Ended Agriculture Officer - ERD
Job Title: Agriculture Officer - ERD
Location: Hodeidah, Yemen
Duration: 1 year , with possible extension
Salary Range / Band: 8B - Functional Support
Background: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION: The IRC Yemen Country program was established in 2012 and currently is implementing integrated Health, Nutrition, Environmental Health (WASH), Economic Recovery and Development, Women’s Protection and Empowerment and Education programming in eight governorates. The IRC Yemen Country Program operates from its Country Office in Sana’a and its main Field Office in Aden. Other subfield offices include Abyan, Hodeida and Al Dhale’e, with the Al Dhale’e office covering Lahj, and Shabwah.
Scope of Work: The Agriculture Officer is responsible for ensuring timely and quality implementation of the kitchen gardening activities in Hodeidah project areas. The position is also responsible for ensuring that the implementation strategies and approaches used are appropriate and cost efficient in increasing horticultural production and productivity to improve household food security as well as delivering basic kitchen gardening related trainings.
- Developing detailed activity plans in line with program objectives, ensuring that those plans are implemented and any expected delays and/or modifications are communicated and raised in a timely manner with line Manager.
- Sensitize key stakeholders - Government and I/NGOs - working in target districts, and, communities about the project concept, benefits, targeting criteria, implementation strategies and modalities, monitoring and other such aspects.
- Identifying/selecting target communities and beneficiaries, as per agreed criteria and sensitizing them about the interventions and benefits.
- Support an analysis on input availability in program area and contracting of either local or international input providers for seeds and tools.
- Work closely with senior ERD officer in developing training manual and identify the trainers for kitchen gardening/agriculture related trainings including, land preparation & soil fertility, planting, integrated pest and disease management, water management and nutrition sensitive harvesting and post-harvest practices. Arrange training sessions for selected households before delivery of seeds and inputs.
- Work closely with supply chain department to ensure in time delivery of quality seeds and tools to selected households. Upon training to beneficiaries, ensure supply of seeds and tools, distribution and extend technical support to establish their gardens.
- Developing of program related documents, including Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for kitchen gardening.
- Responsible for regular follow up session to households for on spot guidance and disease control methods and arranging monthly refresher sessions for selected households.
- Coordinate with the M&E staff and the wider ERD team as necessary to identify program quality issues.
- Submit weekly, monthly and comprehensive quarterly reports on implementation of planned kitchen gardening activities to the supervisor.
- Close coordination with Agriculture department for joint monitoring visit and selection of community based trainers.
- Attend field level meetings when required and providing detailed reports to the line Manager, also responsible to arrange community engagement events at field level.
- All IRC staff are required to adhere to THE IRC Way Standards for Professional Conduct and the IRC country employment policies.
Required qualification and experience:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture or Horticulture or Food Production discipline.
- Minimum 2 years of direct field experience in implementing food/vegetable production interventions; specific experience with small-scale low planting or raised sack gardening preferred
- Excellent communication/ reporting skills in English & Arabic.
- Demonstrated experience of training communities and households in agronomic/food production aspects, including design and development of training/teaching aids suitable to local culture and contexts;
- Ability to work with teams, comprising local and expatriate staffs and, with minimum supervision and willingness to travel and work in remote rural communities with limited access to basic facilities within the constraints of IRC’s security policies.
- Computer skills, especially excel, MS Office, emails and internet.
- Ability to work after office hours to achieve assigned tasks as per need & priority
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, marital status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
Qualified and Interested individuals are required to apply for this position via the IRC Career at the following link:
Deadline for Applying: January 14, 2020.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.