Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Land O’Lakes,Senior Agronomist/Deputy Chief of Party Jobs in Rwanda



VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
Senior Agronomist/Deputy Chief of Party
Rwanda
Background:
Land O’Lakes International Development is a
 501c3 nonprofit organization whose vision is to be a global leader in transforming lives by engaging in agriculture and enterprise partnerships that replace poverty with prosperity, and dependency with self-reliance. We leverage Land O’Lakes, Inc.’s near-century of history by engaging in international agriculture and economic development programs, implementing more than 280 programs in 80 countries since 1981.
Project Description:
Land O'Lakes International Development is seeking candidates for the Senior Agronomist/Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) position for an anticipated Feed the Future Rwanda HingaWeze Activity. The objective of this activity is to increase smallholder farmer incomes, improve the nutritional status of Rwandan women and children, and increase the resilience of the agriculture and food system to the changing climate.
Position Summary:
The Senior Agronomist/Deputy Chief of Party will lead implementation of the Sustainable Agriculture Productivity Component. S/he will lead activitiesfocusing on training farmers on improved agriculture practices, facilitating access to inputs and building farmers resilience to climate change. S/he will serve as Acting Chief of Party, when required.
Reporting:
The Senior Agronomist/Deputy Chief of Party will report to the Chief of Party.
Required Skills and Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture/agronomy, or other related field of study such as environment, natural resource management, or international development is required; a master’s degree in agricultural sciences is preferred;
  • Seven (7) years or more of progressively responsible work experience in managing and implementing multi-faceted international agriculture and agribusiness development programs, preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Solid foundation in a broad range of agriculture subjects preferred, including areas such as agriculture economics, agricultural policy, agribusiness, agronomy, agriculture extension, and market development;
  • Experience in designing or managing sustainable agricultural production systems programs, familiarity with agriculture research integration in project implementation, and experience working to improve private and public agricultural extension systems;
  • Knowledge of and experience implementing nutrition sensitive agriculture concepts;
  • Experience working with smallholder farmers to adopt climate smart agricultural practices;
  • Experience designing, managing, and implementing gender sensitive agricultural activities;
  • Experience working with the maize, beans, horticulture value chains;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English, and;
  • Knowledge of Kinyarwanda and in-depth understanding of local operating environment and agricultural systemsin Rwanda.
Interested candidates should visit: https://lol.avature.net/Careers/JobDetail/Rwanda-DCOP-Senior-Agronomist-Rwanda/932  to view the full job requirements and to apply. Candidates will be prompted to submit their application letters and detailed CV. Please ensure your CV includes three traceable references with email and phone numbers. Note that copies of certificates will be requested later in the recruiting process.

Please note only finalists will be contacted.  No phone calls please.
We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Land O'Lakes enforces a policy of maintaining a drug-free workforce.

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