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Market Extension Worker - MENU Project - Oyam


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.

Key Outputs/Responsibilities.

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

Resource Acquisition

  • 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.