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Thursday, October 18, 2018

27 Agricultural Extension Officers Job at Agency for Accelerated Regional Development ( AFARD ) - Career Opportunity in Uganda

Vacancy title:
27 Agricultural Extension Officers 

Jobs at:
Agency for Accelerated Regional Development (AFARD) 

Deadline of this Job:
29th October 2018 

Duty Station:
Uganda 

Summary
Date Posted: 17th October 2018 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed , Employment Type: Full-Time

JOB DETAILS: 
Danida is funding NURI (Northern Uganda Resilience Initiative) programme, which is to be implemented from 2019 to 2022. In Nebbi, Zombo and Pakwach districts, the intervention for Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) will be implemented by Agency for Accelerated Regional Development (AFARD). The main target for the strategic agricultural intervention is to make farming communities more resilient to climate change and to increase the average value of agricultural production for participating farmers. NURI in Nebbi, Zombo and Pakwach districts will support 615 farmer groups or app. 18,450 farmers. NURI will build on the experiences from DAR but with a stronger focus on climate smart agriculture.

NURI will be implemented in close cooperation with the three District Local Governments.
The following positions are available for filling in the program:

Position: Agricultural Extension Officer (AEO)
Vacancies: 27
Duty Station: Deployed at the Sub County
Reporting to: Agricultural Extension Supervisor
Relating to: Marketing Coordinator, VSLA Officer, Animal Traction staff

JOB DESCRIPTION – The AEO is responsible for the selection, training and follow up of Farmer Groups

Duties
  • Conduct selection of the farmer groups as per the guidelines
  • Guide the farmer groups in viable enterprise selection and in preparation of production and marketing plans.
  • Identify training needs of farmer groups
  • Conduct training of farmer groups and establish demonstrations for hands-on learning as in accordance with the provided Training Manuals and other implementation guidelines.
  • Carry out individual farmer visits to provide tailored advisory service
  • Keep record of farmer groups’ trainings and other information related to each group
  • Conduct periodic assessments of progress of farmers and training needs.
  • Guide farmer groups on marketing activities.
  • Collect production and marketing data and any other forms of data required by the program from time to time
  • Distribute inputs to farmers in accordance with organization guidelines
  • Organize and participate in farmer open days
  • Link the farmer groups to other services such WAY under CARE, VSLA etc.
  • Prepare monthly activity plans.
  • Prepare monthly progress reports and submit to Agric. Extension Supervisor.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned.
Qualifications
  • A diploma in Agriculture or Crop Production from a reputable training institution.
  • Minimum two years’ work experience in agricultural extension.
  • Technical skills in program planning and implementation.
  • Fluency in English and a relevant local language.
  • Basic computer skill i.e. MS Office.
  • A valid motorcycle riding permit is a must.
Job application procedure
To apply please send your application letter (1 page), CV (max 4 pages) clearly indicating work experience and 3 work related referees and photocopies of relevant academic documents / employment letters to the Executive Director AFARD Plot 3-5 Butime Rd., Nebbi Municipality, P.O. Box 80, Nebbi or you can send by email to afard@afard.net  .
The application should be stapled as single unit and applicant must register at the reception desk when submitting hard copies.
Closing date: Monday 29th October 2018 at 5.00 pm
While we thank all applicants for their interest, please note that only candidates meeting the minimum qualifications will be considered and only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Any form of lobbying, canvassing, bribery or malpractice will lead to automatic disqualification.
Nobody is allowed to apply for more than two positions.