4 Project Field Officer – Agriculture & Market Support UK Charity Job Placements – Self Help Africa

Organization: Self Help Africa
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Project Coordinator
About US:
Self Help Africa (SHA) is an International Non–Governmental
Organisation implementing rural development, sustainable food and livelihoods
security programmes in nine countries in Africa. SHA’s vision is an
economically thriving and resilient rural Africa with a mission to support
sustainable livelihoods for Uganda’s smallholder farmers.
About WFP Project:
Self Help Africa Uganda, in partnership with World Food
Programme (WFP), will implement Agriculture and Market Support (AMS) Project in
the Districts of Masindi, Kiryandongo, Omoro and Adjumani, from July 2018 until
May 2021. The project will offer training and other capacity building services
intended to improve livelihoods for farmers.
Job Summary: The Project Field Officer will support
the effective planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the AMS
project in their respective districts. S/he will provide technical backstopping
to producer organisations and associations in order to promote and expand
capacity in agro-marketing. The purpose of the job is to facilitate the planning
and implementation, monitoring and reporting of project activities directly
with beneficiaries and other stakeholders. This includes technical backstopping
and other support to beneficiary individuals, producer organisations and
associations and other stakeholders like local CBOs/NGOs and private sector
players, who are working with project beneficiaries.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Facilitate activity planning and implementation of plans with
  • Sensitise communities on
    what the project will do, including project methodologies and approach.
  • Build good relationship
    with local leaders and opinion leaders in the area.
  • Coordinate mobilization
    and scheduling of community and/or group meetings.
  • Facilitate participatory
    needs identification and problem analysis and planning exercises.
  • Make follow-ups to review
    progress on implementation of the plans.
  • Prepare reports on group
    and/or community planning processes in accordance with the project
    implementation plan.
Liaison and linkage with government officials, local businesses, CBOs
and other service providers within the project area
  • Promote linkages and
    cordial relationship with government officials and other NGOs
  • Identify public and
    private sector service providers within the project area whose services
    and activities may be useful to the project beneficiaries
  • Provide information to the
    beneficiary communities and groups on existing service providers and
    businesses in the area.
  • Support the PM in creating
    awareness on project activities and approach to government officials,
    businesses and NGOs in the project area.
  • Perform any other
    assignment that may be given to you regarding linkages and liaison with
    other NGOs, private sector and government. • Effective linkages with local
    government officials, CBOs/NGOs, and private sector.
Supporting institutional and business development for smallholder
farmers and/or farmer groups
  • Support groups formation
    and organisational development processes, including registration and
    development of constitutions and/or group rules
  • Training group members and
    leaders in group dynamics, leadership and other aspects of organisational
  • Facilitate access to and
    dissemination of information on agricultural technologies and related
    business opportunities
  • Support the identification
    and access to appropriate agricultural technologies for enhance production
    and value addition
  • Promote the production of
    extension materials to promote the dissemination of technologies within
    the communities.
  • Provide training in VSLAs
    and other pro-poor financial services to project beneficiaries
  • Support and train producer
    groups and networks in market information systems, market data collection,
    analysis and dissemination, price determination and setting, and accessing
    and utilising market information through different channels. Ensure the
    provision of weekly commodity market price information.
Support the integration of women and other marginalised groups in
project activities
  • Sensitise communities on
    gender related issues.
  • Undertake diagnostic
    studies to understand women’s constraints to full participation in project
  • Using appropriate
    participatory tools, identify community criteria for wellbeing and how its
    distributed among the community by gender and other dimensions
  • Identify and promote
    measures to enhance the participation of women and other marginalised
    groups in project activities
  • Work in liaison with the
    M&E coordinator to ensure gender concerns are manifested in the
    project M&E reports
  • Do any other duties
    assigned to you by your supervisor concerning the maximisation of women’s
    and other marginalised groups’ involvement in project activities,
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)
  • Implement project M&E
    plans with support from PM and M&E coordinator
  • Participate in data
    collection based on agreed M&E tools and processes as advised PM and
    M&E coordinator
  • Facilitate learning,
    promote peer-learning between staff and partners, participate in relevant
    national networks and actively engage in organization level focal groups.
  • Explore opportunities for
    positioning, innovation, upscaling and potential follow up projects

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The prospective employee
    for the Self Help Africa (SHA) Project Field Officer job must hold a
    Diploma in any field (preferably agriculture, extension, social sciences,
    agribusiness, business administration or related disciplines)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of
    community facilitation skills
  • Experience in
    participatory market system programming and value chain analysis/Development
    of different agricultural commodities
  • Broad knowledge and
    understanding of key aspects of SHA development work; including food,
    nutrition and livelihood security and cross-cutting themes (e.g. youth,
    social inclusion, environment, HIV and AIDS);
  • Skills in training and
    facilitation of community processes, including organization and
    mobilization of communities and networking among different development
    partners such as youth groups, community-based organisations, government
    officers and SHA staff;
  • Outstanding communication,
    interpersonal and presentation skills management and organizational
    skills, including proficiency in computer packages especially with
    MSOffice and other related packages;
  • Show commitment to
    international and humanitarian NGO codes, standards and practices;
  • High level of integrity
    and high standards of personal conduct
  • Excellent communication
  • Ability to work as part of
    team across different cultures
  • Ability to work with
    minimum supervision and take initiative
  • Ability to solve problems
    and take corrective action
  • Experience working in
    project geographical region
  • Experience working with
    farmer groups and private sector actors
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are
encouraged to send a filled application form, download
, with a cover letter indicating 3 referees, two of whom should
have been direct supervisors to uganda@selfhelpafrica.net.
Please type Project Field Officer (Based in Kiryandongo, Omoro, Adjumani)” –
[your name]” in the subject line of the e-mail.
Deadline: 22nd June 2018
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