Community Development Assistant – MENU Project – World Vision

Organization: World Vision
Reports to: Project
Manager
Duty Station: Uganda 
About us:
World Vision Uganda is a
Christian relief, development and advocacy non-government organization
dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome
poverty and injustice. We currently work in over 82 districts in Uganda
implementing projects in health & nutrition, water, sanitation &
hygiene (WASH), livelihoods & community resilience, education and child
protection. World Vision (WV) is committed to the protection of children and
adult beneficiaries from exploitation and abuse and will not employ people
whose background is not suitable for working with the beneficiaries above. All
employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of all applicable
background checks, including criminal record checks where possible.
Job Summary: The Community Development Assistant – MENU
Project will
implement field level project activities in line with
targets and donor standards in a manner that contributes to sustained and
improved child wellbeing. Specifically, the Marketing CDA will be responsible
for marketing of bio fortified crops among the beneficiary households with in
specified locations.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Project planning and implementation:
  • Actively
    participate in project start up workshops, annual and semi-annual planning
    and review processes sharing marketing and business support progress and
    new plans.
  • Facilitate
    and monitor the implementation of planned activities and community level
    engagements.
  • Mobilize
    and register target beneficiaries, re-organize them into farmer
    associations to receive various support including capacity building, and
    planting.
  • Ensure
    that Project marketing activities are integrated into the District
    development plan
  • Supervise
    and monitor ongoing marketing activities under the MENU project.
  • Coordinate
    MENU marketing activities being implemented in the various districts by
    commercial farmers, partners and technical resource persons.
  • Initiate
    and participate in Resilience and Livelihood district Advocacy
    initiatives.
  • Liaise
    with the regional Resilience and Livelihood technical officer for quality
    implementation of the project.
  • Contribute
    to effective team management and supervision of farmer groups.
Capacity building and training:
  • Conduct
    farmer training in post-harvest handling and other related aspects in the
    value chain for biofortified crops.
  • Facilitate
    farmer trainings through result and method demonstrations at selected
    community sites.
  • Identify
    and train women and youths entrepreneurs into value addition and product
    development on biofortified crops.
  • Interface
    and train traders in the best practices intended to increase sales
    including; post-harvest management, record keeping.
  • Conduct
    business to business meeting between smallholder farmers and traders.
  • Through
    trainings, create awareness and emphasize the nutritional benefits of
    biofortified crops especially orange sweet potatoes and iron rich beans.
  • Provide
    mentoring and coaching to commercial farmers, traders, groups to build
    local capacity for understanding and connecting with community linkages.
  • Conduct
    periodic (quarterly and bi-annual) stakeholder reviews, sharing
    experiences and learning from each other and scaling up the best
    practices.
Partnership, networking and advocacy:
  • Identify
    local level partners including Market link farmers (MLFs), schools,
    traders, transporters, processors and facilitate them in the
    implementation of activities.
  • Build
    strategic linkages, relations, collaborations and networks with partners
    and other stakeholders in implementation at the District level.
  • Mobilize
    and facilitate the engagements of marketing related stakeholders during
    planning and development meetings, workshops and other fora.
  • Facilitate
    stakeholders and partners in supervision and monitoring of programmatic
    activities.
  • Identify
    and mentor marketing groups to upscale biofortified crops production and
    aggregation.
  • Influence
    and facilitate the uptake of biofortified crops by schools, health
    centers, prisons, and other institutions.
  • Mobilize
    various stakeholders and engage in dialogues for improved marketing and
    utilization of biofortification.
  • Organize
    and execute annual events such as farmer field days, trade fairs, World
    Food Day celebrations, with exhibitions.
  • Support
    local leaders, technical teams and other stakeholders to participate in
    awareness campaigns including radio and other media shows, street walks
    etc.
Act as:
  • Point
    of contact on crop production and marketing in the area of operation for
    the project
  • Create
    and estimate demand for biofortified crop in areas of operation and
    beyond.
  • Identify
    and present market development opportunities through networks and relationships
    with other institutions and organizations and NGOs working.
  • Work
    closely with District initiatives through the District production Office
    on constraints of targeted crops and opportunities for marketing
    biofortification.
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning:
  • Facilitate
    formation and coordination of community structures including commercial
    farmers, market link farmers to help in project monitoring.
  • Collect
    data and conduct data analysis on the impact of farming methods among
    participating farmers.
  • Jointly
    conduct planning and review, monitoring visits with sub-county
    stakeholders, district commercial office, commercial farmers, for learning
    and awareness raising annually.
  • Monitor
    Distribution of project inputs and seed loan recovery timely from
    commercial farmers.
  • Collect
    relevant and accurate data monthly, quarterly for feeding into main
    database.
  • Support
    the collection and documentation of impact and success stories.
  • Participate
    in data tools development, review and testing for accuracy and reliability.
  • Participate
    in capacity building events organized by donor in fields to include Seeds
    systems, Nutrition, Marketing and Product development, Advocacy as and
    when called on.
  • Share
    monitoring outcomes with sub-county stakeholders during periodic reflections.
  • Compile
    and share quality monthly, quarterly and semi-annual reports with
    supervisor, supported by photos and progress stories.
Innovation and documentation:
  • Establish
    community technology dissemination strategies including sweet potato vine
    multiplication and conservation and multiplication of iron beans.
  • Establish
    demonstration plots at sub-county, health centres, schools for comparison
    of practices and learning practically.
  • Innovatively
    carry out market promotion events, establish point of sales and document
    trends.
  • Capture
    and share quarterly pictorial and or video documentaries and bulletins for
    posting on WV and HarvestPlus links.
  • Stagger
    production to ensure continuity and consistent supply of biofortified
    crops.
  • Annually
    post a transformation story on biofortification working group or Community
    of Practice (CoP).
  • Contribute
    ideas to articles and publications in media especially during
    commemoration of key events including World Food Day, and various regional
    trade fairs.



Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate must hold a minimum of a Diploma in agriculture,
    agribusiness, development studies or any other related field. Or
    experience of more than 6 years in progressive crop production and
    marketing.
  • Understanding
    of the sweet potato and iron beans production system in Uganda.
  • Strong
    interpersonal skills and ability to create linkages between smallholder
    farmers and traders/ markets.
  • Strong
    experience in documentation and evidence based/impact reporting.
  • Ability
    to work in a team to achieve excellence in execution, committed,
    accountable and passionate about the work we do.
  • Willingness
    to work and live in rural setting with lots of movements.
  • Commitment
    to World Vision mission and partnership values and sensitivity to its various
    expressions across cultures and denominations.
  • Track
    record demonstrating high integrity, reliable and dependable.
  • Able
    to ride a Motor Cycle with a valid rider’s permit-class A.
How to apply: 
All suitably qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online by
visiting World Vision International’s e-recruitment jobs portal at the web link
below.
Please follow instructions on How to Create Account and Profile at World
Vision’s e-recruitment portal.  Qualified
female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.
Deadline: 17th October 2019
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