Rice Agronomist IDB Project Jobs – Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF)

Job Title:       Rice
Agronomist
Organisation: Ministry
of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF)
Project Name: Enhancing
National Food Security through Increased Rice Production (ENRP) Project
Duty Station: Entebbe,
Uganda
Reports to:
Project Coordinator
About US:
The Ministry of
Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries received funding from the Islamic
Development Bank (IDB) to support government of Uganda’s efforts to attain rice
self-sufficiency through “Enhancing National Food Security through Increased
Rice Production (ENRP) Project.” The project will contribute to the increase in
production, marketing and consumption of rice for improved Nutrition, Food
Security and Incomes in Uganda as well as support, build and strengthen the
institutional and technical capacities, for sustained agricultural growth that
contributes to the poverty alleviation and food security.
Job Summary:  The Rice Agronomist will be coordinating the
planning and implementation of all project rice agronomic activities and ensure
close liaison with the project management and steering committee.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Responsible for ensuring a productive
    rice crop under irrigation in the project area through a comprehensive
    framework from acquisition of seed through soil preparation to post
    harvesting and storage.
  • Prepare all rice agronomy related
    documents to facilitate the planning, development, procurement of
    services, and implementation of the Project;
  • Develop guidelines on basic techniques
    of irrigated agriculture (rice irrigation agronomy)
  • Promote water management and soil
    conservation techniques
  • Ensure sustainability of irrigation
    infrastructure through functional Water User Associations (WUAs)
  • Develop with farmers a comprehensive
    cropping calendar, irrigation schedule and farm planning system
  • Liaise with District Local Government,
    Private Development Partners, NARO, NAADS on research, extension and
    technologies in rice
  • Promote Basic Practices: An Agronomic
    Technology Package.
  • Put in place systems for sustainable
    soil and fertilizer use and management
  • Carry out quality assurance in
    accordance with the project quality plan.
  • Review and finalize the list of
    equipment as well as assist Procurement Specialist to purchase of the
    equipment.
  • Conduct on-farm tests and demonstrations
    of the identified technologies and transfer them to farmers through NARI
    and NAADS.
  • Review rice crop management practices at
    all irrigated rice schemes in the country to serve as a basis for
    identification of improved and appropriate rice production and
    post-production technologies.
  • Review the results of activities of the
    project and provide recommendations for the improvement of the project’s
    work plan.
  • Perform any other duties as may be
    delegated by the Supervisor.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The Rice Agronomist must hold an honours
    Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture or Crop Science, or Agricultural Economics
    from a recognised university or institution.
  • Must have post-graduate qualifications
    in any of the above fields from a recognised university or institution.
  • A minimum of five years’ experience of
    working in the field of Agricultural Production from government or
    reputable organisation.
  • Familiarisation with the small-scale
    rice-based farming systems in Uganda will be an added advantage.
  • Good knowledge of rice agronomy
    approaches and techniques with farmers is an added advantage.
How to Apply:
Applicants should
fill Public Service Commission (PSC) Form 3 (2008), Download
Here
, in triplicate and attach certified copies of academic
certificates and testimonials, appointment letters as evidence of working
experience and two referees, one of whom must be a current or previous employer
and most recent passport photographs. Applications should be addressed to the
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries,
P.O. Box 102, Entebbe, and delivered to the Open Registry.
Deadline: 22nd June 2018
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