10 Field Officer Career Opportunities – UGACOF Limited

Organisation: UGACOF
Limited
Duty Station:  Kayunga, Iganga, Kamuli, Buikwe and Mukono,
Uganda
About UGACOF:
UGACOF Limited, a Leading Coffee Exporter in Uganda, works with
smallholder coffee farmers countrywide. While Ugacof core business is buying,
processing and exporting of coffee to international buyers and roasters, Ugacof
also works in partnership with local/national and international organizations
to support smallholder coffee farmers with the aim of increasing the
productivity and quality of coffee produced contributing to improved
livelihoods of these smallholders. Such relationships have been established on
a long term basis and require commitment and management. The projects
demonstrate that farmer organizations have the capacity to turn around the
fortunes of farmers and ensure increased incomes for individual farmers as well
as increased foreign exchange earnings for the country. Ugacof has defined a
gender policy allowing women to actively participate to all sustainability
coffee projects as a strategic key partner.
Job Summary: The Ugacof
Field Officers will be responsible for using eloquent skills and knowledge and
attract them to the coffee farming business. There is a strong belief that the
youngsters will be the change catalysts to deliver profitable and sustainable
growth.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
  • Advise the producer organization (PO) and
    the farmer groups through the Farmer Field School (FFS) formalization
    process, i.e. establishing the FFS, leadership structure, constitutions,
    bye-laws, registration with the community development office.
  • As the key resident resource person,
    conduct the regular FFS sessions on a weekly basis following the season
    long schedule.
  • Perform ground working activities in
    preparation for the formation and registration of new and existing farmer
    groups and/or producer organizations..
  • Carry out trainings in good agronomic
    practices (GAP), PHH and collective marketing techniques, Village Savings
    and Loan Association (VSLA) methodology, Coffee Certification, Farming as
    a Family Business (FAAFB) and I or entrepreneurship.
  • Performing field demonstrations for
    learning to include good quality coffee nurseries, coffee fields and tree
    nurseries.
  • Responsible for training and mentoring
    gender change agents on joint planning and gender mainstreaming to ensure
    greater participation of women and the youth in the coffee chain.
  • Work closely with the Field Supervisor in
    preparing the appropriate training content and any other necessary
    backstopping requirements and maintain a regular exchange of information
    with them.
  • Guide the Farmer groups and/or producer
    organizations to put in place and regularly monitor and update the
    appropriate records and reporting formats where necessary.
  • Organize the field days as an integral
    component of the FFS learning process
  • Training PO leadership and depot
    committees on their roles and responsibilities to have strong PO that are
    legally recognized self sustaining and independent.
  • Ensuring that farmer groups carryout their
    business in a transparent and accountable manner.
  • Compile and submit weekly, monthly and
    quarterly activity reports on the progress, challenges and status of the
    project implementation to the Field Supervisor.
  • Perform other duties as may emerge from
    the project implementation. 
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The Field Officers should have a minimum
    of three or more years’ experience in support to community based extension
    programmes/projects
  • Hold a Diploma/Degree in Agriculture,
    Forestry etc.
  • Excellent command of English and local
    languages especially Luganda and Lusoga are essential. The applicants must
    be innovative and creative and if possible with NGO background.
How to Apply: 
If you feel you meet the above job requirements, submit your
applications addressed to The Human Resources Manager, Ugacof Limited
Bweyogerere, Kiira, P.O Box 7355 Kampala Uganda.
E-mail to: reception@ugacof.com
and cc. to RN@ugacof.com.
Deadline: 17th
October, 2014

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