Farmer Field Schools Coordinator

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Gaziantep, Turkey

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
13th June, 2019

Job Description

Organizational Setting:

The main aim of the FAO country office, which is headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist government to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.

FAO is implementing and planning a number of projects aimed to strengthen the resilience and socio-economic cohesion amongst Syrians under Temporary Protection (SuTP) and vulnerable host communities in rural areas in Turkey through support to agricultural livelihoods and access to employment in the agri-food sector.

Reporting Lines: Under the overall supervision of the FAO Sub-regional Coordinator for Central Asia and FAO Representative in Turkey, direct supervision of the Programme Officer, technical guidance of the Lead Technical Officer and in collaboration with FAO Turkey team, the Farmer Field Schools Coordinator will be responsible for the below mentioned tasks.

Technical Focus: Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) technologies and practices, Farmer Field Schools (FFS) and other group-based, market-led, and participatory approaches to learning, knowledge transfer and skills development of smallholder farmers.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Provide overall coordination of Farmer Field Schools (FFS) training and related activities in the project, developing relevant costed work/action plans in consultation with key stakeholders, and overseeing their implementation;
  • Working with identified Implementing Partners (IP) to develop standard operating procedures/guidelines for implementing FFS programmes as per project/s needs;
  • Support with the identification of subject matter specialists to perform as Master Trainers in the FFS programmes;
  • Contribute to the design of season-long Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Master Trainer courses including, but not limited to, theory of the FFS methodology and practice, practical and community outreach;
  • Support the selection and development of curricula, preparation of training and extension materials and design of the CSA and GAP input packages for the implementation of FFS programmes;
  • Adapt existing Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Master Trainers' curricula and materials to the context as needed, and tailor existing training of FFS Facilitators;
  • Provide guidance and support Implementing Partners to carry out participatory community action planning processes to prioritize and plan interventions for FFS community outreach and awareness raising;
  • In close consultation with other team members (ie Project Manager, M&E specialist and others) support Implementing Partners in establishing and operationalising a quality assurance strategy with a participatory monitoring, evaluation and learning framework;
  • Review and monitor progress made in the implementation of project/s activities and make recommendations to improve performance and achieve project/s objectives;
  • Design and set up field studies (experimental/validation/comparative) with clear objectives, parameters for observation, protocols for analysis etc.;
  • Pro-actively support the collection, analyses and dissemination of additional FFS relevant information useful for the project and other activities carried out by FAO Turkey/SEC;
  • Identify constraints and issues related to FFS and take mitigation action to ensure the successful and timely completion of all activities that contribute to project results;
  • Produce periodical work plans, progress/intermediate reports, and an end-of assignment report;
  • Undertake duty travel as needed and perform other related tasks as required.

Minimum Requirements:  

  • University degree in agriculture, animal science, livestock health and production or related discipline
  • Five years of relevant experience in FFS ideally in development or humanitarian projects/programmes with a particular focus on FFS
  • Working knowledge of English and fluency in Turkish
  • National of Turkey


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