About the role
The Programme Assistant Agronomy (PAA) will be responsible for designing and implementing all project crop farming (Agronomic) activities in the target communities in Hawul, Kwayakusar, Bayo, Biu, Madagali and Michika LGAs, both directly and indirectly through training / mentoring of project community volunteers and Program Beneficiaries (PBS), linking up with LGA BOSADP Officers, other NGOs and private sector actors at the community level.
Under the direct supervision of the POA and in collaboration with the extension agents, field agents and community volunteers and CPAs and other team members of the program and of the base.
The PAA will facilitate initial community entry activities, implement the community project plans and make recommendations to the POA for approval of community agronomic project activities.
The role holder will implement training of beneficiaries on rain fed seed crop production, dry season crop production and micro-garden farming, facilitate Agronomy related surveys in communities, prepare action plans and provide direct support to beneficiaries through visits, in line with the action plans and as required.
He / she will facilitate links and referrals relationships between the beneficiaries and community groups; local sources of support, ensure all documentation, reports, and records from the community on rain-fed / dry season seed crop production and micro-garden farming are maintained per agreed procedure, and information is provided on these community activities as required.
The post holder will support beneficiaries and community groups to conduct assessments / project activities for all especially women and youths in the communities, work on facilitating partnerships with relevant agronomic value chain actors and their service providers (Private BDS providers).
The role holder should have a degree in any relevant field with at least 2 years of experience. He / she must have substantial experience in implementing community-level development projects, using participatory engagement and grassroots mobilization techniques.
He / she should have experience working on value chain actors and their service providers (Private BDS providers). He / she must have sound experience working on disaster risk reduction, farmer field schools, asset transfer and revolving fund management.
The role holder must have experience in community-based saving and lending groups with excellent training and facilitation skills with a wide variety of groups having diverse experiences, backgrounds, skills, and education levels.
The role holder should have experience in handling grants to local groups, ensuring appropriate basic documentation and accountability at the community / field level.
He or she should be competent in Spoken English-Excellent; Written English-Good (ability to type and prepare reports and other documents as needed.
the ability to speak at least one local language predominant in that state is essential.
This role requires applicants to have the right to work in the country where this position is based.
We value diversity and aspire to reflect this in its workforce. We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, religion or belief.
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You can expect a wide range of rewards and benefits, including a flexibility that will ensure you enjoy a good work / life balance.
As part of your application you will be asked to demonstrate your suitability by giving answers to the following questions :
Tell us about a time when you knew you had communicated some information clearly and concisely to someone else, What was the situation?
What was the information or message you had to communicate? How did you communicate? What method(s) did you use? What was the outcome?
How did you know you had communicated concisely and clearly?
Please give us an example of how you have taken account of the need to use resources economically and without unnecessary waste when planning and delivering your work, what was the situation?
What was your task? What was expected of you? What action(s) did you take? Why? What was the outcome? How did you know you were successful in using resources economically?
Please tell us about a time when you planned, monitored and delivered a SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound) work objective to the standard required.
what was the context? What was the work objective? What was expected of you? How did you plan your work and how did you monitor progress?
What were the results? Were you successful? If so, how did you know?