of personal conduct;
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of team across different cultures
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and take initiative
  • Ability to solve problems and take corrective action
  • Experience working in project geographical region
  • Experience working with farmer groups and private sector actors

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. Please type Project Field Officer (Based in Adjumani) – [your name]” in the subject line of the e-mail.

Deadline: 22nd June 2018

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