National Farming as a Business and Agronomy Coordinator REACH Project Careers – 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 National
Farming as a Business and Agronomy Coordinator will be field based and oversee
the implementation of Farming as a Business activities in the REACH-UGANDA
project.  The incumbent will supervise 2
Regional FaaB (and agronomy) Specialists in field stations based in Kabale and
Mbale. Their primary function is to develop and 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 in this role.  The
National FaaB Coordinator will also be responsible for overall design and
execution of field demonstrations and data collection, and will work with the
Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator 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:
  • The National Farming as a Business and
    Agronomy Coordinator will oversee 
    the development of simple, direct FaaB training materials, suited
    to both farmers and extension staff.
  • Mentor and supervise Regional FaaB and
    Agronomy Specialists to meet training, demonstration and farmer adoption
    objectives.
  • Prepare and submit activity reports on a
    quarterly basis and review partner and grantee reports so that the are in
    line with projects agronomy targets.
  • Ensure that IFDC’s projects result in
    economically, environmentally and socially sustainable impacts.
  • Be part of the senior project management
    team in budget development, and in monitoring agronomy project budget
    throughout the year.
  • Establish and maintain contacts with
    private sector, government agencies, farmer business groups and
    associations, and NGOs involved in commercial agriculture initiatives.
  • Work with agro-inputs sector to ensure
    supply of quality inputs to project areas.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the International
    Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) National Farming as a Business and
    Agronomy Coordinator job opportunity must hold a Bachelor’s Degree
    (Masters preferred) with proven experience in Farming-as-a-business,
    post-harvest handling knowledge/experience and climate smart agriculture
    is a must. Additionally, agronomy, soil science, communication and
    innovation studies related to agriculture or any related field
  • A minimum of ten years of relevant work
    experience in Uganda is highly desirable.
  • Proven leadership skills; ability to work
    collaboratively in multi-cultural environments and in interdisciplinary
    team.
  • Previous experience working with
    commercial agricultural enterprises which have out grower schemes highly
    desirable.
  • Exhibit commitment to and experience in
    community-based, participatory, field-oriented research and experiential
    learning approaches.
  • 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.
  • Good networking skills; existing relations
    with government, private, and NGO actors in agricultural production
  • An ability to apply systems perspectives
    to natural resource management issues
  • Willingness to travel extensively in
    Uganda.
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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