USAID RWANU Project Jobs – Agronomist at ACDI/VOCA

Job Title:    Agronomist
Organisation: ACDI/VOCA
Project Name: USAID Resiliency
through Wealth, Agriculture, and Nutrition in Karamoja (RWANU)”
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Livelihood
Director
About US:
ACDI/VOCA is an
international non-profit organization currently implementing the USAID-funded
PL 480 Title II Development Food Assistance Program entitled “Resiliency
through Wealth, Agriculture, and Nutrition in Karamoja (RWANU)”. The RWANU
Program aims to reduce food insecurity among vulnerable rural populations in
selected sub-counties of Amudat, Moroto, Napak and Nakapiripirit. The Program’s
strategic objectives are (1) improved availability and access to food and (2)
reduced malnutrition in pregnant and lactating mothers and children under five.
The RWANU Program takes a preventive approach to reducing malnutrition,
focusing on the first 1,000 days of life when conditional food rations will
have the highest impact. RWANU promotes diversified livelihoods strategies
including linkages to market opportunities to ensure long-term food security
and resilience to food insecurity shocks.
Job Summary:  The Agronomist will work under the direct
supervision of the Livelihoods Director and will be responsible for supporting
the design, timely implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the agriculture
program within RWANU, with a special focus on the promotion of technologies and
farming practices that enhance high quality agriculture production and
productivity.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·        
Provide leadership in identifying technologies and
improved farming practices for promotion through the agriculture extension
system
·        
The incumbent will implement, coordinate and monitor
agriculture program activities with active participation of community and local
government stakeholders;
·        
Support in developing project beneficiary targeting
criteria and processes in collaboration with relevant project teams and
community representatives.
·        
Provide leadership and specific technical direction
to RWANU Field Extension Workers and TSOs
·        
Build and strengthen working partnerships and active
collaboration with NabuZARDI and district production offices and ensure that
agreed on deliverables are satisfactorily met
·        
Identify and recommend training and
capacity-building, for staff and target communities
·        
Organize and facilitate trainings, consultative
workshops and field based capacity building activities in agronomy and
horticulture development
·        
At the guidance of the Livelihoods Director, and
with support from other technical units, ensure all program activities are
implemented in a coherent, synchronized and integrated manner.
·        
Keenly monitor and assess program progress,
documenting activities, outputs and outcomes, identifying successes, challenges
and lessons-learned and adjust practices to improve performance.
·        
Take part in program planning and reviews
·        
Serve as RWANU’s liaison officer with other
organizations with agricultural related interventions for purposes of sharing
best practices and approaches
·        
Maintain accurate and detailed records of
agriculture activities, ensuring that data is fed back to the FEWs and TSOs
·        
Perform any other task as required by the Livelihood
Director.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The applicant should hold a University degree in
Agronomy
·        
At least five years’ experience working with
international NGOs, preferably in Karamoja.
·        
Past exposure and experience in designing, managing
and monitoring agricultural activities at community level
·        
Prior experience in leading field based agriculture teams
·        
Past experience in practical field-based activity
implementation in remote environments, and in the context of high levels of
poverty,
·        
Prior exposure and experience in conducting training
and workshops, consultations and needs assessments;
·        
Working knowledge of best-practices in agricultural
technologies and improved farming practices
·        
Possess the ability to engage with communities to
understand the various dynamics and interact effectively with diverse groups
·        
Previous experience using data to conduct analysis
on the technical direction of program
·        
Excellent analytical and report writing skills
·        
Computer literacy skills especially in software of
Microsoft Office
·        
Ability to work with minimum supervision
·        
Excellent interpersonal skills
·        
Language: Karamajong language
skills highly desirable. Fluent in written and spoken English language skills
are a must
How to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send their applications (only by
e-mail) addressed to the Human Resources Manager attaching their application
letters and updated CVs to jobs@acdivocaug.biz.
Deadline: 24th October, 2015
by 5PM
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