12 x Technical Field Officer – Agriculture (Binga, Nkayi, Hwange, Lupane)

12 x Technical Field Officer – Agriculture (Binga, Nkayi, Hwange, Lupane)

Company Name Organisation of Rural Associations for Progress (ORAP)
  • Number of Vacancy: 12
  • Category: Agriculture
  • Job Level: Mid Level
  • Working Hours: 0
  • Years of Experience 5
  • Salary Range: $-
  • Job Location: Multiple Locations
  • Preferred Age: 0 (years)
  • Required Education: Diploma
  • Vacancy Nature: Fixed Term Contract


JOB TITLE: Technical Field Officer – Agriculture (12) LOCATION: Binga, Nkayi, Hwange, Lupane CONTRACT TYPE: Fixed Term Organisational Background The Organisation of Rural Associations for Progress (ORAP) is a leading local NGO involved in development and relief (emergency) work in rural communities in Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South and Midlands provinces. It exists to fight all forms of poverty among the rural and urban grassroots communities of disadvantaged women, men and youth through the empowerment of people by facilitating their development in their diverse cultural contexts. Project Summary The vacancy for the upcoming USAID funded Amalima Loko Project. The project seeks to improve food security through increased food access and sustainable watershed management. Its purposes are P1: Enhanced and inclusive local ownership over food security and resilience planning and development, P2: Watershed management improved, P3: Adaptive and absorptive capacity improved Position summary As the Technical Field Officer for ORAP, you will spearhead the Agriculture and Livestock Component of the Amalima Loko program within the ward cluster or micro-watershed in particular district of Hwange, Binga, Lupane or Nkayi. This position provides the direct link between the program and the beneficiaries or participants and the incumbent will represent the consortium at the ward level. The Field Officer will lead all the ward-based agriculture (crops and livestock) activities and ensure that these are aligned with the on-going shared visioning process for collective action in which community actors can contribute their perspectives, articulate aspirations, define individual and communal strengths and hoped-for contributions, voice concerns, and highlight successes. S/he will also promote the implementation of proven agriculture-based interventions in a manner that results in changes in people’s livelihoods leading to increased resilience among the targeted community. The incumbent is expected to oversee the implementation of innovative and proven technologies that lead to sustainable agriculture and climate change mitigation and/or adaptation assisting government extension officers and communities in the implementation of their plans to achieve food security goals through addressing underlying causes and major determinants of food insecurity and malnutrition. The incumbent will also lead the ward level implementation of non-farm livelihood diversification activities to ensure increased resilience of communities to climate induced perturbations. Major Duties/Responsibilities include:- Project planning and implementation Serve as a focal point and the primary point of contact to projects/programmes/initiatives within the assigned portfolio; Work closely with the District Field Coordinator and the Agric and Livestock Technical Coordinator to develop movement schedules, training, and distribution work plans, budgetary and BOQ requirements for implementation and procurement. Ensures that all program activities in the field are implemented, monitored and reported on as planned to the District Field Coordinator and Technical Coordinators, effectively and timely according to donor and organizational requirements. Coordinate with other development players of other ongoing projects to ensure operational efficiency and mitigation of resource duplication. Work closely with the District Team Leader to identify programmatic challenges, opportunities and progress, and report back to the District Team Leader on a weekly basis Take lead in beneficiary selection process through collection of vulnerability data, and feed back to District team leader to support development of beneficiary lists and database. Capacity building and Training Identifies and conducts trainings on Agriculture, Village Savings & Loans, Value Chain development and non-farm livelihoods to targeted communities in the wards of operation. Use demonstrated and research-based teaching methods such as FFS to instruct community members on locally relevant agricultural topics. Develop field trials, test demonstration and result demonstrations or other hands on learning experiences related to agriculture/natural resources production and practices to use for educational purposes using instruction techniques verified through research. Facilitate sustainable linkages with private sector actors Facilitation, Collaboration and Teamwork Serve as a group facilitator to convene or intervene with groups that need a neutral facilitator to help the group identify, solve problems and /or make decisions on agriculture and other non-farm livelihoods. Co-ordinates activities that will strengthen coordination and planning mechanisms of watershed management. Coordinates with activities that will improve health and nutrition activities outcomes Build collaborations with other agencies and organizations to solve community problems and mult

Work/Educational Requirements

A Diploma or Degree in Agriculture or a relevant area of study. Development Studies, Social Sciences qualifications, experience in private sector agriculture, NGO work, and working with rural communities will be added advantages. Experience:- Minimum of two years (if with Degree) or 5years ( if with Diploma) in the field of agriculture, conservation and development and/or project management experience in a government office or NGO, on issues relevant to the technical area The candidate should have a firm understanding of community development and expertise in self-reliant and participatory development process Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment, with project stakeholders including local government officials, other NGO peers, and community members. Strong interpersonal communication skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills, with an ability to write good reports, clearly, and meet deadlines. Advanced computer literacy in the MS Office packages, Internet and email. Fluency in written and spoken English and the local language. Must be prepared to work in rural areas and in multi-cultured environment. Ability to travel most of times to field sites. A clean Class 3 drivers’ License is a prerequisite. An appreciation of Gender mainstreaming and Child Protection issues in Livelihoods Programming is required.

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