JOB VACANCIES / OPPORTUNITIES IN AN ALLIANCE FOR GREEN REVOLUTION IN AFRICA (AGRA PROJECT FUNDED BY USAID, BILL & MELINDA GATES & ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION IN NIGERIA.
Widows and Orphans Empowerment Organisation (WEWE) in partnership with European Cooperative for Rural Development (EUCORD) an International NGO based in Brussels and a leading agribusiness company based in Lagos, is soliciting for qualified applicants for a proposal to Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA), an agricultural intervention jointly funded by USAID, Bill & Melinda Gates and Rockefeller Foundation.
WEWE and its partners are proposing to implement the project to develop a market-led maize and soy bean value chain targeting 100,000 farmers in Niger and Kaduna States.
The job vacancies and opportunities are listed below :
AGRIC EXTENSIONIST ADVISOR (SHORT TERM)
Proven expertise, specialty and technical skills in maize and soybean value chain
Provide best practice agronomy training to farmers.
Contribute to the promotion of extension reforms and capacity development for extension / advisory services with special attention to demand-
led, pluralistic, decentralized, market-orientated, and participatory approaches that meet the diverse needs of smallholders and rural people, especially women and marginal groups.
Formulate and implement training that strengthen agricultural / rural extension and provide technical assistance in capacity development of agriculture innovation systems.
Prepare advocacy materials and documents to support the strengthening of agriculture innovation systems and support services.
Provide technical advice on design elements to strengthen and reform extension systems.
Provide support in the organization and delivery of technical workshops, training sessions on conceptual and practical aspects of extension and rural knowledge institution improvements.
Contribute to the preparation of studies, position papers and conceptual frameworks that strengthen extension systems and agriculture innovation systems.
Maintain networks of collaboration with technical specialists to gather information and promote awareness of technical issues to improve extension systems and advisory services.
Perform other related duties as required.
Minimum 10 years working in economic growth and / or agricultural development international, 6 years of which must have taken place in Nigeria.
Broad knowledge of and expertise in the following fields and topics : agronomy, agricultural extension, economics, value chain development, market facilitation, and trade.
Demonstrated knowledge of development program administration and management.
Demonstrated experience in strategic planning and program management.
Demonstrated experience in leading diverse teams and exercising independent judgment.
Demonstrated experience producing high profile deliverables under tight deadlines.
Demonstrated strong problem solving and analytical skills working on complex projects in a highly sensitive environment.
Demonstrated experience in working effectively in cross-cultural settings.
Proficiency in Hausa Language is an asset.
Master’s Degree or higher degree in Agronomy, Agricultural Extension, Agribusiness or related field.