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Food Security and VSLA Project Coordinator

Job Description

JOB DESCRIPTION/PUBLICATION TEXT

PURPOSE OF POSITION

The Food Security and VSLA Coordinator will be in charge of leading planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and report of Component 2 of the Burundi Maternal and Child Nutrition Enhancement Project related to increase production of micronutrient-rich foods covering agricultural and VSLA interventions in line with the project documents

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

% Time

Major Activities

End Results Expected

5%

Assist the project manager in leading the implementing of the production component of the Maternal and Child Nutrition Enhancement Project including budget development and review, building relation with provincial level partners and participating in critical meeting organized at provincial level related to the component 2 of the project

Quality project implementation of component 2

5%

Directly responsible of development of an integrated agriculture-nutrition training manual

The training follow an approved manual of Integrated agricultural and nutrition.

10%

Organize high quality trainings and refresher trainings on integrated agriculture-nutritionfor service providers using developed agriculture-nutrition manual and monitor it’s impact

The project service provide have appropriate capacity to train community members

10%

Provide technical supervisor to the Commune Project Officers and Agriculture Extension Agents in establishment of demonstration sites in beneficiary communities to promote dissemination of best practices in homestead production of micronutrient foods

Beneficiaries benefit from on farm training through demonstration on best practices.

10%

Initiate and strengthen community seed system on high iron beans by providing technical guidance in line with the Burundi seeds legislation, developing and sustaining quality seeds producers in collaboration with ONCCS (Office National de Control et de Certification des Semences), ISABU (Institut des Sciences Agronomic du Burundi) and DPSP (Departement de Promotion des Semences et Plants) and establishing community seed banks for high iron beans

Quality seeds available in the community for high iron beans

5 %

Responsible for establishment and implementation of annual procurement plan of all the project supplies, fertilizers, planting materials and seeds related to the project component related to production and VSLA.

Detailed purchasing requisitions are prepared and submitted timely and the Supply Chain Department is supported to confirm the quality of items delivered.

5 %

Development of selection criterion and responsible of identification of project beneficiary and model farmers (community resource persons) to serve as seed multipliers, follow up and mentorship of the community resource persons, market linkage and establishment and support for the community based payback system.

Project beneficiaries are selected using set criteria and transparent process that allow community to provide feedback and validate.

10%

In collaboration with PPC, the Food Security and VSLA Coordinator isresponsible of provincial-level policy advocacy and sharing with DPAE and BPS including orientation of MoA, MoH, and other government bodies, private sectors, and key nutrition partners on bio-fortification and seed systems

The project results are disseminated to provincial stakeholders and advocacy issues successfully handled

5%

Responsible of VSLA formation covering orientation of Local Leaders and Government Officials, introduction of VSLA methodology to the community and organizing the first meetings with potential VSLA members; purchase and equip VSLA groups in VSLA starter kits

Community leaders, government officials are informed about VSLA methodology and support implementation of VSLA at the starting stage.

5%

Responsible of monthly data collection and updating the VSLA Management Information System on quarterly basis.

Monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, annual and end of project data collection to enable reporting and evidences for VSLA impact. The MIS VSLA updated on quarterly basis.

15%

Use the VSLA field guide to organize VSLA training sessions covering the Groups, Leadership and Elections; Social Fund, Share-purchase and Credit Policies; Development of Group Constitution, Action-audit /Share-out and graduation

The field guide is followed in implementing the VSLA approach and insure alignment with the project model

5 %

Be responsible of the monthly project monitoring; write accurate and on-time required reports and assist the project manager with visits preparations organization and other necessary activities.

Project progress and evaluation reports are of high quality with monitoring data as evidences and produced timely.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Minimum education, training and experience requirements to qualify for the position:

Minimum Qualification required:

  • University Degree in Agronomy, Agri-business or Economic Development.

Experience:

  • 3 years’ experience implementing Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture;

  • Agriculture and Rural Development and Rural Finance

  • Experience in food security project especially linking food production and nutrition

  • Experience in solving issue related access to credits for smallholder farmers

  • Experience in planning/budgeting, monitoring and evaluation

  • Valid work permit in Burundi.

Preferred:2 years’ experience implementing Bio-fortification and Village Saving and Loans activities.

Work Environment:

  • Travel: 5 % Domestic/international travel is required.

  • On call: 5%

Technical Skills & Abilities:

  • Good communication skills in Kirundi, French and English

  • Good ability to produce written reports in English

  • Must hold a driving license covering both car and motorcycle and know to drive

  • Good planning and organizational skills

  • The Food Security and VSLA must know the VSLA approach and have experience working directly with farmers groups.

  • Must have good interpersonal and facilitation skills

  • Able to work under limited supervision

How to apply

Should you wish to apply for this position, please go to http://careers.wvi.org/job-opportunities-in-burundi. If this is your first time applying online via the World Vision International careers website, you will need to register an account along with your application details. This site will provide you with additional functionality, such as saved searches and email alerts. Registration requires minimal information to create your account. Further details will be collected during the application process. All applicants must apply using our online application system, CVs received via email or standard post will NOT be considered.

In case you face challenges applying through the online system, please call HR department for support. The closing date for submission of applications (Updated and signed CV, certificates of service, and Certified Degrees) is November 11, 2016; no late applications will be accepted.

Important Note:

  1. World Vision Burundi does neither use employment agencies nor does it charge money for recruitment, interviews or medical checks.

  2. As a child focused organization, World Vision is committed to the protection of children and does not employ staff whose background is not suitable for working with children.

  3. Although all applications will be considered on their individual merit, suitably qualified women are especially encouraged to apply.