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Agriculture Officer (999 views)

September 15, 2020


Company: Mott MacDonald

Position: Agriculture Officer

Job Ref: 46569BR

Recruiter Contact: Janet Thatcher

Country: Nepal

Region/State: All – Nepal

Discipline: International Development

Sector: International development

Website Region: Asia Pacific

Website Sector: International development

Job Expires: 28-Sep-2020

Job Description

The Agriculture officer will be responsible for supporting effective programming to promote climate resilient agriculture-based livelihoods through the provision of technical and strategic support to TA teams and municipalities on climate smart agriculture, good agricultural practices, and agricultural commercialisation etc.

Specific responsibilities include:

• Operationalise and implement the NCCSP2 Agricultural Strategy
• Support TA staff and municipalities to select, plan, design, budget, implement and monitor LAPA’s that promote resilient agricultural livelihood options and agricultural commercialisation
• Support TA team and municipalities to mainstream climate change within agricultural strategies and plans and ensure climate resilient agricultural interventions are linked with municipality planning processes, including planning and development of LAPAs
• Together with the municipality TA teams ensure the timely and quality completion of all LAPA agricultural activities
• Lead rapid mapping and cluster identification for agriculture and forestry-based income generation and livelihoods related activities in coordination with municipality and TA team
• Work with TA team and municipalities to encourage agriculture value chain financing and co-investment from private sectors, agriculture cooperatives and financial institutions e.g. banks
• Provide overall technical expertise and management of all LAPA agricultural-related activities
• Develop and deliver technical training packages on climate smart agriculture, good agricultural practices, agri-business value-chains etc. to municipality staff
• Analyse data to identify agricultural-related gaps, designing priority action plans and training modules
• Develop mutually beneficial partnerships with relevant government organisations, NGOs, private sector and other institutions in agricultural development in project area
• Conduct frequent site visits to observe trainings, monitor adoption of practices, and collect data
• Ensure gender and social inclusion considerations are integrated throughout the planning process
• Document field achievements, innovations, failures, and lessons learned to integrate into project activities and inform project strategy
• File, document and report on work progress to line manager on weekly basis
• Provide information for progress reports and participate in staff meetings
• Any other duties as directed by the line manager, team leader or deputy team leader.

Candidate Specification

Required competencies and experience

• Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (e.g. Agronomy, Agribusiness) or equivalent
• Rlevant work experience in agricultural or agribusiness, including training/capacity building.
• Hands on field experience required, preferably in Western and Far-Western Nepal.
• Demonstrated experience designing and implementing adult learning training modules on agriculture practices or relevant content
• Knowledge of water resource management, climate smart agriculture technologies, and/or adaptation and farmer risk mitigation techniques preferred.
• Familiarity with agricultural production in Nepal, market-linkages, and agricultural constraints.
• Ability to interact with government officers, private sector and other development partners
• Commercial sector experience desirable
• Excellent facilitation skills, familiarity with training-of-trainer (ToT) approaches and methodologies, and competencies to use tailor-made and diversified facilitation/training methods and tools.
· Experience working with minority or disadvantaged groups, and a strong sensitivity to the challenges of gender and social inclusion;
• Experience in usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) is a must;
· Strong communication, interpersonal and leadership skills, but also a team player with the willingness to learn and support the learning of others;
· Ability to work effectively under pressure and to manage competing priorities;
· Willing to travel extensively throughout the project area, including on foot as well as by jeep
· Fluency in written and spoken Nepali and English is essential, and fluency in relevant local languages spoken in the project area would be a strong asset;
· Experience of working on donor-funded programmes in multi-national teams is desirable.
Locals from the working districts are strongly encouraged to apply

Job Profile

Mott MacDonald has recently been appointed as the Technical Assistance Provider for the “Nepal Climate Change Support Programme Phase 2 (NCCSP 2), led by the Ministry of Forest and Environment (MoFE). NCCSP was designed with an aim to ensure that the poorest and most vulnerable communities in Nepal are able to adapt the adverse effects of climate change. NCCSP2 supports local governments design and implement local adaptation plans of action (LAPAs), with higher level support provided to the MoFE and Provincial government. The project follows the LAPA process that is aligned with the 9-step municipality planning and budgeting process.
NCCSP2 will operate in up to 52 municipalities in Provinces 5,6 and 7. The aim of NCCSP2 is to:
• Support the poorest and most vulnerable communities and local enterprises in western Nepal to become more resilient to the impacts of climate change;
• Use participatory, evidence-based processes to identify long-term adaptation priorities; and integrate these into Government of Nepal planning and policy;
• Build the capacity of Government of Nepal to finance, design and deliver adaptation interventions;
• Improve coordination of community-based adaptation interventions and generate evidence that can improve the quality of future adaptation planning
The objectives of the Technical Assistance to NCCSP2 is to support and build the capacity of the Government of Nepal to deliver the programme. The TA to the NCCSP2 comprises of 4 objectives:
1. Help the Government of Nepal (GoN) to deliver the programme effectively, efficiently, and economically through the provision of technical expertise
2. Reduce the fiduciary risk associated with the programme
3. Strengthen the capacity of the GoN to implement climate change adaptation programming today and in the future
4. Share learning from NCCSP with others and lead the coordination of partners working on climate change adaptation in Nepal

Last date to apply: 28 September 2020


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