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  • Posted on: 12 January, 2018 Deadline: 19 January, 2018
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    Field Officer

     

    REF: FO/01/2018

    JOB SUMMARY & PURPOSE:

    Reporting to the Project Officer under “EVALUATING IMPACTS OF GENDER INTEGRATION ON AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITY OUTCOMES” project, the position holder will work closely with the communities in target project sites and work as a member of the project team based in Nyandarua County, Kinangop constituency. The suitable candidate will support coordinating and implementation of all project level activities/events within the project sites. Successful candidate will support establishment of FFBS/FFS from farmer groups in project target areas in line with objectives and approaches of the project. The field officer will support identification and selection of community groups engaged in horticultural value chains to engage in FFS/FFBS activities.

    Tasks and responsibilities

    • R 1: Facilitate participatory CBA analysis and planning processes for the ALP communities and the project stakeholders (30%)
    • Tasks
      • Support farmer groups identification, selection and initiation to FFS/FFBS activities
      • Support institutional mapping exercise to identify local actors and organisations in agriculture within project locales
      • Participate and support facilitation of regular training, planning and coordination sessions amongst FFS/FFBS at the community level
      • Support to entrench FFS/FFBS activities within community households in collaboration with the county MoA and other project stakeholders
      • Support capacity and needs assessments within farmer groups project stakeholders
      • Support all field surveys organized for the project (i.e baseline, mid and end-line evaluations)
    • R 2: Capacity building and support to FFS/FFBS on implementation of project plans, strategies and activities (40%)
    • Tasks
      • Support training/capacity building of farmer groups within target communities on establishment and management of pigeon pea and Irish potato value chains
      • Participate in formal and informal FFS/FFBS sessions as part of planned project implementation activities
      • Support farmer groups implement FFS/FFBS project activities in a gender-sensitive, sustainable and environmentally friendly approach
      • Identify support needed by farmer groups to adapt to planned field level project activities
      • Support farmer groups by providing linkages with the relevant service providers
      • Capacity build farmer groups on issues relevant to pigeon pea and Irish potato environmental conservation and management
      • Provide supports and mentoring to farmer groups through formal and informal trainings and cross learning sessions
      • Support data collection, entry, synthesis and reporting to project management office
      • Support activity, monthly, quarterly and annual reporting project activities
      • Conduct any other project related task as required by the project officer.
    • R3: Building capacity of County level partner organizations and community groups (20%)
    • Tasks
      • Assist to evaluate capacity of partner organizations working at Community and County level
      • Support and participate in development of a capacity building strategy
      • Assist to provide training, mentoring and ongoing technical advice to project and community level partners
      • Assist to facilitate external training opportunities for farmer groups and other project partners as needed
      • R4: Monitoring, evaluation, reporting and documentation of processes and results at community and County (20%)

    Tasks

    • Implement the project information and knowledge management system
    • Facilitate monitoring of processes and results by farmer groups working at community level.
    • Assist to support partners in reporting and documentation on results, processes and lessons learnt.
    • Facilitate reflection and learning formal and informal sessions among farmer groups and identify key lessons learned
    • Support in compiling farmer groups and county level partner reports for submission
    • Management of Project Resources

    Tasks

    • Support distribution of field inputs to ensure adequate and timely provision to participating farmer group/communities and partner organizations communities
    • Ensure proper maintenance and use of assigned project resources

    AUTHORITY:

    Spending Authority:

    The position does not have authority to approve expenditure.

    Supervision:

    The position holder has no supervisory roles

    Decision Making:

    The position holder can make decision at the field level based on the field conditions but in consultation with the project officer and/or project manager

    CONTACTS/KEY RELATIONSHIPS (internal & external):

    • Project Officer
    • KALRO project team lead and its support staff
    • UoN project lead and its pro-graduate students
    • County and sub-county Ministry of Agriculture staff and field officers
    • Target Community farmer groups and participating households
    • Any other institution/organization as required from time-to-time

    WORKING CONDITIONS:

    The position is 100% based in Nyandarua County, Kinangop constituency with 60% field travel.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    Education:

    The Field Officer will have a minimum qualification of a university degree, in a relevant discipline such as as Agriculture, Agronomy, Rural development, community development and livelihoods. The candidate must have practical experience in community facilitation and working with research and academic teams both locally and internationally.

    S/he is expected to interact closely with members of the technical team both nationally and internationally as well as County MoA officials and local project stakeholders and community project beneficiaries.

    Experience:

    • At least four years of experience working with agricultural based research organisations, including a minimum of three years working with communities
    • Strong experience and knowledge of agricultural value chains, sustainable livelihoods and disaster risk reduction approaches or all the three.
    • Practical experience in planning, implementation and reporting of agronomic practices/value chains
    • An understanding of climate change effects on agricultural value chains and the need to build community resilience
    • Positive experiences working with county governance structures and community relationship-building
    • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to gender and diversity

    Competencies:

    • People Skills: Ability to work as a team player.
    • Demonstrated ability to listen to and work with communities in a sensitive and participatory manner.
    • Communication Skills: Well developed written and oral communication skills in English. Able to communicate clearly and sensitively with internal and external stakeholders.
    • Computer Skills: Basic computing skills Ms Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook;
    • Integrity: Works with trustworthiness and integrity and has a clear commitment to CARE's core values and humanitarian principles.
    • Flexibility: Willing to be in the field up to 70% of the time
    • Fair knowledge of local language and environment will be an added advantage

    Project Officer

     

    JOB SUMMARY & PURPOSE:

    Reporting to the Climate Change Specialist, the Project Officer (PO) within the “EVALUATING IMPACTS OF GENDER INTEGRATION ON AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITY OUTCOMES” project is responsible for supervising and coordinating field research and adaptation activities in collaboration with project key stakeholder (KALRO and UoN) as well as county governance and the community structures. The PO will also be responsible for participatory community level mobilization, implementation of all FFS activities, participatory M&E, including training workshop and seminars working with Ministry of Agriculture, Extension services and Ministry of social services.

    S/He will focus on coordinating project level activities in collaboration with all project partners such as KALRO, UoN and project technical experts while promoting and building capacity around Farmer Field and business Schools (FFBS) for community-based chicken pea and Irish Potato value chain adaptation activities. Drawing on emerging lessons from project outputs, the position holder will support the formulation and implementation of project activities as well as providing the required documentation on emerging lessons, knowledge learnt, agronomic data, field report and other documents as required from time-to-time with a focus on improving the agricultural productivity and livelihoods of communities within the project sites.

    Tasks and responsibilities

    • Facilitate participatory establishment and implementation of FFBS within target project sites (30%)
    • Tasks
      • Support of participatory, gender-sensitive FFBS at community level
      • Participate in development , testing, rollout and upscaling of Pigeon pea and Irish potato value chains to be tested within the FFS/FFBS models in collaboration with project partners and other Country Project Team
      • Support planning of required data collection and data collection implementation; data synthesis, analysis and validation of relevant data emerging from FFBS/FFS.
      • Take a lead role in facilitating the identification and prioritization of FFBS/FFS activities at community level for CARE and other project stakeholders
      • Facilitate identification of technical needs (capacity building/training/resource requirements) by project beneficiaries, community target groups for successful implementation of FFS/FFBS
      • Coordinate activities implementation and reporting
      • Coordinate and support activity, quarterly, semi-annual and annual project reporting activities
    • Coordinating activities of local implementing partner organizations working at county and community levels (20%)
    • Tasks
      • Contribute to institutional mapping exercise to identify local agricultural actors involved in garden pea and Irish potato value chains
      • Participate in community groups selection for establishment of FFS/FFBS at community level
      • Support county partners to develop work plans and strategies to achieve project results
      • Monitor activities of local implementing partner organizations
      • Facilitate regular coordination meetings among partners working at project and community level
    • Building capacity of County level partner organizations and community groups (20%)
    • Tasks
      • Support in planning and capacity evaluation of partner organizations at Community and County level
      • Participate and coordinate in the development of a capacity building strategy
      • Support and coordinate training, mentoring and ongoing technical advice to project and community level partners
      • Facilitate external training opportunities for county level partners
    • Monitoring, evaluation, reporting and documentation of processes and results at community and County (20%)
    • Tasks
      • Support and coordinate development and implementation of activities M&E system
      • Support and coordinate project information and knowledge management system development and implementation
      • Facilitate monitoring of processes and results by partners working at community and County levels
      • Support partners in reporting and documentation on processes, results and lessons learnt
      • Facilitate reflection and learning sessions among farmer groups and other project partners to identify key lessons learned
      • Coordinate and support monthly, quarterly and annual project report for donor submission
    • Management of Project Resources
    • Tasks
      • Coordinate procurement planning of field level expendables and inputs to ensure adequate and timely provision to participating farmer group/communities and partner organizations communities
      • Supervise proper maintenance and use of assigned project resources

    AUTHORITY:

    • Spending Authority: NIL
    • Supervision: Field Officer

    Decision Making:

    The position holder can make decision for field level activities under extraneous field conditions with mandatory consultation with the project Manager.

    CONTACTS/KEY RELATIONSHIPS (internal & external):

    • Livelihood and climate change sector manager and the climate change specialist
    • CARE USA and Canada technical teams
    • IDRC personnel involved in the project grant.
    • KALRO project team lead and its support staff
    • UoN project lead and its pro-graduate students
    • County and sub-county Ministry of Agriculture staff and field officers
    • Community farmer groups and participating households
    • Any other institution/organization as required from time-to-time

    WORKING CONDITIONS:

    The position is 100% based in Nyandarua County, Kinangop constituency with 60% field travel.

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    Education:

    The Project Officer will have a minimum qualification of a university degree, in a relevant discipline such as rural development, community development or agriculture and livelihoods. The candidate must have practical experience in community facilitation and of working with diverse research and academic teams both locally and internationally. .

    S/he must be an experienced and mature person capable of working largely independently. He /she will be supervised by the Country Project Manager. S/he is expected to interact closely with national and international Project technical Team, project donors, county MoA officials and community beneficiaries.

    Experience:

    • At least six years of relevant working experience, including a minimum of five years working on community facilitation and capacity building
    • Strong experience and knowledge of agricultural value chains, sustainable livelihoods and disaster risk reduction approaches or all the three.
    • Strong practical experience working with communities to mitigate climate change effects on agricultural value chains and the need to build community resilience
    • Strong and positive experiences working with international partners, county governance structures and community relationship-building
    • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to gender and diversity

    Competencies:

    • People Skills: Ability to work both independently and as a team player who demonstrates leadership. Demonstrated ability to listen to and support programme staff and partners, and to work with communities in a sensitive and participatory manner.
    • Communication Skills: Well developed written and oral communication skills in English. Able to communicate clearly and sensitively with internal and external stakeholders.
    • Computer Skills: Basic computing skills including Ms Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
    • Integrity: Works with trustworthiness and integrity and has a clear commitment to CARE's core values and humanitarian principles.
    • Resilience/Adaptability and flexibility: Ability to operate effectively under demanding circumstances. Fair knowledge of local language and environment will be an added advantage

    Method of Application

    Use the link(s) / email(s) below to apply on company website.

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