Food Security & Livelihoods (FSL) Officer Job Opportunities – Action Against Hunger-USA

Job Title:    Food Security & Livelihoods (FSL) Officer

Organisation: Action Against Hunger-USA

Duty Station:  Uganda

Reports to: Program Manager

 

About US:

Action Against Hunger-USA is part of the Action Against Hunger International network, which provides humanitarian relief in over 40 countries worldwide in the sectors of nutrition, health, water/sanitation, and food security. Action Against Hunger-USA, an independent NGO, currently manages operations in 9 countries: Kenya, South Sudan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Cambodia, Tanzania, Uganda, Haiti and Somalia. Action Against Hunger-USA has over $92 million in programs, and approximately 2000 staff based in in the various country offices and the three Head Quarter Locations of New York City, Washington D.C, Nairobi. Additional growth is anticipated.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

Technical Support

  • Technically support the Project in key technical aspects related to; Crop production & management, animal husbandry & management, Agroforestry and Agro-ecology, Soil & water conservation, Irrigation, Water Harvesting and value chain development.
  • Actively promote concepts of agro ecology, climate smart agriculture and smart animal production.
  • Strongly ensure alignment of the FSL activities with the care group model.
  • Ensure the coherence & linkage of the different program activities ranging from health seeking, nutrition support, FSL support, business development & linkage.
  • Ensure active participation of the various categories of beneficiaries in project interventions.
  • Implement all the planned field based activities in respective areas of project implementation in planned time and coherent manner.
  • Support the PM to identify key stakeholders involved in the value chain and conduct discussions with them to identify area of supports to develop linkages and collaborative way of working.
  • Coordinate relevant stakeholders and service providers to deliver trainings to project beneficiaries such as financial literacy trainings, agriculture loans, inputs, quality control and management, etc.
  • Conduct market studies and advise on best implementation strategies that would ensure that targeted farmers and farmer groups have profitable agribusiness ventures.
  • Develop a sustainable marketing structure, including an umbrella commodity marketing associations to enhance market access
  • Prepare weekly and monthly individual work plans and submit to the team with clear deliverables and targets.

Capacity Building

  • Identify training needs and build capacity of the Field Supervisors and Community Facilitators in all key technical programme aspects (Crop production and management, Agroforestry and Agro-ecology, Farmer field schools (FFSs), Soil & water conservation, Irrigation and management, Water Harvesting and Mushroom production and value chain support)
  • Provide capacity development training and support to the key stakeholders & project staff to effectively mobilize and deliver agri-business development services to beneficiaries (social mobilizing, identification of interest groups, business planning, and strengthening market linkages).
  • Develop training manuals per thematic area, and Participate in the training of beneficiaries, staff & stakeholders per the project requirements.
  • Train the groups on business planning and develop bankable business plans for all farmer groups and individual replicators as well as recommend relevant improvements in the agri-business enterprises that would enable the groups realize better returns on their investments.
  • In liaison with the PM organise and supervise all project capacity development activities i.e. trainings for facilitators, Lead mothers/demo site leaders/household care group 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.
  • Participate in all project review assessments, surveys and studies and ensure these are conducted as per protocol.
  • 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 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 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.
  • Conduct detailed induction and orientation of new staff under your supervision ensuring that all relevant documents and tools of work are shared with new staff
  • Set probationary objectives with new staff and follow up reviews are done in time for timely support

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.
  • Mobilize communities and community leaders to participate in Action Against Hunger project in community activities and organize regular community meetings to address areas for program improvement
  • Work closely with relevant district departments (Production, Animal production, Operation Wealth Creation & Natural resources) and NARO to share relevant information.
  • Participate in internal and external meetings as per the PM guidance
  • As delegated by the PM, 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 PM, attend interagency & sectoral coordination meetings at the settlements and District level.
  • Attend donor meetings and field visits as required.
  • Deliver diligently in any other duties as assigned from time to time.





Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree (honors) in Agronomy, Animal Production, Agribusiness or any other relevant field with at least 3 years’ continuous experience implementing livelihood, animal production or agribusiness related activities. Additionally, a diploma in Agricultural related studies with at least 3 years’ practical experience in a successful livelihood project shall be considered.
  • Previous work with a busy multi-sectoral setting/programming is an asset.
  • Previous work in a refugee setting is desirable.
  • Knowledge and practical experience in value chain development.
  • Knowledge and practical experience in public private partnerships.
  • Previous work experience with farmer organizations.
  • Capacity building of organizations and individuals
  • Participatory training methodologies
  • Network of private sector contacts
  • Strong presentation skills with mastery of Power point, Excel, MS word
  • Strong communication skills (written and oral) in English
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently
  • Team player, Extremely flexible with the ability to cope with stressful situations
  • Excellent reporting skills with good oral and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of the local language is an added advantage
  • Culturally sensitive
  • Ability to ride a motorcycle and possession of a valid riding permit

 

Desired:

  • Knowledge of the local Area, local context, language is an added advantage
  • Possess skills in community mobilization
  • Networking skills
  • A go-getter and able to develop new business partnerships and ingenious but practical business ideas

 

How to Apply:

Follow the link below to attach a cover letter and an updated resume as one document (Word or PDF).

 

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Deadline: 16th July 2021.

 

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