3 Field Officer NGO Job Vacancies – SNV

Organization: SNV
Duty Station: Fort Portal, Kasese and Kamwenge, Uganda
About US:
Netherlands Development Organisation was founded in the Netherlands over 50
years ago and has built a long-term, local presence in 38 countries across
Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our global team of advisors use their
specialist expertise in Agriculture, Renewable Energy and Water, Sanitation and
Hygiene to contribute to solving some of the leading problems facing the world
today. SNV has been working in Uganda since 1989 and is currently working in
108 districts. Our advisory services are in line with Ugandan policies and are
tailored for specific Ugandan organisations, enterprises and districts. SNV
agriculture programme promotes value chain development and inclusive business.
We broker inclusion of smallholder farmers, and develop competitive and equitable
value chains, for improved income and food security. SNV develops solutions in
climate smart agriculture to enhance adaptive capacity and mitigation potential
across agricultural landscapes. Our solutions offer benefits that go beyond the
scope of climate change to food and nutrition security, biodiversity
conservation, and poverty alleviation. Promoting sustainable economic
opportunities for women and youth takes a central place in SNV’s work in
agriculture. At SNV we believe that no-one should have to live in poverty and
that all people should have the opportunity to pursue their own sustainable
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Planning: ensure the planning of the work
    schedules in consideration of logistics constraints, community constraints
    and participation of female farmers in the field activities.
  • Mobilisation: effective mobilisation of farmers
    and relevant stakeholders to participate in planned activities, ensuring
    that farmers and stakeholders are consulted in the planning.
  • Increasing, surplus production: work
    closely with ten farmers groups or 10 schools, establish demonstration
    gardens and facilitate season-long learning, skills transfer and
    replication by about 350 farmers. Demonstrated technology should focus on
    productivity enhancement to attain surplus harvests.
  • Reducing post-harvest losses: Carry
    out post-harvest trainings for the 350 farmers and demonstrate proper
    post-harvest handling technologies motivating farmers to adopt these
    technologies and hence reduce their post-harvest losses.
  • Marketing linkages: Mentor and train farmers in collective
    marketing and support the ten farmers groups to profile themselves around
    the key commodities produced for the market. The profile should also
    include their demand for farm inputs, extension, financial services and
    market intelligence.
  • Financial Services: Offer technical support to ten
    farmers groups to establish village savings and loans associations (VSLA).
    This includes mobilization, training the groups on VSLA methodology, and
    supporting the VSLAs to manage their savings and lending.
  • Reporting:
    • Prepare and submit weekly reports to
      line manager on the progress towards planned activities, results achieved
      and remedial actions required for the subsequent period.
    • Provide monthly updates to buyers
      and relevant sub-county authorities where the project is implemented.
  • Collaboration: collaborate and work well with
    relevant government entities, development partners and community
    structures during the implementation of this project.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate should preferably hold a University
    degree in agriculture extension, agronomy or agriculture economics.
    However, a relevant diploma with extensive experience will be considered.
  • A minimum of three years’ experience
    implementing community-based agriculture projects focused on improving
    production and marketing linkages for smallholders.
  • Working knowledge of local context including
    working experience in Kasese, Kamwenge or Kabarole as well as good command
    of the local languages used in these communities.
  • Excellent planning and reporting skills and
    ability to coordinate work plans and reports with the project team,
    farmers groups, traders and other actors in agriculture value chains.
  • Previous experience is community mobilization
    and community dialogue coupled with , good communication skills both
    verbal and written.
  • Prior experience with village savings and
    loans associations or other forms of community based financial mechanisms
    and collective marketing.
  • Ability to ride motorcycle with clean riders
    permit and willingness to spend most of the time, in the field working
    with farmers.
  • Proficient in computer applications
    especially MS word, excel and PowerPoint.
  • The candidate should have relevant skills and
    a proven track record.
How to Apply: 
suitably qualified and interested candidates should apply by sending a motivation letter, an updated Curriculum
Vitae, Names and contact details of two professional referees and a 2-page
write-up showing your added value on your best business case or project. Please
clearly indicate the fields of expertise in subject line e.g. application for
agribusiness advisor or field officer; indicate the preferred duty station.
complete applications should be sent via email to: uganda@snvworld.org and
Deadline: 30th January 2016

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