Thursday, September 21, 2017

CHAI,Agriculture Extension Officers Jobs Vacancies




JOB DESCRIPTION
Agriculture Extension Officers
10 positions      
Start date: October 15th, 2017                                                      
Stations: Kirehe, Nyagatare, Gakenke, Rulindo and Gatsibo
Background:

In collaboration with the Government of Rwanda (GOR) and private partners, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is undertaking an initiative to reduce the incidence of chronic malnutrition, with a major focus on local production of nutrient-dense foods intended to complement breastfeeding among 6-24 months old children. This initiative will supported the establishment of a food processing facility that produce fortified blended foods for infants and young children, using locally produced maize and soybeans as main ingredients. CHAI is now working with the manufacturer to source quality raw materials from Rwanda.
In this context, CHAI’s Agriculture program will:
  • Support AIF is building reliable sourcing mechanism for high-quality soy and maize for the local production of fortified blended food that will be used by the Government of Rwanda in a program aiming at eliminating stunting
  • Substantially increase the productivity of smallholder farmers and lower post harvest losses
It is in line with above that AIF and CHAI are currently implementing an extension model aiming at providing technical support to smallholder farmers.
Summary of the position:
In order to achieve the program goals, CHAI is seeking a team of 10Extension Officers who will be involved in providing agriculture extension services to farmers during the growing season to increase quality and quantity of maize and soy bean available for AIF.This will be done by organizing farmer leaders training and conducting supportive supervision to farmers. The officers will regularly hold meetings with stakeholders’local government representatives at sector level,AIF, CHAI and other program stakeholders to ensure the success of the program through a defined set of indicators.
The program will also have a strong focus on improving post-harvest operation efficiency in order to preserve grains quality.
The candidates must exhibit outstanding communications skills in English and Kinyarwanda. Theymust be comfortable working independently with tight deadlines and have a deep personal commitment to producing the highest quality results.
Direct reporting lines:
The Extension officerswill be reporting to the Agriculture Senior Program Officer.
Responsibilities:
Selected candidates will be responsible for:
  • Coordinate the execution of the technical support to farmers through the TWIGIRE MUHINZI model in the selected sectors/districts
  • Manage the implementation of the Agriculture extension program work plan of a selected area.
  • Reporting on a define set of indicators to guarantee program impact
  • Ensure farmers have technical training on agronomical and post-harvest handling best practices on maize and soya bean
  • Closely work with input suppliers for quality fertilizers, improved seeds and other inputs on time
  • Deploy necessary efforts so the agriculture season calendar is respected, especially if farmers depend on natural precipitation to irrigate their fields
  • Support the Agriculture program leadership teamin preparing relevant advocacy materials
  • Provide support in the organization and delivery of technical workshops, consultations, seminars and training session
  • Provide recommendations and implement solutions to improve rolling out of the CHAI extension Program
  • Maintain full responsibility for the implementation of the program in assigned geographic area including land preparation, planting, growing management, harvesting and managing the post-harvest process
  • Participate and contribute effectively in project reflection/review sessions and produce related reports as required
  • With support from the Agriculture program officer, document and disseminate
  • Support farmer promotors and farmer facilitators to master the necessary techniques on producing quality maize and soya
  • Coordinate the farmer facilitators in establishment of demonstration plots/ farmer field schools
  • Support and coordinate with lead farmers in the establishment of collection centers of their produce
  • Responsible for the management of a single small-sized, low complexity project
  • Understands relevant programme environment including goals and partner landscape
  • Performs basic analytical tasks in support of project management
  • Gathers and reviews data / information; validates data / information integrity
  • Provides advice within a defined program area or function
  • Build a post-harvest strategy relevant for the assigned programmatic area
  • Plan, coordinate and supervise all logistics and activities of maize collection during the post-production period
  •  Executes all other duties as assigned by the management team
Qualifications and Competencies requirements:
The following qualifications and experience shall be required:
  • Bachelor's degree in agriculture.
  • Minimum 2 years of relevant working experience in the agriculture sector
  • Fluency in English and Kinyarwanda
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Ability to manage a single small-sized, low complexity project
  • Have a clear understanding and influence on relevant program environment, including goals and partner landscape
  • Performs basic analytical tasks in support of project management
  • Gather, review and validate data/information
  • Provide strategic advice relevant for the defined program area
  • Good at communicating concrete and abstract ideas verbally and in writing
  • Ability to write progress reports that can be disseminated to CHAI management
  • Excellent organizational, planning and problem solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with farmers groups in order to generate mindset and behavior change, and prepare short reports or presentations
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to independently manage work stream and deliverables within a high-pressure environment while meeting strict deadlines
  • Valid driving license- Category A is a must
How to Apply:
Interested candidates should email a letter of interest (maximum1page) out lining how  their background meets the requirements outlined above; CV(maximum 3pages);and the names of three references to:rwandanm@clintonhealthaccess.org with“ Rwanda:  Nutrition Program Agriculture Extensions” in the subject line.
The deadline for applications is October 1st, 2017

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