Agricultural Specialist

World Vision, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st January, 2020


Job Description

Background Information

World Vision is a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. We are a community of close to 40,000 staff working across the world to help change the lives of vulnerable children. Our supporters, partners and staff join forces with communities on the ground to help children enjoy good health, be educated for life, experience the love of God and their neighbours and be cared for, protected and participating in addressing issues that affect their lives. World Vision has been active in Zimbabwe since 1973. Our operations are spread across 9 out of 10 provinces, with a majority of over 1.75 million beneficiaries in rural areas. Our current programs focus on improving the well-being of boys and girls in three priority sectors: health and nutrition, livelihoods and education. We also focus on child protection, gender and disabilities, emergency assistance and resilience building as cross cutting priorities across our programs. If you share the same vision, JOIN US and contribute to life in all its fullness for the children and communities we serve.

Purpose of the Position:

Provide leadership, coordination and management in implementation of the agricultural extension component of the Ensuring Nutrition, Transforming and Empowering Rural Farmers and Promoting Resilience in Zimbabwe (ENTERPRIZE) grant in compliance with donor/grant requirements, WVI key policy documents, as well as relevant strategies. The position entails management of activities designed to improve agricultural extension support and facilitation of capacity building of target groups (smallholder farmers and public extension staff) in order to increase agricultural productivity. The function involves intense monitoring of the programme’s deliverables to ensure that the programme is executed on scope, on time, on budget and with the relevant quality expectations.

Major Accountabilities/Responsibilities:

  • To explain the goals and objectives of the ENTERPRIZE project to communities and other stakeholders.
  • Ensure that the agricultural extension objective is implemented on scope, on time, on budget, while meeting the expected quality expectations and donor requirements.
  • Provide technical support to district coordinators and field facilitators.
  • Facilitate capacity building of agricultural public extension staff, improving agricultural extension services for small holder farmers.
  • Ensure roll-out, implementation and sustainability of Farmer Field Schools and Lead Farmer groups to enhance crop productivity.
  • Develop extension action plans and training materials related to key value chain commodity production.
  • Represent the ENTERPRIZE consortium in the Extension and Advisory Services working group.
  • Participate in the planning, budgeting and monitoring and evaluation of the agricultural component of the programme.
  • Develop Information, Education and Communication (IEC) extension material resources as per project design.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Master’s degree in Agriculture, preferably Agronomy or at least 5 years work experience with a degree in Crop Science.
  • Three to five years’ experience in agricultural community development work and a leadership position.
  • Experience in conservation agriculture, value chain promotion, good agricultural practices, and lead farmer methodologies.
  • Financial management and budgeting for accountability of resources and an in-depth knowledge of project design, project management, project implementation and report writing.
  • Clean Class 4 driver’s license.
  • Computer literate (computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint).

Source:https://careers.wvi.org/jobs/zimbabwe/food-security-and-livelihood/agricultural-specialist-crop-science/14089


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