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Agricultural Specialist/Coordinator

Job Description

Position Title: Agricultural Specialist/Coordinator

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

The Agricultural Specialist will lead a remote team of staff in Dara to deliver high quality agricultural programming in South Syria that improves economic outcomes for families and children. The Agricultural Specialist will be responsible for providing key technical support for World Vision Agriculture projects in affected communities in South Syria. The Agricultural Specialist will support the development of online consultancy services for farmers in South Syria and for project partner staff by providing technical advice on best-practice approaches in the area. The role will support the procurement of appropriate inputs, train beneficiaries, support the South Syria team in understanding the local context, develop tools and approaches for effective agriculture programming and report to project staff regularly on project achievements and challenges.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Support the Livelihoods Portfolio Manager in coordinating the project activities and supporting the technical capacity of staff

  • Deliver agricultural technical support services to the project target group (by skype, Whatsapp and other remote technologies) and project team to build the technical capacity of the livelihoods team

  • Provide quality control over the technical performance of project staff, and ensure the reporting of capacity gaps

  • Manage staff to ensure they deliver the project on time, on budget and to a high technical standard

  • Create agricultural guidelines that are in line with the context and share information through digital means

  • Attend and participate in project reviews and sector working group meetings as required

  • Perform other duties as required

Education:

University diploma related to agricultural engineering, agronomy or agri-business

Experience:

  • Two years experience in training or knowledge management

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Proven ability and experience in delivering online technical services

  • Demonstrated expertise in market assessment, market analysis, market research or closely related role

  • Five years experience delivering agricultural programming and managing staff to deliver agricultural projects

  • Experience in organizing trainings

  • Experience in translation and reporting

  • Fluency in English and Arabic languages

  • Advanced skills in information technologies

  • Facilitation and training skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable, working in a high pressure, high risk environment

  • Knowledge of the context in Southern Syria is a plus

  • Experience in working with universities or training providers