Several Associate Agronomy Advisor NGO Job Opportunities – TechnoServe

Job Title: Associate Agronomy Advisor (Several Job Opportunities)

Organisation: TechnoServe

Duty Station: Mbale/Kapchorwa/Sironko/Tororo/Kabale/Kisoro/Kanungu /Ntungamo/ Kayunga /Luwero/Masaka/ Kyotera, Uganda

Reports to: HortiMAP Business Advisors

 

About US:

TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. We are a nonprofit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets. With more than four decades of proven results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.

 

Program Description:

Through the four-year HortiMAP program funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Techno serve and partners BID Capital and PUM will transform the horticulture industry in Uganda. The program combines catalytic funding through a Market Development Facility and Technical Assistance fund to leverage private sector and local resources and expertise to strengthen SMEs and local supply chains, while delivering world-class entrepreneurship training to farmers and retailers to realize their potential. These interventions are expected to increase incomes for more than 31,000 horticulture farmers, create 11,000 jobs, and improve access to healthy, safe food for 250,000 Ugandan consumers.

 

Job Summary:  This position is part of the Horticultural Value Chain Development Team which ensures delivery of high quality, customized trainings to MDF clients, specifically farmers, producer organizations, retailers and vendors.

 

The Agronomy Associate Advisor will work closely with Business Counsellors, Input suppliers, DLG departments, local stakeholders, and partners, as well as respective country management.  S/he will be responsible for delivering customized training to Producer Organization (POs), Entrepreneurial Farmers (EF) and selected SMEs, and monitoring trainings delivered by Partners by use of monitoring guide

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Continuous mapping, selection, profiling and recruitment of Producer Organizations and Entrepreneurial Farmers and identification of local retailers and vendors of FFV in their regions
  • Use TechnoServe’s tested assessment tools to benchmark producer organizations capacity and help identify areas for improvement.
  • Use the result of the bench mark to tailor support to individual Producer Organizations/EFs based on identified gaps
  • Link producer organizations to business development service providers to build capacity in core areas such governance, member services, and inclusive leadership of women and youth.
  • Deliver TechnoServe’s bespoke technical trainings in areas of Agronomy, Post-harvest handling, soil fertility and management, Integrated pest and disease management trainings to Entrepreneurial Farmers and Producer Organizations.
  • Deliver TechnoServe’s bespoke Entrepreneurship training especially Modules on Farming as Business (FaaB) and personal Effectiveness to PO, farmers and Entrepreneurial Framers
  • Incoporate Gender and youth aspects in delivery of the trainings and pick out key Gender modules to deliver for example -Gender/together we can fly – targeting spouse/house approach
  • Support Partners in delivering Trainings in Good Agricultural Practice, Post-Harvest Handling, Climate Smart Agriculture, Organic Agriculture and Integrated Pest and Disease Management to Producer Organizations and Entrepreneurial farmers
  • Facilitate linkages among the core value chain actors, from input supply through production to Market vendors
  • Promote and scale up identified and proven technologies among the value chain actors in areas of increasing productivity, reducing Post-harvest losses, lowering cost of production and minimizing chemical use.
  • Ensure the delivery of technical training packages is of high quality, is appropriate to the local context, and is effectively reaching participants;
  • Collect baseline figures and measure impact in order to monitor progress (M&E)
  • Planning of activities to ensure that the objectives of the program are met within the set times and resources and that impact is maximized
  • Periodic reporting of the situation on the ground to provide both data and anecdotal evidence of impact
  • Oversee quality of training delivered by Partners and provide backstopping through coaching
  • Working together with Business Counselors, identify Business Development Service providers such as Micro-Finance Institutions and link them with the market actors – Entrepreneurial farmers, Producer Organization, Vendors and micro-retailers
  • Represent Technoserve in the districts of operation and Collaborate with district production departments to execute the roles agreed on the MoU.in consultation with Technoserve’s Country Management
  • Building strong partnerships and professional working relations with key stakeholders in the districts of operation, such as District Local government, lower local government, other projects in the area, etc.





Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • A diploma in Agricultural Sciences with bias to crop production. A degree is an added advantage.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ field experience with extension service, Farmer Institutional development, youth development or entrepreneurship in Uganda
  • Knowledge of the horticulture in specific and agriculture sector in the different districts locations
  • Strong private sector experience, facilitation skills and Participatory Approach in Extension
  • Knowledge of Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA), Gender and Youth Engagement in agriculture
  • Relevant skills of Monitoring and Evaluation tools and practices, such use of digital platform for data capturing and reporting
  • Good computer skills (Excel and MS word)
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in the local language(s) or one of the local languages spoken in the district
  • Ability to ride Motorcycle with valid riding permit, or willingness to learn and acquire permit in one-month period

 

How to Apply:

All suitably qualified and interested applicants should apply online at the link below.

 

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NB:

  • Please submit a resume, cover letter and three professional references.
  • Identify the District for which you are applying in your cover Letter
  • Please note that only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.

 

Deadline: 21st July 2021

 

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