Community Facilitator – IMPACT Jobs – Farm Africa

Job Title:    Community Facilitator – Increasing Market-orientated Production of Arabica Coffee Together (IMPACT)

Organization:  Farm Africa

Duty Station:  Kasese, Uganda

 

About US:

Farm Africa, founded in 1985, is an international non-governmental organization working in Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. We drive agricultural and environmental change to improve lives. Our strategy has three pillars: agricultural expertise, management and preservation of ecosystems, and the power of business to drive prosperity. We believe Africa has the power to feed itself and are helping make this happen by establishing and spreading the best farming and forestry techniques so that poor farmers and herders have more food to feed their families and to sell. We help smallholders manage their natural resources sustainably so that they can withstand climate change challenges and shocks and ensure their families have enough food in the future as well as now. Farm Africa works in partnership with communities, government, local and international organizations, and the private sector to innovate, learn and share best practices for maximum impact of our projects.

 

About Project:

Farm Africa in partnership with UGACOF Ltd, secured a two and half year project, funded by the European Union, supporting coffee farmers in Western region (Rwenzori, Kigezi & Ankole).  The project focuses on reducing production, harvest and post-harvest losses, to expand marketing opportunities for smallholders and increase smallholders’ price incentive through diversification into higher value export markets. This will be achieved by:

  • Mechanisation of processing to reduce post-harvest and processing losses;
  • Ensuring quality, sustainability and traceability standards as required by EU and ACP premium buyer demands;
  • Ensuring farmers receive a price that reflects the quality of their produce and are therefore incentivised to continue to produce high-quality coffee.

 

A broad range of CSOs will be engaged in the project ranging from coffee farming households, local government, Uganda Coffee Development Authority and Agro-input Dealers and Suppliers. Key project activities will include; investing in 4 Washing Stations and supporting Drying and Collection Centre facilities in Arabica-producing areas of Western Uganda, currently underserved by coffee processing facilities; building capacity of 8,000 coffee farming households, through training and support on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) practices, sustainability standards adherence and reducing harvest and post-harvest (HPH) losses at farm level;

 

Job Summary:  The M&E Trainee/Intern will focus on maintaining accurate records regarding the delivery of project outputs (trainings etc). They will support the community facilitators with data collection, and ensure that all data is stored digitally for reporting purposes. They will receive mentorship from the MEL advisor, and throughout the project have the opportunity to support with external M&E consultancies, stakeholder feedback, project review meetings etc and to build their skills and experience. S/he will also work closely with UGACOF Ltd, and other stakeholders the project implementation.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Plan and deliver project monitoring and evaluation activities for IMPACT

  • Working with the Project Coordinator (PC), MEL Coordinator & UGACOF Ltd to execute the Monitoring & Learning Plan (MLP) for the IMPACT project
  • Ensure that the project delivery team fully understand the MLP and the role that they will be playing in ensuring the outcomes of the project and delivered and the data required to demonstrate that
  • Develop (as appropriate), and disseminate data collection tools to project delivery staff and ensure that they are fully understood
  • Coordinate data collection by the project delivery team – and in particular support the delivery team to integrate regular data collection into their routine activities
  • Ensure that all monitoring data as outlined in the MLP and requested by the PC is accurately entered on to the project databases in a timely manner and is readily available to support quarterly donor reporting requirements
  • Organise and facilitate bi-annual community feedback sessions
  • Work with PC, MEL Coordinator, MEL Advisor, UGACOF Ltd to plan and deliver baseline survey, annual/quarterly data collection exercises and the final project evaluation.
  • Work with the PC and the Project Accountant and Administrator (PA&A) to ensure all activities are planned and conducted according to the organisation’s and the donor’s financial and procurement requirements and procedures

Work with the PC, MEL Coordinator, MEL Advisor and UGACOF Ltd to ensure coherent delivery of monitoring, evaluation and learning activities across the entire programme.

  • Work with the MEL Coordinator to ensure consistency of approach in indicator reporting across the UGACOF Ltd and Farm Africa
  • Work with the MEL Coordinator & UGACOF Ltd to develop and produce data collection tools for use by project staff and partners
  • Work closely with UGACOF Ltd to ensure harmonization of all M&E tools and processes and coordinate with them on the learning components of the project
  • Work closely with the Quality and Impact team in London to ensure their input and review in planning, implementation and reporting of all the above activities

Supporting project planning and reporting

  • Lead regular reviews of the project’s log-frame and data collection plans, and ensure that the project is collecting the breadth of indicators required at a frequency and timing in line with reporting purposes
  • Lead on the preparation and reflection processes leading to the annual project performance review (PPR) and ensure integration of the PPR’s conclusion and action points into further project planning
  • Support the PC to compile donor reports, and in particular ensure availability and timely cleaning and analysis of both outcome and output data
  • Participate in reviews of the project’s work plan and budget as part of the quarterly and annual planning processes
  • Work closely with the PC to collect and compile lessons learned, ensure dissemination and maintain dialogue on key project findings

Play key role in delivering the wider objectives of both the IMPACT programme, and Farm Africa’s work in Uganda.

  • Participate in project team meetings as requested by the PC
  • Build capacity of local communities, partners and staff on data collection, management, analysis and results-based monitoring principles
  • Review and contribute to the development of various project or organisational presentations, reports, or other publications on M&E and knowledge management at Farm Africa.
  • Support the implementation of the project’s visibility strategy in line with donor guidelines.
  • Contribute to the relevant forum to share M&E and knowledge management experience of the project and contribute to the growth of Farm Africa’s expertise in these areas
  • Maintain regular and effective communications with the wider project team, Uganda Country Office and UGACOF Ltd.
  • In consultation with the PC, act as an ambassador, promoting the project and the work of Farm Africa, including hosting visitors, speaking at workshops, conferences and meeting donors and other officials as and when required.
  • Contribute to the development of relevant Farm Africa strategies

 

These essential functions are not to be interpreted as a complete statement of all duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other job related duties as required. All work responsibilities are subject to having performance goals and/or targets established.





Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the Farm Africa Community Facilitator job opportunity should hold relevant academic qualification (Degree or equivalent) in numerate/ analytical subject (e.g. statistics, economics, econometrics, applied social science)
  • Demonstrable understanding of monitoring and evaluation principles and practices, including the application of the log frame approach
  • Experience of conducting quantitative and qualitative field research and analysis
  • Experience in synthesising data and drafting clear written reports/ briefings
  • Experience in organising ongoing data collection exercises
  • Experience of designing data collection tools and disseminating them to colleagues in the project delivery team
  • Experience of designing and/or maintaining databases of project information

 

Skills & abilities

  • Ability to inspire and capacity build colleagues to collect high quality data during their daily project delivery duties.
  • Ability to draw key learnings from both qualitative and quantitative data and make project delivery recommendations based upon it
  • Strong communication skills (verbal & written)
  • Methodical, thorough approach with attention to detail
  • Expert in data management and manipulation, especially using Excel

 

Desirable

  • Experience of working in an M&E or knowledge management role in an INGO
  • Experience conducting field research in Western Uganda
  • Fluency in Runyankore / Rukiga

 

Our VALUES

Investing in smallholder farming is the number one way to combat poverty in rural Africa. Farm Africa is a leading NGO specialising in growing agriculture, protecting the environment and developing businesses in rural Africa.

 

EXPERT. Deep expertise and insightful evidence-based solutions are at the heart of everything Farm Africa does.

 

GROUNDED. Positive change starts with Africa’s people, so our experts work closely with local communities, engaging them in every level of decision-making.

 

IMPACTFUL. We take a long-term view so we can deliver lasting changes for farmers and their families.

 

BOLD. We model innovative new approaches and are not afraid to challenge strategies that are failing.

 

How to Apply:

All candidates should send a cover letter and updated CV only to ugandarecruitment@farmafrica.org

 

Deadline: 14th May 2021 by 5:00 PM

 

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