Job Title: District Facilitator

Company: Farm Africa

Location: Kotido, Abim, Napak, and Moroto, Uganda

Job Type: Contract

Application Deadline: 10/07/2024, 5:00 PM

Job Summary:

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 that lead 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.

Reports to: Project Coordinator

Duration & Hours: Six months fixed-term contract, full-time, renewable

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

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 under five.
  • 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 groups and 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 governments, 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 workshops, 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.
  • Contribute to the learning agenda by documenting and disseminating best practices and learnings to stakeholders, ensuring adaptive management; documenting, and disseminating reports, success stories, and technical briefs to stakeholders.
  • Contribute to regular progress reports and documentation.

Qualifications, Skills, and Experience:

Essential:

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

Experience:

  • At least 2 years of community mobilization and engagement experience within pastoral production systems in Karamoja.
  • Experience implementing climate-smart agriculture, particularly food security and nutrition, interventions in Karamoja.
  • Experience in gender transformative approaches such as VSLAs, GALs, SAA, Engagement of men and boys, etc.
  • Demonstrable experience in the 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 license.
  • 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 training, and promoting behavior change for pastoralist communities.
  • Field-level experience delivering CSA, nutrition, and diversified livelihoods through engagement with community structures.
  • Experience promoting a culture of savings among pastoralists and enhancing gender transformation.
  • Experience designing and conducting training using gender-sensitive techniques and methodologies.
  • Problem identification, analysis, and solving of complex issues.

How to Apply:

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.

Deadline: 10th July 2024 by 5:00 PM

About Farm Africa:

Industry: Farming
Location: Kotido, Abim, Napak, and Moroto, Uganda

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.

 

 



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