Agriculture Extension Officer NGO Job Careers – Mercy Corps

Job Title:         Agriculture Extension Officer
Organization: Mercy Corps
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Agriculture Extension Team Leader
About Mercy Corps:
Mercy Corps is an
International NGO that exists to alleviate poverty and oppression by helping
people build secure, productive and just communities. Mercy Corps has been
fully registered in Uganda as an operational NGO. Currently Mercy Corps has an
office in Kampala and is implementing Food Security programs which comprise of
Water and Sanitation, Livelihood and Agriculture and Conflict Mitigation
Management Program in North and North Eastern Uganda. We implement programs in
the northern districts of Pader, Kitgum, Agago, Lamwo, Kaabong, Abim and Kotido
with funding from USAID, USDA, Walmart Foundation, SDC, DFID as well as other
private donations.
Job
Summary:
The Agriculture
Extension Officer will make Market Facilitation operational. The incumbent is
required to take on more active learning and sharing roles where collaboration
among all project staff is essential. Tracking and understanding the process of
behavior change requires excellent observational, communications, and
analytical skills. At the same time, staff needs to have in-depth knowledge
about businesses with which TRAIL/BUILD will be working, in order to work from
their perspective so that project activities and suggested changes are
sustainable.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Work
    in liaison with Agriculture Extension Team Leader in planning and
    implementation of the designated component 01 activities according to the
    approved work plan and budgets.
  • Actively
    contribute to a culture of documentation of learning across the project,
    as well as to the learning of others on the project.
  • Establish
    and maintain good coordination and working relationships with Sub County,
    Parish and Village Leaders, the Local Government actors, other
    projects/humanitarian actors in the area and community members/project
    participants
  • Prepare
    and submit periodic work plans and activity reports to the Agriculture
    Extension Team leader
  • Constantly
    seek, analyze and share information to build a detailed understanding of
    the situations and systems in which the Component operates. Maintain a
    proper filing system that captures assumptions, component activities and
    learning to be communicated and shared with the project.
  • Collaborate
    with colleagues to imagine new ways of doing business for actors and
    partners in East Acholi as well as the tools and support systems necessary
    to incentivize this behavior change – testing out new ideas, learning from
    them and adjusting future actions (implementation tactics, messaging,
    coaching) according to learning.
  • Collaborate
    with the monitoring, evaluation and learning staff on a regular basis in
    order to understand how best to incorporate monitoring and evaluation into
    everyday field activities so that the required data and learning from the
    field is captured and contributes to an iterative approach to measuring
    the impact of the program on business and producer level behavior changes.
  • Communicate
    with and mobilize producers and market actors to participate in the
    program. This requires the ability to effectively message project
    information to actors at various levels of the system, ensuring the
    information is tailored to the specific actor.
  • Carry
    out assessments that analyze the market system of East Acholi in order to
    understand the opportunities that exist in the system, see emerging
    patterns of behavior and uncover root causes to the underperformance of
    agricultural production in relevant sub-sectors.
  • Work
    closely with producers and market actors to assess their needs and
    identify capacity gaps in their knowledge, skills and/or service provision
    and help the actor set goals, formulate plans for action, and act on those
    plans. This all contributes to stimulating action from all actors to take
    ownership over the process of change and better play their roles in the
    market systems of Lamwo.
The incumbent will leverage existing
actors to conduct practical workshops or trainings where needed for market
actors or producers. Where no actor exists, use technical expertise to design
practical workshops or trainings and, wherever possible, innovate on a
sustainable and business-driven mechanism to deliver training and disseminate
information on farming practices and farming as a business.
  • The
    incumbent builds the capacity of the Local Government as a key institution
    influencing the ‘rules and regulations’ of sub-sectors of the market
    system in East Acholi, with the goal that Local Government actors will
    continue to play an important role in improving the functions of market
    systems in East acholi.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Agriculture Extension Officer career
    job should hold a university degree in Agribusiness, Agronomy,
    Agricultural extension, Organic agriculture or Development studies with a
    bias in Agriculture.
  • At
    least three years of professional experience in Extension international
    NGOs working with farming communities and private agri-businesses (input
    dealers and other Value added service providers).
  • Previous
    experience in managing partnership will be an added advantage.
  • Significant
    experience in mobilization and organization of saving and lending groups.
  • Fluency
    in both spoken and written English. Knowledge of the local language (Luo)
    is a must.
  • Computer
    literacy with good knowledge of office applications and data base is
    required.
  • Ability
    to work independently and with less supervision.
  • Motorbike
    riding experience and a valid riding permit is essential.
  • Willingness
    to spend much time in the field and work closely with program target
    groups.
How to Apply:
All prospective Ugandans
who wish to join Mercy Corps are encouraged to send their applications via
email including a cover letter clearly stating your salary requirements, CV
(with 3 referees), and copies of academic qualifications/certificates to
ug-mcjobs@mercycorps.org addressed to the Senior HR and Legal Manager, Kampala
Head Office on 4th Floor Embassy Plaza, Plot 1188-1190 Ggaba Road.
Deadline: 15th August, 2016

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