Jul 18, 2018
Sustainable Land Management Expert of SELECTOR Location: Arsi, Dodota woreda, Oromia Background: The Bilateral Ethiopia Netherlands Effort for Food Income and Trade (BENEFIT) partnership is a portfolio of four programmes (ISSD Ethiopia, CASCAPE, ENTAG and SBN), which is funded by the Government of the Kingdom of Netherlands through its Embassy in Addis Ababa. CASCAPE: CASCAPE (Capacity Building for Scaling up of Evidence-based Best Practices in Agricultural Production Programme) is a project of Ethiopia and the Netherlands to improve agricultural productivity in Ethiopia. The first phase of the project was jointly executed by researchers from six Ethiopian universities (Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Haramaya, Hawassa, Jimma and Mekelle) and Wageningen University and Research Centre. CASCAPE was part of AGP I - and is now extended into AGP II. After the success of CASCAPE I, CASCAPE II started in 2016. CASCAPE II is provide low to high intensity support to 160 woredas of AGP II through the identification of farmer innovations suitable for scaling up as ‘best fit practices’, adaptive research, technology validation, pre-technology release demonstrations and capacity building. SELECTOTR: SELECTOR(Sustainable vaLuE Creation for Title hOldeR) is a project aiming to impact and increase sustainability in Ethiopia’s agricultural growth and production .SELECTOR will continue to support on facilitation and sharing knowledge and information of agricultural technology and sector by using CASCAPE technology in different woredas and kebeles of current CASCAPE woredas. SELECTOR will be jointly executed by researchers in Addis Ababa university and Bahirdar university Terms of Reference: The Sustainable Land Management Expert shall implement this partnership on the ground level. The Expert shall be part of the CASCAPE Addis Ababa cluster and is expected to work closely with the CASCAPE Addis Ababa cluster manager and with the CASCAPE experts. The Expert is expected to report to and shall be monitored and supervised by the CASCAPE cluster manager and SELECTOR and Sustainable land management projects coordinator Key responsibilities: The Sustainable Land Management Expert shall be responsible for the following activities: Identify local stakeholders in the woredas and selected kebeles, including farmers, extension staff at woreda level, development agents (DAs) and farmer groups; Identify and select sites with the adequate agro-ecological and socio-ecological conditions; Assess best practices in integrated farm system management (IFSM) in selected woredas through participatory rural assessments, best practices as compiled by the Bureau of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and practices recommended through the research system; Establish demonstration sites using CASCAPE best practices and validation protocols; Implement pre-extension demonstration trials (PEDs) in selected kebeles. Every PED trial will require the engagement of three to five lead farmers to compare best practices with current farmers’ practices; Evaluate performance of PEDs and produce best practice manuals specifically tailored to the conditions applicable in each woreda; Disseminate best practice manuals amongst CASCAPE staff, lead farmers and Bureau of Agriculture and Natural Resources (including Development Agents – DAs); Organise field demonstration days (at harvest time) to jointly evaluate yields, profitability, farmer preference, gender, nutrition and environment aspects; Train woreda staff, DAs and farmer groups on best fit practices; Prepare progress, M&E and technical reports; Closely work with woreda government officials, DAs and concerned bodies with regards to the activities of the project. Job Requirements Education: Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in one of the following disciplines: agricultural extension, rural development, agronomy, soil science, plant or crop science, or other discipline relevant to the project; A Master’s degree in any of these disciplines would be a distinct advantage. Work experience: Applicants must have fulltime and relevant work experience (3+ years for MSc and 5+ years for BSc holders) in agricultural extension, agronomy or related agricultural activities mentioned above; First-hand experience with on-farm research and agricultural extension would be a distinct advantage; Practical and communication skills Applicants must both be able to work well in a team and work independently and must be able to easily connect and communicate with various actors (e.g. farmers, government officers, researchers, etc.); Applicants should be pro-active and have good organizational skills; Applicants must be proficient in English; Applicants need to be proficient in local languages (Amharic, Oromifa) in both written and oral communication. Applicants should have licence for driving motor cycle Technical knowledge: Applications will be assessed and scored on the following criteria: Evidence of knowledge of or experience with agricultural extension, agronomy, soil science, sustainable agriculture, participatory research, data management, statistics and scientific writing, etc. How to Apply Interested applicants should send their documents to Benefitvacancies benefit < email@example.com >with a copy to “Hanna Habtemariam” ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) within 5 days from the date of announcement. Applications must include: A Curriculum Vitae (C.V.), detailing academic qualifications and employment history (normally no longer than 3 pages) An application letter, outlining: The reasons and motivation for application; Evidence of past experience that is relevant to the position applied for; A character profile of the candidate, highlighting personal competencies that distinguish the candidate. A publication record and research reports Names and contact details (preferably email address) of two referees who can and are willing to provide first-hand feedback on the applicant’s work Applications must be written in English. Incomplete applications and/or applications received after the deadline will not be taken into consideration. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.
Bilateral Ethiopia - Netherlands Effort for Food, Income and Trade (BENEFIT) Dodota, Ethiopia Full time