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Project Assistant I - Agriculture & Livelihoods Somaliland

Job Description

VACANCY ADVERTISEMENT

For Somaliland Nationals Only

World Vision is an International Relief and Development organization, whose goal is to achieve long-lasting benefits in the quality of life for vulnerable children and their families, displaced persons and communities. World Vision Somaliland Program wishes to invite applications from highly competent dynamic, self-driven and results oriented Somaliland Nationals to fill the following vacancies to be based in Hargeisa Office.

Project Assistant I – Agriculture and Livelihood

To disseminate useful & practical agricultural information relating to good Agricultural Practices, crop husbandry improved seeds, natural resource management, afforestation and reforestation, FMNR, implements, pesticides, water management practices/techniques, irrigation, soil and environmental conservation/ rangeland management, identification and treatment of pests and diseases of agricultural crops, training the beneficiaries on IGA and business development skills, Participating in the project assessment and evaluation and any other information as relates to specific project.

Major Responsibilities:

Programme Implementation:

  1. Community mobilization for all project activities, e.g. farmers’ trainings or meetings and encourage active farmer participation.

  2. Conduct visits to provide individual, contact farmers & group farmers with practical application of useful extension knowledge

  3. Carry out demonstration activities

  4. Support the farmers on post-harvest handling of the farm produce

  5. Supervise other CFW and agriculture related activities

Effective Monitoring and Evaluation:

  1. Monitoring of DRR/EWS monitors to collect and transmit EWS information to district and the region and relay the feedback to Community members

  2. Monitoring of activities progress on a regular basis and reporting to the Project Officer

  3. Participation in field level assessment and or evaluation

Capacity building i.e. Training of farmers and or target beneficiaries:

  1. Provision of training, technical and advisory services advice not only on agricultural technologies and innovations but also on relevant subjects like farm input supply, marketing and farm management, soil and water conservation, rangeland management, Small business skills development and value addition of agricultural produce.

  2. Identification of farmer needs, interests, knowledge gaps, skills, problems they are facing with their crops (e.g. pests and diseases; access to inputs, pasture quality preservation) in the different villages before implementation of new initiatives

  3. Work with farmers to explore Indigenous Technical knowledge to develop Cropping calendars and farm plans

  4. Transfer of standard technologies/innovations and practices to farmers e.g PFMNR, DRR, Irrigated Farming, kitchen/backyard farming.

  5. Participate in Village level disaster risk reduction and development of CDPP.

  6. Help pastoralist communities identify other alternative livelihood ventures that are context specifically viable and build their capacities on the same.

Coordination and Visibility:

  1. Act as liaison between farmers and WVS office on agricultural practices.

  2. In Liaison with the project assistant, participated at field level coordination meeting with local government authorities and other agencies.

  3. Accompany donor, government officials, other WV officials during field visits to the project sites

Effective Resource management:

  1. Provide location-specific services to improve management and efficiency of input use, conserve natural resources, support diversification and value-added production, respond to community- or farmer-specific interests, and provide non-farm information services relating to poverty reduction

Other Competencies/Attributes:

  • Demonstrates well-developed interpersonal skills, excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, as well as negotiation skills.

  • Analytical thinker

  • Must adhere to set security standards

  • Ensure a gender perspective in the scope of work

  • Perform other duties as required.

Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience

  • Technical Training qualifications required: Certificate/Diploma in sustainable Agriculture/Agriculture Extension/Livestock management/Farm Management/ or any other related discipline. Degree is desired.

  • Experience: 2 years; Prior experience in community work, training and coaching farmers, with good understanding on principles of extension Proven problem solving and decision making skills

  • Effective communicator/ Good facilitation skills,

  • Good people skills,

  • High Resilience to physical work as the role requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing; walking over rough terrain or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, and stretching