Agronomist Job Vacancies – Action Against Hunger – USA

Job Title:  Agronomist

Organisation: Action Against Hunger – USA

Duty Station:  Uganda

Report to: Program Manager

 

About US:

Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organization that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger. We save the lives of malnourished children. We ensure families can access clean water, food, training, and health care. We enable entire communities to be free from hunger. With more than 6,500 staff in over 45 countries, our programs reached 14.9 million people over the years.

Action Against Hunger currently supports refugees and host communities in Adjumani, Yumbe, Kiryandongo and Kikuube Districts by aligning our support with development plans in relation to nutrition, WASH, Food Security, Livelihoods and health interventions. Action Against Hunger utilizes innovative, evidence-based practices to build community and household resilience and self-reliance, while improving the quality of government services by using sustainable approaches to reduce hunger and malnutrition.

 

Job Summary:  The Agronomist will be responsible for supporting community activities at the field level, which include identification and sensitization of OLUM beneficiaries, establishment of OLUM groups in liaison with the Community Based Facilitators. Other key deliverables include supporting capacity-building of OLUM Agents.

 

Provide technical support in the training and sensitization of targeted beneficiaries on the Optimized Land Use Model (OLUM) as required by the supervisor, compile reports, learning documents and key studies that inform key project indicators as required by the Grant.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

Technical Support

  • Technically support the MAE Project in key technical aspects related to agronomy, production and productivity i.e. To promote Optimized Land Use Model (OLUM) as an approach in crop production and management for refugee households, Agro-ecology involving Soil & water conservation, small scale Irrigation and water harvesting when applicable.
  • Actively promote concepts of agro ecology and climate smart agriculture.
  • Ensure that community based demonstration gardens are set up and maintained appropriately by the target community while ensuring their nutrition sensitivity.
  • Identify and train the OLUM agents to cascade OLUM approach to all targeted beneficiaries ensuring 100% replication among all participating households.
  • Conduct regular visit to the OLUM agents and their groups to monitor proper adoption of the OLUM and assess work of the Community Based Facilitators.
  • Ensure active participation of the various stakeholders and beneficiaries in the project activities.
  • Implement all the planned field based activities in respective areas of project implementation in planned time and coherent manner.
  • Prepare weekly and monthly individual work plans and submit to the supervisors.
  • Coordinate and develop synergies with the nutrition activities (sensitization sessions) to ensure integration of nutrition and Food security activities.

Capacity Building

  • Contribute to improve the existing OLUM training manual and posters as per thematic area, and Participate in the training of beneficiaries as per the project requirements.
  • Identify training needs and build capacity of the Community based facilitators in all key technical programme aspects (OLUM, Agro-ecology, Soil & water conservation, Irrigation management, Water Harvesting)
  • In liaison with the APM organise and supervise all project capacity development activities i.e. trainings for Community Based Facilitators, OLUM agents and household members.

Assessment and reporting

  • Participate in beneficiary profiling, beneficiary registration, and base line-end line assessments in FSL activities through technical review and guidance on data collection tools.
  • Document and compile reports on project activities including Monthly & Quarterly donor reports, internal reports (Project Activity Reports (APRs) and activity reports (meetings, and any other activity).
  • Support the establishment of a database for all project activities to regularly monitor and evaluate their activities.
  • Oversee reporting on project progress, success stories and lessons learned during project implementation.
  • Conduct trend of food security and nutrition analyses of the refugee influx and host community and give recommendations on how Action Against Hunger can better position itself.

Staff Management & Supervision

  • Ensure that staff/persons under your supervision (Community based facilitators FSL) are effectively engaged in their tasks and perform their duties accordant to Action Against Hunger expectation.
  • Ensure that staff under your supervision develop weekly and quarterly activity work plans and adhere to them.
  • Identify training needs of staff under your supervision and suggest an appropriate training plan.

Coordination & Representation

  • Participate in appropriate multi-district activities related to FSL for example; field days, workshops, seminars, agricultural shows, and field monitoring visits.
  • Ensure that stakeholders are sensitized on program accountability and have information on beneficiary feedback mechanism.
  • Work closely with relevant district departments (Production, Operation Wealth Creation & Natural resources) and NARO to share relevant information.
  • Participate in internal and external meetings as per the APM guidance and with support of the Field Coordinator.
  • As delegated by the APM, respond to complaints and questions related to Agricultural Production and Productivity.
  • Actively participate in events organized in the refugee and host community setting.
  • Coordinate with other sections of Action Against Hunger and all other stakeholders in the response.
  • As delegated by the APM, attend interagency & sectoral coordination meetings at the settlements and District level.
  • Attend donor meetings and field visits as required.
  • Preform other duties as assigned from time to time.

 




Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal applicant must hold a Bachelor degree (honors) in Agronomy, Agroforestry, or any other relevant field. A diploma in Agricultural related studies with at least 3 years’ practical experience in a successful Agronomy related project shall be considered
  • At least 3 years’ continuous experience implementing Agronomy related activities.
  • Previous work experience in a refugee setting is desirable.
  • You work with a busy multi-sectoral setting/programming is an asset.
  • Strong communication skills (written and oral) English
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently
  • Extremely flexible with the ability to cope with stressful situations
  • Excellent reporting skills
  • Good knowledge of the local Area, refugee problematic, local context, including being able to speak Swahili and/or local languages used in Kikuube and Isingiro districts.

 

How to Apply:

All suitably qualified candidates who desire to work in one of the world’s prestigious French-founded Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Action Against Hunger , should click the web link below to visit recruitment website.

 

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Deadline: 20th July 2021

 

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