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5 Mar 2019

Agronomist (2 Positions)

Job Description

SHABELLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION (SHACDO)

Job Title:                Agronomist (2 Positions)

Reports to:             Programme Coordinator

Job Location:         Afgoye, Lower Shabelle Region

Contract Type:       Fixed Term

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: SHACDO/NO/029

BACKGROUND:

Shabelle Community Development Organization (SHACDO) is a local non-governmental humanitarian and development organization which is headquartered in Mogadishu, but has sub project office in Afgoye district-Somalia. The organization has been implementing outstanding community development projects in collaboration with National and International partners. Such projects included basic community needs during the severe famine i.e. humanitarian projects, e.g. Cash For Work, Education, Capacity building and training for the community development workers, construction of water wells and tanks, clean water provision, waste collection, sensitizing the community on Sexual-gender based violence, use and drinking of clean water and Environmental health and sanitation. SHACDO prioritizes to identify the most appropriate targets for their projects where the poorest communities are suffering most.

PURPOSE

SHACDO is seeking to recruit qualified candidate of Agronomist who will be based in the field office of Afgoye district in Lower Shabelle Region.

General Description of the Role:

The Agronomist is responsible for designing and delivering SHACDO’s agriculture programme in Lower Shabelle. Responsibilities include developing effective measures to strengthen agricultural practices and production, ensuring implementation in line with donor commitments and funding allocations and monitoring implementation to document practice and impact. The Agronomist will develop in-depth knowledge of the agriculture sector and undertake substantial field work.

This position will be based in the Afgoye office in Afgoye district, Lower Shabelle with potential visits to other programme locations in Somalia if they become accessible.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Program implementation and Development

  • Mobilize communities and programme participants in support of SHACDO’s agriculture programme, including development of selection criteria and joint verification.
  • Organize programme participants to undergo a training curriculum linked to the Farmer Field School approach, including selection of demonstration plots in collaboration with field extension workers and delivery of ad-hoc and scheduled on-the-job trainings on improved and sustainable farming techniques.
  • In coordination with Management, develop and refine training materials aimed at maximizing relevance, participation and action learning.
  • Support SHACDO’s Logistics Unit to ensure timely procurement and delivery of quality supplies and services required by the agriculture programme.
  • Make regular field visits to inspect and monitor the overall crop performance and persistence of pest infestation or damage caused by pest.
  • Application of organic and provides on the-job training and technical know-how on organic fertilizer to field extension workers.
  • Management of the activities of Self Help Groups (SHG) particularly cash grants and conduct training on the basis of training gabs identified
  • Develop and deliver programme work plans and contribute to budget preparation and management.
  • In collaboration with field extension workers, Lower shabelle field focal point and FFS farmers’ members, organize prepare and conduct field days and exposure visits for SHGs to strengthen group cohesion, dynamic and performance of (SHGs).
  • In collaboration with field coordinator, extension workers and target farmers conduct seasonal crop harvest assessment.
  • Provide technical input and support to Project/Field Officers, Field Assistants, Community Extension Workers on the project capacity building issues
  • In –conjunction with Project Engineers participate the identification of weak river sections and canals to be rehabilitated and activities of canal rehabilitation through cash for work or through community contribution.

 Monitoring and Reporting

  • Collect (or support others to collect) and compile all required monitoring data in a timely manner.
  • Monitor soil condition and evaluate parameters such as soil fertility, compaction, drainage, and soil moisture contents
  • Formulate field agricultural plans and share with field staff and at the same time do reviews of agricultural plans on monthly basis
  • Participate with project field staff in formulating community action plans and submitting the report on right time
  • Undertake additional assessments, beneficiary interviews in case necessary, to keep up to date with community perceptions of the project, changing needs and opinions.
  • Participate in project assessments, surveys, surveillance, program reviews and other monitoring activities as required.
  • Compile and prepare monthly, quarterly, annually and field reports at the field level and submit to the Programs Coordinator
  • Contribute to the preparation and collection of case studies to demonstrate programme impact
  • Undertake regular visits to the project sites and report back with findings/recommendations
  • Participate participatory evaluations in the project areas and make necessary recommendations to improve project activities
  • Monitor & supervise and make follow-ups for the project activities using project monitoring tools.

Coordination

  • Liaise with SHACDO WASH, Nutrition and Education and other teams to ensure collaboration and integrated support to vulnerable families wherever possible.
  • Participate in internal programme meetings as required
  • Coordinate and guide Project/Field officers, Field assistants and Community extension workers in undertaking periodic training need assessments and identify training gaps of partners of CBOs (Community Disaster Management Committees, Canal committees, Farmer Field Schools, Self Help Groups and Community Extension Workers.

Other

  • Look for opportunities to expand, improve or adapt the programme and advise the SHACDO management
  • Other tasks as may reasonably be requested by the SHACDO management

QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy.
  • Masters degree in Soil Conservation or agriculture field is preferable
  • Additional training on Farmer Field Schools (FFS) is desirable.

Experience and Skills

  • Essential
  • At least five years’ experience of Agriculture-related humanitarian/development program implementation
  • Experience of implementing Farmer Field Schools (FFS) or Self Help Groups (SHGs)
  • Experience of working in complex, insecure environments
  • Fluent spoken and written Somali
  • High level of spoken and written English
  • Decision making ability and good leadership style
  • Should have good technical skills
  • Special Skills
  • Good analytical thinking and good interpersonal skills
  • Ability and willingness to interact successfully and respectfully with people at all levels and from all backgrounds
  • Ability to work under pressure and without constant supervision.
  • Flexibility and ability to carry out additional duties and tasks as required and adapt to a changing operational environment
  • Innovative and pro-active with a positive attitude

Interested candidates, who meet the above requirements, should apply by submitting their applications (cover letter, updated CV and contacts of 3 professional referees) by email to shacdohr@gmail.com or Shacdo’s Office, Shire Apartment, Airport Road, KM4 area, Wadajir district, Benadir, Somalia with the subject line and vacancy notice numberApplication for Agronomist” The closing date for application is 21st March 2019. Applications and CVs submitted after deadline will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Due to the fact this position is urgent, applications will be short listed on a regular basis and we may offer posts before the closing date!


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