Agriculture Extension Officer NGO Jobs – Finn Church Aid (FCA)

Job
Title:        
 Agriculture
Extension Officer
Organization: Finn
Church Aid (FCA)
Duty Station: 
Uganda
Reports to: Livelihood
Specialist / Area Manager
About US:
Finn Church Aid
(FCA) is the largest Finnish international aid organization. We operate in 14
countries, where the needs are most dire. We work with the poorest people,
regardless of their religious beliefs, ethnic background or political
convictions. Our work is based on rights, which means that our operations are
guided by equality, non-discrimination and responsibility.
Job Summary:   The Agriculture Extension Officer will
oversee the implementation of the project innovative extension model aimed at
stimulating the traditional poor farmers to become innovative farmers, working
with them to improve maize productivity and creating with them a ‘direct maize
market’ with improved terms of trade. He / she will implement all field-level
activities related to the production, post-harvest handling, and value addition
and marketing, for the targeted smallholder maize farmers in accordance with
the approved FSL proposal, budget and timelines.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  Specifically, the Agriculture Extension
Officer will perform the following duties:
·       
Develop
monthly, quarterly and annual work plans and budgets;
·       
Provide
technical advice to maize smallholder farmers on how to adopt best farming practices.
·       
Provide
technical backstopping to the targeted maize farmers through regular On-farm support
visits, conducting Farmer Field Days and establishment of demonstrations /
centres of excellence;
·       
Provide
technical advice on design elements to strengthen the Community-based
Agricultural
·       
Extension
System through the novel Agricultural Enterprise Agents (AEAs) approach.
·       
Provide
training, mentorship and coaching of AEAs in maize value chain development approach.
·       
Supervise
the AEAs and ensure effective implementation of project community-based extension
activities.
·       
Establish
a system to monitor and evaluate project activities, collect and update
accurate and
·       
timely
FSL related research data on an on-going basis.
·       
Maintain
networks of collaboration with technical specialists, district Agricultural
Office to gather information and promote awareness of technical issues to
improve extension systems and advisory services.
·       
Support
the development of partnerships with the district, private sector, NGOs, CBOS
and other stakeholders involved in the area of the maize value chains /
agriculture.
·       
Compile
farmer profiles include training needs, output and any data needs as might be required
·       
Participate
in stakeholder dialogue and consultation meetings with project communities
·       
Support
the development of increased market linkages for the FSL targeted smallholder farmers.
·       
Perform
other related duties as required.




Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·       
The
applicant for the Finn Church Aid (FCA) Agriculture Extension Officer job
opportunity should hold a University Degree in Extension, Agriculture Sciences,
Rural Development, or related field. Additional training in Value Chain
governance will be an added advantage
·       
Five
years of relevant experience in planning and implementation of agricultural
extension projects in rural development context.
·       
A deep
understanding of the M4P Approach and value chain governance.
·       
Previous
experience implementing similar activities in a refugee setting will be an
added advantage
·       
Working
knowledge of English, Runyakore / Rukiga, Kiswahili and Kinyabwisha
·       
Experience
in rural agricultural extension with poor smallholder farms
·       
Good
knowledge of project planning and management.
·       
Demonstrated
ability to prepare clear and concise technical reports
·       
Demonstrated
ability to plan, organize, and conduct technical meetings and training
activities
·       
Computer
literacy i.e. Ms Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access
·       
Ability
to work in a local and refugee context in remote areas
·       
Ability
to work in a local and refugee context in remote areas
·       
Ability
to ride a motorcycle and possession of a valid riding permit is a MUST
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested applications should send a cover letter and a CV (not
more than 5 pages) with at least three referees and a daytime telephone contact
with copies of academic papers addressed to:
The Human Resource
and Administration Manager,
Finn Church AID,
Uganda Country Office,
P.O. Box 21826
Kampala, Tank Hill Rd, Roche Close, Plot 1495 Muyenga, Uganda.
Email applications
should be in one file attachment (Ms Word or PDF) mentioning the position title
in the subject to Ugaco.hr@kua.fi
Applications may
also be hand delivered to our office in Kampala.
Deadline: 26th June 2020.
NB: Only
shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Women and PWDS are encouraged to
apply. Host and Refugee communities are encouraged to apply
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