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Agronomy Field Officer – Nyanga: International Rescue Committee
International Rescue Committee
Nyanga district, Zimbabwe
In anticipation of a Resilience Building Program, the IRC is seeking an experienced and professional Agronomy Field Officer for a resilience building project in Nyanga district (Manicaland province in Zimbabwe). The project will focus on implementing a response strategy to the predicted El Nino through promotion of climate smart agriculture; water provision; small livestock supplementary feeding, development of early warning systems of communication and messaging through the DCPC plans and training of water point committees and establishment of nutrition gardens in drought affected areas within the district. The Agronomy Officer will report directly to the Team Leader. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated capacity and success in working in Livelihoods and Resilience building projects with experience working in disaster prone areas.
The Agronomy Field Officer will be responsible for planning, implementation and monitoring of the resilience building activities of the project in close coordination with different stakeholders as well as coordinating Officers from consortium partners assigned in the district.
1. Project Management: Ensure effective implementation of the planned and approved activities and strategies in the target communities; Design, develop and provide necessary training for target communities; Promote improved farming and animal husbandry techniques; Facilitate sustainable coordination with local leadership and taking part in key working groups and committees representing the organization; Ensure project activities are implemented in coordination with Government and other key stakeholders; Prepare monthly plans for effective execution of the project activities; Participate in periodic program level meetings and related activities
2. Effective Monitoring and Evaluation: Ensure program quality, strengthening and consolidation through continuous reviews of the program with partners facilitating information exchange; Coordinate the work of the consortium partner Field Officers assigned in the district as well as the work of the community based workers; Prepare monitoring plans and regularly monitor and review the technical and financial standards and efficiency of field activities to ensure the activities result into expected outputs and outcomes; Capture monitoring data using standard tools and regularly review and document progress against indicators, lessons learned, and challenges encountered, in order to ensure the achievement of performance targets and adherence to technical standards, best practices and donor guidelines; Prepare and submit timely quality internal project reports on activities, detailing the progress and achievement (indicators tracking), the challenges faced and how they were tackled and recommendations for subsequent months.
3. Networking and Coordination: Establish close coordination and cooperation with district line agencies and authorities, communities, project beneficiaries and other stakeholders at project level for effective delivery of project activities; Maintain good relations with project beneficiaries, partners and stakeholders; Represent IRC at field level with local government authorities and other agencies.
4. Effective Resource Management: Ensure that due diligence is followed in distribution of inputs to the community members; Prepare monthly cash projections to facilitate field activities; Ensure value for money in regards to all transactions involving IRC resources.
First degree in Agriculture, Crop Science, Environmental Science, Development studies or other related disciplines; Professional work experience on livelihood centred approaches on food security and resilience building
Supervisory/management skills/experience; Sensitive and responsive to gender, ethnicity, disability and other social issues; Participatory and team approach to work and behaviour; Proactive in liaising and problem solving; Excellent interpersonal, networking, communication, negotiation and facilitation skills; Excellent computer skills including navigating email, internet and MS WORD and PowerPoint
Position is open to internal and external candidates
Expected salary range: $1,212.00 – $1,576.00 basic per month
Contract duration: 6 months
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