Position: Market Extension Worker
Report to: Project Manager
Location: Oyam District
Purpose of the position:
Contribute towards achieving WVU R&L strategic direction of Farming as a Business through marketing of bio fortified crops among the beneficiary households through training farmers in market oriented production practices, train traders in the best practices intended to increase sales including; post-harvest management, record keeping and creating awareness about the nutritional benefits of bio fortified crops with emphasis on the orange sweet potato and iron rich beans.
Project planning and implementation
Ensure that MENU project activities are in line with the R&L strategic direction of local value chain development
Ensure that project activities are integrated with other sectors and with the District development plan
Capacity building and training
Mobilization of farmer groups and conducting trainings to build capacities on Agriculture & food security improved methodologies.
Identify and mentor marketing groups to upscale bio fortified crops production and aggregation.
Conduct farmer training in post-harvest handling and other related aspects in the value chain for bio fortified crops.
Partnership and networking
Identify and build strategic linkages, relations, collaborations and networks with partners and other stakeholders in implementation at the District level.
Participate and represent WVU in key donor engagements and technical working forums at district, region and National level when applicable
Point of contact for consultation on issues to do with project marketing and commercialization related issues.
Identify market development opportunities that present through networks and relationships with other institutions and organizations and NGOs working in the agriculture and food security.
Facilitate seed fairs in respective communities.
Research, M&E and Documentation
Effectively document all information related to project successes, innovations and promising practices and disseminate through appropriate mechanisms.
Responsible for capturing child wellbeing indicators related to marketing within the project area
Spear head the project in output & outcome monitoring processes
Ensure accurate and timely reporting to HarvestPlus.
Collect data and conduct data analysis on the impact of farming methods among participating farmers.
Project management and coordination
Track and manage budgets allocated for the project
Produce timely, accurate, compliant and quality reports.
Responsible for project assets at ADP & cluster office
Identify and initiate viable funding proposals for resource acquisition to support local value chain interventions.
Participate in resource mobilization through concept papers/proposal writing for fund raising and market them with donors
Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience
Diploma or degree in agriculture, agribusiness, development studies or any other related field.
Or experience of more than 6 years in progressive crop production and marketing.
Understanding of the sweet potato and iron beans production system in Uganda.
Willingness to work and live in rural setting.