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Crop and Livestock Expert (Woreda level)

at Farm Africa
Location Bale, Ethiopia
Date Posted June 15, 2019
Category Agriculture
Job Type Full-time

Description

Farm Africa, founded in 1985, is an international non-governmental organization working in Ethiopia since 1988. We drive agricultural and environmental change to improve lives. Our strategy has three pillars: agricultural expertise, management, and preservation of ecosystems, and the power of business to drive prosperity. We believe Africa has the power to feed itself and are helping make this happen by establishing and spreading the best farming and forestry techniques so that poor farmers and herders have more food to feed their families and to sell. We help smallholders manage their natural resources sustainably so that they can withstand climate change challenges and shocks and ensure their families have enough food in the future as well as now. Farm Africa works in partnership with communities, government, local and international organizations, and the private sector to innovate, learn and share best practices for maximum impact of our projects.

Farm Africa is implementing a large number of projects/programs in the areas of agriculture (crop and livestock), natural resources management and market engagement across Ethiopia. We are increasingly designing and implementing complex and integrated multi-sector projects, some by ourselves and some others in partnership with like-minded organizations in the form of a consortium

Farm Africa, in partnership with SoS Sahel-Ethiopia, FZS, PHE-EC, and IWMI, has secured funding from the EU to implement an integrated multi-sector landscape management program in Bale Eco-Region in Oromia National Regional State of Ethiopia. The programme is a follow up of an earlier project called SHARE Bale Eco-Region that employed an ecoregional approach to integrate and coordinator activities across sectors and actors so as to minimize trade-offs and maximize synergies across sectors and ecosystems at various altitudinal gradients, while ensuring a sustainable use and management of environmental resources for socio-economic development in the project intervention areas as a pilot in seven woredas in the Bale Eco-Region. The project will work across 16 woredas located in two zones, namely Bale and West Arsi. Farm Africa is seeking to recruit a dynamic and experienced person as a Crop & Livestock Expert.

BACKGROUND

This Expert will be based inside a woreda office working side by side with government experts to implement the BER framework across identified woredas.

PURPOSE OF THE ROLE

The overall responsibility of the position holder is to coordinate the planning and execution of climate resilient agricultural/livelihood (crop & livelihood) related activities of the project. He/she will be specifically responsible for planning, execution of capacity building training, facilitate input supply, organize farmers groups, support VSLAs with technical advice, and provide technical support to government counterparts.

He/she ensures that communities are engaged in improved high-value crop and livestock production, processing and marketing. In coordination with the project coordinator, he/she will ensure good partnership with government stakeholders, community members, CBOs, consortium partners, CSOs, private sectors and other relevant partners in the operational areas of the SHARE II project.

KEY TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Key areas of responsibilities are

Ensure timely project implementation at Woreda level

  • Work with the project team and government counterparts to achieve the project outputs/outcomes at his/her specific cluster
  • Ensure adequate consultation and participation of Woreda and village/community level stakeholders ensuring active participation of women in particular.
  • Facilitate identification of training needs, prepare training materials, and deliver training, business plan development, and other services to CBOs and unions
  • Conduct other duties as may be assigned by the Project Field Coordinator

Bring technical expertise to ensure high-quality project delivery

  • Take part in the assessments and surveys of crop and livestock-related activities used for project planning and management
  • Provide market linkages by working closely with market/cooperative experts across the woredas
  • Promote Climate-smart agriculture such as agroforestry woredas and improve agricultural practices and diversification where appropriate/within context;
  • Sustainable livestock management: Development of sustainable community water management system for livestock and livestock productivity improvement (including forage development)
  • Small business group development: Beekeeping and honey production development, Women milk processing cooperatives, Goat husbandry cooperatives, Gum and resin production cooperatives, Livestock trading support, Business and product development training, Vegetable crops production support, Fruit trees development support, Establishing livestock marketing system, Support for community ecotourism development
  • Facilitate the planning, implementation, monitoring, review, and evaluation of crop and livestock activities
  • Provide expertise and advice for community institutions on gender mainstreaming in project scheme
  • Identify and promote innovative livelihood programming approaches and interventions to achieve project objectives, and suited to the particular conditions and needs of diverse client groups in the operational areas;
  • Assess and monitor all services in terms of rate of return, unit costs, cost efficiency other relevant economic and financial methods, and standard agricultural economics.

Facilitate and coordinate community/institutional capacity building activities

  • Provide technical support to Woreda level technical staff and government staff
  • Organizes and coordinates capacity building training and workshop for beneficiaries, consortium partners, CBOs, private sectors on the improved agronomic and livestock practices and support.

Contribute to project management and reporting

  • Participate in the assessment, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation processes of the project activities.
  • Prepare and develop status reports as required by management.
  • Ensure proper recording and documentation of best practices and success stories
  • Ensure that the project implemented according to the original plan and project proposal.
  • Monitor and document the project progress, lessons, good experience and impact with rural communities.

Play an active role as a member of the Farm Africa Project team

  • Identify and explore opportunities to improve project implementation and guarantee it’s sustainability
  • Identify and explore opportunities to grow and expand the country project pipeline, both in relation to the current project (e.g., potential scale-up opportunities, replication in other geographies/regions) or related to new project opportunities
  • Pro-actively share information with other project and Farm Africa staff members to support Farm Africa’s aims
  • Participate in broader Farm Africa meetings with other project staff members, as requested by the line manager.

These essential functions are not to be interpreted as a complete statement of all duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other job-related duties as required. All work responsibilities are subject to having performance goals and/or targets established.

DURATION & HOURS: Five years with a probation period of 45 days

Job Requirements

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Education, Qualifications & other knowledge

Essential

  • BSC/MSc in Agricultural Extension, Agricultural Economics, Plant Sciences, General Agriculture, Livestock /Animal science and other related disciplines.
  • Knowledge of the Agricultural development policy in Ethiopia
  • Knowledge of  gender and social inclusiveness

Desirable

  • Training on agricultural extension system
  • Knowledge of the crop/livestock development

Experience

Essential

  • Minimum of 4 years’ experience in livelihood, crop and livestock development
  • Practical experience of working on agricultural extension, crop, and livestock development areas
  • Experience of project planning, implementation and monitoring, and evaluation
  • Experience working in the area of the value chain and economic strengthening of rural community

Desirable

  • Previous NGO work experience in agricultural ( crop & livestock development)

Skills & Abilities

Essential

  • Very good English language skills (written and spoken)
  • Motorcycle driving skill
  • Computer literacy, excellent record keeping, and report writing
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good team building skills and the ability to work in a multi-partner approach
  • Budget and financial management, training need assessment and training facilitation
  • Willingness to reside in rural/marginal areas, ability to work with minimum supervision
  • Strong sense of integrity and personal commitment to the goals and values of Farm Africa
  • Good community level facilitation and coordination skills

Desirable

  • Knowledge of local language is advantageous

Our VALUES

Investing in smallholder farming is the number one way to combat poverty in rural Africa. Farm Africa is a leading NGO specializing in growing agriculture, protecting the environment and developing businesses in rural Africa.

EXPERT. Deep expertise and insightful evidence-based solutions are at the heart of everything Farm Africa does.

GROUNDED. Positive change starts with Africa’s people, so our experts work closely with local communities, engaging them in every level of decision-making.

IMPACTFUL. We take a long-term view so we can deliver lasting changes for farmers and their families.

BOLD. We model innovative new approaches and are not afraid to challenge strategies that are failing.

How to Apply

Those who meet the above requirements should submit their short CV (maximum of 3 pages) and a cover letter (maximum 1 page) addressing [email protected] with the subject Crop and Livestock Expert (Woreda level) for SHARE II BER by  June 23, 2019.

Documents cannot be returned and due to a large number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applications are especially welcomed by female applicants.