Community Development Officer-Market Extension Worker
Position: Community Development Assistant-Marketing Extension Worker (MEW) 2
Report to: Project Manager Harvest Plus MENU Project
Background: World Vision Uganda in partnership with HarvestPlus will be implementing a five year Project called Meals for Nutrition in Uganda (MENU). The project is intended to commercialise pro-vitamin A (orange) sweet potato and high iron beans to farmers in selected regions of the country.
Purpose of the Position: The Community Development Assistant-marketing Extension worker (MEW) will be responsible for marketing of biofortified crops among the beneficiary households within specified locations.
This will include training farmers in market oriented production practices and emphasising quality in the production process. Secondly, the holder will interface and train traders in the best practices intended to increase sales including; post harvest management, record keeping and creating awareness about the nutritional benefits of biofortified crops with emphasis on the orange sweet potato and iron rich beans. The position requires strong interpersonal skills and ability to create linkages between smallholder farmers and traders/ markets.
The holder will report to the Project Manager, and work as part of a larger implementation team in marketing biofortified crops and fostering adoption among beneficiary households in several districts of Uganda.
Major Responsibilities: (please define in output format – 1-10 things of what you expect to see as a result of this position)
Promote market oriented farming for biofortified crops.
Facilitate farmer trainings through result and method demonstrations.
Be the focal person on crop production and marketing in the area of operation.
Conduct business to business meeting between smallholder farmers and traders.
Facilitate seed fairs in respective communities.
Create and estimate demand for biofortified crop in areas of operation and beyond.
Collect data and conduct data analysis on the impact of farming methods among participating farmers.
Conduct farmer training in post harvest handling and other related aspects in the value chain for biofortified crops.
Identify and support Market Link Farmers (MLF) in communities.
Identify and mentor marketing groups to upscale biofortified crops production and aggregation.
Ensure accurate and timely reporting to HarvestPlus.
Contribute to effective team management and supervision of farmer groups.
Liaise with internal counterparts to ensure effective collaboration, monitor on-going projects.
Perform any other related duties assigned by the supervisor
Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience
Minimum of a Diploma in agriculture or its equivalent. Degree in Agriculture with relevant experience desirable
At least 3 years or more experience in agriculture, agri-business, agriculture extension, or agricultural related livelihoods. Previous experience with implementing agriculture or livelihood projects with a component of nutrition and farming as a business is an added advantage.
You MUST be able to ride a Motor Cycle with a valid riding permit.
Experience of community mobilisation and facilitation, in addition to willingness to reside within the parish/sub-county of assignment.
Commitment to implementing WV’s vision and mission at all levels and in all aspects of the project.
Relevant teamwork experience and good interpersonal skills. Ability to work sensitively with people from a variety of social backgrounds
Understanding of the orange sweet potato and iron beans production system using the Harvest Plus models is an asset.
Willingness to work and live in rural setting.