District Facilitator (4)

at Farm Africa
Location Moroto, Uganda
Date Posted July 10, 2024
Category Management
NGO
Job Type Contract
Currency UGX

Description

Duty Station:  Kotido, Abim, Napak, and Moroto, Uganda

Reports to: Project Coordinator

DURATION & HOURS: Six months fixed-term contract, full-time, renewable

 

About Organisation:

Farm Africa, founded in 1985, is an international non-governmental organization working in Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. We drive agricultural and environmental change to improve lives. Our strategy has three pillars: agricultural expertise, management and preservation of ecosystems, and the power of business to drive prosperity. We believe Africa has the power to feed itself and are helping make this happen by establishing and spreading the best farming and forestry techniques so that poor farmers and herders have more food to feed their families and to sell. We help smallholders manage their natural resources sustainably so that they can withstand climate change challenges and shocks and ensure their families have enough food in the future as well as now. Farm Africa works in partnership with communities, government, local and international organizations, and the private sector to innovate, learn and share best practices for maximum impact of our projects.

 

Purpose of the Role: Farm Africa operates in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and we are pursuing pipeline development opportunities in DRC. Farm Africa and CARE International in Uganda entered into a partnership to implement a project, CAtalyzing Strengthened policy aCtion for heAlthy Diets and resiliencE (CASCADE). The project aims to improve food security and contribute to reduction of malnutrition among women of reproductive age and children under 5 years. The primary goals of the CASCADE project are twofold: first, to boost the availability and consumption of nutritious diets, and second, to enhance the nutritional resilience of households in these six countries. The project places a special emphasis on the well-being of women of reproductive age and children. Farm Africa will implement the CASCADE in Karamoja sub-region.

 

The district facilitator will be responsible for coordination, planning and implementation of the CASCADE project by Farm Africa at the district level. Your role will involve facilitating technical trainings, linkages, and catalyzing relationships behavior change that leads to healthy diets in households. You will work closely with women farmer groups, MIYCAN groups, women farmers, local government agencies, community structures, community leaders, partners and project staff to deliver high-quality training programs and support the adoption of healthy diets in households

 

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

The key responsibilities of the Project Officer will be:

Training and Capacity Building:

  • Monitor and backstop the community-based facilitators (CBFs) who are training the women groups/farmers through the Farmer Field Business School (FFBS) approach.
  • Support the establishment and maintenance of FFBS learning sites to demonstrate improved farming techniques and technologies.
  • Organize field visits and farmer field days for farmers to observe successful farming models and learn from experienced practitioners.
  • Conduct interactive training sessions for trained community-based facilitators (CBFs) and farmers on various topics, including Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA), post-harvest handling, Social Action Analysis (SAA), Nutrition, MIYCAN, conflict mitigation and safeguarding.
  • Work closely with district nutrition focal persons, VHTs to facilitate BCC campaigns through radio, IPC, dialogues, cooking demos, and use of MIYCAN tools targeting women and children U5.
  • Facilitate dialogues between producer organizations (PDCs) and women farmer groups and link them with financing opportunities through government and non-government programs
  • Collaborate with technical experts from NARO/NABUIN to train community group develop protocols for the certification of quality declared seeds (QDS), indigenous crop varieties, and other nutrient-dense crops

Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Lead in organizing district level community meetings, awareness campaigns, and outreach activities.
  • Collaborate closely with the relevant line departments in respective district local government, ensuring visibility, resource optimization, impact and sustainability.
  • Coordinate the implementation of awareness campaigns through radio, interpersonal communication, and community dialogues targeting women and children
  • Engage with the consortium partners, ensuring coordination, integration, layering and sequencing of activities
  • Maintain regular contact with CBFs, farmers, provide updates on project activities, and address any concerns or queries.

Finance and Administrative Support:

  • Assist in organizing and coordinating project meetings, inception workshop, other workshops, and trainings.
  • Prepare agendas, take minutes, and maintain project documentation and records.
  • Support with data entry, filing, and documentation management.
  • Assist in budget tracking, expense monitoring, and financial reporting.
  • Process project-related financial transactions, including payments, reimbursements, and procurement of goods and services.

Monitoring and Evaluation:

  • Support the monitoring and evaluation of project activities in the respective district of operation.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of monitoring tools, data collection activities including community feedback mechanisms, interviews, and focus group discussions. instruments, and evaluation frameworks.
  • Contribute to the learning agenda, through documenting and disseminating best practices learnings to stakeholders, ensuring adaptive management; documenting, and disseminating reports, success stories, technical briefs to stakeholders.
  • Contribute to regular progress reports and documentation.

 

These essential functions are not to be interpreted as a complete statement of all duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other job-related duties as required. All work responsibilities are subject to having performance goals and/or targets established.

 

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

Essential

  • Degree/Diploma or equivalent in Agriculture, Nutrition, Livestock, Rural/Community Development, Pastoral Development, Agribusiness, Rural Livelihoods or other relevant field
  • Knowledge and good understanding of pastoral production systems in Karamoja
  • Fluency in the local languages spoken in Karamoja

Experience:

  • At least 2 years community mobilization and engagement experience within pastoral production systems in Karamoja
  • Experience of implementing climate smart agriculture, particularly food security and nutrition, interventions in Karamojong
  • Experience in gender transformative approaches such as VSLAs, GALs, SAA, Engagement of men and boys etc
  • Demonstrable Experience in facilitation of Adult Learners

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to build strong relationships with stakeholders and communities based on trust and collaboration
  • Ability to ride a motorcycle with a valid riding licence
  • Ability to communicate and share knowledge with a broad range of stakeholders with differing backgrounds and abilities.
  • Energetic and assertive with a positive mindset
  • Good community mobilizer with strong organizational skills

Desirable:

  • Field level experience in community mobilization to participate in project activities, sensitization, designing and conducting trainings and promoting behaviour change for pastoralist communities
  • Field level experience in delivering CSA, nutrition, and diversified livelihoods, through engagement with community structures
  • Experience promoting culture of savings among pastoralists, and enhancing gender transformation.
  • Experience of designing and conducting trainings using gender-sensitive techniques and methodologies
  • Problem identification, analysis and solving of complex issues

Applying Instructions

To apply, please send a CV, salary history, and a two-page supporting statement detailing how you meet the person specification and your availability/notice period to ugandarecruitment@farmafrica.org including ‘District Facilitator’ in the subject line.

 

NB: Please DO NOT send additional documents such as certificates and references with your application. Successful candidates ONLY will be required to provide these documents during the referencing process.

 

Due to the urgent requirement to fill this position, applications will be assessed and suitable candidates invited for interview on a rolling basis. This may mean that the position is filled before the closing date so qualified candidates are urged to submit their applications promptly.

 

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