2 Regional Farming as a Business Specialist NGO Vacancies – International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC)

Organisation: International
Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC)
Project Name: Resilient
Efficient Agribusiness Chains (REACH) project
Funding Source: Embassy of
the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
About IFDC:
The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) is a public
international organization (PIO) governed by an international board of directors
with representation from developed and developing nations. The non-profit
center focuses on increasing and sustaining food and agricultural productivity
in developing countries through the development and transfer of effective and
environmentally sound crop nutrient technology and agribusiness expertise.
About REACH Project:
The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) has submitted a
proposal for the REACH (Resilient Efficient Agribusiness Chains) project to the
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kampala, Uganda. The project will
improve market engagement for 40,000 market oriented farmers, strengthen
household resilience and increase availability of agricultural support services
for farmers and businesses in the rice and potato value chains in consideration
of their strategic importance to the Government of Uganda and EKN.
Job Summary: The Regional
Farming as a Business Specialist(S), will be field based and will be
responsible for the delivery of Farming as a Business activities in the
REACH-UGANDA project. The incumbent will be supervised by the National FaaB
(and agronomy) Coordinator in field stations based (either Kabale or Mbale).
Their primary function is to supervise the dissemination of training material
on Farming as a Business and appropriate climate smart production techniques
for the project’s target crops (potato and lowland rice). The focus is on FaaB
to achieve marketable surpluses and reduced production costs. Commercial
production will involve the use of fertilizers, organic matter management,
improved germplasm, and climate smart farming practices. Proven FaaB training
and adoption promotion skills are necessary, for the successful candidate(s) in
this role.  The Regional FaaB Specialists
will also be responsible for the execution of field demonstrations and data
collection, and will work with the National FaaB and M&E Coordinators to
assure accurate monitoring of project outputs. S/he will work with the
project’s National Agribusiness Coordinator and the Gender and Youth Advisor to
ensure that proper coordination and integration of the projects overarching
objectives are achieved.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
  • Actively participate in the development of
    simple, direct FaaB training materials, suited to both farmers and
    extension staff.
  • Meet training, demonstration and farmer
    adoption objectives.
  • Prepare and submit activity reports on a
    quarterly basis.
  • Ensure that IFDC’s projects result in
    economically, environmentally and socially sustainable impacts.
  • Provide input for the project management
    team in budget development, and in monitoring project budget throughout
    the year.
  • Establish and maintain contacts with
    private sector, government agencies, farmer groups and associations, and
    NGOs involved in commercial agriculture initiatives.
  • Work closely with agro-inputs sector to
    ensure supply of quality inputs to project areas.
  • Work through the National FaaB and
    Coordinator Communications Advisor to communicate project successes.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the International
    Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) Regional Farming as a Business
    Specialist job opportunity must hold a Bachelor’s Degree with proven
    experience in Farming-as-a-Business and post-harvest handling knowledge/experience
    a must. Additionally, agronomy, soil science, communication and innovation
    studies related to agriculture or any related field
  • A minimum of five years of relevant work
    experience in Uganda highly desirable.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in multi-cultural
    environments and in an interdisciplinary team
  • Previous experience working with
    commercial agricultural enterprises which have out grower schemes highly
    desirable .
  • Show commitment to and experience in
    community-based, participatory, field-oriented research and experiential
    learning approaches.
  • Good networking skills; existing relations
    with government, private, and NGO actors in agricultural production.
  • Previous experience with gender
    mainstreaming in agribusiness projects highly desirable.
  • Excellent communication and reporting
    skills in English.
  • Knowledge of one or more languages in
    project area desirable.
  • An ability to apply systems perspectives
    to natural resource management issues
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join
International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) should Apply Online by
clicking on the link below. Follow the instructions on how to create resume and
Apply.
Deadline: 3rd October,
2016
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