Country Program Officer Livelihood and Agriculture

ZOA, Kampala, Uganda

Job Description

General information

Position Title: Country Program Officer Livelihood and Agriculture
Position Location: Kampala
Country: Uganda
Employment type: International position, 12 months renewable
Starting date: As soon as possible
Application deadline: 1 st September 2017
Reports to: Head of Programs


About ZOA

ZOA is an international NGO which offers RELIEF to people who are affected by conflict or natural disasters. ZOA wants to contribute to a new perspective of HOPE in which people work together for a promising future in dignity and mutual trust. Together with the affected communities we work on the RECOVERY until they can provide to take care of their livelihoods. The work of ZOA is coordinated from Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. From Apeldoorn ZOA operates in seventeen countries in Africa, Middle East Region and Asia. ZOA works approximately with 1000 employees worldwide.

In Uganda, ZOA has offices in Kampala, West Nile (Arua), Acholi (Nwoya), and Karamoja (Amudat). ZOA Uganda works both in relief and recovery on the themes of food security & livelihoods, WASH, primary/accelerated/vocational education, and conflict management with a special focus on land security.

Purpose of the position

As the Country Program Officer Livelihoods and Agriculture, you are responsible for high-quality programming of ZOAs livelihood and agricultural interventions (relief and recovery) in Uganda. You will be ZOA UGDs main internal and external representative on livelihoods and agriculture. You will support the field offices in the high-quality implementation of existing livelihood and agricultural interventions, and in the identification, formulation, and development of new livelihood and agricultural interventions. You will be in charge of writing donor project proposals on livelihood and agriculture, and you will support the Country Director in related donor acquisition. On behalf of ZOA you will be the livelihoods coordinator of the EU TF Consortium.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • To provide high quality support to field teams in the implementation of all ZOAs livelihood and agriculture activities (both relief and recovery);
  • To seek new livelihood and agriculture opportunities from a need and funding perspective (especially in the emergency setting);
  • To conduct and support needs, vulnerability and capacity assessments;
  • To conduct and support market feasibility studies and value chain assessments;
  • To develop and write livelihood and agriculture donor proposals;
  • To support Country Director in donor acquisition and networking;
  • To represent ZOA UGD externally in relevant meetings and consortia;
  • To be ZOA’s livelihood advisor in the current EU TF Consortium;
  • To develop and uphold a coherent ZOA UGD strategy for livelihood and agriculture interventions in line with internally accepted approaches/standards;
  • To manage the knowledge on ZOA UGDs livelihood and agriculture interventions (incl documenting lessons learned and best practices).


  • You have a university degree in a sector related to livelihoods and agriculture in a humanitarian and/or development setting;
  • You have at least three years field experience in a development country (preferably in a humanitarian emergency setting) and at least 5 years substantive livelihood and agriculture experiences;
  • You have experience with livelihoods and agriculture interventions in humanitarian settings (as in contrast to more stable, development settings);
  • Your experience with agricultural interventions encompasses both crop production and livestock, and goes beyond primary production also including processing, marketing and selling of agricultural products;
  • Experience with the Participatory Agricultural Enterprise Development (PAED) and Enabling Rural Innovations (ERI) approaches will be an added value;
  • Excellent spoken and written command of English;
  • You are a proposal writer, and have excellent formulation and writing skills;
  • Your competencies are: flexibility, taking initiative, interpersonal sensitivity, accuracy, and being innovative;
  • You are a good networker and likes to interact with third parties;
  • You are pragmatic and hands-on and can translate livelihood and agriculture approaches and standards from paper into action on the ground;
  • You fully support the mission, vision and Christian identity of ZOA.

Working with ZOA

ZOA offers you a challenging job, an inspiring and motivated team in the program country and good benefits and remuneration which suits the charities sector. For more information about ZOA, please visit our website

If you have questions about this vacancy, you can contact Mrs. Nienke Maris HR Officer, email If you are interested in this position and you fit in the profile, please apply via: http://www.zoa- officer-livelihoods- and-agriculture.

Those that already live in Uganda, can also hand-deliver a hard copy of their application to the ZOA office in Uganda. Address: plot 2245, William Kalema Driver/Diplomat Road, Muyenga, Kampala, Uganda.

The closing date for application is 1 st September 2017

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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